We have introduced a new adjustable handle that is a direct replacement for those that are looking for adjustment upwards in 15 degree increments. This new handle also has the feature to stow it up out of the way for working at the back of the boat. Check out the pictures! This is a nice add on for those that will use motor in multiple types of situations. This new handle is available as an option on all River Run Outboards. If you currently have a River Run, this new handle is easy to install. Your current handle pad mounts to the bracket that we supply to you. This unit also works great with our Z handles.
Safety is the biggest concern when it comes to anything. This is the main reason we opted to build our outboard mud motors with a wet clutch design unlike any other manufacturer. The wet clutch gives you a neutral gear where the engine is running but the propeller is not turning. We are the only manufacturer of small mud motors that has a wet clutch standard. This is an important note to take in to consideration when you are searching for the best mud motor for you.
The wet clutch allows you to easily maneuver to and away from the dock or any other target much easier than if you did not have a neutral gear. Without the neutral, the boat is moving as soon as you start the engine. This can be a safety issue if you are not prepared for it and also makes it much hard to move the boat to where you want it to go in the water!
Our wet clutch uses a 20W50 motor oil and should be drained and replaced after the first 10 hours of usage. No additional maintenance is required other than basic oil changes. It is important that you use only 20W50 motor oil in the wet clutch.
The wet clutch also allows us to use a reverse gearbox drive in making the worlds first small mud motor with reverse!
There are many questions regarding the proper handle sizing when selecting a River Run Surface Drive Mud Motor. Most fishing and hunting boats have a rear bench seat. Boat manufacturers like Tracker and Lowe use similar locations for the operator’s seat. For this application our standard handle is the one to use. The standard handle is about 22″ from the center of the transom. The exception to this rule is if you plan to operate the boat standing. To operate the boat standing, you would use our “Z” shaped handle or “up twist” handle. Our twist handles are 4″ longer and our Z is 8″ longer.
For boat styles that utilize a swivel style seat located in either rear corner, our twist handle would be the choice. The twist handle provides 4″ additional length and has a 30 degree extension that allows the throttle and steering action to be closer to the operator.
Here is a picture of the twist handle: