What are the benefits of adding a Rekluse Auto Clutch to my dual sport, off-road or adventure motorcycles?

By: Isaac Wanamaker

I love my bikes. I'm not ashamed to say it. Each one has its charms and its woes. To increase the degree to which I experience pleasure riding each of these motorcycles, I add aftermarket parts that accentuate their intended uses. One such part for my Husqvarna TE310R is the renowned Rekluse Core EXP Auto-Clutch. This is the second version of the Rekluse Auto-Clutch also referred to by some as the Core EXP 2.0. As far as the Core EXP goes, we only sell the 2.0 now so don't worry about ordering the wrong one.

I have literally been looked down upon by riders with a Rekluse clutch on the trail above me as I burned my clutch and spun my back tire struggling to keep forward momentum going up the trail. Obviously, I'm a little late to the party as far as auto-clutches go. As off-road trails become tighter, rockier, steeper and more difficult, keeping the bike from stalling becomes a critical issue. Enter the Rekluse Core EXP Auto-Clutch. The purpose of an auto-clutch is to eliminate the use of the clutch lever by having the pressure plate in the clutch actuate the clutch automatically using centrifugal force. The beauty of the EXP and Core EXP is that you can still use the clutch lever whenever you like! It is absolutely the best of both worlds. Rekluse motorcycle auto clutches can be found on pro riders' bikes in just about every discipline these days, and for good reason!

The Rekluse Core EXP simply eliminates the necessity to use the clutch lever in almost every situation. If we need to feather the clutch lever for very aggressive shifting, either up or down, we're able to use the clutch in the exact same way we would normally. The feel is identical. The investment in the Core EXP really pays off when we get into tight, gnarly rock climbs that we would normally stall out on. We're able keep the bike in a higher gear without stalling and simply blip the throttle to raise the front tire over abrupt ledges or obstacles. This upgrade on the bike is classified as cheating to a lot of people, and that's fine by me. Most riders will find that this clutch upgrade substitutes convenience for skill and provides a huge advantage for the average rider to make a leap to the head of the class in advanced clutch technique.

Navigating the bike out of precarious situations typically causes people anxiety. The Rekluse Core EXP not only improves a rider's chances of conquering terrain in the first place, but it also aids the rider in exiting situations that are a little over their head. I was able to turn the bike around in very tight quarters by planting a foot on the ground, blipping the throttle, and pulling the bars around the side of my body my foot was planted on. This may be a simple proposition for a more skilled rider, but I was amazed with how easily this inseam-challenged rider was able to pull it off. Variations on the same technique while standing next to the bike also proved useful to get going in the opposite direction without shimmying back and forth a million times.

For the guys and gals riding motocross, the benefits will be apparent as well. You're going to want to stay in a higher gear coming into corners and let the reliable slip of the Core EXP pull you through. Starts are easier as well since you will likely begin in second gear while holding the rear brake and simply launch the bike with a handful of throttle. Grab the clutch lever to slam into third on your way out and your starts are faster the first day you install the Core EXP.

In summary, the z-Start Pro uses ball bearings while the EXP products use the "EXP", which is a giant friction disc that Rekluse invented. The EXP auto clutch is great but, if you want to closest thing to stock clutch feel AND all the benefits of an automatic clutch, the Core EXP is the way to go. I certainly love it, and I see why everyone I ride with uses them as well.

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Sigmund Renalt is a motorcycle enthusiast that enjoys riding motorcycles on road, off-road and somewhere in between. He has an insatiable thirst for adventure and loves buying motorcycle parts online. For more information about rekluse clutch please visit www.solomotoparts.com

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