Guido Koch's two-wheel-drive KTM 990 prototype

Will two-wheel-drive motorcycles take off?

Four-wheel drive works in cars, so why hasn’t two-wheel drive taken off? Several manufacturers have courted the idea for motocross or trail bikes. However, none has taken it up seriously because it makes the bike heavy, expensive and it’s only really useful in mud and sand, although having a light front wheel is also important …

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Revit two-wheel-drive custom

Two wheel drive motorcycle from Revit

Two wheel drive motorcycles have never really taken off, but now a company specialising in motorcycle apparel has had a go. Suzuki thought of the 2WD idea way back in the 1980s, Yamaha tried it about 10 years ago in the Dakar Rally, KTM worked on the technology for a while, and in the 1990s …

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AWD motorcycles arrive

Just what you need for the Dakar … an all-wheel-drive bike! Suzuki thought of the idea way back in the 1980s, Yamaha tried it a few years ago in the Dakar Rally, and KTM worked on the technology for a while, but all dismissed it as uncommercial folly. Several companies continued to beaver away on …

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