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RSD has finally finish his ambitious Desmo Tracker. Whether you love or meh what Roland does, you can't deny that he does create a bit of controversy with his customs builds. One thing I do like about what he does is the fact that the performance of the bikes are just as important as the aesthetic. I guess coming from a racing background where every bit of extra power and weight loss is like unicorn poo.
Straight from the horses mouth.
"The RSD Desmo Tracker is finally finished, tested and thrashed just enough to ensure she’s ready to do battle on the streets of San Diego. The Desmo Tracker was a difficult build in many ways. As you can imagine digging your hands into the Mona Lisa is not done without a measure of respect and reserve. But this is how we approach most of our builds as we attempt to retain what is best of the original design and to explore ways to improve or change the function of the machine in a way the new owner would like to enjoy his machine. The words Moto GP and Dirttrack couldn’t be further from the other in terms of function and aesthetic on two wheels. Our job was too blend the two into something that could be at home on the show room floor ready for public consumption with a push button starter, comfortable egro’s, street and dirt worthy suspension, lights and 180 plus horsepower on tap. We feel we have obtained that goal."
Now that he's pulled a desmo apart where to next?
In the meantime you can check out more photos here
Ever since Harley introduced the XR1200 back in 2008 I've always been interested to see what owner and builders would do with this nice piece of machinery. Even though it's styling takes cues from the XR750 I felt like it never really hit the mark. There were a couple of design aspects that needed a little tweaking to make me want to go out and buy this bike. First of all I think Harley made a great decision to come out with a bike like this. The change up their image and appeal to a different target market. As was similar to the Harley Davidson 48 that was also recently released. A few things I would change if I ever had an XR1200. Exhausts - I think they need sit higher and more parallel with the rest of the bikes lines. They look like they've been an afterthought of the overall design. After reading some reviews it still seems like the pipes will drag if you try and get your knee down. Remus make a good 2 into 1 exhaust and BUB make a loud tracker style setup
The Plain Jane Hypermotard After reading an article in the lastest motorcycle trader about Ducati introducing a new 659 Monster to cater for the LAMS riders. It got me thinking about what Duke I would own if I had a wad of cash burning a hole in my Jeans West trousers. Obviously the idea by the Ducati marketing teams was to give the LAMS rider an opportunity to own a ducati. That and to drop in on the same market dominated by the 250 Ninja and the newly introduced CBR250. The monster is a great bike and I know a couple of people that own them and love them. It's a model that hasn't really changed since it was first introduced in 1993. However I'm all for change and when they introduced the Ducati Hypermotard it was a bike that I was instantly attracted to. It doesn't have the beauty of a 1098 and even though it shares the same visual cues as the Multistrada it still has a look that is completely unique. Along with an engine that you could have some seri
I love seeing our parts on other peoples builds. One of our customers Martin sent through his tastefully built Honda CB350. The Honda CB350 with its reliable engine and dual Keihin carburettors, it became one of Honda's best-selling models. Because of this and the number of them available on the used market sees this model as a popular base to work from. You often see these turned into a cafe racers so it's nice to see one take the scrambler off-road route, which is perfect for Martin's hometown of Ontario Canada. Great work Martin!