Roland Sands KRV5 Tracker

Board Track motorcycles from the 1st decades of the 20th century are the new inspiration of some custom builders. Some build reproductions as faithful as possible. Others like Roland Sand, from RSD, are not afraid to install a mind-boggling 200 + horsepower engine in a newly designed board-tracker body. And you have to know how it happened.  Roland Sands is only 32 years old, but has a racing background with a career which stretched from 1994 to 2002 with 9 career victories in the AMA 250GP series to his credit. He also claimed the 1998 250GP championship. Then Roland hung up his racing leathers once the physical toll became too great and became a full time custom builder of bikes and of parts for his father’s company Performance Machine. Then, Roland Sands and road racing legend Kenny Roberts met during the 2005 USGP at Laguna Seca. Roberts, a three-time world champion, racing legend, and owner of MotoGP’s Team Roberts, and his team manager, Chuck Askland, discussed the possibility of utilizing the Team Roberts KRV5 engine in a non-MotoGP context. Sands’ racing background made him as the leading candidate to come up with a radical KRV5-design by the time the USGP rolled back into town. The chassis designed by Sand is similar to its stylistic board-track progenitors and keeps the rigid rear of its ancestors. The customary board track girder front end was swapped out for black anodized forks sourced from a GSX-R1000. Sporting a 24-degree rake angle, the forks are locked into place with triple trees fabricated by Sand’s company (RSD). Custom made turned down handlebars and a vintage looking custom seat keep with the classic spirit of the board-track. Dropping in a five-cylinder MotoGP engine presented some challenges not found on a typical build. Sands mentioned the biggest issue with the engine was "getting the gas tank to look right and getting all the lines to blend in together." Another issue was the wiring, as Sands and his crew had to eliminate the motor’s complex telemetry. Very trick, are the engine’s five hand-built titanium exhaust pipes pieced together until they looked right. More at: Roland Sands Design

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1 Response to “Roland Sands KRV5 Tracker”


  1. 1 ROY OLIVER Oct 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    VERY NICE WORK NOWONE KNOWS THE HOURS OF PONDERING THINGS LIKE THIS TAKE AGAIN GOOD JOB AND REVON ALL THE BEST AXCO

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