2013 Christini AWD Motorcycles First Look

January 8, 2013
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Christini 450 Enduro 2013.
The Christini 450 Enduro is new for 2013, bringing the Christini AWD model line to seven.

Christini All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Motorcycles first became available to consumers in 2007, and in the six years since the Philadelphia-based company has developed seven models including the new-for-2013 Christini AWD 450 Enduro. The Enduro joins the 450, 450DS, 450SM, 250, 300 and Military iterations of the Christini line, all of which share component changes for the 2013 model year.

Out front, the new Christini’s utilize a Marzocchi 48mm fork, offering adjustments for preload, rebound and high/low speed compression. A Fox Podium RC2 Shock was custom designed for the 250 and 300 AWD two-stroke models as well and features Dual Speed Compression, an updated preload adjuster and externally adjustable rebound.

To reduce weight, the front hub, gearboxes, rear sprocket and top and bottom triple clamps were redesigned to remove excess material. The rear sprocket is made of red anodized aluminum and has an outer ring of steel teeth to help improve performance and durability.

The brake rotors for 2013 are wave discs made from high-carbon 420 laser-cut stainless steel. Each ride also comes with a billet aluminum gas cap, CNC machined with the Christini logo and coming with a one-way vent to allow the tank to breathe freely.

The 2013 models also claim a weight savings from its aluminum exhaust with carbon fiber heat shield.

Christini still offers an aftermarket AWD kit for KTM and Honda motorcycles in the 2005-2011 model years. The process of fitting on the kit is a little complicated, but we explained the details in our 2007 Christini AWD Quick Ride.

2013 Christini AWD 450 Enduro Specificiations
Engine: 450cc liquid-cooled single cylinder four-stroke
Transmission: 5 Speed Wide Ratio Transmission
Ignition: Electric and Kick Start
Front Suspension: Marzocchi 48mm Sealed Cartridge forks
Rear Suspension: Adjustable Single Shock with Linkage
Fuel Delivery: Keihin FCR 40mm Carburetor
Exhaust: Aftermarket aluminum exhaust
Front Tire: 80/100-21, Kings Tire
Rear Tire: 110/100-18, Kings Tire
Brakes: Single Disc 240mm (9.4″)
Weight: 265 pounds (120kg)
AWD Engagement Switch
AWD Drive Ratio: 9:16 tooth (0.64:1)
Final Drive Ratio: 13:50 tooth