Roland Sands Sets His Sights on 200 MPH

//Roland Sands Sets His Sights on 200 MPH

Roland Sands Sets His Sights on 200 MPH

If you have a motorcycle and maybe a pulse, you’re probably familiar with the work of Roland Sands. He sets himself apart from the other bike builders by maintaining a certain quality in his builds that escapes most who seek a unique design. That quality is function. Maybe the functionality in his builds comes from his racing background. Or maybe it’s from growing up in the Performance Machine shop. Or maybe he just wants to ride them.

The latest offering from the crew at Roland Sand Designs reflects this fundamental for function, but what’s different this time is the platform they chose for the build and the goal they set for themselves. We were fortunate enough have Roland answer some questions regarding his latest project, and here’s what he had to say:

Patrick Garvin: What model of Victory did you choose for this project?

Roland Sands: The 2011 Vegas 8 Ball.

PG: Was there any particular reason for choosing that model?

RS: This is Victory’s new model and they wanted to see what we would do with it.

PG: Victory is an oft-overlooked American-made bike that brings a lot to the table. What was it like to use it as the platform for this project?

RS: It’s a great bike — simple with good clean lines and easy to build around. Most people are clouded by the cool factor of HD, but Victory really gives you a lot for the money in horsepower and handling.

PG: When you made the shakedown run into the high 140’s did you have any internal motor mods or was it basically a stock motor?

RS: It was basically stock with a custom exhaust, dyno-tuned and taller gearing. This was before the bike went to Lloydz Motorworkz to have all of the internals re-worked.

PG: Obviously the bike has an extensive list of modifications. Can you give us an overview of what was done to the bike — other than the motor mods?

RS: We worked with Progressive Suspension to lower the bike as much as possible to reduce wind drag. We used a Suzuki GSX-R front fork with narrower-than-stock triples and clip-on handlebars.  Believe it or not, we actually used our 450 Super Single bodywork, which ended up working great and looking perfect with the shape of the Victory tank. We also cut out a section in the tank to allow me to tuck in behind the windscreen better. Custom tail section, ’Busa front fender, custom drag-racing style rear sets, RSD Slam Contrast cut wheels in 17 inch, PM radial mount brakes, Dunlop Sportmax GP (ZR-rated) tires and we converted it to chain drive using D.I.D. chain and AFAM sprockets.

PG: Could you shed some light on the motor modifications as well as the turbo set up? And was there a specific horsepower number that you thought you needed to attain the 200 mph?

RS: We were shooting for more than 200 hp, but after Lloydz Motorworkz got a hold of it, we were well over 200 hp (214 hp and 243 lb.ft. torque)! Now we’re hoping for a pass in the 210 mph area. We’ll see. It’s a lofty goal and we’re hoping she stays in one piece.  Lloyd worked his magic and dug into some new areas of the 2011 motor.

But 320 hours of labor and tuning later, the major motor mods are: 105.28mm big bore (116 cu. in.) w/ custom turbo pistons and cams; Garrett 2860 full-roller turbo; intercooler; balanced and blueprinted stock crank and rods; re-worked oiling system for better lubrication; custom PCU re-programming; Power Commander 5 w/ boost control; two secondary direct-injection fuel-injectors that come on above 5 psi turbo boost; and a prototype PMRT/Barnett flyweight lock-up clutch.

PG: 200 mph has been an elusive goal to a lot of racers. Is there something about that mark that seems to take the right combination of aerodynamics and big horsepower? Is this something that you’ve been thinking of trying for a while?

RS: Yes and yes. I’ve been close on a ZX10 — 192 mph in the rain on asphalt.

PG: This is — without doubt — a purpose-built bike, but it still has that unmistakable RSD look. Trends have come and gone throughout the bike-building market, but your bikes have always maintained functionality as a constant. Is function always at the forefront when you design a bike or do you tend to find the design through the function?

RS: It happens both ways, but we always maintain function as a goal in any build. This was obviously purpose-built and the function really got us to something that is visually pretty striking. I love this bike. We are all pretty stoked on how it turned out.

PG: Will we see any Victory RSD parts in the near future?

RS: There’s some stuff coming, but not with the RSD brand.

PG: Will the bike be making an appearance at any certain event — Bonneville, Maxton, Texas Mile, El Mirage? And if so, what class?

RS: Still trying to lock down which events we will make. We were shooting for Maxton a few weeks ago, but the timeline go too tight. Bonneville in 2011 is a for sure. El Mirage sometime between now and then would be great. We had some rains out here a couple weeks ago that turned El Mirage to mud, so we’re hoping it dries up soon so we can take some real passes. We’ll be updating our blog with our testing videos and details so stay tuned @

PG: Thank you so much for taking the time with us. We look forward to following Mission 200 and best of luck.

Check back for updates on the Mission 200 project and other RSD projects right here on the blog as well as the RSD website .

About the Author:

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.


  1. ken christoffel January 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    With Lloydz you will succeed!!!!

  2. dave cook December 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I think you got it going on! Your bikes rock

  3. cskiwild December 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Great looking ride good luck on your quest!!!

  4. chuck December 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

    victory is as good as it gets to start with.

  5. Keith December 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    That is one bad ass bike. I like it!!!

  6. james cleveland December 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm


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