Roland Sands of Roland Sands Design had his hands in many BMW Motorcycles Concepts, but this might just be the most impressive yet. What you see here is the a custom BMW R 18 in drag bike guise, the BMW R 18 Dragster.
Sands and his team stripped down a BMW R 18 to create a straight line dragster that seemingly built around the star feature: the 2-cylinder Big Boxer. It is that massive piece of engineering beauty that prompted Roland to take on the dragster route.
The big block reminds Sands of muscle cars, and with a family that always been into going fast and his father, a drag car racer, it makes perfect sense to create something that go fast on a straight track.
Here are a list of the custom details:
- The frame has been modified completely removing the rear suspension for drag racing.
- Front and rear fenders have been slightly modified utilizing the stock sheet metal parts in order to keep the classic R 18 silhouette.
- The headlight has been taken from the original R 18 and is highlighted with the headlight bezel from the design collection of milled aluminum parts.
- The standard exhaust has been replaced with a hand fabricated Stainless Steel twin megaphone system utilizing the exhaust tips from the milled aluminum parts.
- The hydraulic front brake and clutch master cylinders are from Roland Sands Design.
- The tank has been taken over from the original R 18.
- The paint finish is a two tone metallic blue with classic white BMW pin-stripes by Roland’s long time painter Chris Wood.
- The fork has been taken from the BMW R nineT.
- The front braking system has been taken from the BMW S 1000 RR superbike.
- The seat has been built from scratch and is a RSD custom seat by Saddlemen.
Roland Sands Design’s BMW R 18 Dragster further boasts milled parts design collection known as. “2-Tone Black” to customize the levers, wheels, valve covers, breast plate, headlight and gauges. And then there’s a front end borrowed from the BMW R nineT, and custom scratch built seat and exhaust.
The result pretty much speaks for itself. It looks absolutely stunning.
Images: BMW Motorrad.