When 7-year-old Al Youngwerth first saw the motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, he didn’t know he would eventually start an award-winning international motorcycle parts company. He was just a kid who knew he wanted a dirt bike. He got one when he was eight, and he’s been riding ever since.
Dissatisfied with motorcycle clutches, Youngwerth decided to make a better one back in 2002. It was the beginning of his Boise-based small business Rekluse Motor Sports. Through Boise State University’s Tech Help program, he developed a prototype that redesigned how an automatic clutch operates. Posting on motorcycle forums such as ThumperTalk.com, Youngwerth shared pictures and information, gathering feedback from fellow motorcyclists. Before manufacturing had even begun, Youngwerth presold 50 auto-clutches online.