Several years ago when I first saw Roland Sands BMW Concept 90 bike, it blew my mind. BMW Motorrad turned 90 and their R90S model turned 40. To celebrate, BMW teamed up with master builder Roland Sands and the result was the Concept 90. In 2014, BMW then released the much anticipated BMW R Nine T. The R Nine T being a huge success and Roland Sands already working with BMW, we were waiting for a build. Well this year we finally got one and the Roland Sands BMW R Nine T custom has emerged.
Roland Sands had already been designing and manufacturing a whole line of parts for the R Nine T. So it was a surprise that it took him so long to build another custom. Well I guess the wait was well worth it. Roland wanted to do something special. He wanted to bring back the 1930’s BMW classic styling of the R5. I think you can say he hit the nail on the head. To start with, he cut up the frame and literally left nothing i the rear. The frame was modified to hold a bobber style seat which is reminiscent of the BMW R5.
For the body work and trim details, he wanted something special. Working in conjunction with Sosa Metal Works, a beauty brass trim was created. This is where Christian Sosa came in. Christian, being a master metal worker and fabricator, hand build stunning frame work that outlines the front and rear fenders. He also modified the tank which was later narrowed to better flow with the lines of the bike.
Additionally, Roland added several of his products to the bike including the machined valve covers, velocity stack and a hand build 2 into 2 exhaust with the Roland Sands signature mufflers. One of the coolest trick parts that he added, are the see through windows on the sides of the tank. The wheels were also upgraded form 17″ to a set of RSD 19″ Hutch units. To help the bike stop, he added a set of his RSD rotors and Brembo Monobloc calipers.
To finish the bike off, Roland went with a high gloss vintage black paint job and silver accents. After starring at this bike, Roland has created a stunning retro BMW with performance to match. Not only does the bike look incredible, it performs just as well. Every since the BMW R Nine T came out, I have been wanting to build one and this bike just cements the idea for me.
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