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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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M8 clutch basket Rekluse

Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

Contact Rekluse or your local dealer to order. 
(208) 426-0659 – 8AM – 5PM MST

Find a Rekluse dealer here

Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information.

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more.  Rekluse: When did you get your start riding? Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had […]

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Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more. 

Rekluse: When did you get your start riding?

Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had a friend that bought a Triumph Bonneville right when the retro bikes were coming back, the café racer type thing. I thought it was super cool, so I bought a 1969 Honda CL175. I’m an engineer by trade, so I rebuilt that bike from top to bottom and fell in love with motorcycles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I would cruise around the city. That’s how I got started.

What’s your favorite part about riding? Taking your wife for a ride, finding new places?

I don’t think my wife has ridden on the back of one of my motorcycles since then [laughs]. My favorite thing is probably just being out in the middle of nowhere. I really like rough camping. Just being on a trip where you can go a night or two without really going through any cities and just being out on your own, on your own mission.

What’s your favorite “middle of nowhere” to go to?

I love Death Valley. I’m sort of a history buff. It’s just a cool place to ride without the frame of reference of modern anything. Being in the middle of nowhere like that really makes the history come alive.

The rich history in Death Valley attracts enthusiasts from all over the country.

What kind of history is out there?

There’s ghost towns, a ton of old mines, Barker Ranch where the Manson family hung out, lots of interesting stuff.

Do you have a favorite riding memory? An epic trip that stands out?

Doing the Continental Divide in 2016. That was probably my favorite motorcycle memory.

How long did that take you?

Like 17 days. I was with 2 guys who had never ridden motorcycles before. They just dove right in [laughs]. Other than that, I did a month-long trip with my wife from Washington all the way down to Mexico. We hit all the national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. That was my favorite long trip.

That’s awesome. During that month-long trip, were you guys just living off the bike or getting hotel rooms?

We did a bit of both. We had all our camping stuff with us, so we did camp like 75% of the time. We stayed in hotels in a couple big cities like San Diego and in Palm Springs because it was so damn hot out [laughs].

Spencer loves the freedom that camping provides when he’s on adventures.

What does adventure riding mean to you?

It just means the freedom of being able to explore and not worry about where I’m going to stay or where my destination is. Just being self-sufficient in that way – having your own camping kit, food, enough fuel, to be able to do whatever you want and be in the back country.

What advice would you give someone who was wanting to get into adventure riding?

Start on a dirt bike. That’s my number one thing. I think a common mistake people make is go out and buy a [BMW] 1200 GS or a [KTM] 1290 to start out with. [Starting on a big bike] can really sour you on the whole sport. So start small and just go out and do it.

Switching gears a bit, you’re a KTM Twins Ambassador. What does that entail?

I started with KTM Twins when it changed ownership in 2016. They wanted to build a promotional bike to garner some attention, and they asked me to do it, so I built out a Rally 690. I’ve been doing projects like that with them ever since. I did a 1090 after the first 690, then I’m working on a 790 build right now. We go to most of the major events and rallies and fly the KTM Twins flag.

Do you guys have any big rides or events coming up?

We have a big Death Valley trip coming up this Winter, but that’s more of a personal trip than a [KTM Twins] promotional trip. Then event season this year with the Touratech Rally and that kind of stuff.

Adventure riding is a unique way to see places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Do you have a favorite rally?

I like the Touratech Rally a lot, just because it’s in my back yard. It’s about 2 hours away from my house, and it’s in an area that I ride in a lot. Other than that, I love the KTM [Adventure] Rally, I love the culture there. They usually put together incredible rides.

So what’s your background with Rekluse? 

I got started [with Rekluse] right when I started that first 690 build for KTM Twins. I had 2 690’s at the time, one that was more like a dirt bike and the other that was a Rally setup. I had an auto clutch [RadiusX] in both of them and I absolutely loved it. That was the first time I had one in a bike. I have ran [Rekluse] product ever since then. I had TorqDrive [manual clutch] in the 1090, then I have TorqDrive in the new 790, and I have a [RadiusX] auto clutch waiting to get installed [into the 790].

What do you feel the benefits of TorqDrive are?

The biggest advantage on the 790 with [TorqDrive] is it’s just a more robust clutch. The 790 has clutch issues. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on TorqDrive now. I haven’t gotten any of the fade or anything. I’m going to check it out when I take it apart to put the [RadiusX] auto clutch in, but I suspect that it’s still good. It’s a more robust clutch, and I think it just does better with these powerful bikes.

What were the benefits of RadiusX?

I had it super dialed on one of the 690s, and it just seemed like it worked perfectly. It made riding more effortless, especially in technical terrain. It felt like it had a better grab than the stock clutch on that bike. It just really made it feel like a dirt bike. And it was great for wheelies [laughs].

According to Spencer, RadiusX passes the all-important wheelie test.

Other than the bigger adventure bikes, what models do you have experience with Rekluse clutches on?

[KTM] 500 EXC. I went riding with Jimmy Lewis a couple months ago, and he has a couple [KTM] 500’s dialed in with [RadiusCX]. He has them so dialed in and perfect, I love it on that bike. I’ve gone back to back – I rode with [auto clutches with Jimmy Lewis] in Nevada, then I was in Moab and I got a chance to ride a brand new [KTM] 500 that was bone stock. I was like “oh man, how do people do this with a regular clutch?” [laughs].

Are there any standout bike models where you think the clutch really shines?

I think TorqDrive was really great in the 790 as far as reducing the lever pull, because it’s a cable clutch as opposed to the usual hydraulic clutch on a KTM. It made the lever pull easier and it did better at transferring the power. I’m really excited to see how the auto clutch does in the 790, because it already has the quick shifter. So with the RadiusX, it could be a perfect combination of quick shifter and auto clutch. It could be really cool.

What scenarios do you feel like the auto clutch comes in handy?

The auto clutch just makes technical terrain much more enjoyable. Rocky climbs, Moab type stuff, it just keeps one thing off your plate. It makes in more fun for me, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

RadiusX is a useful tool for navigating technical terrain, especially with bigger bikes.

What about TorqDrive? Where does it come in handy?

It’s just the only solution for the 790. KTM should have put a better clutch in to start, so I think [TorqDrive] shines as the proper replacement.

What common misconceptions have you heard about auto clutches, and how do they compare to the actual performance of the product?

Before I ever used an auto clutch, I had people saying that your bike will constantly roll backwards, that your bike will be rolling off hills. That was sort of funny to me. The other [misconception] was that the clutch required constant adjustment. That was the first thing I learned with my first 690 – if you adjust it properly, you really don’t have to mess with it. It was a seamless product on the bike… I thought I would have to tinker with it a lot, but I didn’t. You just check Free Play Gain and make sure that’s within spec, and it’s easy.

Where can people find you online?

My website is thegeardude.com – most people follow what I do on Instagram, which is @the_gear_dude, or The Gear Dude on Facebook.


Check out the full adventure product line here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at 208-426-0659 or [email protected]

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progresive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

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With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Jared Mees Rekluse
Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

Flat track Rekluse“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

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No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progressive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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M8 clutch basket Rekluse

Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

Contact Rekluse or your local dealer to order. 
(208) 426-0659 – 8AM – 5PM MST

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information.

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

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Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more.  Rekluse: When did you get your start riding? Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had […]

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Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more. 

Rekluse: When did you get your start riding?

Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had a friend that bought a Triumph Bonneville right when the retro bikes were coming back, the café racer type thing. I thought it was super cool, so I bought a 1969 Honda CL175. I’m an engineer by trade, so I rebuilt that bike from top to bottom and fell in love with motorcycles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I would cruise around the city. That’s how I got started.

What’s your favorite part about riding? Taking your wife for a ride, finding new places?

