Transformation: Complete. See how we took a modest industrial motorcycle and morphed it into a sleek high-performance sportbike. This newly finished XR 1200 features a custom aluminum tail section and belly-pan along with an integrated oil tank to highlight just a few of the modifications. But don’t take our word for it, scope it out for yourself at and let us know what YOU think.

Day 31

Here’s a video of the build!

Day 30

The day has finally arrived. The bike is finished!
Thank you to all who followed along so patiently. We think it looks pretty mean. Let us know what you think.

Vance & Hines gave us this cool exhaust tip to work with so we fabbed up the rest of the exhaust using stainless tubing with a hand tweaked two into one and our own head pipes. One could consider this an updated cafe pipe. We also moved the oil cooler from the side of the bike to underneath the neck and installed crash sliders. Not that we plan on crashing or anything…but you never know!

Day 21
The frame & swing arm are back from Olympic Powder Coating after a layer of charcoal texture was applied. The Engine is back as well and the prototype Turbo Wheels with the Tuxedo finish is looking sharp.

Single sided swing arm with eccentric hub.
Ohlins forks, custom triples and clip-ons.

Day 17
The keys to looking elegant are simplicity and giving proper attention to details. This is what we strive for with the new Tuxedo finish on our Turbo wheel. With two distinct black surface finishes, this is taking black to the next level.

Day 14-16
Money shot.

Day 12-13
Belly pan….Check!

Day 11
Tail section…Check!

Day 1-10
We decided to make things interesting with this XR1200 build. The RSD team is currently working hard on transforming this simple industrial motorcycle into a stylish high performance sportbike. Keep your eye on this build as our next challenge will be to design a custom aluminum tail section and belly-pan with an integrated oil tank.

• Single-sided swingarm with Ohlins shock and Ducati linkage.
• Ohlins GSX-R front fork


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