Review: Rekluse EXP 3.0 Slipper Clutch
Tired of stalling your F800GS off road or fighting for traction on rough surfaces? Rekluse is now manufacturing the EXP 3.0 auto-clutch for the BMW F800 series—a product many riders need to know about.
A few months ago I was invited to try out some preproduction versions in my big dually, and am now running the final production version in the ADVMoto F800GS test bike without issue. Not an auto-clutch fan to start with, I was hesitant about using it in the F800. However, I’ve come to really enjoy its advantages.
In stop-and-go or low speed riding I can simply use the throttle rather than constantly working my clutch hand. In normal street riding, at engine speeds above idle, it’s invisible and works like a standard clutch, allowing me to work the clutch for wheelies or sketchy traction, yet still providing compression braking for downhill runs.
The Rekluse EXP 3.0 for the BMW F800GS series is a hybrid of their EXP Core package that would otherwise require a specially designed clutch basket and side cover. This holds the cost near the entry level EXP using all of the factory mechanical parts and springs with the benefits of the high-end EXP Core—including smooth engagement and a lighter clutch pull -- while still behaving as a standard clutch when needed.
It’s awesome in heavy traffic, too, especially in states where lane splitting is not permitted. Although off-road is where the auto-clutch really shines. I took the auto-clutch-equipped BMW on a 5,000 mile tour to include backcountry travel through CA, AZ, UT, OR and WA, and it was immediately obvious that I had an advantage over the other riders.
I used less energy riding and never had to worry about stalling, as the clutch simply begins to slip at stall speeds. I worked far less than the other riders during hill climbs and on questionable traction surfaces.
After my test trip was over, I stripped down the F800GS and entered the Desert 100 race in Washington State (a grueling 100-mile desert race). Only 17% of the ADV bikes that entered the race finished. As one of the top two BMW finishers, it is notable that both F800GS's were equipped with the Rekluse EXP auto clutch (no R1200GS finished the race).
Install was quick and simple and took less than 20 minutes. Check out the detailed installation video above. Rekluse clutches are available for most popular KTM, BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha adventure bikes. MRSP: $659.00 Rekluse.com
|▲ Never stall again||▼ Expensive|
|▲ Easy to install||▼ Overkill for weekend street riders|
|▲ Invaluable during hill climbs||▼ Requires periodic inspections|