Custom king Roland Sands crashes off stage

Custom bike guru and former racer Roland Sands had a mishap at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota on Sunday night – riding on stage then accidentally falling off the other side.

The spill happened between performances by Lita Ford and Kid Rock at the unveiling of Indian’s new FTR750 flat track bike at the Buffalo Chip event. Sands rode out on stage and apparently suffered a malfunction with the bike that made him lose control and ride off the edge of the stage. 


According to local news sources, four people were hurt in the incident, with two reported to have stayed the night in the local hospital. Thankfully the injuries aren’t believed to have been too serious with one of the victims suffering a broken nose and another sustaining leg injuries.

Some reports are claiming Sands to have been attempting a burnout that went wrong. This is misleading however, with no front brake on the flat track machine and nothing to keep the front wheel in place a burnout on the machine would be impossible, and Sands is skilled enough to realise this.

Sands suffered minor injuries and can be seen in the video walking away from the incident. 


Sands has since commented on the mishap on his Instagram page commenting “There was no burnout or stunt involved in the incident. I have ridden and raced this bike for the past year and know it well. Simply put, It was an accident.”

Before also stating “I can deal with the embarrassment and hurting myself which I’ve done often, but when other people are involved it weighs heavily on my heart.”


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer