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 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.
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.”