Christini has put together a bolt-on upgrade kit that adapts the company’s front-wheel drive system for KTM adventure bikes.
For years, Christini has been building all-wheel drive systems (technically, front-wheel drive systems) when the industry has, as a whole, abandoned the idea. Early experiments into AWD bikes have all been abandoned by the Big Four, even though there were definite advantages to the systems.
Those advantages mean some users, particularly military, remain interested in these sorts of machines, and Christini has been supplying them for years. Christini’s been selling complete bikes, based on made-in-China offroad bikes or dual sports, with the Christini system grafted on. Christini has also offered bolt-on systems for some popular Japanese and European dirt bikes.
It’s not a bad plan, but what if you don’t want a 300 or a 450? What if you want AWD on your big-bore adventure bike?
That’s where Christini’s new frame kit comes in. It’s made to be bolted on to KTM’s 1190 and 1290 adventure bikes.
In the photo, you can see how the system works: there’s a power take-off that is driven by the bike’s front sprocket. That power is run through a gearbox, then a clutch. From there, a system of driveshafts and chains powers a front hub, provided by Christini, that is installed into the stock KTM front wheel.
In total, the kit comes with:
- Complete AWD system
- CNC triple clamps with integrated AWD system
- Billet Axle clamps with integrated AWD system
- Front Wheel Drivers (allows for use of stock wheel)
- AWD gearbox with slipper clutch
- Engagement Switch
- Radiator (necessary for AWD drive system fitment)
Pricing for the kit is $4,595 US for the big-bore KTM systems. The small-bore Honda systems are $3,595 US, and small-bore KTM systems are $3,995 US. The small-displacement bike systems are available now, but you’ll have to wait for summer for the big-bore system. Find more details here.