Roland Sands Design / Ducati Desmosedici Tracker

Roland Sands is really pushing the envelope with his designs, and this time he has a surprise for us. Similar to his KRV5 Tracker creation, when he used a full MotoGP spec’s motorcycle (and some help from Kenny Roberts JR.), Roland is chopping the uber-bike – the Ducati Desmosedici !!! Now since it’s debut in 2008, this bike remained a true and only street legal MotoGP bike available for general public. Stock machine delivers a brutal 200hp with the redline at 16,000rpm! Weight – 377 pounds.

Now for the rest – go through the RSD blog and check the progress so far. For the time being the bike is in “stage 2″.

The sub frame has been complete as well as the gas tank base/airbox cover, top and sides. We utilized many of the Desmo’s original lines while giving it a large radius and lowering the tank considerably from the stock position. We machined a new fuel pump base and mounted it in the bottom of the tank above the exhaust exit and rear cylinder head at an aesthetically pleasing angle. This will allow us to keep the sub frame area as open as possible as we plan on doing trellis bracing in that area and don’t want to have a jumble of wires and hoses in that area.

The Ducati Demosedici completely blew away the motorcycle world in its debut in 2008. The only true, street legal Moto GP race bike made available to the general public. With a limited production of 1,500 units worldwide, the 500 shipped to the US sold out in just 5 hours! This box-stock V4-powered machine cranks out 200 HP, redlines at 16,000 RPM and weighs in at a nimble 377 lb. What more could you ask for?

Well, our good friend Justyn Amstutz (owner of 3 Desmo’s) is not one to leave anything alone. We already did the teardown on his ZERO-mile bike in order to start converting it into our version of a street legal, “Street Tracker”. All of the bodywork was preserved to allow him to use as spares in case he lays down one of his other Desmos. We started mock up of the project by putting it on some spoked wheels with flat track race tires. We then fab’d up a subframe, and started on creating the tail section and aluminum gas tank to get that flat track inspired appearance.

Author: Chad C. Owens

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