Roland Sands Builds a Board-Track Racer For a New Generation
When we heard that Roland Sands Design was teaming up with Indian Motorcycles to build a bike, we leapt with joy. Roland Sands happens to be one of best motorcycle builders out there, and the rebirth of Indian has us extremely excited for the future. Then we saw the motorcycle, and concluded we needed it immediately. What you see here is Roland’s idea of what a modern, stripped-down Indian Scout should look like; the RSD Scout. It’s as if a bare-knuckle boxer crossed paths with a MotoGP racer. Each has their war wounds, one with only three teeth left, and the other with a wicked right hook. RELATED: Check Out This 1925 Indian Chief
Everything on this motorcycle has been touched. Roland and his team completely deconstructed the motorcycle, and then went about building a brand new ChroMoly frame, “Inspired by the original Scout.”
Being a former AMA racing champion, Roland then used the same rear suspension design that he used on his Pikes Peak motorcycle to give it proper performance credentials. “It’s definitely not a cruiser anymore,” says Roland, “If you’re a traditional fan of the Indian Scout, than you understand that the Scout was a racer. This bike carries that racing heritage.”
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Save for the engine, very little of the original product remains in place. The seat, the frame, and the tank were all built by hand. Everything on this bike has Roland’s signature touches, but better than that, everything works and has a purpose. (We don't know what the Miller Lite can is doing fixed to the engine, but we're sure it also serves an actual purpose.)
It’s very reminiscent of those early board-track racers of the early 1920s and 1930s. The RSD Scout is utilitarian, sure, but at the same time, gorgeous in that simplicity. We're going to go rob a bank now to buy one.
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