RSD Shares Its Full Metal Jacket With You

//RSD Shares Its Full Metal Jacket With You

RSD Shares Its Full Metal Jacket With You

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:

Build sheet

Contrast-Cut Slam Wheels

Gas Tank

Gas Cap

Turbine Air Cleaner

Ribbed T-Bars

Brass Tracker Grips

Vintage Seat Kit

Engine Covers

Tracker Exhaust

Performance Machine Belt Drive

Performance Machine Clutch Slave Housing

Performance Machine Brakes

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.

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. egstan January 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Great looking bike. Bad ass as all get out. But…..Roland Sands? Performance Machine, JP Cycles and Roland Sands Design….. The boy has plenty of cash and resources. Who wouldn’t build a bike from the ground up.

    I’m jealous…

  2. Skeeter66 January 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Thats cool but why all that focus on the air filter????

  3. Dan Long January 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

    This bike is definitely badass and way original. I love the style of this, just throw on some apehangers instead!!!!

    You guys got some of the wrong links in there for some of the parts!

    Contrast Cut Wheels are actually

    and the Contrast Cut Turbine Air Cleaner is

    You guys can figure the rest out.

    • Patrick Garvin January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Dan! Links are fixed.

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