Roland Sands is on the fast track to legendary status in this industry, and he’s earned every success along the way. He originally transformed this Indian Scout into a race-inspired custom a couple of years ago for Michael Lichter’s “Skin & Bones” exhibition. It’s an excellent representation of Roland’s signature style and we thought you’d like to hear about it in his own words.
“This RSD Scout is a modernized version of the one I have tattooed on my arm. It’s an interesting tie-in that speaks to the Scout in its modern iteration. This water-cooled, Öhlins-suspended custom took quite a few styling cues from its grandfather but has taken on a sportier attitude. The original Indian Scout didn’t make a huge amount of horsepower but it was a beast in racing trim and was very competitive in flat-track races and hill climbs. Especially given the time, it was a very versatile bike.
“Our machine takes that performance heritage and blends it with a modern steel chassis and modern motor with aggressive geometry. The interesting thing about the chassis is the geometry was pulled from the Project 156 racebike that took third place at Pikes Peak. We relaxed the front end, increasing the rake two degrees, as well as using a hand-built girder fork, but other than that, it’s very close the the Project 156. The rear suspension geometry was pulled straight off the Ducati Panigale roadrace bike, so you could put roadrace tires on this bike and they would work really well.
“The wheels and tires are pulled from flat-track racing, the stance is boardtrack, the inspiration is hill climb, and it’s potentially very fast on pavement.”