I don’t think my wife has ridden on the back of one of my motorcycles since then [laughs]. My favorite thing is probably just being out in the middle of nowhere. I really like rough camping. Just being on a trip where you can go a night or two without really going through any cities and just being out on your own, on your own mission.

What’s your favorite “middle of nowhere” to go to?

I love Death Valley. I’m sort of a history buff. It’s just a cool place to ride without the frame of reference of modern anything. Being in the middle of nowhere like that really makes the history come alive.

The rich history in Death Valley attracts enthusiasts from all over the country.

What kind of history is out there?

There’s ghost towns, a ton of old mines, Barker Ranch where the Manson family hung out, lots of interesting stuff.

Do you have a favorite riding memory? An epic trip that stands out?

Doing the Continental Divide in 2016. That was probably my favorite motorcycle memory.

How long did that take you?

Like 17 days. I was with 2 guys who had never ridden motorcycles before. They just dove right in [laughs]. Other than that, I did a month-long trip with my wife from Washington all the way down to Mexico. We hit all the national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. That was my favorite long trip.

That’s awesome. During that month-long trip, were you guys just living off the bike or getting hotel rooms?

We did a bit of both. We had all our camping stuff with us, so we did camp like 75% of the time. We stayed in hotels in a couple big cities like San Diego and in Palm Springs because it was so damn hot out [laughs].

Spencer loves the freedom that camping provides when he’s on adventures.

What does adventure riding mean to you?

It just means the freedom of being able to explore and not worry about where I’m going to stay or where my destination is. Just being self-sufficient in that way – having your own camping kit, food, enough fuel, to be able to do whatever you want and be in the back country.

What advice would you give someone who was wanting to get into adventure riding?

Start on a dirt bike. That’s my number one thing. I think a common mistake people make is go out and buy a [BMW] 1200 GS or a [KTM] 1290 to start out with. [Starting on a big bike] can really sour you on the whole sport. So start small and just go out and do it.

Switching gears a bit, you’re a KTM Twins Ambassador. What does that entail?

I started with KTM Twins when it changed ownership in 2016. They wanted to build a promotional bike to garner some attention, and they asked me to do it, so I built out a Rally 690. I’ve been doing projects like that with them ever since. I did a 1090 after the first 690, then I’m working on a 790 build right now. We go to most of the major events and rallies and fly the KTM Twins flag.

Do you guys have any big rides or events coming up?

We have a big Death Valley trip coming up this Winter, but that’s more of a personal trip than a [KTM Twins] promotional trip. Then event season this year with the Touratech Rally and that kind of stuff.

Adventure riding is a unique way to see places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Do you have a favorite rally?

I like the Touratech Rally a lot, just because it’s in my back yard. It’s about 2 hours away from my house, and it’s in an area that I ride in a lot. Other than that, I love the KTM [Adventure] Rally, I love the culture there. They usually put together incredible rides.

So what’s your background with Rekluse? 

I got started [with Rekluse] right when I started that first 690 build for KTM Twins. I had 2 690’s at the time, one that was more like a dirt bike and the other that was a Rally setup. I had an auto clutch [RadiusX] in both of them and I absolutely loved it. That was the first time I had one in a bike. I have ran [Rekluse] product ever since then. I had TorqDrive [manual clutch] in the 1090, then I have TorqDrive in the new 790, and I have a [RadiusX] auto clutch waiting to get installed [into the 790].

What do you feel the benefits of TorqDrive are?

The biggest advantage on the 790 with [TorqDrive] is it’s just a more robust clutch. The 790 has clutch issues. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on TorqDrive now. I haven’t gotten any of the fade or anything. I’m going to check it out when I take it apart to put the [RadiusX] auto clutch in, but I suspect that it’s still good. It’s a more robust clutch, and I think it just does better with these powerful bikes.

What were the benefits of RadiusX?

I had it super dialed on one of the 690s, and it just seemed like it worked perfectly. It made riding more effortless, especially in technical terrain. It felt like it had a better grab than the stock clutch on that bike. It just really made it feel like a dirt bike. And it was great for wheelies [laughs].

According to Spencer, RadiusX passes the all-important wheelie test.

Other than the bigger adventure bikes, what models do you have experience with Rekluse clutches on?

[KTM] 500 EXC. I went riding with Jimmy Lewis a couple months ago, and he has a couple [KTM] 500’s dialed in with [RadiusCX]. He has them so dialed in and perfect, I love it on that bike. I’ve gone back to back – I rode with [auto clutches with Jimmy Lewis] in Nevada, then I was in Moab and I got a chance to ride a brand new [KTM] 500 that was bone stock. I was like “oh man, how do people do this with a regular clutch?” [laughs].

Are there any standout bike models where you think the clutch really shines?

I think TorqDrive was really great in the 790 as far as reducing the lever pull, because it’s a cable clutch as opposed to the usual hydraulic clutch on a KTM. It made the lever pull easier and it did better at transferring the power. I’m really excited to see how the auto clutch does in the 790, because it already has the quick shifter. So with the RadiusX, it could be a perfect combination of quick shifter and auto clutch. It could be really cool.

What scenarios do you feel like the auto clutch comes in handy?

The auto clutch just makes technical terrain much more enjoyable. Rocky climbs, Moab type stuff, it just keeps one thing off your plate. It makes in more fun for me, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

RadiusX is a useful tool for navigating technical terrain, especially with bigger bikes.

What about TorqDrive? Where does it come in handy?

It’s just the only solution for the 790. KTM should have put a better clutch in to start, so I think [TorqDrive] shines as the proper replacement.

What common misconceptions have you heard about auto clutches, and how do they compare to the actual performance of the product?

Before I ever used an auto clutch, I had people saying that your bike will constantly roll backwards, that your bike will be rolling off hills. That was sort of funny to me. The other [misconception] was that the clutch required constant adjustment. That was the first thing I learned with my first 690 – if you adjust it properly, you really don’t have to mess with it. It was a seamless product on the bike… I thought I would have to tinker with it a lot, but I didn’t. You just check Free Play Gain and make sure that’s within spec, and it’s easy.

Where can people find you online?

My website is thegeardude.com – most people follow what I do on Instagram, which is @the_gear_dude, or The Gear Dude on Facebook.


Check out the full adventure product line here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at 208-426-0659 or [email protected]

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progresive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

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With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

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Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

Flat track Rekluse“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

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No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progressive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

Contact Rekluse or your local dealer to order. 
(208) 426-0659 – 8AM – 5PM MST

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information.

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more.  Rekluse: When did you get your start riding? Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had […]

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Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more. 

Rekluse: When did you get your start riding?

Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had a friend that bought a Triumph Bonneville right when the retro bikes were coming back, the café racer type thing. I thought it was super cool, so I bought a 1969 Honda CL175. I’m an engineer by trade, so I rebuilt that bike from top to bottom and fell in love with motorcycles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I would cruise around the city. That’s how I got started.

What’s your favorite part about riding? Taking your wife for a ride, finding new places?

I don’t think my wife has ridden on the back of one of my motorcycles since then [laughs]. My favorite thing is probably just being out in the middle of nowhere. I really like rough camping. Just being on a trip where you can go a night or two without really going through any cities and just being out on your own, on your own mission.

What’s your favorite “middle of nowhere” to go to?

I love Death Valley. I’m sort of a history buff. It’s just a cool place to ride without the frame of reference of modern anything. Being in the middle of nowhere like that really makes the history come alive.

The rich history in Death Valley attracts enthusiasts from all over the country.

What kind of history is out there?

There’s ghost towns, a ton of old mines, Barker Ranch where the Manson family hung out, lots of interesting stuff.

Do you have a favorite riding memory? An epic trip that stands out?

Doing the Continental Divide in 2016. That was probably my favorite motorcycle memory.

