Press Release from K&N: Iconic bike designers and builders, Roland Sands Design, partner with Indian Motorcycles to create a unique project that will grace the K&N Filters booth at the 2016 SEMA show.
The RSD project began with the newest incarnation of the Indian Scout. The mating of the new technology of the modern Indian company and the vintage styling cues of the Roland Sands concept is remarkable. The most striking design element of the RSD build may well be the girder fork which is wonderfully reminiscent of the Indians of the first half of the 20th century. It was crafted from scratch from chromoly steel, and a mountain bike shock was fitted to offer a bit of dampening. The RSD team did a fine job of cleaning up the liquid-cooled bike by creating radiators and plumbing that offer up a simple look. To solve the next quandary of what to do with all the modern electronics, Sands constructed a faux oil bag to hide the wiring and computer technology.
Of course, the beautiful Indian breathes through a K&N filter that supplies the V-twin with the healthy dose of clean air it needs. It’s fitting that an American icon like the Indian is fitted with a legendary filter made in the USA. On the exhaust end, RSD created a custom stainless system that is capped off with one of their Track mufflers.
The project is coated in a stunning vintage Indian red paint job. The pinstriping, lettering, and numbering were applied with had turned gold leaf. The gold accents are carried into the shock reservoirs and the chain for a beautifully unified motif. The vintage aesthetic is completed with antiqued leather grips and tooled leather solo seat.
So the goal of the Roland Sands Design custom was to “pay proper homage” to the Indian motorcycles that defined the incipient stages of the sport, and the passion of motorcycle racing.
All we can say is – mission complete! To see this gorgeous bike in person, stop by the K&N Filters booth, #22755, at the 2016 SEMA show.