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Guy Procter  says:

Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo': des-irable or des-ecration?

Roland Sands recently took the brave/insane decision to accept a commission to streetfighter a Desmsedici RR. Or dirt tracker-it anyway, as is their wont where he lives. There's no doubting the size of the cahunas required to take the angle-grider to a MotoGP rep, and equally to ride the 200bhp mutant. But was it the right thing to do? Is the...

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Feb 09

Posts: 13

humanoid1989 says:

Its a grower

You know what, i voted desecration and i winced when the angle grinder was wielded. I thought 'Why' the man should be hung for crimes against motorcycling! Then i watched the video- and that bike looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Maybe Ducati should make one. But one that we can afford to buy!

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Oct 10

Posts: 138


Another fantastic design from Roland Sands,the guys a genius,what a bike & unlike 99% of other 'custom' bikes it's useable.

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Feb 04

Posts: 36

itrackday says:

Love it!

As usual, a fantastic job by Roland Sands. Now there's a bike to put a smile on your face, as well as a whole host of other expressions!

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Jan 10

Posts: 38

timowers says:


Roland Sands is now a candidate to be hung, drawn and quartered. Go ahead and build a bike from broken and smashed donors, but to do that to a living breathing Desmosedici RR is just sacrilege.

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Aug 02

Posts: 987

ANichol says:


Knows his stuff.

As for the sacralige? Come on! Desmosedici was just for the showoffs, a heartbeat later the 1198 comes along and outperforms it by every measure for 1/3 of the price. Ducati killed it all by themselves. But then, wasn't the point just to have a GP replica for the uber-rich? And if so, a one-off streetfighter with both custom and performace cred must be even better still?

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Dec 09

Posts: 2490

supermario says:



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Sep 09

Posts: 94

Rumple says:

My perfect bike.

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Dec 04

Posts: 69

Jackspratt says:


I couldn't afford one though!

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May 06

Posts: 1

flungo says:

Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo'

You mean the size of "cojones" required?

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Nov 11

Posts: 109

nice but why

I think it looks great, the execution of what he has done is great but I think you could get the same results without ruining a perfectly desirable exotic dream bike using a comon place motor. Although both bikes are chalk and cheese given the choice of the Roland Sands creation or the Desmosedeci I would take the Desmo every time. The other thing worth mentioning is when Ducati make a bike it is done using a very high level of manufacturing expertise, engineering, road testing, stress testing, CAD and in the presence of a 200bhp+ moto gp monster motor it worries me that the components are not as well tested or suitable like the single sided swing arm. 

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