How long did that take you?

Like 17 days. I was with 2 guys who had never ridden motorcycles before. They just dove right in [laughs]. Other than that, I did a month-long trip with my wife from Washington all the way down to Mexico. We hit all the national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. That was my favorite long trip.

That’s awesome. During that month-long trip, were you guys just living off the bike or getting hotel rooms?

We did a bit of both. We had all our camping stuff with us, so we did camp like 75% of the time. We stayed in hotels in a couple big cities like San Diego and in Palm Springs because it was so damn hot out [laughs].

Spencer loves the freedom that camping provides when he’s on adventures.

What does adventure riding mean to you?

It just means the freedom of being able to explore and not worry about where I’m going to stay or where my destination is. Just being self-sufficient in that way – having your own camping kit, food, enough fuel, to be able to do whatever you want and be in the back country.

What advice would you give someone who was wanting to get into adventure riding?

Start on a dirt bike. That’s my number one thing. I think a common mistake people make is go out and buy a [BMW] 1200 GS or a [KTM] 1290 to start out with. [Starting on a big bike] can really sour you on the whole sport. So start small and just go out and do it.

Switching gears a bit, you’re a KTM Twins Ambassador. What does that entail?

I started with KTM Twins when it changed ownership in 2016. They wanted to build a promotional bike to garner some attention, and they asked me to do it, so I built out a Rally 690. I’ve been doing projects like that with them ever since. I did a 1090 after the first 690, then I’m working on a 790 build right now. We go to most of the major events and rallies and fly the KTM Twins flag.

Do you guys have any big rides or events coming up?

We have a big Death Valley trip coming up this Winter, but that’s more of a personal trip than a [KTM Twins] promotional trip. Then event season this year with the Touratech Rally and that kind of stuff.

Adventure riding is a unique way to see places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Do you have a favorite rally?

I like the Touratech Rally a lot, just because it’s in my back yard. It’s about 2 hours away from my house, and it’s in an area that I ride in a lot. Other than that, I love the KTM [Adventure] Rally, I love the culture there. They usually put together incredible rides.

So what’s your background with Rekluse? 

I got started [with Rekluse] right when I started that first 690 build for KTM Twins. I had 2 690’s at the time, one that was more like a dirt bike and the other that was a Rally setup. I had an auto clutch [RadiusX] in both of them and I absolutely loved it. That was the first time I had one in a bike. I have ran [Rekluse] product ever since then. I had TorqDrive [manual clutch] in the 1090, then I have TorqDrive in the new 790, and I have a [RadiusX] auto clutch waiting to get installed [into the 790].

What do you feel the benefits of TorqDrive are?

The biggest advantage on the 790 with [TorqDrive] is it’s just a more robust clutch. The 790 has clutch issues. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on TorqDrive now. I haven’t gotten any of the fade or anything. I’m going to check it out when I take it apart to put the [RadiusX] auto clutch in, but I suspect that it’s still good. It’s a more robust clutch, and I think it just does better with these powerful bikes.

What were the benefits of RadiusX?

I had it super dialed on one of the 690s, and it just seemed like it worked perfectly. It made riding more effortless, especially in technical terrain. It felt like it had a better grab than the stock clutch on that bike. It just really made it feel like a dirt bike. And it was great for wheelies [laughs].

According to Spencer, RadiusX passes the all-important wheelie test.

Other than the bigger adventure bikes, what models do you have experience with Rekluse clutches on?

[KTM] 500 EXC. I went riding with Jimmy Lewis a couple months ago, and he has a couple [KTM] 500’s dialed in with [RadiusCX]. He has them so dialed in and perfect, I love it on that bike. I’ve gone back to back – I rode with [auto clutches with Jimmy Lewis] in Nevada, then I was in Moab and I got a chance to ride a brand new [KTM] 500 that was bone stock. I was like “oh man, how do people do this with a regular clutch?” [laughs].

Are there any standout bike models where you think the clutch really shines?

I think TorqDrive was really great in the 790 as far as reducing the lever pull, because it’s a cable clutch as opposed to the usual hydraulic clutch on a KTM. It made the lever pull easier and it did better at transferring the power. I’m really excited to see how the auto clutch does in the 790, because it already has the quick shifter. So with the RadiusX, it could be a perfect combination of quick shifter and auto clutch. It could be really cool.

What scenarios do you feel like the auto clutch comes in handy?

The auto clutch just makes technical terrain much more enjoyable. Rocky climbs, Moab type stuff, it just keeps one thing off your plate. It makes in more fun for me, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

RadiusX is a useful tool for navigating technical terrain, especially with bigger bikes.

What about TorqDrive? Where does it come in handy?

It’s just the only solution for the 790. KTM should have put a better clutch in to start, so I think [TorqDrive] shines as the proper replacement.

What common misconceptions have you heard about auto clutches, and how do they compare to the actual performance of the product?

Before I ever used an auto clutch, I had people saying that your bike will constantly roll backwards, that your bike will be rolling off hills. That was sort of funny to me. The other [misconception] was that the clutch required constant adjustment. That was the first thing I learned with my first 690 – if you adjust it properly, you really don’t have to mess with it. It was a seamless product on the bike… I thought I would have to tinker with it a lot, but I didn’t. You just check Free Play Gain and make sure that’s within spec, and it’s easy.

Where can people find you online?

My website is thegeardude.com – most people follow what I do on Instagram, which is @the_gear_dude, or The Gear Dude on Facebook.


Check out the full adventure product line here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at 208-426-0659 or [email protected]

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progresive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

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With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

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Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

Flat track Rekluse“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

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No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progressive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

Contact Rekluse or your local dealer to order. 
(208) 426-0659 – 8AM – 5PM MST

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information.

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more.  Rekluse: When did you get your start riding? Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had […]

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Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more. 

Rekluse: When did you get your start riding?

Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had a friend that bought a Triumph Bonneville right when the retro bikes were coming back, the café racer type thing. I thought it was super cool, so I bought a 1969 Honda CL175. I’m an engineer by trade, so I rebuilt that bike from top to bottom and fell in love with motorcycles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I would cruise around the city. That’s how I got started.

What’s your favorite part about riding? Taking your wife for a ride, finding new places?

I don’t think my wife has ridden on the back of one of my motorcycles since then [laughs]. My favorite thing is probably just being out in the middle of nowhere. I really like rough camping. Just being on a trip where you can go a night or two without really going through any cities and just being out on your own, on your own mission.

What’s your favorite “middle of nowhere” to go to?

I love Death Valley. I’m sort of a history buff. It’s just a cool place to ride without the frame of reference of modern anything. Being in the middle of nowhere like that really makes the history come alive.

The rich history in Death Valley attracts enthusiasts from all over the country.

What kind of history is out there?

There’s ghost towns, a ton of old mines, Barker Ranch where the Manson family hung out, lots of interesting stuff.

Do you have a favorite riding memory? An epic trip that stands out?

Doing the Continental Divide in 2016. That was probably my favorite motorcycle memory.

How long did that take you?

Like 17 days. I was with 2 guys who had never ridden motorcycles before. They just dove right in [laughs]. Other than that, I did a month-long trip with my wife from Washington all the way down to Mexico. We hit all the national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. That was my favorite long trip.

That’s awesome. During that month-long trip, were you guys just living off the bike or getting hotel rooms?

We did a bit of both. We had all our camping stuff with us, so we did camp like 75% of the time. We stayed in hotels in a couple big cities like San Diego and in Palm Springs because it was so damn hot out [laughs].

Spencer loves the freedom that camping provides when he’s on adventures.

What does adventure riding mean to you?

It just means the freedom of being able to explore and not worry about where I’m going to stay or where my destination is. Just being self-sufficient in that way – having your own camping kit, food, enough fuel, to be able to do whatever you want and be in the back country.

What advice would you give someone who was wanting to get into adventure riding?

Start on a dirt bike. That’s my number one thing. I think a common mistake people make is go out and buy a [BMW] 1200 GS or a [KTM] 1290 to start out with. [Starting on a big bike] can really sour you on the whole sport. So start small and just go out and do it.

Switching gears a bit, you’re a KTM Twins Ambassador. What does that entail?

I started with KTM Twins when it changed ownership in 2016. They wanted to build a promotional bike to garner some attention, and they asked me to do it, so I built out a Rally 690. I’ve been doing projects like that with them ever since. I did a 1090 after the first 690, then I’m working on a 790 build right now. We go to most of the major events and rallies and fly the KTM Twins flag.

Do you guys have any big rides or events coming up?

We have a big Death Valley trip coming up this Winter, but that’s more of a personal trip than a [KTM Twins] promotional trip. Then event season this year with the Touratech Rally and that kind of stuff.

Adventure riding is a unique way to see places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Do you have a favorite rally?

I like the Touratech Rally a lot, just because it’s in my back yard. It’s about 2 hours away from my house, and it’s in an area that I ride in a lot. Other than that, I love the KTM [Adventure] Rally, I love the culture there. They usually put together incredible rides.

So what’s your background with Rekluse? 

I got started [with Rekluse] right when I started that first 690 build for KTM Twins. I had 2 690’s at the time, one that was more like a dirt bike and the other that was a Rally setup. I had an auto clutch [RadiusX] in both of them and I absolutely loved it. That was the first time I had one in a bike. I have ran [Rekluse] product ever since then. I had TorqDrive [manual clutch] in the 1090, then I have TorqDrive in the new 790, and I have a [RadiusX] auto clutch waiting to get installed [into the 790].

What do you feel the benefits of TorqDrive are?

The biggest advantage on the 790 with [TorqDrive] is it’s just a more robust clutch. The 790 has clutch issues. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on TorqDrive now. I haven’t gotten any of the fade or anything. I’m going to check it out when I take it apart to put the [RadiusX] auto clutch in, but I suspect that it’s still good. It’s a more robust clutch, and I think it just does better with these powerful bikes.

What were the benefits of RadiusX?

I had it super dialed on one of the 690s, and it just seemed like it worked perfectly. It made riding more effortless, especially in technical terrain. It felt like it had a better grab than the stock clutch on that bike. It just really made it feel like a dirt bike. And it was great for wheelies [laughs].

According to Spencer, RadiusX passes the all-important wheelie test.

Other than the bigger adventure bikes, what models do you have experience with Rekluse clutches on?

[KTM] 500 EXC. I went riding with Jimmy Lewis a couple months ago, and he has a couple [KTM] 500’s dialed in with [RadiusCX]. He has them so dialed in and perfect, I love it on that bike. I’ve gone back to back – I rode with [auto clutches with Jimmy Lewis] in Nevada, then I was in Moab and I got a chance to ride a brand new [KTM] 500 that was bone stock. I was like “oh man, how do people do this with a regular clutch?” [laughs].

Are there any standout bike models where you think the clutch really shines?

I think TorqDrive was really great in the 790 as far as reducing the lever pull, because it’s a cable clutch as opposed to the usual hydraulic clutch on a KTM. It made the lever pull easier and it did better at transferring the power. I’m really excited to see how the auto clutch does in the 790, because it already has the quick shifter. So with the RadiusX, it could be a perfect combination of quick shifter and auto clutch. It could be really cool.

What scenarios do you feel like the auto clutch comes in handy?

The auto clutch just makes technical terrain much more enjoyable. Rocky climbs, Moab type stuff, it just keeps one thing off your plate. It makes in more fun for me, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

RadiusX is a useful tool for navigating technical terrain, especially with bigger bikes.

What about TorqDrive? Where does it come in handy?

It’s just the only solution for the 790. KTM should have put a better clutch in to start, so I think [TorqDrive] shines as the proper replacement.

What common misconceptions have you heard about auto clutches, and how do they compare to the actual performance of the product?

Before I ever used an auto clutch, I had people saying that your bike will constantly roll backwards, that your bike will be rolling off hills. That was sort of funny to me. The other [misconception] was that the clutch required constant adjustment. That was the first thing I learned with my first 690 – if you adjust it properly, you really don’t have to mess with it. It was a seamless product on the bike… I thought I would have to tinker with it a lot, but I didn’t. You just check Free Play Gain and make sure that’s within spec, and it’s easy.

Where can people find you online?

My website is thegeardude.com – most people follow what I do on Instagram, which is @the_gear_dude, or The Gear Dude on Facebook.


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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progresive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

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With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Jared Mees Rekluse
Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

Flat track Rekluse“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

Indian Scout Rekluse clutch
No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progressive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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M8 clutch basket Rekluse

Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

Contact Rekluse or your local dealer to order. 
(208) 426-0659 – 8AM – 5PM MST

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information.

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more.  Rekluse: When did you get your start riding? Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had […]

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Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more. 

Rekluse: When did you get your start riding?

Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had a friend that bought a Triumph Bonneville right when the retro bikes were coming back, the café racer type thing. I thought it was super cool, so I bought a 1969 Honda CL175. I’m an engineer by trade, so I rebuilt that bike from top to bottom and fell in love with motorcycles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I would cruise around the city. That’s how I got started.

What’s your favorite part about riding? Taking your wife for a ride, finding new places?

I don’t think my wife has ridden on the back of one of my motorcycles since then [laughs]. My favorite thing is probably just being out in the middle of nowhere. I really like rough camping. Just being on a trip where you can go a night or two without really going through any cities and just being out on your own, on your own mission.

What’s your favorite “middle of nowhere” to go to?

I love Death Valley. I’m sort of a history buff. It’s just a cool place to ride without the frame of reference of modern anything. Being in the middle of nowhere like that really makes the history come alive.

The rich history in Death Valley attracts enthusiasts from all over the country.

What kind of history is out there?

There’s ghost towns, a ton of old mines, Barker Ranch where the Manson family hung out, lots of interesting stuff.

Do you have a favorite riding memory? An epic trip that stands out?

Doing the Continental Divide in 2016. That was probably my favorite motorcycle memory.

How long did that take you?

Like 17 days. I was with 2 guys who had never ridden motorcycles before. They just dove right in [laughs]. Other than that, I did a month-long trip with my wife from Washington all the way down to Mexico. We hit all the national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. That was my favorite long trip.

That’s awesome. During that month-long trip, were you guys just living off the bike or getting hotel rooms?

We did a bit of both. We had all our camping stuff with us, so we did camp like 75% of the time. We stayed in hotels in a couple big cities like San Diego and in Palm Springs because it was so damn hot out [laughs].

Spencer loves the freedom that camping provides when he’s on adventures.

What does adventure riding mean to you?

It just means the freedom of being able to explore and not worry about where I’m going to stay or where my destination is. Just being self-sufficient in that way – having your own camping kit, food, enough fuel, to be able to do whatever you want and be in the back country.

What advice would you give someone who was wanting to get into adventure riding?

Start on a dirt bike. That’s my number one thing. I think a common mistake people make is go out and buy a [BMW] 1200 GS or a [KTM] 1290 to start out with. [Starting on a big bike] can really sour you on the whole sport. So start small and just go out and do it.

Switching gears a bit, you’re a KTM Twins Ambassador. What does that entail?

I started with KTM Twins when it changed ownership in 2016. They wanted to build a promotional bike to garner some attention, and they asked me to do it, so I built out a Rally 690. I’ve been doing projects like that with them ever since. I did a 1090 after the first 690, then I’m working on a 790 build right now. We go to most of the major events and rallies and fly the KTM Twins flag.

Do you guys have any big rides or events coming up?

