RSD Concept Board Tracker Build. Illegal. Inconvenient. But It’s A BMW And Will Fire Up Every Time And Run Forever…

A huge fan of everything BMW Mottorad wants a top of the line bike for display in one of his business stores. He ordered it to Roland Sands, mentioning that it doesn’t matter if the bike is not completely legal or practical. Most importantly, gorgeous, with a boardtracker inspiration design and firing up and running at first try, like a BMW motorcycle…

The donor bike is the R Nine T conceived by BMW as a modular concept bike for the highest degree of customization possibilities. But difficult, when you are a great custom builder and former racer like Roland Sands, to build a bike only for show. Let’s say that on this special project he could relax on some legal matters regarding safety a legality.

This concept build required much more than a beautiful redesign of the factory bodywork and the addition of cool custom accessories. The RSD crew had to cho the frame neck, raking out the front end for the 21” front wheel to be accepted inside the stock forks. As always when adding the bpardtracker look to any bike, a brand new rear section had to be fabricated with GP suspension package. In the front, no brake. An upgraded one in the rear.

Remaining tasks were to clean the R NINE T from what Roland Sands would never keep installed on any of his own riding bikes. Lots of factory BMW parts ditched, some replaced, but not all with new RSD custom parts conceived specifically for this model and to be released in a new “Machined Line” series catalog


5 Responses to “RSD Concept Board Tracker Build. Illegal. Inconvenient. But It’s A BMW And Will Fire Up Every Time And Run Forever…”

  1. 1 Dante's 9th Jun 9th, 2017 at 9:39 am

    To heck with the pretense of Board Tracker . Put a substantially hotter motor in it with a more appropriate wheel/tire up front – drag slick on back – lower it just a tad and he’s got himself the perfect Glemseck 101 toy rarin and ready to go .

  2. 2 BobS Jun 10th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Very cool bike, congrats on the build. On a related but also unrelated point…I don’t get the obsession with the past, in this present. Do you know what the past was best at? Not caring about the past and blazing a new trail into the future. Don’t get me wrong, I love lots of different bikes and all kinds of racing, even vintage racing. But the original board trackers, flat trackers, hill climbers etc. had the cajones to break with tradition and start something new. I really love that about them and would like to see a little more of that today.

  3. 3 Gym Jun 10th, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Belts are for keeping your pants from falling off, not holding your tank onto your bike sideways.

  4. 4 JohnnySpeed Jun 10th, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    BobS – A few years ago I would have disagreed, but I am so bored of old and old looking bikes at this point. I try to mix the simplicity of the past with modern reliability at this point. Sometimes

  5. 5 reyn Jun 12th, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Fails precisely because it is unsafe at any speed. Is it sculpture or a custom bike?

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