You all know now that Roland Sands has a GP Motorcycle racing background. And his sport bike pedigree continues to show in all his creations. This machine is of particular interest for all Harley-Davidson enthusiasts because its base is a stock 2003 Softail and Roland demonstrates that starting from a legally titled and registered motorcycle it’s possible to create a top of the line motorcycle looking like a pure one-off built from the ground up.
The Sport stance comes, like often on his projects, from the stock Harley front end replaced by one coming from a Suzuki GSX-R and from PM/RSD Platinum Cut Diesel wheels wrapped with a Dunlop Elite 3 tire front tire and a Dunlop Sportman GP rear tire and using radial brakes.
A very special single sided swingarm is moving via a Progressive Suspension mono shock. The Harley Twin Cam engine went from 88″ to 95″ by rebuilding it using Kuryakyn pistons, camshafts, cylinders and heads.
With a machine now prepared to be ridden hard with quick handling, Roland sands then turned his attention to the show treatment, starting with a custom hand made gas tank, a hidden battery, and of course using as many parts possible from Performance Mahine and his own RSD catalogs. It includes triple tree, handlebars, controls, pegs, beehive oil tank, exhaust etc. Built to go, this custom is also all show thanks to a delightful symphony of blacks accentuated by gold and silver touches. Roland Sands Design. (photography Studios Cardero)