Let’s face it, the days of one-off custom bike builds from the ground up are all but over. Blame it on the economy or call it a fad, but unless you do it for a living, building a bike from the frame up really isn’t all that feasible any more. Just look at the number of professional bike builders in business now compared to five years ago. Shrink City.
One of the best builders is not only still around, but he’s turning out eye-popping customs like clockwork. Roland Sands has built his share of mind-blowing bikes and what sets him apart from the others is a habit of building bikes from OEM platforms — often rescuing them from the scrap yard. Take Full Metal Jacket for instance. Here’s a bike built from a Twin Cam Softail platform and transformed with a combination of RSD and Performance Machine parts into a machine that retains its functionality. And it looks as tough as any custom on the street.
The point of this story is that Roland Sands is not bogarting these tasty pieces for himself. Most the custom stuff found on the Full Metal Jacket bike is available to you, right here at J&P Cycles. Just take a look at the build sheet:
There’s still some winter left on the calendar, which leaves plenty of time to get in the garage and spin wrenches. And with Roland’s stuff, you have the perfect opportunity to build a one-off custom using your existing Twin cam. The fact that it comes from Mr. Sands tells you these parts will retain the functionality of the machine. And that means you can truly ride it like you stole it.