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    Anyone familiar with the Christini AWD bikes? I'm not much of a single track or MX guy, but these piqué my interest!! Most of their use seems to be in the MX or hill climb circuit, rather than recreational.

    http://www.christini.com/bikes/christini-awd-military

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    A couple pics - they're about 20 pounds heavier than a standard bike. Most reviews aren't thrilled because the front end is a little heavier than the standard "flickable" bikes.

    My biggest hesitancy, besides $$ and need, is the size. I'm a small dude, and have never ridden a "full" sized MX bike. A 38" seat height on something inherently unstable seems a little scary. I like to be able to have both feet flat on the ground when sitting on the seat - basically I like kids bikes like the TTR125 and KLX110L - HA!



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    I think the Rokon looks like a better fit for Alaska. I keep waiting for one of those to show up for sale on Craigslist or some such.
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    They have been around a couple years now but I haven't seen one in person yet....your right though,it would be interesting to ride one and see how they perform/pull. I had an 06' crf450r I set up for trails.....rekluse clutch,heavier flywheel,bigger fuel tank etc and it was great for fast traIl riding. You couldn't flame out on the slow tech stuff with it....almost like cheating really.
    I got to missing 2 strokes and sold it and bought this 1990 Ktm540 desert cross country that was all clapped out with a smoked top end. Spent the winter going ALL through it...everything new and massaged and what a pleasure to ride. You can tractor in 1st and 2nd and on 5he hi side a cr500 won't catch me! I love the bike.
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    Cwoods - that thing is beautiful. Well done! How you had your crf450r set up is exactly what you would do with this - only your FRONT tire would pull too over roots, rocks, and through mud!

    ML - this is definitely just for recreational riding purposes. I agree there would not be much practical use for it, other than exploring. I know a lot of guys that hunt and pack with a Rokon. You wouldn't get a Christini for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlshore View Post
    I think the Rokon looks like a better fit for Alaska. I keep waiting for one of those to show up for sale on Craigslist or some such.
    I bought a pair of Rokons back in the late 1970's and held on to them for a couple of years. No suspension and they would beat you to death. Biggest complaint I had was the more weight you put in your pack the more top heavy and unstable they became. Poor choice on my part.

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    The rokons have always picked my interest but Im sure the are just as uncomfy as you say they are,slow...and super unstable with a big load crammed on top. I cant help thinking of the easy mountain top skirting above treeline around our moose hunting area though. I have been riding dirtbikes since my first gearshifter,a Yz80 in 1976. If it wasn't for us Alaskans needing to pack gear with us on our excursions there would be no better way to get around IMO. And if you do look for a trail/fun ride SD I would strongly suggest a Rekluse setup for the tight stuff. You'll be blip blipping through tight stuff without your feet leaving the pegs looking like a pro on a trials bike. My Crf450r was a pleasure to ride and I do miss it,especially for here in Anchorage.
    I had a Xr600 I dual sported and modded and rode to work for years then bought the Crf to replace it dualsporting that bike as well with a Baja Designs kit. 5he Xr was bad enough to behave on and the Crf was just gonna get my CDL confiscated from 4 gear wheelies between lights and waking up the Harley guys who thought they could take the little red dirtbike when "green was seen". The new 4 strokes are amazing technology,just not my roots. Get that Christini bike so you can tell me how it performs and I'll get the snowbike kit and return the favor :-).
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    started out with a 1981 honda xl 500 as a teenager, then onto a 2004 klr 650. my next bike will be an Ural, which you can lock into 2wd if need be. very simple, easy to work on.....and old school.

    It would be nice to bring an ultralight solo canoe on a home-built rack. The dealer has a winch and a kayak on a rack. Nothing stops his adventures from what I'm told. under powered and over-built though, heavy and is a workout to steer.......

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    for you tacgeardo-nerds, make sure to ask about the available grenade launcher attachment of four 9k113's or machine gun:
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    I'm assuming on these Urals, the 2WD was the rear two (including sidecar) and not front and rear? Thanks for sharing!

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    yip, you can engage the rear side car wheel with a lever which engages a shaft-driven axle. The dealer is in town, be sure to go check out one. you can't find a single piece of plastic on these things. The dealer's bike has over 15,000 miles on it doing those trips to the top of AK n back to town.

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    I saw a whole group of Urals a couple weeks ago just south of Palmer on the flats, one of the guys had a kayak strapped into the sidecar of his. Pretty cool!
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