Interesting, will look into this.
Thanks for your input
Yeah, release bearings are sized for momentary intermittent duty. Spinning with pressure on it for long periods would very likely overwork it.
Usually referred to as a throwout bearing it's a pretty common failure in the automotive world. Folks get a bad habit of sitting in traffic in gear with the clutch pedal depressed or driving around with their foot on the pedal and that toasts the bearing.
I looked at the parts breakdown and didn't actually see a separate bearing. It may be that Honda only sells it integral with the pressure plate.
I like experiment you are doing but I would strongly consider traveling with spares and tools to replace the release bearing if it fails far from home.