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Roland Sands Custom Kawasaki ZX6 - January 20, 2011, 08:57 AM

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A customer of RSD wanted to start the new year off with a brand new 2011 Kawasaki ZX6 modified ‘to the hilt’ and, according to Sands, “how could we say no”.

RSD touched every part of the bike from tip to tail, adding Ohlins, Vortex, CRG, Attack Racing, Performance Machine and Chris Woord from Airtrix for good measure.

“It sometime sucks when you put your heart and soul into a project and just when it is done you have to send it out into the real world and can only admire it from a far” admit Sands.

“We can only hope our customer loves the bike as much as we do.”

If they don’t, there’s got to be something wrong with them!

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2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R

Engine: Kawasaki 599cc

Carburetor/Injection: Two Brothers Racing “Juice Box Pro” Fuel Injection Tuner

K&N Air Filter

Two Brothers Racing 4-2-1 Full System w/ custom RSD dual exit mufflers

Attack Performance L&R side case guards

Front Wheel: 17×3.5 RSD Boss (black-ops)

Front Disc: 13″ single RSD Boss (black-ops)

Rear Wheel: 18×8.5″ RSD Boss (black-ops)

Rear Disc: Gregg’s Customs

Sprocket: Drive Systems USA (Ducati 996 quick change)

Front Calipers: PM Radial Mount 125X4

Rear Caliper: PM 125X4SL

Brake Lines: Spiegler

Rear Sets: Attack Performance Rearsets

Levers: Vortex Racing-Adjustable Shorty

Reservoir Covers: RSD front Prototype

Triple Trees: Attack Performance-Billet, Adjustable Offset

Clip-Ons: Attack Performance

Grips: Renthal-Medium Compound

Mirrors: CRG Hindsight bar-end mirror (single-left)

Front Suspension: Ohlins 30mm cartridge kit

Rear Suspension: Ohlins Shock w/ integrated preload adjuster

Tires: Dunlop Sportmax 211GP

Paint: Airtrix(Chris Wood)

Powdercoating: Olympic Powdercoating

Chain: D.I.D. 520 x-ring


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January 20, 2011, 09:05 AM

Looks nice althought the concept and exec. don't exactly match (spacing in the tail section and swingarm extension)...

I don't know but I'm just accustomed to ONLY seeing single sided arms on certain bikes...to see it on a ZX6 is funny looking...and how well will a sportbike prefrom with a single rotor on the front? I mean yeah it's a custom/show bike but...wouldn't you want to at least bear the fruits of your labor and ride it?


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January 20, 2011, 09:09 AM

the exhaust in the concept looks much better than the actual


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January 20, 2011, 09:16 AM

+1...the whole empty space on the concept is filled with rear shock, pillon pegs, swing arm, sub frame, rear set, and exhaust on the actual....plus it looks slightly extended but it may not really be b/c the exhaust is longer which could just be covering up the area that looks extend on the concept.


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January 20, 2011, 09:57 AM

It is really easy to draw something just the way you want it to look. Actually building it that way at times is imposable or not practical.





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January 20, 2011, 09:59 AM

^all understood.

It's just that the ones that are special (the projects...not the actual builder...I give R. Sands much credit) are the ones that come out looking like splitting images of the actual concept.

that's my main point here...

IMO it's nice...but doesn't seem special.


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January 20, 2011, 10:05 AM

I think the empty space situation you are referring to is because the client wanted the passenger pegs. Keep those and you would probably want to direct the exhaust away from their legs, hence the altered exhaust and the modded rear cowl.

remove the pass pegs and that space opens up and allows for the original exhaust


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January 20, 2011, 11:47 AM

+1

The concept exhaust is better as is the look without the passenger pegs.
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I think the empty space situation you are referring to is because the client wanted the passenger pegs. Keep those and you would probably want to direct the exhaust away from their legs, hence the altered exhaust and the modded rear cowl.

remove the pass pegs and that space opens up and allows for the original exhaust

It's actually more that that....in the concept you can't see the single sided swing arm nor the rear shock, nor the rear sets heel plate...it's mounted out of the frame (or maybe even the engine...) can't tell...


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Why is the whole side flat black... bleh. Should have done that awesome pin striping at least as accents on the side fairings.


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^ I think he was going for the paint look where the bike is turned upside wond and then just the top part is gently dipped into the paint?

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January 20, 2011, 03:28 PM

Eh...how much of this is an "RSD" design (aside from the wheels)? It reads as more of a heavily modded ZX6. Roland Sands just so happened to be the one bolting everything on? I mean, it is still a nice bike without a doubt, but when I think RSD, I think:






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It's actually more that that....in the concept you can't see the single sided swing arm nor the rear shock, nor the rear sets heel plate...it's mounted out of the frame (or maybe even the engine...) can't tell...

dude, stop being a stickler- the process from design to production involves injection a dose of reality...in this case he wanted to ride with his hot babe on the back..thus passenger pegs..thus a revised exhaust.

can't fault a guy for wanting to offer his lady friend (or dude in devon's case..) a ride..

and yes you can see the swing arm in the design..or did you think he intended to have one thick spoke?


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Eh...how much of this is an "RSD" design (aside from the wheels)? It reads as more of a heavily modded ZX6. Roland Sands just so happened to be the one bolting everything on? I mean, it is still a nice bike without a doubt, but when I think RSD, I think:
Agreed without a doubt, but since this was a customer request with a donor bike...not bad.
I wouldn't mind letting him have a shot at my R1..doubt it would be an iconic RSD bike but it would kick your butt at The Spot....

think of it as RSD for the masses....

oh and when I think RSD, i think of Roland riding the crap out of what he designs...


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Agreed without a doubt, but since this was a customer request with a donor bike...not bad.
I wouldn't mind letting him have a shot at my R1..doubt it would be an iconic RSD bike but it would kick your butt at The Spot....

think of it as RSD for the masses....

oh and when I think RSD, i think of Roland riding the crap out of what he designs...
Very true. Its still very nicely done bike without a doubt. Probably more than the customer could have hoped for. More than I would ever hope for!

About kicking my ass... I dunno man. Dont you remember my Leo slip on? My Pazzo shorties? Hell, I even have HIDs.

Edit: There is more awesome in that pic you posted than should ever safely occur in a single moment.


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