Archive for the ‘Roland Sands’ Category

RSD/Victory Motorcycles: Project 200 Video

July 28, 2010

When I first saw pictures (stolen from Cameron Brewer over at RSD: Thanks Cameron!) of the custom Vegas 8-Ball that Roland Sands is doing for Victory Motorcycles, I immediately fell in lust over its swoopy profile. That new tail section and dropped down seat, combined with the full fairing, really highlighted the design lines that Victory is known for. (It should probably be noted that I’m an Roland Sands Design and Victory sycophant — I just like the stuff that they do when they do what they do.)

Then I got really excited (starting to creep myself out here) when reading about what RSD is attempting to do with this bike. It’s called Project 200 and it’s Sands’ effort at building a bike aimed at hitting a Modified Partial Streamlining (MPS) record. Here’s a ‘graph from the RSD blog that explains it in RD’s words:

This Victory project is for the sole purpose of going 200mph. What started off as a move to do something different with a Victory turned into a quest for the 200mph marker. This has been a personal goal of mine for sometime and to do it on what was a custom cruiser makes it much harder and more interesting. Adding the bodywork and performance parts lends itself to setting this bike apart as a true high speed performer. It will soon be getting a turbo motor which will make it a 200 plus HP beast for both landspeed and the drag strip.

So now that Victory has announced its 2011 lineup and RSD had a chance to show this beast to the dealers attending the Polaris/Victory dealer meeting, this video has been posted.

It shows the early stages of Sands’ quest to hit 200 mph. We’ll try to follow along as they post more vids. Could watch stuff like this all day. Well I could if I got paid for it, so until then I’ll link to videos when they come online and then go back to my work-a-day tasks such as reading press releases, interviewing folks and pining for future press rides.

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Good Stuff at Roland Sands Design

November 23, 2009

I’m pretty much a sucker for most everything that come out of Roland Sands Design. The RSD aesthetic nails me on somewhat of a cellular level much like that from any great designer — whether it be furniture, architecture, can openers, bathtub plugs or motorcycles. If it were up to me, even the most mundane object would be of interesting design. (Why should we have to surround ourselves with boring things?)

But the bikes and parts produced by RSD are anything but mundane. Even RSD’s ad campaign featuring Estevan Oriol photographs of Justene Jaro and Rachel Sterling are  stunning. But I didn’t post this blog as another personal lathering of RSD, in fact I think I just officially went on a Tangent.

No, what I’m interested in is RSD’s new Blog It program. Enclosed in each RSD product package is a postcard that lets customers know if they take a picture or shoot video of their RSD-adorned machine, post (more…)

Aftermarket Industry — Strength in Numbers

December 31, 2008

Other than my pure, ridiculous love for most two-wheeled vehicles, the thing that gets me most about the motorcycle (powersports) industry is the insanely high level of ingenuity and creativity. While there is no shortage of somewhat useless gadgetry (you know it when you see) making it to market, the vast majority of products out there are nothing short of genius.

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Just take a look at the stuff that’ll be on display at Dealer Expo (also, here and here) and at the V-Twin Expo in February. The parts and bikes built by Steve Storz? Roland Sands and his dad, Perry? Bert Baker? Look at what small companies like Nash Motorcycle Co. and Biltwell Inc. are doing. How about FMF‘s long storied history? Phil Davy has turned ICON into, well, an icon. The stuff coming out of Robert Fisher’s and Nick Anglada’s garages? Crazy. Honestly, the list is mind-blowing crosses across all market niches and extends as far back as does motorcycling. My own personal favorite is Chopper Dave. His work kills me.

So considering all these aftermarket players, what happens when the economy takes a dump? Well, it looks like a bunch of them are looking to band together under the auspices of automotive industry heavyweight SEMA to protect their interests. Bikernet.com‘s Keith Ball is calling together the troops for a meeting at the V-Twin Show in Cincy. His goal is to give the aftermarket — and the attendant bodies such as vendors, dealers, clubs, etc. — a strong, unified voice in these shaky times. By banding together under SEMA, the motorcycle aftermarket industry would be able to access the advocacy group’s massive list of services. These run the gamut from business resources to market research to OEM relation services to SEMA’s massive trade show.

If you’re at all interested, the Cincy meeting happens Sunday, Feb. 8 2009 at 9 a.m. For more info contact Ball at 310-830-0630 or bandit@bikernet.com. You can also contact Ken Conte at Rise Above Consulting at  970-227-3588 or ken@riseaboveconsulting.com

More on RSD and AOI

December 11, 2008

Not to belabor the subject, but there were a few cool bits I forgot to mention in my original post here about the Roland Sands/Toyota Trucks/Upper Playground collaboration, Architects of Inspiration.

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Sure I talked about the RSD-influenced works of art by Sam Flores and Mr. Cartoon, but I didn’t mention The NOTHING machine by artist Rodney Aguiar. I love creative, Rube Goldberg sh*t like this. Take a close look. It’s a motor-drive collection of gears, sprockets, chains and crankshaft that repeatedly types out the word “nothing” on a mutilated electric typer. I want to make something like that brushes my teeth for me.

photo from RSD blog

photo from RSD blog

There was also the collaborative piece between RSD and Smokin’ Seagulls in which they transformed three dirt bikes into some kickass cafe racers. I’ve got an old YZ250 that I’ve wanted to do this to for a long while.

Seeking a bit more information about the project so I tossed a couple of questions at Sands who came back at me with the following:

How were the artists selected?

I worked with Matt Riveli at Upper playground to select artists that matched what we wanted to accomplish. We really wanted to create an environment. I was already fans of guys like Sam Flores and N8 VanDyke so those guys were some of my top picks and they jumped on board to do it so it was great. The Smoking Seagulls guys were friends and we were amped to work together on the café racer piece. Bell helmets brought Jona on board and he was a huge talent. I brought my friend and a great talent Karl Drehsen from Long Beach and Tom Clark is a pinstripping genius I work with all the time. A classic master.

Who came up with the concept?

It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve always enjoyed painting and creating and this was the next obvious step. Take all the things I love to do and put them together. If there was a guy doing a back flip over the whole thing we might of combined it all … next time.

Check out the RSD blog for more on AOI (and other stuff RSD is up to).

Roland Sands and Art

December 8, 2008

Admittedly I’ve got a moto-fetish and the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show stop in Long Beach always leaves me satisfied. Well, I’ve also got a thing for art and design —  namely outsider art/low-brow art, whatever you wanna call it. You know it when you see it. —  and this year’s IMS brought the two together in a pretty remarkable way.
Smack in the middle of the show was a display called Architects of Inspiration. It was a collaboration between Roland Sands Design, Toyota Trucks and progressive arts juggernaut, Upper Playground. Now I’m not quite sure what the press materials tell me it was, but my interpretation is this. A number of great artists were called upon to create art using RSD’s bikes and Toyota’s trucks as inspiration.

What they came up with was pretty cool. I particularly dug the work from tattoo artist Mister Cartoon and the Sam Flores piece. I took a coupla (semi-OK) pictures. Scroll down to check them out.

You gotta love Roland Sands. I think the dude is just brilliant. Lest the ass-waxing fest end here I’ll add that I can’t think of a more progressive, out-there designer in the powersports industry. There’s some pure geniuses, but he’s in a whole different league.

Here’s the entire stable of artists involved:

* Sam Flores
* N8 Van Dyke
* Saber One
* Estevan Oriol
* Mr. Cartoon
* Jeff Decker (bronze sculptor)
* Roland Sands and the Smokin? Seagulls crew (friends of RSD)
* Jona Cerwinske
* Karl Dreshen
* Tom Clark (pinstriping)