As an avid two-stroke-lover, I found the 300cc Gas Gas powerplant to be a great complement to the function of the AWD. Easy to roll on and packed with torque, the engine does best in the low-to-mid-rpm range and can easily be short-shifted to maintain great traction. The biggest downside I felt is that vibration got a bit heavy when the revs went too high. Starting and jetting were both where they needed to be, and the exhaust was not overly noisy. Of course, four-stroke lovers can also get a taste of Christini technology through the new AWD 450, which features an engine that is similar in appearance to a 450cc Honda and has an identical bottom end. The Christini 450 does not have a UniCam design, though, so the decompression system is simpler and lighter. Also, the 450 AWD sports a lower compression ratio and slightly less horsepower.Perhaps the coolest part of the AWD 300 is the price: $8,995 for the complete bike. Most riders are under the impression that a Christini costs an arm and a leg, but the reality is that riders can now get a hard enduro-ready all-wheel-drive 300 for less than the cost of a new KTM. The AWD 450 is even cheaper at an astonishing $6,895. For something this advanced, the complete package is great. As a race bike it's a sweet setup--especially on really nasty terrain like what we rode at TKO--and for a trailbike the AWD 300 is a very awesome option for the average rider. And for $600 more, you can even get electric start! It used to be that riders would buy Christinis as a second bike, but given how far the technology has come this bike definitely deserves consideration as a primary machine.