All Wheel Drive Motorcycles are generally all-terrain motorcycles (dirt bikes) that have modified the front end, to drive the front wheel providing more traction, when the rear wheel spins or loses grip.
The first example we will look at is Marty and his father Bill Lawson who developed an idea into a workable improvement to a KTM 300 XC off-road motorbike.
Lawson Concept All Wheel Drive Dirt-bike
Marty and Bill did not stop at one motorcycle and neither did they stop at dirt bikes. Following their first attempt, they continue to develop this technology, and have modified seven motorbikes, including off-road, dual sport, adventure riding and racing.
An idea that developed from Hub Center Steering
Marty’s All Wheel Drive motorcycle adventure began in 2008 when he saw the Bimota Hub Center Front Suspension.
Marty explains, “I quickly realized that the hub assembly of a Bimota front looked awfully similar to a U-joint and that a 4-bar linkage front suspension made power delivery much easier. I also did a lot of web research to find out what other front suspensions had been invented. I ran across information about the Hossack suspension and it was a key inspiration when I evolved my front suspension and drive ideas to suit off-road motorcycles.” Marty
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The All Wheel Drive is Born
With a combination of various ideas, Marty and Bill were able to create a motorcycle that is unstoppable.
“The AWD System allows full power to the front wheel so you can spin it under almost any circumstances and virtually no rear wheel slip occurs before engagement. It helps the average rider surmount obstacles much easier.” Marty
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The Lawson All Wheel Drive Motorcycle in Action
Christini All Wheel Drive Motorcycles
The CHRISTINI AWD Framekit allows you to convert your current ride into All Wheel Drive.
Like Marty and Bill Lawson, Steve Christini developed an All-Wheel-Drive two wheel motorcycle front end for his dirt bike.
The Christini All Wheel Drive enhances performance allowing riders to easily conquer obstacles that would stop Single Drive motorcycles, improves cornering and straight-line stability, and provides power that would otherwise be lost due to rear wheel spin.
Christini allows you to convert your motorcycle to an All Wheel Drive via a Framekit. You can either send your frame for modification or purchase a frame that fits your motorcycle.
Christini All Wheel Drive Cafe Racer
Christini also manufacture a Military Edition which the US Army are evaluating as an all-terrain vehicle to help the maneuverability of Soldiers during reconnaissance missions.
Christini Dirt-Bike in Action
It is clear All-Wheel-Drives provide better performance on off-road bikes, and considering the US Army is interested, we may see these suspensions more common place in the dirt bike world.
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