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Is this system similar to the Ohlins hydraulic system used on the KTM and Yamaha?

No. The Christini system is completely different and offers many benefits over the hydraulic systems.

What is unique about the Christini AWD system that sets it apart from other AWD tech?

The Christini AWD is a completely mechanical system and does not have any hydraulic pumps involved.  It is the first system to maximise the performance of a modern off-road high performance motorcycle with long travel suspension.

What benefits result from the all mechanical system used by the Christini AWD motorcycle?

The main benefit is that there is very little power loss to drive the system. When there is full traction the motor is only spinning the shafts and gears.  This is less than 1/10 of a horsepower coming from the motor.  The mechanical AWD system operates like traction control.  As the rear wheel begins to spin, the power that would be lost as a result of wheel spin is transferred to the front wheel.  With this transfer of power to the front, the back wheel is able to easily regain traction. When you ride the Christini you will be amazed at how easy it is to find traction, and how much energy you conserve compared to a conventional motorcycle.

How does it work in general terms?

Christini’s All Wheel Drive system mechanically transfers power to the front wheel from the motorcycle transmission through a series of chains and shafts. Hydraulics are not involved.

The light weight all-mechanical system works similar to that of AWD systems found on four wheeled vehicles. The use of one-way clutches in the front hub allows the front wheel to be driven at a slightly slower rate than the rear wheel. Power is transferred to the front wheel only when the rear wheel loses traction or the front wheel skids. The front-to-rear power ratio is adjustable with a simple sprocket adjustment. This allows for nearly unlimited fine tuning of the AWD system to suit riding conditions and personal riding preference.

Where can I find a step-by-step explanation of how the front wheel gets power?

Go to our AWD Technology section.  If you have any questions be sure to email an enquiry found on our contact us page.

Does the Christini AWD drive system require special tools to maintain?

Although it may sound complicated, the whole system can be easily maintained with standard tools that are probably already in your tool box.

What do I get when I buy a Christini AWD frame kit?

  • Complete All Wheel Drive System
  • Modified Frame (requires exchange of stock frame)
  • Custom Fork Modifications (requires stock fork)
  • Custom Fuel Tank
  • Alloy Talon Front Hub
  • Engagement Switch
  • CNC Triple Clamps

Are there high performance upgrades for Christini AWD bikes?

Anything that is currently available for your bike, like pipes internal engine mods, carb goodies, will all bolt right on as there are no modifications to the standard drive system or motor.   Christini do modify the dropouts of your forks (the bottom part where the axle goes through). You can make any internal mods that you would normally do, such as spring changes or revalving.

How does a frame exchange work?

When you purchase a new Christini frame kit, you (or your dealer) are required to send us a new unused frame and forks. We will exchange them for a previously modified frame & fork set from our production queue.

Frame and forks must be in “like-new” condition for exchange, otherwise it will be handled as a “used exchange” (see below)

Can I modify my used bike instead of buying a complete bike?

Yes, but there will be a delay from the time you purchase the system, to the time you receive your kit. When we sell a new kit, the customer will actually receive a fully modified frame and forks from our production queue and the frame we receive will go back into our production queue to be used on another machine. In this case, we will modify your exact frame & forks and send them back to you.

Can I Purchase a Christini AWD Frame Kit without exchanging my frame and forks?

Yes, but the exchange is factored into our price. If you would like to keep the original frame and forks there will be a core charge of $1,000.

What brands and models are currently available?

  • Honda CRF250X
  • HondaCRF250R
  • Honda CRF450X
  • KTM Off-road 250/300 XC and XCW
  • KTM 450/530 XCRW and EXCR

Do I have to learn how to ride all over again?

Definitely not. The transition to riding Christini All Wheel Drive motorcycles is very smooth. Almost immediately you will notice the advantages of the AWD system, and it will not require you to ride differently.  With experience you will learn how to maximise and enjoy the positive effects of the system. While the learning curve is very shallow, it is also long. That means the more you ride, the more you will be able to take advantage of the system.

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