I got lucky and scored a XB-600 for $600, still under warranty, new tires (foam filled) and only driven for 4 months.
I've had it for an additional 2 months. I've lurked in these forums for a LONG time, I love it, I've learned a lot (though some things are still a mystery to me and some instructions, manuals, mods are no longer working). I know the 700 is the new flavor so I hope some XB-600 owners are still out there. On a personal note I enjoy this new lifestyle. I have a pick-up truck (needs a little work) but I am totally not missing it at all. Driving a pick-up means everyone and their momma wants you to help them move, transport items or whatever. Plus, I'm an artist that works at home so I don't need to commute much and the truck was just a bother.
As for my question:
The front brake is a a disk system (as opposed to the rear) so the front brake cable works directly to the wheel. Because of this the cable pulls and causes the plastic handlebar housing to move a little. I looked inside and the brake cable loops over a plastic shelf (hence the movement but more importantly it doesn't hold the cable well enough. The end result is the hand brake not moving all the way back to the *open* position. After using it there's still a gap and the disk is rubbing ever-so-slightly causing friction. I'd love it to be open after using the brake to reduce drag.
In fact, I'm wondering if the rear wheel should spin as freely as the front.
Any ideas how to hold that front brake line down and keep it in the full open position after usage?
It sucks that I have to flick it forward after each use to keep the disk from rubbing, and adjusting the brake line only makes it looser.
(sorry that I talk too much... I tend to overwrite simple questions).