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July 24th, 2010, 04:37 AM   #1
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Rekluse Clutch (Silly Question)

You are going to think I'm a right plank for asking this.
Question 1
Do you loose your engine braking when going down hill, (not having the throttle open in theory should disengage the clutch) ?.
Question 2
If you happen to come off, (which i do a lot Can you do damage to the engine if you cant get to the bike very quickly ?, (Normal clutch 9 times out of 10 the bike will stall).
Not being a very fit older rider nearly 50 my left arm tends to pump up after a few hours riding.
I have read that this clutch puts power to ground better then normal clutch and is better in very tricky terrain.
I'm riding a 570 if that helps.
All answers greatly received.
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July 24th, 2010, 05:37 AM   #2
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Re: Rekluse Clutch (Silly Question)

As long as you keep the RPM's high enough to keep the clutch engaged, the engine braking will be the same as the stock clutch. If you let the RPM's drop low enough to disengage the clutch, the engine braking will be lost. Most of the time the clutch stays engaged so you wont notice a differance.

You 570 is equipped with a tipover switch to protect the engine. If the bike is on its side for more than 3 seconds, it will shut the bike off. Pick it back up, and it fires right back up with the touch of a button.
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July 24th, 2010, 06:01 AM   #3
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Re: Rekluse Clutch (Silly Question)

Thanks for the reply Tim.
I never knew about the switch that stops the motor, I assumed it just stalled when i dropped it.
The idea of this clutch is quite appealing just a few things i have to get my head around before i layout 400.00 quid
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July 24th, 2010, 06:38 AM   #4
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Re: Rekluse Clutch (Silly Question)

My tipover switch usually lets the bike idle about 8 seconds.

As for the clutch, as long as the clutch is spinning fast enough, the clutch will stay engaged and you will have engine braking. I learned to ride a four-stroke by getting an auto-clutch on a 2003 KTM 450. It really helped me learn how to make the 450 get traction and go really well.
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Re: Rekluse Clutch (Silly Question)

Originally Posted by mark2e0
You are going to think I'm a right plank for asking this.
Question 1
Do you loose your engine braking when going down hill, (not having the throttle open in theory should disengage the clutch) ?.
No - because the clutch remains engaged until the RPMs drop below your set disengagement point. Before I added the Rekluse I set the idle down to about 1200 RPM instead of 1700 RPM (the recommended). Then I had the Rekluse engagement set just above the idle point. Now when I ride on a trail the clutch is engaged until I stop. As long as I keep moving I am fine. If I stop on a downhill then a *little* blip of the throttle to move me forward and engage the clutch and I am fine.

So, whether you have engine braking at any given point depends on your RPMs, not throttle, and the engagement RPM you set the clutch for.

Question 2
If you happen to come off, (which i do a lot Can you do damage to the engine if you cant get to the bike very quickly ?, [/quote]I am 56, very unfit, unskilled, I ride very technical trails and I fall a lot too. I've also looped the bike at least three times. The bike drops to idle quickly and when it goes over on its side the position switch turns the bike off after a few seconds.

No damage. If anything it will be less damage than a standard clutch because the clutch will slip enough to keep the engine running (except of course for the tilt switch).

I love my Rekluse - and so do others who ride it. It makes it hard to stall the bike - I've only stalled it once - when I hit a tree across the trail and it stopped the bike suddenly. Others stalled it a couple of times the first time they rode it.

The main downsides I have are:

1) No bump starting - at least not with the modal I have (Pro-start Z or something like that). Not a big deal yet. My bike always starts immediately with the e-start.

2) You have to remember that the throttle moves you forward, especially if you dump the clutch lever for a LHRB, which I did. Sometimes this is a bit inconvenient - especially if you forget. But IMO it is a minor thing and certainly worth the greater control you get, the ability to concentrate on the throttle and forget the clutch.

Revloc has come out with an auto-clutch called the 'Dyna-Ring' or something like that. You can adjust it on the fly on the handlebars and with a quick twist of the adjuster you can bump start the bike. Worth considering if those sound good to you.
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July 26th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #6
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Re: Rekluse Clutch (Silly Question)

Hi CodeMoney
Thanks for all the information, you have given me lots to think about, The more i hear about the Rekluse the more I'm drawn towards one.
Many Thanks again,
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