Following up on yesterday’s accessible performance idea, let’s take a look at what Roland Sands has been doing. We’ve mentioned Roland before but readers keep sending reminders to look at his bikes. Actually, his bikes constantly rate high on our list of what might be called accessible performance customs.
Roland Sands, for those who aren’t aware was an AMA 250cc champion, so he knows about handling and performance. When he builds his custom V-twins, he avoids the typical stretched curbside ornaments and makes bikes that actually go fast. Lately, he’s been stressing handling a lot more with his RenStar and RSD Grunt. His website mentions him dragging his knee on the Grunt, within ten minutes of first taking it out, not what you get from your average V-twin custom.
The RenStar uses a Patrick Racing 1854cc Star V-twin, just the thing for huge power with low end grunt, plus an inverted fork, aluminum swingarm and rearsets instead of forward controls.
We could use a lot more of this type of custom, maybe the stretched chopper guys will start to get the hint.
Links: Roland Sands Design