Introducing The All-Wheel Drive Rev'It #95 Anniversary Bike + Video

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

In celebration of Rev’It’s 20th anniversary, and the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Rev’It set out to create a machine as ambitious as its gear and its riders. The result is the Rev’It #95.

Rev’It creative director Gerbrandt Aarts brought together Gregor Halenda, Chris Cosentino and Scott Kolb, a skilled team of artists, designers and engineers with decades of combined experience in the shop and in the saddle. Together they conceptualized the “ultimate” adventure project that would turn a rugged ADV bike into an all-wheel drive machine, via the adaption of a Christini kit.

In just four months in late 2014/early 2015, a KTM 950 Super Enduro was found, stripped, and reassembled a dozen or more times to create an immediately recognizable, one-off motorcycle, built to mimic the current Rev’It design philosophy.

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% 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.

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.

The Rev’It #95 bike was completed in April 2015 and will be presented to the public at events over the coming months.

Complete list of modifications on the Rev’It #95:

-Christini 2WD conversion kit
-Woody’s billet hub rims with Excel hoops and stainless steel spokes
-Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires: 180/55B17 rear, 120/70B19 front
-Fredette Racing studded ice tires
-SKAT-TRAK custom paddle sand tires
-custom stainless steel exhaust with Cone Engineering stainless megaphones
-Anti-Gravity lightweight Lithium Nano-Phosphate battery
-Moto-Master disc, caliper and master cylinder upgrade
-Kuryakyn Phase 7 LED 7″ Headlamp
-Ironman rear sprocket
-DID x-ring chains
-Evo Air Foot-pegs
-Highway Dirt Bikes bark busters/mirrors
-iPhone 6 compatible mount with charger aluminum weld-in fuel filler cap
-Keihen 41mm FCR carburetor conversion
-Cosentino Engineering billet velocity stacks
-low temperature fan thermostat switch
-Chrome Glow LED taillight/turn signals
-custom aluminum 12 gallon fuel tank
-custom steel subframe
-custom leather seat
-custom windscreen

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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