This month’s TCE Product Deep Dive showcases Rekluse Clutches. Rekluse offers some of the most effective, durable, and unique products out there. Take a look around the pro pits at a majority of motorcycle racing events and you’re bound to see the Rekluse logo. Racers and riders everywhere have been trusting Rekluse for years and we wanted to get a deeper look at the vast product line…

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Thanks for giving us the inside scoop on the Rekluse brand.  Can you tell us a bit about Rekluse and what the brand offers the industry?

Rekluse was founded in 2002 in Boise, Idaho by Al Youngwerth. We offer innovative auto and

manual clutches for dirt bikes, street bikes, adventure bikes, ATVs, and the Yamaha YXZ1000

Side by Side. We still do all the product design and manufacturing in-house in Boise.


How did Rekluse get its start in the Moto industry?

Al, our founder, has always been a rider, so it was only natural that he developed a product for

the industry.


Where did the idea for Rekluse come from?

After being disappointed with the performance of a different auto clutch, Al decided he wanted

to create a better product. He loved the idea of the auto clutch and turned to a program called

Tech Help at Boise State University to get development and engineering assistance. The BSU

student that Al was matched with at Tech Help is Sean Brown, who is now President of Rekluse.

 There are a ton of pro teams that run the Rekluse Clutch systems for the added durability and benefits. Teams like Star Racing Yamaha trust Rekulse on their championship winning bikes.

There are a ton of pro teams that run the Rekluse Clutch systems for the added durability and benefits. Teams like Star Racing Yamaha trust Rekulse on their championship winning bikes.

How is Rekluse different from other clutch component brands?

Our auto clutches provide an advantage that is unique to our product. The auto functionality is

there when you want it, but your clutch lever is still fully functional at all times. Our manual

clutches take aftermarket OEM replacement clutches a step further. Instead of just increasing

durability, our TorqDrive technology delivers increased performance, as well as increased

durability.


What types of riders and racers can benefit from the Rekluse clutch system?

We have many different clutch options, so we believe that everyone can benefit. We pride

ourselves on helping everyone from the highest levels of racing worldwide to the weekend

warrior riding their local trails for fun.


What types of clutch options does Rekluse have for each type of rider?

We offer 3 auto clutches and 3 manual clutches.

Auto clutches:

  • Our premier auto clutch is RadiusCX. RadiusCX comes with a billet center hub and

pressure plate, the EXP auto clutch disk, TorqDrive friction disks and drive plates, and a

billet clutch cover. Utilizing all the best technology that Rekluse has to offer, RadiusCX

delivers increased performance and durability.

  • The next auto clutch is Core EXP 3.0, which comes with everything in RadiusCX except for the TorqDrive friction disks. Core EXP 3.0 reuses OEM frictions.

  • Additionally, we offer is RadiusX, which reuses OEM hub and pressure plate. All you do is drop in the EXP auto clutch disk and the TorqDrive friction disks and steel drive plates.

  • All of the auto clutches’ engagement points can be tuned to match rider preference and terrain.

Manual clutches:

  • Our premier manual clutch is Core Manual TorqDrive. It comes with a billet center hub and pressure plate that move more oil through the clutch, keeping the clutch cooler. TorqDrive frictions and steels are much thinner than OEM, meaning we can fit more plates into the clutch. More plates handle more power and disperse heat better, giving the rider a very stable high-performance clutch. TorqDrive friction disks utilize a steel core, which expands much less than OEM’s aluminum core when heated. The result is a virtual elimination of clutch fade.

  • The next manual clutch is Core Manual, which includes our billet center hub and pressure plate. These billet components are engineered to move more oil through the clutch. Much like Core EXP 3.0, Core Manual utilizes OEM friction disks.

  • Our newest manual product is the TorqDrive Clutch Pack. This clutch drops into OEM components but uses our TorqDrive frictions and steels to increase clutch performance with more disks.

 There are many different options for Rekluse clutch offerings. There’s definitely an option that is right for you and your ride.

There are many different options for Rekluse clutch offerings. There’s definitely an option that is right for you and your ride.

With bike prices increasing each year a large number of riders are opting to keep their older bikes to save money.  How can a Rekluse clutch help them to keep their bikes running optimally?

Clutches are wear items, so it’s inevitable that your clutch is going to wear out one day. That

said, all our clutches are engineered to last longer and run cooler. Why not increase

performance and durability when it’s time to refresh your clutch? Our range of products and

price points can provide the best of both worlds.


What is one thing that you want riders to know about clutch systems?

Clutches can be a place to get better performance out of your bike. Exhaust systems, cams,

heads, pistons, and countless other products will increase your horsepower. When horsepower

increases, the clutch can become a weak point, robbing that extra power from the rear wheel.

Even if your bike is making stock power, there can still be a little extra “oomph” that isn’t being

transferred.


What is the best way to go about proper clutch maintenance and adjustment for the everyday rider?

With all clutches, it is crucial to use good quality oil, and change it regularly. We recommend

using whatever oil your bike’s manufacturer recommends; you don’t need to run any special oil

with our clutch systems.

Auto clutches have a different adjustment procedure than manual clutches. It is very important

to regularly check what we call Free Play Gain. This simple, two-second check essentially

measures the gap between the clutch pack and the pressure plate that the EXP disk fills when it

expands. We have videos available online describing how to check Free Play Gain, but if you

have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 Rekluse is continually producing new products to separate you from the competition. Check out their huge selection of off-road components.

Rekluse is continually producing new products to separate you from the competition. Check out their huge selection of off-road components.

What Pro teams and Pro riders currently run Rekluse clutches and what have their impressions been with the system?

We support teams all over the world, including Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Star

Racing Yamaha, MotoConcepts Racing Honda, RPM KTM, and Precision Concepts Kawasaki, just

to name a few. We were fortunate enough to win all 3 Supercross championships this year with

Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, and Aaron Plessinger, as well as the 250 Motocross

championship with Aaron Plessinger. Anderson and Osborne run Core Manual, while Plessinger

runs Core Manual TorqDrive. Their impressions have been very positive; they enjoy the

improved modulation and decreased fade. Their feedback has been very valuable for us to

continually update and improve upon our products.


What is one of the coolest parts about working with Rekluse and its riders?

We have been focused on customer service since day one, and always make it a point to do the

right thing and take care of our customers. Outside of the office, it’s always a great experience

hearing stories about how our auto clutches help people ride again or keep riding following an

injury or with a disability.

Everything happens under one roof. All the product design, engineering, manufacturing,

assembly, shipping, customer service, rider support, etc. is done here in Boise. We are a group

of caring, dedicated people that take pride in what we do every day.


What is in the near future for Rekluse? Will we see any new products coming down the pipeline?

We just released our new Manual Slave Cylinders, which are a direct OEM replacement. They

have a proprietary piston and seal design, which increases durability and improves clutch

modulation. We are always looking to improve our products and push the envelope.

 Privateers like Adam Enticknap trust Rekluse to keep them on the track longer and thanks to the durability of Rekluse clutches it saves them money over stock clutches.

Privateers like Adam Enticknap trust Rekluse to keep them on the track longer and thanks to the durability of Rekluse clutches it saves them money over stock clutches.

If customers have questions or want to try out the latest and greatest from Rekluse how do they

contact you and get their very own Rekluse set up?

You can learn about our products on our website, www.rekluse.com, or feel free to get in touch

with our customer service team. You can reach them by phone at 208-426-0659 or by email at

customerservice@rekluse.com.

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