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Old 04-18-2012, 05:17 PM   #16
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The oem clutch lever remains intact, and you can override the auto clutch by pulling the lever as you normally do now. In technical or offroad riding, however, you don't need to keep 2 fingers on the lever.

I raced the F8 in a hare scramble race this past weekend which was pretty much a 4 mile motorcross course and 4 miles of single track course, and after an hour of constantly feathering the clutch I was wishing for an auto clutch.
I saw pics of you in a local thread. Nice!
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #17
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I saw pics of you in a local thread. Nice!

Thank you. That was the Stump Jumper hare scramble in South Jersey. I would say 75% of the course was deep sugar sand with sand berms, and I struggling for traction most of the time. So an auto clutch would have made life much easier on that sand and even in the single track portion.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #18
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Been asking for awhile.

I've been calling Rekluse for about two years now and I get the same story each time which is "maybe". I'm really keen to put one on my wife's 650twin for our world tour but no such luck. Personally I think they are missing a big potential market with the new to riding female crowd (not that my gal is new to riding, she kicks ass). Would be a very nice feature to have on an overlanding bike, especially when you hit a congested city like lima etc.

I've ridden a wr450f with the Rekluse set up and it was brilliant.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:25 AM   #19
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Well, I am going to call them again today and ask how we can get this ball rolling.

Maybe whoever else is really interested can call them again to help with this process.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:24 AM   #20
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There is no doubt a Rekluse is an advantage in technical situations.
Where you are about to kill your bike through say rocky sections.
But I think it makes it easy for the unexperienced riders to jump on to an 'auto' bike.
Mid lifers who jump from auto cars who have no idea on how to shift any manual transmission (I have a friend like that lol:-/).
Sure it works for them, but they never really learn to use a manual tranny properly.
If you learn to use your manual gearbox in stop & go traffic, you will also be better with your clutching (and gear selection) through technical off pavement.
It could be a big seller, but it will (mostly) be bought for the wrong reason on the 658/800.
I could enjoy a Rekluse I suppose on my 658, but I would rather have one on a dedicated dirtbike.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:26 AM   #21
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I think it's pretty cool and I now understand it. I'd be curious to try it out, but unfortunately as noted, not available.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:40 AM   #22
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...and the new ones have an override lock in so you can bump start the bike.
This answered part of my question. Can you leave the override lock on while riding if you wish to use the bike like a traditional clutch, say for sport riding in the twisties?

Not that there would ever be enough market for them to produce one for my Aprilia, but that kind of flexibility would sure be awesome. When I go off road on my supermoto, its lots clutch work. I might even factor in the Rekluse when choosing my next bike.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #23
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This answered part of my question. Can you leave the override lock on while riding if you wish to use the bike like a traditional clutch, say for sport riding in the twisties?
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With this auto clutch you still have to manually shift gears....you must still select the proper gear using your foot and left finger. However, it relieves the need to fan the clutch in technical sections. If you're trying to squeeze between trees in the the wrong gear the bike will most likely stall. So as always the bike will still need to be in the right gear for the clutch to work.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #24
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I think I would be inclined to disagree

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With this auto clutch you still have to manually shift gears....you must still select the proper gear using your foot and left finger. However, it relieves the need to fan the clutch in technical sections. If you're trying to squeeze between trees in the the wrong gear the bike will most likely stall. So as always the bike will still need to be in the right gear for the clutch to work.
Watch this video starting at 04:20 - the rider falls in 3rd gear - No stall - Jumps back on and go...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF3F2...layer_embedded

Now, how can we proactively tell those guys (Rekluse) that we want this clutch option for the F800GS?
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:06 PM   #25
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I spoke to them this morning, and was told there are only 6 people on their list of interest. So maybe whoever is really interested can call them and place your contact info....maybe that's how the ktm 950/990 clutch production began.
Maybe you could post the contact info, and who you talked to. That might get a few lurkers to call who are on the fence.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:42 PM   #26
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...but that kind of flexibility would sure be awesome.
No doubt. I think you can run a gear or two high with these. To me, nice of you could run a gear high on some technical sections and keep potential wheelspin down.

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I might even factor in the Rekluse when choosing my next bike.
Me too.

Funny thing, I rode my low ground clearance 658 on the OBDR last summer with STOCK gearing which some say not to do.
The bike went straight up and straight down some pretty fowl stuff.
I had to trust my 658 to run (and pull) at idle rpm's.
It did it very well - I never had to slip the clutch.

But I am coming around to the idea that the Rekluse auto clutch could be a very fine add to our 658/800's.
We'll see if it comes about.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:11 PM   #27
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I spoke with them yesterday and today. What I was told today is Rekluse is currently on a 6 week back order with all their current units, and unitll they clear that they will not be able to begin any new R&D work. I was told to call back in about 6 months....my reply was I am going to keep bothering you guys every day for 6 months ....he laughed and said that's fine but they're really very back up.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:30 PM   #28
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bump.... any word on what happened to bugging rekluse?
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #29
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bump.... any word on what happened to bugging rekluse?
I am still trying. The more people call them with interest the higher on the "to do list" we will rise. Based on my conversation with Rekluse, it seems the KTM boys have their engineers working overtime.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #30
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I am still trying. The more people call them with interest the higher on the "to do list" we will rise. Based on my conversation with Rekluse, it seems the KTM boys have their engineers working overtime.
just sent them an email offering my bike as a loaner we'll see what happens....

thinking about buying the EXP for the 990 and trying to build my own off that.... hell it can't be that hard?
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