Roland Sands Design

Our good friend Kenny Roberts who is still just as crazy as he was in the 70’s puts on a great show for the crowd at the Indy Mile in 2009. This is a very cool video with some heartfelt words from the King himself.

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This can happen to you too. Be careful out there this holiday season all you boys and girls on two wheels.

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The team at RSD.
Plus just a cool little piece to think about.


The first time in the world that a Harley Davidson has been back flipped to Dirt. Kain Saul from the Gold Coast-Australia, was the mad man behind the bars.

The jump took place in Victoria at one of Cam Sinclair’s practice compounds that is owned by Russ and the boys. Cam Sinclair is the first person to throw a double backflip into a freestyle run. He was there to give a hand, he is pretty handy at flipping things.

The XR1200 Sportster was supplied by Harley Davidson Australia and prepared by Gavin Walker and co from Quick Fix Harley Davidson Mildura, The bike tips the scales at 257 kilo and has around 100 horsepower.

Here are the modifications they made:
-STD Harley Street rod rear shocks
-Tag handle bars
-Strengthened triple trees
-WP front forks with heavier springs and valving
-Chain drive with the standard swing arm
-KTM front master cylinder the rear brake pedal was removed
-Knobby tires

Filmed and edited by Firestorm Films. FSF

The jump and this footage was featured on SPORTS TONIGHT as the PLAY OF THE DAY.


Back in the days before there was suspension, ground clearance, heated grips and Gortex there were men. Men who, when faced with the challenge of a perilous accent on suicide shift Harley’s faced the challenge as one would an ascent on Everest. These photos from the Weber family photo album make the “Last man standing” look like a walk in the park.

Yet another 1952 Sunday ride ventured up Arapahoe Pass – it’s near Eldora , Colorado and is now all wilderness. Stupid lousy rotten environmental freaks, but I digress… (sigh)

The clan started out from my Dad’s house in Wheat Ridge , which is a stone’s throw from Golden, CO. They usually left about 8:00 a.m. If you didn’t arrive on time, they’d leave you. Hard knocks. They headed up to Boulder , CO and followed the nice, twisty, scenic Boulder Canyon to Nederland . From there they headed through the town of Eldora and up Arapahoe pass.

One Sunday ride took ‘em to the top of Mount Evans , elevation 14,264. This was back in the day before it was paved all the way to the top. It was, however, paved here if it hadn’t been for the snow. I was recently in a similar situation on my Rally Twin coming over Pearl Pass. I thought it was touchy enough, and I didn’t have a FOOT CLUTCH!!! Yikes!

Here’s the ‘usual suspects’ again taking a morning break on a nice Sunday ride.

Turned out that this the wrong way (DUH!). The Harley guys actually let the english bike riders be guinea pigs on this part of the ride. Must’ve been one of those hot-headed british riding know-it-alls that suggested it in the first place…

These guys weren’t shy of riding on a bit of snow, either. Here’s Mike Sadusky on his 50 Harley. Man, I really envy this guy’s legs. I bet he could straddle the 950 Adventure-S with his knees bent. Me, on the other hand, can’t physically touch both toes to the ground at the same time. Mike used to drape his legs over the handle bars to stretch on those long road trips (no joking!). Who needs hiway pegs?

These guys also had a lot of fun just playin’ around. Imagine getting a couple feet (OR MORE!) of air on a 750 HARD-TAIL Harley! This makes you GS-jumpers look like whimps, with your fancy rear suspension and all. Sheesh!

But the most insane (read: talented) member of the group in the area of piloting a Harley 74(7) through the air was a fellow named Kenny Erie. If Kenny was alive today and about 50 years younger, I’m sure he’d be one of the top names in freestyle!

Here’s a portrait of my dad taken in 1951, just before the start of a nice ride. Notice the cool stylish apparel. Helmet? I don’t need no stinking helmet! Of course, this was pre-head injury days….

Check out the most recent post of RSD at

“Not content just creating radicals parts and doo-dads for custom V-twins and sportbikes, the evil geniuses over atRoland Sands Design are cooking up some new POP displays to help dealers showcase the merchandise. Additionally, the company has also come up with new packaging for the products that helps create a unified look that can more easily be merchandised within the dealership.

For dealers interested in the new displays but don’t want to break the bank, RSD is working on a sales program for ordering the POP, says Cameron Brewer, the company’s product coordination specialist. Brewer was manning the RSD booth during the Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties Reno Showcase in early November.

The displays are designed to hold several RSD products, including a new lineup of casual apparel the company is launching. Interchangeable panels depicting RSD’s latest ad campaign are inserted on all sides of the display.

Brewer says the company is working to make it easier for dealers to merchandise and sell the RSD line, an approach that also has the custom parts manufacturer retooling many of its popular products to lower their MSRP. “We’re starting to look for more pricepoint items,” he says.

With reaching customers becoming more of a challenge, RSD has pumped up its social network marketing efforts with a blog, a Facebook site and what it’s calling the “Blog-It” program. Enclosed in each RSD product package is a postcard that let’s customers know if they take a picture or shoot video of their RSD-adorned machine, post it to any of the popular social networking websites and send a link of the site to RSD, the company will send them a limited edition T-shirt.

Once a month, the company will pick the best pic or video and feature it on the official Roland Sands Design blog (RSD Blog). The RSD crew will also award a $100 gift certificate to one of the first five customers to get 10,000 hits on their video.”