I believe you get a much better feel and more control of clutch which cable. As other guy stated I had a Yamaha which had a hydrolic clutch and come out one morning to go to work and it was empty so I had no clutch that sucked! I'll stick with the cable thank you and today's cables are much thinker then the 80s that's why they last foreverWhen I was a teenager clutch cables used to snap all the time.
Mine is over five years olds on the Suzi and still has a smooth action with no signs of wear. I guess they are not so much of an issue these days.
As for changing it over to hydraulic ( i think i wrote this somewhere else as well) When hydraulic came out people were looking into conversions to get them back to cables because there was a better feel. Now we have cable...???
Guess people always want what they haven't got