We have a big Death Valley trip coming up this Winter, but that’s more of a personal trip than a [KTM Twins] promotional trip. Then event season this year with the Touratech Rally and that kind of stuff.

Adventure riding is a unique way to see places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Do you have a favorite rally?

I like the Touratech Rally a lot, just because it’s in my back yard. It’s about 2 hours away from my house, and it’s in an area that I ride in a lot. Other than that, I love the KTM [Adventure] Rally, I love the culture there. They usually put together incredible rides.

So what’s your background with Rekluse? 

I got started [with Rekluse] right when I started that first 690 build for KTM Twins. I had 2 690’s at the time, one that was more like a dirt bike and the other that was a Rally setup. I had an auto clutch [RadiusX] in both of them and I absolutely loved it. That was the first time I had one in a bike. I have ran [Rekluse] product ever since then. I had TorqDrive [manual clutch] in the 1090, then I have TorqDrive in the new 790, and I have a [RadiusX] auto clutch waiting to get installed [into the 790].

What do you feel the benefits of TorqDrive are?

The biggest advantage on the 790 with [TorqDrive] is it’s just a more robust clutch. The 790 has clutch issues. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on TorqDrive now. I haven’t gotten any of the fade or anything. I’m going to check it out when I take it apart to put the [RadiusX] auto clutch in, but I suspect that it’s still good. It’s a more robust clutch, and I think it just does better with these powerful bikes.

What were the benefits of RadiusX?

I had it super dialed on one of the 690s, and it just seemed like it worked perfectly. It made riding more effortless, especially in technical terrain. It felt like it had a better grab than the stock clutch on that bike. It just really made it feel like a dirt bike. And it was great for wheelies [laughs].

According to Spencer, RadiusX passes the all-important wheelie test.

Other than the bigger adventure bikes, what models do you have experience with Rekluse clutches on?

[KTM] 500 EXC. I went riding with Jimmy Lewis a couple months ago, and he has a couple [KTM] 500’s dialed in with [RadiusCX]. He has them so dialed in and perfect, I love it on that bike. I’ve gone back to back – I rode with [auto clutches with Jimmy Lewis] in Nevada, then I was in Moab and I got a chance to ride a brand new [KTM] 500 that was bone stock. I was like “oh man, how do people do this with a regular clutch?” [laughs].

Are there any standout bike models where you think the clutch really shines?

I think TorqDrive was really great in the 790 as far as reducing the lever pull, because it’s a cable clutch as opposed to the usual hydraulic clutch on a KTM. It made the lever pull easier and it did better at transferring the power. I’m really excited to see how the auto clutch does in the 790, because it already has the quick shifter. So with the RadiusX, it could be a perfect combination of quick shifter and auto clutch. It could be really cool.

What scenarios do you feel like the auto clutch comes in handy?

The auto clutch just makes technical terrain much more enjoyable. Rocky climbs, Moab type stuff, it just keeps one thing off your plate. It makes in more fun for me, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

RadiusX is a useful tool for navigating technical terrain, especially with bigger bikes.

What about TorqDrive? Where does it come in handy?

It’s just the only solution for the 790. KTM should have put a better clutch in to start, so I think [TorqDrive] shines as the proper replacement.

What common misconceptions have you heard about auto clutches, and how do they compare to the actual performance of the product?

Before I ever used an auto clutch, I had people saying that your bike will constantly roll backwards, that your bike will be rolling off hills. That was sort of funny to me. The other [misconception] was that the clutch required constant adjustment. That was the first thing I learned with my first 690 – if you adjust it properly, you really don’t have to mess with it. It was a seamless product on the bike… I thought I would have to tinker with it a lot, but I didn’t. You just check Free Play Gain and make sure that’s within spec, and it’s easy.

Where can people find you online?

My website is thegeardude.com – most people follow what I do on Instagram, which is @the_gear_dude, or The Gear Dude on Facebook.


Check out the full adventure product line here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at 208-426-0659 or [email protected]

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progresive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

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With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Jared Mees Rekluse
Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

Flat track Rekluse“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

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No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progressive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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M8 clutch basket Rekluse

Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

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Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more.  Rekluse: When did you get your start riding? Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had […]

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Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about running Rekluse auto and manual clutches, and more. 

Rekluse: When did you get your start riding?

Spencer: I didn’t start riding motorcycles until I was about 22 or 23. I had a friend that bought a Triumph Bonneville right when the retro bikes were coming back, the café racer type thing. I thought it was super cool, so I bought a 1969 Honda CL175. I’m an engineer by trade, so I rebuilt that bike from top to bottom and fell in love with motorcycles. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and I would cruise around the city. That’s how I got started.

What’s your favorite part about riding? Taking your wife for a ride, finding new places?

I don’t think my wife has ridden on the back of one of my motorcycles since then [laughs]. My favorite thing is probably just being out in the middle of nowhere. I really like rough camping. Just being on a trip where you can go a night or two without really going through any cities and just being out on your own, on your own mission.

What’s your favorite “middle of nowhere” to go to?

I love Death Valley. I’m sort of a history buff. It’s just a cool place to ride without the frame of reference of modern anything. Being in the middle of nowhere like that really makes the history come alive.

The rich history in Death Valley attracts enthusiasts from all over the country.

What kind of history is out there?

There’s ghost towns, a ton of old mines, Barker Ranch where the Manson family hung out, lots of interesting stuff.

Do you have a favorite riding memory? An epic trip that stands out?

Doing the Continental Divide in 2016. That was probably my favorite motorcycle memory.

How long did that take you?

Like 17 days. I was with 2 guys who had never ridden motorcycles before. They just dove right in [laughs]. Other than that, I did a month-long trip with my wife from Washington all the way down to Mexico. We hit all the national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. That was my favorite long trip.

That’s awesome. During that month-long trip, were you guys just living off the bike or getting hotel rooms?

We did a bit of both. We had all our camping stuff with us, so we did camp like 75% of the time. We stayed in hotels in a couple big cities like San Diego and in Palm Springs because it was so damn hot out [laughs].

Spencer loves the freedom that camping provides when he’s on adventures.

What does adventure riding mean to you?

It just means the freedom of being able to explore and not worry about where I’m going to stay or where my destination is. Just being self-sufficient in that way – having your own camping kit, food, enough fuel, to be able to do whatever you want and be in the back country.

What advice would you give someone who was wanting to get into adventure riding?

Start on a dirt bike. That’s my number one thing. I think a common mistake people make is go out and buy a [BMW] 1200 GS or a [KTM] 1290 to start out with. [Starting on a big bike] can really sour you on the whole sport. So start small and just go out and do it.

Switching gears a bit, you’re a KTM Twins Ambassador. What does that entail?

I started with KTM Twins when it changed ownership in 2016. They wanted to build a promotional bike to garner some attention, and they asked me to do it, so I built out a Rally 690. I’ve been doing projects like that with them ever since. I did a 1090 after the first 690, then I’m working on a 790 build right now. We go to most of the major events and rallies and fly the KTM Twins flag.

Do you guys have any big rides or events coming up?

We have a big Death Valley trip coming up this Winter, but that’s more of a personal trip than a [KTM Twins] promotional trip. Then event season this year with the Touratech Rally and that kind of stuff.

Adventure riding is a unique way to see places that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Do you have a favorite rally?

I like the Touratech Rally a lot, just because it’s in my back yard. It’s about 2 hours away from my house, and it’s in an area that I ride in a lot. Other than that, I love the KTM [Adventure] Rally, I love the culture there. They usually put together incredible rides.

So what’s your background with Rekluse? 

