Avtomat Kalashnikov has just unveiled a brand new enduro motorcycle which they say will be used by Russian Police in the upcoming Russian FIFA World Cup.
Avtomat Kalashnikov, a company renowned for their infamous AK-47 assault rifle and its derivatives, has announced a new electric motorcycle. Donning the silhouette of an Enduro motorcycle, this new bike will be pressed into police service in preparation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia.
Kalashnikov Group showcased these motorcycles at the 2017 International Military-Technical Forum held in Russia in September. 50 of the fully decked up police versions have already been earmarked for duty at the World Cup.
The Kalashnikov Enduro (it seems to have no name, hence our attempt at naming it) is produced by IZH, a subsidiary of Kalashnikov Group. IZH has been making motorcycles since 1928. Production and development got a boost when they got their hands on a DKW motorcycle plant in East Germany and moved it to the Ural mountains as a part of reparations for World War II. IZH also acquired the plant’s executives and engineers (prisoners of war?). Since then, production has been steady under the er, big guns.
The Enduro claims a range of almost 160 km on a full charge. It does look purpose built and rugged, with military drab paint scheme and luggage panniers. However, one of the panniers seems to be housing a battery. There is no mention of the specifications of the motorcycle anywhere, but what we can glean from the photos. The bike gets conventional long travel forks and a single disc brake up front, with a single smaller disc out back. A rectangular standard swingarm, 21-inch front wheel, and 18-inch rear wheel complete the rolling chassis. Both wheels have spokes and dual sport tyres. Overall, the Enduro looks rudimentary yet rugged. A gun rack sitting atop the handlebar spices things up a bit. It will, in all probability, hold the venerated AK-47.
Objectively speaking, it’s hard to say what the bikes will offer. Weight, performance, reliability, all these questions still have no answer from Kalashnikov Group. But coming from a company that has immortalised their assault rifle, which is famous for its reliability, we can bet that this rugged Enduro would indeed hold up against all sorts of torture it is put through. Only until you keep it charged up, that is!