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RSD's BMW R Nine T Classic

Posted by Mark on December 28No Comments
BMW R9T Classic by Roland Sands Design

Roland Sands Design's BMW R9T is an example of how classic and modern can easily merge into one piece of art. Although it looks like every part organically fits into the whole constuction, it required a lot of hard work, redesigning and fabricating to achieve the result that would please an eye of a gazer.

RSD is a California (Los Alamitos) based company. They customize motorcycles, sell custom made bike parts, accessoires and riding gear. RSD was found in 2005 by Roland Sands who has been in love with motorcycles since his 5th birthday when Roland got a dirt bike for present.

Here we have a BMW R5 from 1937.


R5's got certain  authenticity that is not often embodied in the later models of BMW bikes. Ronald intended to take the best out of the 30s design and recreate it based on R9T's functionality.

R9T custom classic

The guys narrowed the subframe for a solo seat to be placed and got some work done around the stock shock mounting position. The front end got 19" Hutch wheel and a GP suspension for the fully blacked out fork.

the rear end

Despite RSD's usual practice of doing everything themselves, this time, being very busy, they invited Sosa Metal Works to do the frame work around the fenders. The fenders are quite important in this particular build as they are one of several very distinctive features of that early motorcycles era. Yet, SMW did some impressive work with these two.

BMW R5 Classic
front fender

RSD used some of their cusom made parts when building the engine, intake and exhaust. It often takes some tweaking to make a bike work nice and clean after reworking the engine, but, according to Roland, this BMW R Nine T is the fastest R9T he has ridden to date and straight out of the shop with no tuning.

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