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Old 01-17-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question Slipper Clutch for the F800GS?

You MX types out their I have a question for you regarding the possibility that a slipper clutch might help on the F800GS? My objective would be to improve low speed tractability or getting caught in to high a gear etc. My understanding (I have never ridden a bike with a slipper clutch) would be that below a set RPM the clutch would slip rather than just kill the engine.

I have been caught out three times now having the engine stall (yes operator error) and each time it has been at the most in opportune time of course.

Any info or opinions from those with experience riding with a slipper clutch would be most appreciated.

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Old 01-17-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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You MX types out their I have a question for you regarding the possibility that a slipper clutch might help on the F800GS? My objective would be to improve low speed tractability or getting caught in to high a gear etc. My understanding (I have never ridden a bike with a slipper clutch) would be that below a set RPM the clutch would slip rather than just kill the engine.

I have been caught out three times now having the engine stall (yes operator error) and each time it has been at the most in opportune time of course.

Any info or opinions from those with experience riding with a slipper clutch would be most appreciated.

TIA
Mike
Before you do anything, make sure it won't void the factory warranty...........
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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Before you do anything, make sure it won't void the factory warranty...........
Don't care about the warranty. Not to sound flip but I don't. I want my bike to perfome like I think it should (if it had lower gear ratios etc.)
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:22 PM   #4
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Don't care about the warranty. Not to sound flip but I don't. I want my bike to perfome like I think it should (if it had lower gear ratios etc.)
Are you racing this bike?

You'll care if the motor blows and it's not your fault.........not to sound flip.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:27 PM   #5
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Are you racing this bike?

You'll care if the motor blows and it's not your fault.........not to sound flip.
No not racing it just trying to get so that when I come up on some technical TAT sections I can have a little more "room" for error.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:35 PM   #6
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No not racing it just trying to get so that when I come up on some technical TAT sections I can have a little more "room" for error.
The bike is definately a bit touchy in really technical stuff. Where I had trouble was getting started again on a loose rocky uphill after dumping my bike. I stalled it out 2 or 3 times before I got it going. Part of it on my end it just getting more seat time with the bike. What I will say is that the Rekluse does help in situations like that. It slips the clutch when the rear wheel starts to lose traction so the bike doesn't spin out from underneath you in hill climb situations. The downside I found was that if the bike did stall it is essentially in neutral, so if you're climbing a hill and don't have time to grab the brakes after the bike stalls you're sliding backwards. Not a real confindence enspiring feeling. They have alot of positives but there are some trades offs as well.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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You MX types out their I have a question for you regarding the possibility that a slipper clutch might help on the F800GS? My objective would be to improve low speed tractability or getting caught in to high a gear etc. My understanding (I have never ridden a bike with a slipper clutch) would be that below a set RPM the clutch would slip rather than just kill the engine.

I have been caught out three times now having the engine stall (yes operator error) and each time it has been at the most in opportune time of course.

Any info or opinions from those with experience riding with a slipper clutch would be most appreciated.

TIA
Mike
The MX ones are made by Rekluse. I had one in my 450 and didn't like it because I couldn't seem to get it adjusted right, but know lots of people that have them and swear by them. In fact, one of my riding buddies on a 950 super enduro has one and loves it. Gives the opportunity for a left hand rear brake as well. (I'd kill myself with one.) I don't know that they make a kit for the 800 though.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #8
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The MX ones are made by Rekluse. I had one in my 450 and didn't like it because I couldn't seem to get it adjusted right, but know lots of people that have them and swear by them. In fact, one of my riding buddies on a 950 super enduro has one and loves it. Gives the opportunity for a left hand rear brake as well. (I'd kill myself with one.) I don't know that they make a kit for the 800 though.
Currently they just show one for the KTM990 and the KLR650. I am going to inquire about it and will post what I find out.
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