We first mentioned Roland Sands’ dirt bike based road racer last year and after several months of work it looks like they’re almost ready for prime time. There are 3 versions, a Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki, each based on a 450cc dirt bike and then reskinned and reequipped for road racing.
Sands will be offering the Yamaha as a complete ready to race motorcycle, the Honda and Kawasaki will be available as kits. Price of the Yamaha is $14,999. He’s planning to build about 30 and the first one should be ready within days.
The 60 horsepower racers weigh only 250 pounds and have a top speed around 130 mph. They are aimed at an entry level road racing class where the power is manageable and the handling is excellent. If the class takes off and there is a lot of interest, there could be a possibility of a street legal version in the future.
I also found a very interesting line in this LA Times article:
For Sands, it’s an opportunity to distinguish himself from the mobs of custom builders that have surfaced in recent years and re-brand himself as the designer of high-concept, high-performance motorcycles.
It’s one more indication of the shakeout in the custom builder business and the moves back toward motorcycles that really perform as motorcycles. Roland Sands is probably better positioned than most to move in this direction and from the looks of these racers, he may have a real winner here.
Thanks for the tip, Mathieu!
UPDATE: Video added below: