REKLUSE CORE EXP 2.0 AUTOMATIC CLUTCH MXA TEAM TESTED
WHAT IS IT? A set of clutch internals that eliminates the need to pull the clutch in.
WHAT’S IT COST? $799.00.
CONTACT? www.rekluse.com or (866) 735-5873.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Rekluse Core EXP 2.0 clutch. (1) Auto or Tiptronic. Most people call the Rekluse EXP clutch an automatic clutch—because that is what it is. It’s a clutch that automatically pulls itself in whenever engine rpm drops below preset levels. There is no need for the rider to touch the clutch lever when moving or stopping (although the Rekluse Core EXP does allow the rider to use the clutch any time he wants). But, it does not turn your bike into an automatic, like the Husqvarna 360 Auto or the Rokon Cobra 340. You still have to shift. ( 2) Function. How does it work? It uses centrifugal force to engage and disengage the clutch (the centrifugal forces come from turning the throttle on and off). The centrifugal wedges inside the Rekluse mechanism move the assembly 1.2mm to engage and disengage the stock clutch. The Rekluse Core EXP 2.0 clutch uses the OEM friction plates and clutch basket. ( 3) Improvement. Rekluse’s Al Youngwerth is a mechanical genius. He has not only pioneered successful auto clutches for dirt bikes, but he has constantly refined and improved his original idea. The latest EXP is simple to install, totally tunable and doesn’t use the original 36 steel balls. For 2011, Al figured out how to get the centrifugal wedges to slide on ball bearings to make the system much smoother and more responsive. ( 4) Installation. Basically, all you have to do to make your clutch an auto clutch is to install Rekluse’s EXP pack and pressure plate. Nothing else. ( 5) Clutch lever. The Rekluse Core EXP maintains a
stock clutch lever feel, and you can pull the clutch in manually at any time and at any rpm. ( 6) Stalling. You can’t stall your bike, because the clutch is pulled in automatically whenever the rpm drops into the stall range. Sadly, bikes that are subject to flameout, which is different from stalling, can still flameout—although less often. ( 7) Behind the start gate. We used the clutch as a manual clutch on the start. Too bad they don’t have any hand-on-the-helmet starts anymore, because we could put the bike in gear and let it idle; then, when the time came, we could just turn the throttle and go. ( 8) Freewheeling. You have to change your approach to corners where you previously depended on compression braking, because once the Rekluse pulls the clutch in, the bike will freewheel. This is great on flat corners and in deep loam, but it’s kind of scary on fast downhills. When a bike freewheels, it gives the false impression that it is speeding up.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Half of the MXA test riders loved the Rekluse auto-clutch concept and half hated it. The clutch abusers couldn’t stop their hands from pulling the clutch lever in (even if they didn’t have to)—which means that they never got the benefits of the Rekluse automatic clutch.
We rate this as a five-star product, even though half of the MXA test riders thought it was a two-star product. Why such a good score? Because this is a creative product that does something that many riders have wished and waited for—just not half of the MXA guys.