yep.... it sucks. i ordered the repair kit.
I have done the same. After smoothing the barrel edge and keeping it lubed 60,000 miles and it dosen't show any signs of wear. I do keep an eye on it to make sure it is lubed and not wearing. Also I keep save your ride cable in the bag.Problem taken care of--not so sure.
Had a 07 Kingpin tour and the cable broke at about 6500 miles. I admit I wasn't religious about cable lubing. The cable was replaced under warranty and then I did get religion about lubing. No problems after that and I was really looking at them more closely for wear. I also deburred the clutch lever where the barrel and cable make contact. Others had mentioned that they did this and had some success. The other thing I did was pick up a save-ur-ride emergency clutch cable from one of the victory vendors that frequent this site. Cycle-ops or Witchdoctor I think. A little piece of mind goes a long way. The save-ur-ride is about 50 bucks I believe. Planning to pick another one up for the XCT. Again piece of mind.
Good to hear Donzo,..thats the key, preventative maintenance,56,000 miles on my Xroads and the origional cables. I put lithium grease on both barrels at every oil change (3500 miles) after cleaning them with WD 40. They show no where at this point