I got started [with Rekluse] right when I started that first 690 build for KTM Twins. I had 2 690’s at the time, one that was more like a dirt bike and the other that was a Rally setup. I had an auto clutch [RadiusX] in both of them and I absolutely loved it. That was the first time I had one in a bike. I have ran [Rekluse] product ever since then. I had TorqDrive [manual clutch] in the 1090, then I have TorqDrive in the new 790, and I have a [RadiusX] auto clutch waiting to get installed [into the 790].

What do you feel the benefits of TorqDrive are?

The biggest advantage on the 790 with [TorqDrive] is it’s just a more robust clutch. The 790 has clutch issues. I’ve put about 3,000 miles on TorqDrive now. I haven’t gotten any of the fade or anything. I’m going to check it out when I take it apart to put the [RadiusX] auto clutch in, but I suspect that it’s still good. It’s a more robust clutch, and I think it just does better with these powerful bikes.

What were the benefits of RadiusX?

I had it super dialed on one of the 690s, and it just seemed like it worked perfectly. It made riding more effortless, especially in technical terrain. It felt like it had a better grab than the stock clutch on that bike. It just really made it feel like a dirt bike. And it was great for wheelies [laughs].

According to Spencer, RadiusX passes the all-important wheelie test.

Other than the bigger adventure bikes, what models do you have experience with Rekluse clutches on?

[KTM] 500 EXC. I went riding with Jimmy Lewis a couple months ago, and he has a couple [KTM] 500’s dialed in with [RadiusCX]. He has them so dialed in and perfect, I love it on that bike. I’ve gone back to back – I rode with [auto clutches with Jimmy Lewis] in Nevada, then I was in Moab and I got a chance to ride a brand new [KTM] 500 that was bone stock. I was like “oh man, how do people do this with a regular clutch?” [laughs].

Are there any standout bike models where you think the clutch really shines?

I think TorqDrive was really great in the 790 as far as reducing the lever pull, because it’s a cable clutch as opposed to the usual hydraulic clutch on a KTM. It made the lever pull easier and it did better at transferring the power. I’m really excited to see how the auto clutch does in the 790, because it already has the quick shifter. So with the RadiusX, it could be a perfect combination of quick shifter and auto clutch. It could be really cool.

What scenarios do you feel like the auto clutch comes in handy?

The auto clutch just makes technical terrain much more enjoyable. Rocky climbs, Moab type stuff, it just keeps one thing off your plate. It makes in more fun for me, because it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

RadiusX is a useful tool for navigating technical terrain, especially with bigger bikes.

What about TorqDrive? Where does it come in handy?

It’s just the only solution for the 790. KTM should have put a better clutch in to start, so I think [TorqDrive] shines as the proper replacement.

What common misconceptions have you heard about auto clutches, and how do they compare to the actual performance of the product?

Before I ever used an auto clutch, I had people saying that your bike will constantly roll backwards, that your bike will be rolling off hills. That was sort of funny to me. The other [misconception] was that the clutch required constant adjustment. That was the first thing I learned with my first 690 – if you adjust it properly, you really don’t have to mess with it. It was a seamless product on the bike… I thought I would have to tinker with it a lot, but I didn’t. You just check Free Play Gain and make sure that’s within spec, and it’s easy.

Where can people find you online?

My website is thegeardude.com – most people follow what I do on Instagram, which is @the_gear_dude, or The Gear Dude on Facebook.


Check out the full adventure product line here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at 208-426-0659 or [email protected]

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progresive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

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With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Jared Mees Rekluse
Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

Flat track Rekluse“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

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No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Rekluse Named the Official Clutch of Progressive American Flat Track

As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season. With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a […]

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As a leader in performance clutch systems made in the USA, Rekluse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series as the Official Clutch through the 2024 season.

With a focus on exceptional performance, engineering, and durability, Rekluse products are designed to give racers and race teams a distinct advantage over the competition in all forms of motorcycle racing. The Boise, Idaho based, American-made products have played an integral role in the success of several competitors in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes throughout recent years, lending hand in championship titles.

Rekluse has worked closely with Champions like Jared Mees developing both auto and manual clutch setups tailored for the different styles of tracks and racing the AFT series sees in a season.

“RWB is proud to get back to some our longest standing roots in racing through our partnership with Progressive AFT,” commented Scott Highland, Director of Powersports and Marketing for Race Winning Brands. “We are racers and enthusiasts ourselves, so helping to promote one of the most exciting and historic racing properties is an honor. We’re thrilled to have Rekluse as the Official Clutch and Wiseco as the Official Piston and work closely with the racers and officials of this incredible American tradition.”

“Rekluse has built their winning traditions on innovative technology, superior performance, and outstanding reliability,” said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive American Flat Track. “These qualities and their continued dedication to the sport make them ideal partners as we continue to work together to elevate the series to the next level.”

No guesswork – Rekluse TorqDrive and Radius clutch systems are tested before hitting the races and proven on the track.

At select rounds to be announced, Rekluse will be onsite to provide product education, trackside support and to share the passion with fans and racers. Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I & II doubleheader during Daytona Bike Week on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park.

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Which V-Twin Clutch is Right for You?

Rekluse’s lineup of V-Twin clutch systems and components serve a wide range of riders and machines, from weekend cruisers to high-performance race builds. Get the full breakdown of Rekluse V-Twin clutch offerings here to better understand which one is right for you.

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Many riders may be influenced by the common misconception that a motorcycle clutch can only function one way and that it’s a static system they must adapt themselves to. Since its inception, Rekluse has been dedicated to proving and sharing with riders everywhere that is not the case. In fact, clutch components can be designed, manufactured, and fine-tuned to improve the riding experience, help new or learning riders, optimize performance delivery, improve functional longevity, and everything in between.

Riders familiar with the Rekluse name may also be influenced by the common misconception that Rekluse is solely an “auto clutch” brand. In fact, this is only a sliver of the truth. With manual clutch and auto clutch components, Rekluse is dedicated to leading clutch technology innovation which means all types of riders and machines are included, from high-performance competition to adaptive riders, to enthusiasts looking for comfort, longevity and lighter lever pull (up to 60%), improved lever modulation, and everything in between.

Why Rekluse?

To sum this up, why choose a Rekluse clutch for your V-Twin?

  • Systems and components for auto or manual functionality to serve performance and riding needs and preference.
  • Lighter, smoother lever pull.
  • Simultaneously optimizes performances and durability.
  • Perfect complement for stock or built engines.
  • Improve comfort and adaptability for new riders.
  • Auto clutches can help complement needs of adaptive riders.
  • Provide competitive performance in racing competition.
  • Performance complement to built engines
  • Free your clutch hand in stop-and-go traffic
  • For demanding riding situations such as riding two-up towing a trailer and trike applications

What will you Experience Riding with a Rekluse Clutch?

Swinging a leg over a bike equipped with a RadiusX auto clutch, starting it and clicking it into gear does not require a pull of the clutch lever. The clutches EXP technology allows the bike to sit and idle in gear without keeping the clutch lever pulled in. Simply roll on the throttle and you’re up and rolling! Make no mistake, however, the clutch still retains all its normal functionality, and can be used as you always have any time.

Riding a machine equipped with a TorqDrive manual clutch, riders will immediately notice a lighter clutch lever pull, leading them to also notice improved modulation which translates to ease of power delivery control through a broader friction zone. Additionally, the increased torque transfer is felt directly, transferring more power to the rear wheel and connecting with the ground. On top of all that, clutch durability is maximized beyond OEM.

So, how does Rekluse clutch technology accomplish these feats?

Rekluse V-Twin Clutch Technology

We’ve covered the why, but how does Rekluse accomplish these benefits? To understand which clutch best fits your riding and performance needs, we need to first understand the clutch technology bases as it pertains to V-Twin engines.

