Here is a Sherco illustration of their new clutch. My earlier engineering hunches about what they would do to make this work were correct: They can boast, but it's not 100% Sherco technology. Rather it's a flavor of the Xui R&D guy's GasGas clutch first introduced on the 2002 GasGas Pro, then later used in the Ossa and TRS (not sure about Vertigo). Same idea as the original with same 3-plate scheme, steel outer hub and primary, gear smaller diameter, and less thick. Same ability to handle more torque with a light lever pull while having fewer plates and being smaller. Hopefully in year 1, the same wonderful feel of a well set up GasGas clutch! What I'm not sure about is how they are rockering off (presumably) the outer hub to lift the Belleville washer-spring via the triangle plates. Notice also that the the outer part of the spring contacts what looks like a hard washer that sits on a thick sort of first plate. Sherco has done a very good job of fitting this type of clutch into the existing Sherco cases and adapting to pushing OUT on the triangle plates versus the GasGas method of pushing in from the clutch cover (this is why the Sherco triangle plates angle in rather than out). Unlike GasGas, however, the Sherco interpretation retains the removable clutch cover so you can get quicker access to the clutch and - this is fun! - watch it work dynamically. One of my earlier observations was that they would have to employ not the standard diameter clutch slave cylinder but rather, like GasGas, a smaller diameter slave cylinder. These types of clutches require MORE slave cylinder throw due to the leveraging of the triangle plates. And there it is in the illustration, a dinky slave cylinder diameter. Smaller bore, in I suspect the same casting, so it will look the same from the outside. This master cylinder definitely won't work on the direct-lift clutches! The previous master cylinder on a 2017 would result in a super stiff clutch. It is POSSIBLE they could sell a retrofit kit IF the primary transmission shaft is unchanged. The gotcha could be how they are retaining the assembly against the push-out force. I see there a bolt, not a nut, however. Here is the old set-up, nut on threaded shaft: So splitting the cases may be required to fit a new clutch. One rider recently said he rode a 2017. They are out? He said he still preferred the modified-to-4-springs clutch on his 300ST to the 2017. It will be interesting if they nail this thing first year. TRS had to learn as GasGas did to use a softer spring for most riders. If the first version of the Sherco clutch pull is on the stiff side, the majority will want less pull. Then there are the clutch plate materials and other nuances. But I'm confident that if Sherco don't nail it first time they'll get it right fairly quickly. But it's not so risky, as examples of this type of clutch abound.