Let this bit of maintenance go a little too long so I thought I'd share what things look like when you rebuild the rod/bushing/boot components in the ST1100 clutch lever assembly.
I had noticed that the point in the lever pull at which the clutch was activating had slowly been changing and then recently it got to the point where clutch activation didn't occur until the very last bit of travel before the lever was pulled all the way to the grip. Yikes! And then when I would release it the clutch handle wouldn't spring all the way back open...
So I pulled up the collective wisdom here on the forum by searching "1100 clutch lever" and found this thread that sounded pretty much like what was happening to me.
Before I even opened up the assembly off to Partzilla I went and ordered the handle, bushing, rod & boot.
22884-MB0-006 ROD, PUSH $12.46
22885-MB0-006 BUSH $7.82
45504-410-003 BOOT $7.34
53178-KE8-006 LEVER, L. HANDLE $13.55
Total including $7.95 shipping was $49.12
So let's take a peek at what I was dealing with. Inspection before I took it apart showed me this...see anything that doesn't match your handle? Is the rod supposed to be visible?
The rod had worn all the way through not only the bushing...but also the handle itself! Double Yikes!
Comparison shot of the handles:
Comparison shot of the bushings:
Comparison shot of the rods. The rubber "washer" on the old rod is actually a piece of the boot that had disintegrated inside the assembly:
It is a simple assembly to inspect and repair if needed...takes 10 minutes and a flat head screwdriver. Very easy "first thing" to check if you think the feel of your clutch pull is changing.