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Roland Sands un­veils new BMW R ninet Café Tracker

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Roland Sands is no stranger to the cus­tom scene and he demon­strated why at the Hand­built Show in Texas when he lifted the cov­ers off his lat­est cre­ation, a board-tracker in­spired BMW R ninet.

The ma­chine is a mix of board­tracker and café racer, tak­ing cues from both. What makes it stand out is the ag­gres­sive stance thanks to the frame be­ing raked and cut to ac­com­mo­date 21in Mor­ris wheels.

“This ma­chine’s part café racer and part board tracker,” says Sands. “It fuses cul­tures, eras and per­for­mance.”

The bike is dressed in a plethora RSD parts and plus a host of new parts that will star in the “Ma­chined Line” of prod­ucts, which will be avail­able from BMW deal­er­ships.

Per­for­mance has been upped by in­stalling a Rapid Bike race mod­ule that im­proves the ig­ni­tion map, while also al­low­ing pro­gram­mable set­tings to help get the best from the bike.

Hid­den be­hind the num­ber board is a Cxrac­ing oil cooler that keeps the bike un­clut­tered. The air­box has been re­placed with RSD ve­loc­ity stacks and a box that has been tucked be­hind the side­pan­els houses the elec­tron­ics.

The sus­pen­sion has been up­graded and now comes loaded with an Öh­lins TTX rear shock while the front forks have been up­graded with a GP Sus­pen­sion car­tridge kit.

“It’s a blast. It’s quick and steers well,” adds Roland, “you just have to watch your ass with no front brake…”

You can check out the parts used on the bike at www.roland­sands.com, if you fancy hav­ing a go at build­ing your own ver­sion.

Ag­gres­sive stance from the raked out chas­sis de­sign

21in Mor­ris wheels while the oil cooler is be­hind the num­ber board

RSD ve­loc­ity stacks re­place the air­box

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