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Roland Sands unveils new BMW R ninet Café Tracker
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