Meet the The REV’IT!#95, a bike conceptualised from the very beginning to break boundaries. The aim of the project was to convert a rugged adventure bike into an all-wheel-drive machine and in just four months, a KTM 950 Super Enduro was found, stripped, and reassembled a dozen or more times to create an immediately recognisable, one-off motorcycle.
Lead designer Gerbrandt Aart says: “This design features advanced technology in a simple and honest presentation, putting the parts that improve the rider’s experience on display.”
As the custom motorcycle trend sweeps the streetbike market, the idea of a custom adventure bike is without precedent. Adding to that a large displacement engine and all-wheel drive system is an even rarer phenomena; only three are known to exist. Why then all-wheel drive, and how does it work?
Street bikes can readily make use of all available traction, but off road it’s a different story: No matter how aggressive the tires on a larger displacement adventure bike, a spinning tire off-road is inevitable. The Christini-based system on the REV’IT!#95 transfers power off the countershaft sprocket through a custom-made system of gears and shafts, to the headstock where it’s converted again to two counter rotating drive shafts. These deliver power to the front hub via a one-way free hub. The front wheel is driven at 80 per cent of the speed of the rear wheel to prevent undue torque from affecting the steering, but when the rear wheel outpaces the front, the front digs in to bring the bike into line and convert what was once wasted power and roost into forward motion… and exhilaration.
The practical benefit of AWD on a full-sized adventure bike is the ability to navigate through deep sand or mud – the spots where a large, weighty bike might typically get stuck. It’s the same advantage as a four wheel drive vehicle, and offers a huge bonus to the solo adventure rider: You can traverse more difficult terrain, more easily.