An AWD motorcycle for the Special Forces

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Driving the front wheel on a dirt bike adds the ability to scale difficult obstacles and navigate deep sand while adding a significant element of safety and reducing fatigue. Perfect, then for US Special Forces operating in Afghanistan, where these bikes are now deployed.

The Christini AWD 450 Military.

The Christini AWD 450 Military
The military version is based on the Christini AWD 450 and it has been beefed up with a whole slew of extra parts for increased protection and toughness. It was designed in mind to be used by the Navy Seals and Special Forces groups who are fighting overseas. It has a liquid cooled 450 cc four stroke single cylinder engine and Christini’s patented AWD system “that provides unbelievable traction, handling and stability.” The bike has been given the High Ground Gear package which includes multicam camouflage and PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) loops that allows for the easy attachment of military gear. The bike is can be customized with over 25 different parts from GPS to Automatic Transmission to a clutch quieter. You can see the rest here by clicking on specifications. You can purchase the military here and the bike can be built to your specifications.

Close up.

Where are they being used
Not only are the Christini bikes being used with Navy Seals and Special Forces — they are also being used with the US Navy, US Air Force, US Marines, British Special Forces and US Army. The 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division of the US Army were deciding how motorcycles like the Christini could be used in combat operations last November at the Dona Ana Range in New Mexico.

Captain William Branch says: “It leaves him ready to take the fight to the enemy when he finally gets to his location.” It also allows for him to move stealthily through the battlefield in the event that he is establishing an [observation post] as maybe a scout — he can infiltrate inside and outside enemy lines using his motorcycle and not be very visible audibly to the enemy.”

Captain Branch, a commander for C Company, 1-6 Inf, also said: “The work that we’re doing here at the NIE is allowing for us to aid the Soldiers that are in Afghanistan.” This is allowing us to establish a baseline for our tactics, techniques and standard operating procedures for how we employ these systems in a testing environment such as this one so that we can forward it to Soldiers that are in Afghanistan and allow them to be successful in their operations.”

  • Damo Von Maciel

    I would be pumped just to get the digicamo for my DR650!

  • Mark Desrosiers

    Seems like the best use for them would be to transport equipment very quickly over any terrain. Or medivac people with serious but not debilitating injuries.

  • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

    “…and not be very visible audibly…”

    How is one visible audibly? “Look! Hear that?”

    • Brett Lewis

      That’s Managerspeak for “quiet”.

  • josh

    Now THAT is a adventure bike.

    (Though you can certainly have a adventure on any bike, I even took my old cbr 600 hurricane off road once or twice.)

  • john ashman

    Me likey.

  • VR

    I thought “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”.

    That said, the fascination of NA for warfare symbology is pretty worrying.

  • Kr Tong

    Camo, and chrome, together at last…

  • Ben Boyd

    The PALS webbing all over the bodywork is amazing. Hows that for a luggage system eh? Just clip on all sorts of cheap random old military pouches and off you go! I want it.

  • HammerheadFistpunch

    Doesn’t sound like it runs on diesel/JP8. If not, what happened to the single-fuel concept?

  • Chris Cope

    I like that the headlight looks like Predator’s skull.

  • Jesse Perry

    Neat, but still waiting for a diesel KLR.

    • Frank W Jones
      • Frank W Jones

        ohh and it gets 96mpg..

        • Jesse Perry

          Let me clarify. I am still waiting for MY diesel KLR :) I would adore a decommissioned and running Marine KLR.

  • john ashman

    The price of the base 450 is pretty reasonable at $7000. I am assuming these start out as something else? What brand are they really?

  • Frank W Jones

    they used to run on diesel/jet fuel not sure what happened to that..

    • Davidabl Blankenhorn

      Unless you are dealing with low-tech opponents you probably want an electric for the reduced heat signature (to IR detection) Although range becomes a problem with elec.

  • Alan Nield

    Dont the millitary just love there acronims “PALS” just a posh camo tank bag