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Actually, I think the lever boot is necessary of what just happened to my buddy's clutch lever. (This is what prompted me to clean mine out.) He had lubed his cable regularly over the Sportster's 30K miles but he had never cleaned it out like Doc Harley's video showed. The lever had suddenly gotten so tight with the packed lube and grit, neither one of us could hardly squeeze it at all. He cleaned it out, lubed it lightly and it was good as new again. This would not have been fun if it had happened in the middle of a trip and you didn't know the cause. I would still disassemble and clean it regularly, I just wouldn't like the possibility of it suddenly tightening up during a ride.

It is no more unsightly than the boot on the cable adjuster nuts; you actually have to look for it to notice it. It is molded to fit perfectly on the Shadow and it just looks like an extension of the black cable housing. I didn't even notice the difference between my Shadow's and my buddy's Sportster's lever until they were parked side-by-side. It was one of those, "Hey, look at that!" moments. Seriously, how many times have you ever noticed anyone else's levers unless they were aftermarket or custom?
Granted I'm talking largely anecdotal experience here, but I've just never had one or seen one get that dirty it seized up.

Maybe there are other variables here like ambient conditions and/or type of lubricant used.

Kinda like some chain lubes seem to do more harm than good attracting and holding dirt more than lubricating.

I wonder say if Chris (Parrothead) has ever disassembled and cleaned his levers in 250k miles and more than a decade.

I know our (ironically also) 30k 07 doesn't seem to have any issue here and likely won't anytime soon if my previous experience is an indicator.

Anyway I see these rubber covers on most of our project bikes (largely JAPanInc. and other Asian dual sport, Moto cross, and scooters) and I can understand how they may help in two of the three cases

I just don't think it's a typical need on Harley street bikes.

Ymmv and certainly proves it can. I just think it's atypical.
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My buddy's situation could be atypical from the majority of H-D riders because he uses his everyday that is above freezing and he commutes a long distance to work, rain or shine. He also parks it outside 90% of the time whether at home or work. Neither one of us even thought about checking the grit inside the lever assembly (we were focusing on the cable) until we were troubleshooting and came across Doc Harley's video. He was going to replace the clutch cable without even thinking of cleaning the lever assembly.
Like I said, once it was cleaned and sparingly lubed, the lever assembly was like new again. The cable had been regularly lubed for years, so that was not the issue here.
I checked the factory manual and the owner's manual and neither one referenced cleaning the assembly on a regular basis. I never had to do it before on any of my 55 years of motorcycles but I always kept them in the garage and rode them in dry weather, like most of us do.
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With well over 300,000 on my three Sportys, I've not had any issue. Occasionally shoot some lude in n and ride. Never thohght about accumulated crud until this thread. Ride 12 months of the year from-20F-140F, without issues. Mnaybe the ice build up in winter flushes that crud out?
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My Roadster has over 100,000 miles and I also ride it every day, except when the roads are icy. I occasionally lube the clutch cable with a cable luber and I use Tri Flow aerosol. I've never had a problem with accumulated buildup. I'll have the levers off this week, and I'll inspect them for any buildup, but I honestly don't expect to see any. I'll report back here if I do.
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Plus 1 on that Tri Flow, great stuff!
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Plus 1 on that Tri Flow, great stuff!
Same stuff I use, been using on my bicycles, doors, tools and anything else that is metal and moves. It was already in my clutch cable housing before I cleaned out my lever assembly and the action was very smooth. Now it's even smoother and it didn't take long to do at all. I'm just glad I found out about taking that extra step. I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned before Doc Harley brought it up. Apparently, according to him, it is an issue that is overlooked. I plan to do it every time that I adjust the clutch @ 10K intervals.
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