Roland Sands won a real functional biker build off, this is great!
Let me quote The Kneeslider from one year ago:
The quick way to raise the bar on these build offs would be to create a competition at the end that had a drag strip and road course as the first step. Horsepower and engineering would enter into it, you know, could they build real motorcycles? How fast does it stop? That I’d like to see. … Discovery Channel, are you listening?
Well, someone was listening, because the Discovery Channel just pre released the results of the 2006 Biker Build Off and Roland Sands won with his “No Regrets” V-twin custom. The final competition had Sands compete against Jesse Rooke in a three race match, a road race, a flat track and a drag race. There are a couple of photos on Sands’ website showing him putting No Regrets through its paces wearing race leathers and full face helmet, when’s the last time you saw a chopper rider needing those?
Roland Sands used a 150hp Kendall Johnson built Harley Davidson V-twin and Rooke used a KTM 950 for power, both engine variations seem to be favorite choices in the “accessible power” world we’ve been pushing around here.
Finally, a competition for motorcycles instead of curbside ornaments. Congratulations Discovery Channel for moving in this direction and above all, congratulations to Roland Sands for building custom bikes that not only look great but actually function as kick butt motorcycles. Roland Sands has been building functional bikes for quite a while now and this may finally turn the tide in the custom bike building world.
It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the bike builders respond to this change of direction. We may see some drop by the wayside as they find themselves unable to build something that works and there may be a rise of a whole new breed of bike builder, individuals that have taken the time to learn about motorcycle dynamics. I know to most of us around here, this is refreshing, I’m just all smiles!
Images: Roland Sands Design
Link: Roland Sands Design