Yeah a cable clutch feathers easier than an older hydraulic that has sticky seals or for that matter leaks, my 95 seems to have a certain spot where it hangs just a bit when I let out on it. I was riding both the 95 Wing and the 95 Virago today, apples and oranges.
Certainly a refresher getting on the featherweight Virago after riding the 95 GL1500.
I prefer a Hyd Clutch, if they are maintained properly they are GREAT!!! and VERY SMOOTH!!!!!!!
The slave cylinder on the back of the engine if it has never been taken apart and cleaned, Should be.
If you do not know if all the clutch fluid has been flushed every year with new DOT 4 Brake fluid for the life of the bike, then the slave cyl. should be taken apart & cleaned.
This is Easy maintenance to do,
There are about 4 bolt that hold on the slave cyl. on the back of the engine, easy to get to but you have to lay on the ground, get some card board, 4 bolts out, slave cyl. comes out in your hand, pump clutch once or twice to make piston come out of bore, then prepare your self for all the Crap in there, it will be ugly.
Then i would pull the slave cylinder off, the back of the engine, take the piston out, and inspect it and the bore, clean everything, you may have/PROBABLEY have either rust/ and LOADS of Dirt and Grime in this location.
Making your bike NOT shift as well as it could/should.
Clean it and you will have a much improved shift, it will surprise you how much difference there will be. that is as long as you bleed it correctly and get the air out after.