It is something you absolutely can do yourself. I just did an xl1200 with no prior experience and it turned out perfect. The rebuild kit I bought cost me like 320, but you have one less cylinder so one less piston, it should be considerably less. If your cylinder is scored or tore up and needs replaced, that will cost you more, maybe 200-250 if your core is good for an exchange. Take your time and use the vast amount of info that's available online. And ask questions. You will need a good socket set, metric, like sizes 10mm through 15mm, prob an extension, and a torque wrench. Make sure you put the piston rings on right, there is a mark for which side goes up and it's really important. Good luck.