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…
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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