  • EXP
  • TorqDrive
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
TorqDrive Manual Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System
RadiusX Auto Clutch System

EXP Technology – The Key to the Auto Clutch

In V-Twin applications, EXP refers to the EXP disk of RadiusX auto clutch systems. Rekluse’s EXP disk is responsible for engaging and disengaging the clutch based on centrifugal force. When the motorcycle reaches a certain rpm, the EXP wedges slide out to expand the disk and engage the clutch. All of this is happening from engine idle to about 3,000 rpm. The point at which the clutch engages can be fine-tuned with different springs for a customized feel.

EXP technology is used in RadiusX auto clutch systems for V-Twins, and sits on top of the clutch stack featuring TorqDrive friction plates included in the kit.

This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.
This illustration how the EXP disk enables auto clutch functionality.

TorqDrive Technology – Increase Torque Capacity, Optimize Power Transfer

Exactly what the name implies, TorqDrive is based on the principle that using more friction plates in a clutch pack creates increased torque capacity. Rekluse accomplished this by decreasing the thickness of their plates in order to use more plates in the same confines, while developing their own friction material for increased durability.

TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.
TorqDrive friction disk technology for V-twins.

Summed up by the Rekluse engineering and product team, “The idea was to increase torque capacity to the system. Ultimately, the goal was to allow for more tuning options, lighter feel at the lever, and lessen clutch operating temperatures. We learned that some other companies along with OEMs were using standard-based friction plates, yet high-performance or even high-mileage riders and builders were experiencing issues with longevity and experiencing clutch fade, which was caused by expansion. Our goal was to find a fiber compound that was durable, even when the operating temperature became extremely hot, yet be thin enough to fit more fiber plates into that same working area.”

The friction plates are made out of steel, which bucks the trend of using aluminum. When subjected to extreme heat, aluminum expands roughly twice as much as steel. Expansion leads to clutch fade. Rekluse essentially solved an age-old clutch malady through metallurgy.

A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).
A TorqDrive clutch (left) compared to an OEM Harley clutch (right).

Additionally, the steel-based friction plates have unusually shaped friction material totally unlike a traditional square or rectangle-shape. The fiber design is based around oil flow, helping maintain consistent cooling qualities that oil plays such a critical role in during engine and clutch operation.

TorqDrive clutch systems for V-Twin applications feature up to six additional friction disks over OEM clutch packs depending on the engine, which helps them offer up to 50% stronger clutch engagement with no increase in lever pull effort.

Furthermore, TorqDrive systems are also adjustable in the sense of fine-tuning lever feel and torque capacity. This is accomplished through optional, lighter springs and a lighter hold-down ring option that is supplied in TorqDrive kits, along with Rekluse’s proprietary basket sleeves designed to improv longevity through reduced basket tang wear – finally an easy solution for notching problems!

RadiusX or TorqDrive for your V-Twin?

When it comes down to choosing the specific clutch system to go with, you’ll want to consider several factors, including desired clutch functionality, primary use case, and performance goals, to name a few.

RadiusX auto clutch benefits:

  • Improves rider control, maximizes traction and promotes confidence navigating difficult riding situations.
  • Reduced clutch hand fatigue, especially in heavy traffic, bike rallies, and similar situations
  • Allows full, normal use of the clutch lever. Auto functionality can be overridden on the fly, at any time. Ride the bike and use the clutch as you always have any time you like! RadiusX auto functionality is there when you need it.
  • Eliminates stalling.
  • Allows riders to start and stop without engaging the clutch lever – less fatigue at stop lights an in traffic, meaning longer rides!
  • Tuning springs allow customization of engagement to suit rider preference.
  • Kits include: EXP disk, TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, EXP adjustment springs, throw out assembly, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.

It’s important to note that the RadiusX auto clutch does also utilize TorqDrive friction disks, so whether your preference is auto or manual, you’ll enjoy the benefits of TorqDrive.

RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.
RadiusX auto clutch kit for Harley-Davidson.

Recently purchased a new auto clutch system for your ride?
Be sure to read and save the included Rekluse Rider’s Guide by clicking below!

*Note: Free play gain is crucial for proper auto clutch tuning and function. Watch our video on V-twin free play gain here

TorqDrive manual clutch benefits:

  • TorqDrive thin friction disk technology allows more disks to fit in your OEM clutch’s footprint, improving torque capacity and power transfer.
  • Smoother shifting.
  • Improved lever feel and control.
  • Light clutch lever feel (up to 60% lighter over OEM)
  • Longer clutch life through improved heat dissipation.
  • Lighter clutch pull with no compromise in power delivery.
  • Kits include: TorqDrive friction plates, drive plates, judder plate or clutch springs where applicable, and basket sleeves to extend the life of your clutch basket.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.
TorqDrive manual clutch system for Harley-Davidson.

Upgrade the Package with a Manual Slave Cylinder

If your machine is equipped with a hydraulic clutch, Rekluse’s billet, manual slave cylinder not only takes durability a step above OEM, but it can achieve an additional 10% – 30% lever pull reduction when combined with the TorqDrive clutch. Who doesn’t want their bike to have a clutch pull smooth as butter?

Whichever clutch system you determine is best for your ride, Rekluse makes installation as simple and clear as possible, with thorough instructions included, and of course live expert support from the Rekluse team if needed.

Attention Harley-Davidson Sportster Owners!

The ‘Sporty’ is a historical platform that deserves optimized clutch performance just as much as any big twin, which is why Rekluse has developed manual and auto clutch systems specifically for Sportster engine platforms as well.

Manual clutch systems for Sportsters consist of TorqDrive and Core Manual TorqDrive systems, delivering improved power transfer and durability. Learn more about those here.

The auto clutch systems for Sportster engines is the RadiusCX, utilizing TorqDrive, EXP, and Core technology for the ultimate package of performance and durability with auto functionality.

Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Rekluse-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Clutch Basket

Outside of friction disk and auto function technology, OEM Harley clutch baskets present another area for improvement. As the back-bone of your entire clutch system, clutch baskets have immense responsibility to not only keep your clutch system functioning properly, but act as the connecting to the engines rotating assembly.

Rekluse HD clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life.

Harley-Davidson clutch basket.
Harley-Davidson clutch basket.

Finishing Touches

With your new V-Twin clutch system installed, the Rekluse derby cover is a strong, trick looking complement to accentuate your bike’s custom look and give fellow riders a hint at what you’re running.

With a clutch and cover installed and bolted up, don’t forget to refill your primary case with oil before operation. Oil can make or break clutch and engine operation, which is why the Rekluse team spent extensive resources testing and specially formulating its V-twin-specific Factory Formulated Oil.

Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse derby cover.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
Rekluse V-twin Factory Formulated Oil.
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Rekluse Continues Partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch […]

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As the 2023 season enters its next race, Rekluse is excited to share its continued partnership with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing for Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross, making up the newly announced SuperMotocross World Championship. Coming off a triple-championship performance in 2022, the esteemed Yamaha team will continue utilizing Rekluse’s premier clutch technologies as they aim to defend their titles.

“The entire 2022 racing season was full of incredible accomplishments for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing that we’re very proud to be a technical partner in achieving,” commented Alison Kelsey, General Manager for Rekluse. “The 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship brings even more excitement, kicking it off with multiple wins from Eli Tomac. Working closely with the top-level crew and riders at Star Racing, especially on the brand new YZ450F platform from Yamaha, has helped us continue to evolve championship-winning clutch components and we’re thrilled to continue building on this for all Rekluse riders and racers.”

2022 450SX and 450MX Champion, Eli Tomac and 2021 450MX Champion, Dylan Ferrandis returns for 2023, looking to keep the team’s premier class title streak rolling aboard all-new, Rekluse-equipped 2023 Yamaha YZ450F machines. Joining the duo for select Monster Energy AMA Supercross rounds is Justin Cooper, who is eager to make his premier class debut. Then, for the outdoor season, the 2021 250SX West Champion will shift his focus to a 250 title run in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

“Yamaha Racing is excited to continue our partnership with Rekluse for 2023! The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team has a completely new YZ450F this year and Rekluse has done a great job preparing for the start of the season,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing Department Manager for YMUS. “With Eli getting his first Anaheim 1 win and others at San Diego and Houston, the season is off to a great start.  We look forward to continued success in 2023 with Rekluse and Star Racing.”

TorqDrive will be putting the power to the ground for Star Yamaha riders throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and into Pro Motocross. To find TorqDrive or other Rekluse clutch components for your bike, click below.

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson M-8 engines deliver enhanced modulation, better strength, and extended clutch life.

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Harley M-8 clutch basket

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

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M8 clutch basket Rekluse

Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information. 

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Rekluse Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® M8 Models

Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined […]

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Rekluse is proud to announce the release of their new Clutch Basket for Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight®  models. Rekluse clutch baskets are constructed from billet aluminum and hard anodized to deliver enhanced clutch modulation, resistance to notching and extended clutch life. Tightly controlled tolerances ensure smooth operation, less drag, and reduced clutch noise. Precision CNC machining combined with innovative world-class engineering allows Rekluse clutch baskets to safeguard your vital internal components, keeping you on the road for the long haul.

Features and Benefits

  • Increased basket durability eliminates breakage caused by engine power transfer and stress
    – Handles 200+ FT-LB of torque
  • Custom hardware unique to the Rekluse design that does not require drilling of the OEM ring gear
  • Designed to pair with Rekluse TorqDrive friction technology for the highest level of performance
  • Machined to provide a trued rotation, resulting in less clutch drag
    – Easier to find neutral and smoother shifting
  • Engineered smarter to have less rotating mass, resulting in a better, smoother throttle response
  • Compatible with OEM or Rekluse clutch components

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Part Number: RMS-4115005

Models: 2017+ Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight® engine platforms
Softail Fatboy S (FLSTFBS) (2017), Softail Slim S (FLSS) (2017), Touring CVO Limited
(FLHTKSE) (2017-2020), Touring CVO Road Glide (FLTRXSE) (2018-2019), Touring CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) (2017-2020), Touring Electra Glide (FLHT) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide (FLTRX) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) (2017-2020), Touring Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) (2017-2020), Touring Road King (FLHR) (2017-2020), Touring Road King Classic (FLHRC) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide (FLHX) (2017-2020), Touring Street Glide Special (FLHXS) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited (FLHTK) (2017-2020), Touring Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL) (2017-2020), Trike CVO Tri Glide (2020), Trike Free Wheeler (FLRT) (2017-2020), Trike Tri Glide / Ultra (FLHTCUTG) (2017-2020)

Contact Rekluse or your local dealer to order. 
(208) 426-0659 – 8AM – 5PM MST

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Curious about the installation process? Be sure to check out our video below for more information.

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One Year, Two Championships for Eli Tomac | Powered by Rekluse

The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha. The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a […]

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The 2022 season marks historical, double 450 Class Championships in Supercross and Motocross for Eli Tomac after his first year with Star Yamaha.

The start of the a new year of racing in January 2022 marked the first of a full season of racing for Eli Tomac on his new Star Yamaha YZ450F ride, a manufacturer switch that initially had everyone making educated guesses at best in regard to Championship performance. 

Well, Eli exceeded many people’s expectations with a dominant effort in 2022 Supercross that earned him and the Star Yamaha team the 450SX Title. Relying on a Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology in his YZ450F, Tomac’s attitude was noticeably positive and passionate for racing, which carried into the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross outdoor season.

Read about Eli’s SX Championship here

ET3’s Core Manual TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

The opening round of the Motocross season in May at Fox Raceway was Tomac’s one and only overall finish outside of podium position with a close 4th. After that, Tomac stacked up an impressive and consistent season with one P3, five P2s, and five P1s – four of those wins being consecutive. 

Despite that record, Tomac entered the final round only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly the only rider capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride with a 1 – 1 moto performance at the final round, earning him the 2022 Pro Motocross 450 Title. This overall and Championship are very special for several reasons. According to several sources, this was likely Tomac’s final outdoor MX season of his career, which also means he won his very last professional motocross race, something he did with his very first race all the way back in 2010.

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

Learn more about Core Manual TorqDrive clutch technology

Don’t be fooled by all the scoop tire talk, that wasn’t the only thing helping Tomac pull all his starts this season. #TorqDrive

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he is particular about his clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with. 

The 2022 450MX title marks Eli’s fourth Motocross championship, and emphasizes the payoff of Star Racing Yamaha’s and Rekluse’s dedication to performance.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Christain Craig is your 2022 250SX West Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac. The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a […]

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In its seventh season running, the Rekluse and Star Racing Yamaha partnership finished a historical double Championship season with Christian Craig and Eli Tomac.

The reputation of the Star Racing team precedes itself. With roots in Supercross racing dating back before the turn of the millennium, the Star Crew has built what is now a powerhouse in both 250 and 450 Supercross racing. After some off season testing and development, the Star Racing Yamaha team began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the beginning of the 2016 season.

Craig’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ250F keep the power to the ground.

Christian Craig entered the ’22 season not only building off his last, but motivated from a long professional racing career full of highs, lows, and everything in between. His long-awaited, first Professional Championship came down to his final career 250SX Class race, where he rode smart and maintained his impressive points lead held throughout the majority of the season aboard his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ250F.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

“This feels like a dream right now,” Craig commented after the race. “I wrote on a whiteboard in November with my wife a picture of the number one plate and what it’d take to do this. And it’s real. I got it and I can’t be prouder. I love this feeling.” – Christian Craig via SwapMoto Live

The 2022 250SX West title marks Christian’s first career Supercross championship, and tallies-up another number 1 plate for Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Star Yamaha has played a pivotal role in the development of Rekluse’s Core Manual and TorqDrive clutch components. Performance and durability has been proven in Christian’s Championship-winning race engines.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Eli Tomac is your 2022 450SX Supercross Champion | Powered by TorqDrive

The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac. After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance […]

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The 2022 season marks not only Rekluse’s seventh consecutive season with Star Racing Yamaha, but a historical 450SX Championship with Supercross and Motocross legend, Eli Tomac.

After some testing throughout the off-season of 2015, the Star Racing crew began began officially running Rekluse clutch components in the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this symbiotic performance relationship has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive clutch technology, but has amassed over 10 Championships.

ET3’s TorqDrive clutch helping his YZ450F keep the power to the ground.

Eli’s recent 2022 Supercross Championship exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. ET3 proved those concerns moot, riding his TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins, five of which occurred consecutively.

Learn more about TorqDrive clutch technology.

This Championship not only marks a milestone for Tomac, but especially for Yamaha. Yamaha’s last premier class AMA Supercross title was in 2009 with James Stewart, and now they’ve just followed up their Rekluse-backed 2021 450 Pro Motocross title with another number 1 plate to hang on the wall.

The 2022 450SX title marks Eli’s second Supercross championship, and pushes Star Racing Yamaha and Rekluse’s championship count beyond 10.

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits.

Find Rekluse components for your machine.

Working with Star Yamaha and other partners has helped evolve the same exact Rekluse clutch components available to any rider out there. Whether it’s TorqDrive helping getting the power to the ground or the RadiusCX auto technology helping riders navigate demanding conditions, riders, racers and Champions choose Rekluse.

Photos: Star Racing Yamaha

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Catching Up With Spencer Hill – The Gear Dude

Rekluse sat down with KTM Twins Ambassador, “The Gear Dude” Spencer Hill, to talk about his favorite parts about riding, what he likes about runni