Roland Sands Bobber gets flat track fantastic
It’s fair to say that Roland Sands is a busy guy. It seems that every other week he’s rolling out another jaw-dropping motorcycle from his esteemed Californian workshop. And, that’s exactly the case with this Indian Scout Bobber, built for legendary skater, Steve Caballero, just weeks after working his magic on a BMW R1200RT for Red Hot Chilli Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis.
Caballero wanted a bike that was influenced by the Super Hooligan flat track series and, after completing no less than five Indian Scouts to race in the series this year, Sands was definitely more than qualified to build a badass tracker.
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“I've followed Roland's career and builds and knew he had the experience with the Scout Bobber, so it was a no-brainer to collaborate with him and the team at RSD” said Steve.
Despite being more than capable of charging around the dirt oval, this bike isn’t intended to see the track – for the moment at least. “I Don't wanna race the Scout build” he continued. “The bike’s way too pretty to crash or bang up, so it’ll be my daily rider for long distances. I may drag race it at Wheels and Waves next year though.”
That never stopped Sands using his expertise of the Scouts he’s built to make it a better machine. “We’ve been forced to improve the bikes in the Super Hooligan series extracting power, manoeuvrability, and stability, while also trying to promote maximum rider balance. Which is hard, on a 600+lb street bike you're muscling around a 1/8-mile track with a bunch of lunatics.”
The build utilises a combination of both custom fabricated parts and off-the-shelf RSD parts. The tank for example was made several inches narrower where it meets the seat, after feedback from racers found that it made the bike easier to haul around and position their bodies.
"We know this bike well” Roland added. “We’ve raced five Scouts for a year and a half, so it was a pretty easy call to know what to do and what works. There weren’t too many surprises. And I think the new Bobber made it easy. It’s a clean bike, not too much extra shit bolted on to it, so we didn’t have to clean up too much. We just further bobbed it, removed weight, narrowed it up and gave it an aggressive stance. The color was all Caballero, the battleship grey was a nice call with the yellow striping."