Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Damocles, Your Kawasaki Bayou ATV uses 2 different style clutches for 2 different reasons.
The Rekluse is a single, single function clutch. Either dis-engaged or engaged. And either centrifugally or manually Dis-engaged.
When grandpas shift there Bayou ATV's up into 2nd or worse yet 3rd gear so the grand kids (8-12 yrs old) can ride them from 0 - xx speed in a single gear using throttle only, eventually the primary centrifugal clutch gets to the point that it slips even when grandpa takes off from a dead stop in 1st gear, then gets a better grip as the rpms climb a bit. The multi-plate secondary clutch is unaffected until grandpa starts messing with the secondary throw-out bearing lash adjustment & shifter centering screws & lock nuts. Then both clutches begin slipping.
Who is to blame, the kids, the clutch or grandpa himself?
The KLR650 is admittedly a little high geared in 1st gear for rough country & less experienced riders. But I & others have put many a miles on our KLR's even in rough country, in-spite of the slighlty high gearing, by riding just a little quicker.
We have no idea just how slow Dallas wants or needs to go. It could be an expensive experiment.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting