ROLAND SANDS’ BLASTER

He built it for him­self

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Impact -

Aptly named ‘2 Stroke At­tack’, State­side spe­cials guru Roland Sands’ own stro­ker is part 1976 RD400, part ’97 TZ250. And pure evil.

Ed Er­len­bacher built the mo­tor: “It uses 400 cases and trans­mis­sion – un­der­cut – with TZ250 dry clutch and Met­machex bil­let cover. Pis­tons are Ver­tex, heads are Su­pe­rior Per­for­mance. The crank uses RG500 big ends and 2000 TZ250 outer bear­ings. Port­ing is my RD400 race spec, mak­ing 70bhp at the wheel.”

Roland’s ex­ten­sive stock of TZ spares helped cre­ate the chas­sis. Forks and shock are Öh­lins, yokes Team Roberts, wheels mag­ne­sium. Dry weight only slightly more than a packet of tabs.

If God rides a Har­ley, Lu­cifer will smoke him on this...

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