Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
The clutch is there to reduce the abuse on the transmission, not just for starting from a stand still, IMHO.
The KLR is not a high performance road racer, drag racer or motocrosser to be used pursuing a pot of gold at the finish line. But rather a usually durable, reliable pack mule. Some of the newer Gen 2's like yours have broken a gear engagement dog off of third gear, but no one seems to know Why or How that occasionally occurs.
I wouldn't encourage the use of a component which will make life even rougher for your transmission. The clutch plates can last up to 200,000 miles, or be roasted in 20 miles of sticky, gooey mud. The clutch is relatively cheap & easy to rebuild. Total engine disassembly to rebuild a transmission in neither cheap nor easy, for most owners.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 83,000+ miles & counting