Back Street Heroes - - SHED BUILT -

MY IN­SPI­RA­TION FOR THIS BUILD CAME FROM RSD’S (ROLAND SANDS DE­SIGNS) KTM 450 DESERT SLED. AS A FAN OF STEVE MC­QUEEN, AND THE MOVIE ‘ON ANY SUN­DAY’, I WANTED TO PAY TRIB­UTE TO HIS LOVE OF OF­FROAD MO­TOR­CY­CLING, AND THOUGHT IT APT TO NAME MY BUILD ‘BUL­LET’ IN A HOMAGE TO THE MOVIE. (YES, YES, I KNOW THE FILM IS CALLED ‘BULLITT’.) used my own KTM 950 SMR with low mileage as a start­ing point, and the goal was to cre­ate a retro feel for it, de­spite its modern ap­pendages. Though RSD’s build is an ab­so­lute beaut, the ra­di­a­tor on it looks com­pletely out of place – my goal was to make the rad’ blend in bet­ter with the mo­tor­cy­cle’s lines.

The sub­frame was ditched, and a new rear was made and welded to the frame. The ra­di­a­tor tanks were cut off, and new ones made to fa­cil­i­tate flip­ping them 90 de­grees, and then spin­ning them 180 to get them slightly nar­rower, and to flow bet­ter with the fuel


tank. Four mil­lime­tre rad’ guards were made for pro­tec­tion, while keeping the as­cetics of the build in mind. A front ’guard brace was made, and new front n’ rear ’guards rolled. I didn’t want the oil tank to stick out like a sore thumb, so I built a skid-plate with a dou­ble liner that pro­trudes through the swingarm as the oil tank, and a new catch-tank was made, and fit­ted be­tween the frame rails.

Mul­tistrada en­duro wheels (17-inch rear/19-inch front) were ob­tained, and mod­i­fied to fit, and with an over­sized disc on the left front fork (the RHS had the caliper mount re­moved to elim­i­nate the bulky feel of the twin discs). The forks were raised half an inch in the yokes to off­set the 19-inch wheel and, to com­plete the front end, a set of fork guards were made.

A set of Kus­tomTech clas­sic-line mas­ter-cylin­ders were in­stalled for brake and clutch duty, and a cus­tom hous­ing for the switchgear, and a han­dle­bar mount, were fab­ri­cated, with all wires run­ning through the ’bars and steer­ing neck tube for a clean look. I made a bil­let tail light with LEDs, the head­light is from a VW Golf with cus­tom-made bucket and bezel, and a seg­mented (piecut) stain­less steel ex­haust with a cus­tom set of muf­flers were made and pol­ished up.

All the al­loy and stain­less was given a brushed look to show off the alu­minium, and clear-coated with black and grey here and there added in for a bit of colour. Ev­ery­thing was hand-fab­ri­cated by me, and I also did the seat, and the paint job my­self too.

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