Several months back, we showed you Marty Lawson's AWD conversion on a KTM 300 EXC. You'll remember the front wheel drive system was designed and built by Marty Lawson and his dad, the telescopic forks were replaced with a Hossack style setup and then a chain drive was added running to a sprocket up front.
The first tests looked very promising and Marty just sent me an update with a couple of videos of Pete Laubmeier giving the bike a workout in the CWIRA Moose Endurance ice race and another running through some turns and over logs out in the woods.
Didn't find any dramatic advantages to AWD on the ice when using studded tires. Except for hole shots. The bike almost always wins the race to the first corner. At the same time, it wasn't any slower either. The bike was more settled in corners with a bit of power. Pete could get on the power a little sooner on corner exits. The bike could also use different lines around corners without losing speed.
Then out in the woods:
The bike really hooks up in the soft sand. The best part of the video are the log crossings. When Pete crosses the log slowly, he is demoing a technique anyone could use to cross logs.
Marty says they're taking the bike to the Chicago motorcycle show next weekend and entering it in the competition in the performance custom class, so if you're in the area and planning on going, you'll be able to get a close look at the bike and maybe get a chance to ask Marty a few questions.
It seems to me they've got it working really well and when you realize this was a home designed and built DIY project, it's just that much more impressive. This is a project Marty and his dad can be very proud of. I like it.
Link: NewTech Development