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
Read about the Bimota Hub Center Front Suspension and the Hossack Suspension: Click Here
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.
TARUS – 2 x 2 Wheel Drive Collapsible Motorcycle
I don’t think you could get stuck on this bike, it would be unstoppable.
And it even disassembles to fit in your vehicle.
To purchase a Tarus 2×2 All Wheel Drive Colapsable Motorcycle: Click Here
1986 Suzuki Nuda Concept Bike
The Suzuki Nuda Concept bike’s engine powered both the front and rear wheels via shaft drives, but unfortunately did not make it to production.
1990 Dryvtech 2x2x2 motorcycle
The Dryvtech 2x2x2 Motorcycle is a hydraulic two wheel drive motorcycle that also uses hydraulics to operate two wheel steering.
What makes it even more special is that it is hydraulically centre hub steered on both wheels.
The Hydraulic Motor is located in the wheel.
2004 Yamaha WR450F 2-Trac – Production Two Wheel Drive All-Terrain Motorcycle
A chain is driven from the gearbox to an oil pump which sends oil to and from the front hub. When the rear wheel spins, the front wheel engages to pull the bike through the bog.
2015 Wunderlich BMW R 1200 GS LC Hybrid Concept 2-Wheel Drive Motorcycle
The Wunderlich BMW R 1200 GS concept 2wd uses a ten-kilowatt electrical motor and gearbox on the front wheel.
The front-wheel drive can be adjusted during operation, or be used entirely on its own with the combustion motor turned off.
The electric motor can drive up to 20 kilometres per hour to be used as manoeuvring assistance, or offer reverse function at three kilometres per hour.
At the EICMA 2015, BMW accessory specialist Wunderlich presented the prototype of a BMW R 1200 GS with a 10 hp electric motor in the front wheel hub.
2015 Yamaha PES2 Concept All Wheel Drive Motorcycle
The Yamaha PES2 is similar to the BMW R 1200 GS, as it also has an electric motor in the front wheel hub. There is also an off-road version named the PED2.
Yamaha PED2 All-Terrain 2 Wheel Drive Motorcycle
See more info and photos: Here
People are so inventive and All Wheel Drive is a clever idea to prevent the rear wheel spin to pull you through the bog or over the log.
Here is another great invention you will enjoy reading about, that provides safer braking and cornering on the road and racetrack.
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