Is clutching different between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke?


Would you say there’s different techniques on when to/not to use the clutch with a 2-stroke versus a 4-stroke?

Someone asked me the question above in the comments section of my last Shift faster without using your clutch, which made me want to write a “Quick Tips” about it.
When people first make the transition from a 2 stroke to a 4 stroke, they try to ride it just like they used to ride their old 2 stroke dirt bike, and quickly realize (hopefully) that 4 strokes are a different beast to tame and that they need to change their riding style a little bit.

So yes, there’s definitively different techniques on how and when to use the clutch between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke. When I switched from 2 strokes to 4 strokes, I had to change my clutching ways because I used to pop the clutch a lot more on a 2 stroke, and that’s because you have to keep a 2 stroke in the right revs if you want maximum power.

A 4 stroke, on the other hand, has so much more torque then a 2 stroke that you can ride a gear higher in many places and you don’t always need the clutch to find power. You also need to be less aggressive with a 4 stroke, or it will throw you around like a rag-doll and wear you out quick. You have to ride smoother and take advantage of the extra torque and roll the throttle more instead of popping the clutch like a mad man…! All the above is especially true if you’re on a 450 4 stroke!!!

Now go out there and practice giving your clutch a break icon biggrin Is clutching different between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke?

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  • http://ronronmx.com/ Stephane Roncada

    You mean ride without the clutch lever right? Yes it will hurt your gearbox, especially if you’re not experienced enough switching gears without a clutch. Where it will probably hurt it the most is when you need to go from neutral to 1st-2nd gear, you need a clutch for that or your gearbox will hate you.

  • Josh

    So I have a yz85 (2stroke) and I’m waiting on a new clutch cable, will it hurt anything to ride with out the clutch?

  • http://ronronmx.com/ Stephane Roncada

    When you say your clutch doesn’t work, what do you mean exactly? Does it stick, or does it not work at all (eg: does the bike still move forward when you accelerate with the clutch pulled in all the way?).

    Riding without the clutch will damage your gearbox if you don’t know how to properly shift gears without using it. The worst part is when you go from neutral to first gear without the clutch.

    If I were you, I would try and get it fixed before you go riding to avoid expensive repairs to your bike, or avoid hurting yourself.

  • Eric McMahon

    So my clutch doesnt work and i want to go riding with my friends but everyone says if i ride without the clutch ill blow the pistons. I put my bike in neutral and roll it down my driveway then put it into first and hit the throttle and it goes. Will i be fine to ride without the clutch or will i damage anything.
    Second question- will this damage my gearbox and be costly to fix

    Thanks

  • Simone_emm

    sorry but does this mean that even on a 4 stroke i can shift without my clutch as i used this technique on my 2 stroke and found it so much better now iv moved to a four stroke i seem to struggle to use my clutch as many other people have told me i must????

  • http://ronronmx.com Stephane Roncada

    Thx, glad you liked the post and that it was helpful for you :)

  • http://ronronmx.com Stephane Roncada

    Thx, glad you liked the post and that it was helpful for you :)

  • http://www.kneedraggers.com/ motorcycle accessories

    thanks to the author for telling us about the difference between the 2 stroke and a 4 stroke……… The way you explain how clutching depends upon the strokes is the best part of your post….

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    Thanks Ron-Ron for all the answers!

  • http://ronronmx.com Stephane Roncada

    No problem Travis, glad I can help :)

    And thanks for the idea on flat turns, that sounds like a good subject to write about! I'm always looking for new riding tips to write up but I never know what people really want to read about, so it really helps when someone asks me to write something on a specific subject.

    If you have any other ideas, please share :)

  • Travis

    Thanks Ron-Ron for all the answers!

    How about some discussion about the flat corners we've been seeing in SX and the slippery surface these guys are dealing with.

  • http://ronronmx.com Stephane Roncada

    No problem Travis, glad I can help :)

    And thanks for the idea on flat turns, that sounds like a good subject to write about! I'm always looking for new riding tips to write up but I never know what people really want to read about, so it really helps when someone asks me to write something on a specific subject.

    If you have any other ideas, please share :)

  • Travis

    Thanks Ron-Ron for all the answers!

    How about some discussion about the flat corners we've been seeing in SX and the slippery surface these guys are dealing with.