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Wednesday, September 30, 2009


In our daily life we are always building. We build relationships, we make enemies, we have successes and we endure failures. Sometimes we get hurt from building but we learn through the pain. These experiences make us better. We are builders. Teach your children to build it is key to having a strong foundation.

Roland and Mickey Rourke

Me and some friends got a chance to kick it with Mickey Rourke on the Iron Man 2 set. He’s a cool guy with a Parrot. He said he hadn’t ridden a bike in like 10 years. I gave him my dads bike to take a few laps around the set. He chopped off this kids head with a 3 foot sword while riding the bike. I almost shit myself.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ducati 1098 Sand Dragster

A friend dropped his Ducati 1098 off at the shop to have some work done. I asked him what he wanted done to it. His reply was, “do what ever you want, I trust you.”

I’ve always wanted a sand dragster… I hope we will still be friends when he gets his bike back.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

RSD Conquers ASR

RSD’s traveling art show, The Architects of Inspiration, attended the ASR trade show in San Diego, CA on September 10th-12th, 2009. It was a great opportunity to bring a full display of bikes and art to a new audience. We also kicked off the premier of our first line of apparel. Stay tuned for more info on how to cop your official RSD branded apparel along with news and updated of AOI’s next big event! Below is just a taste of our exhibit at the show. Enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rodneys thought of the day

Life is funny at times.

Sometimes we try and communicate but we feel like no one can hear us. Today I took a step back to note of some of the individual voices that reside around RSD.

Jeff will talk and babble all day and you swear nothing good came out of his mouth. He looks off into space at a 60 degree angle and you wonder which aliens he is trying to communicate with. Well today I finally got it. Here is an example of the voice in which Jeff speaks eloquently and to the point. I believe this might be his signature.

Chris often will talk motorcycles until it makes you want to puke. I sit and nod like I’m interested and wait for the verbal motorcycle beating to be over. In pain I walk away an think of the good old days when motorcycles didn’t engulf my life they merely were a vehicle to escape on. While thinking of Chris and his conversation he brought over to me a piece he just pulled out of his machine. I now can step back and enjoy Chris’s voice.

Take time to look around and enjoy the voices around you, you might just hear something nice.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mickey Rourke's Bike

Day 2:

With the help of a whip, I’ve managed to get Jeff to roll the backbone and the two rear legs on Mickey’s new frame. Pain seems to be inspiration for him. When we start the swingarm I might need a small bat to extract the desired results from Jeff.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mickey Rourke's Bike

Day 1:

Well not exactly day one, the first day was spent taking apart a complete 05 softail. We used the neck and frame cradle to start our build. The remainder of the bike will be put to sleep in our stock Harley graveyard next door. May all those unwanted parts RIP. Tomorrow we will begin the rebuild of the chassis, make her better, stronger and faster. Stay tuned for updates.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

World Champs

2nd Place
Modified Harley-Davidson

RSD bikes Ravaged the 2009 Harley Davidson picks at the AMD World Championships of Bike Building in Sturgis SD. Two of our newest customs "Black Beauty" and the "Bu-Hell" won awards. It is an honor and a very proud moment for RSD to be recognized by Harley Davidson as a custom Builder.

09 Partner Pick of Excellence
Presented by Harley-Davidson

09 Partner Pick of Excellence
Presented by Screamin Eagle

Winning Bikes

Black Beauty


The Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis is the crowning event of a year-long cycle of Official 'Affiliate' Custom Bike Championships that are staged in sixteen countries. The Affiliate program brings together leading custom bike events from around the world to promote custom bike design and engineering excellence.


Monday, September 14, 2009


Click here to view the August interactive digital publication

Remember the post a few weeks ago about the custom Buell XB9 "Bu-hell", well Roland and the bike made the cover of the August issue of Dunlop Download magazine, a fully interactive digital publication with links to videos and photo galleries, as well as feature stories and up-to-the-minute news highlighting the latest happenings in the Powersports field.

This issue contains coverage of the AMA Motocross and Pro Road Racing season, ATV racing, X-Games 15—which was dominated by Dunlop riders—and a special cover story featuring Roland Sands’ hand-built "Bu-Hell". Along with the article a stand-alone poster was created with Roland and the Buell.

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Friday, September 4, 2009


RSD's traveling art show, The Architects of Inspiration, will be on display and in full effect.
If you don't know what the Architects of Inspiration is all about then check out the AOI video!

Artists that will be featured in the installation are as follows:
Tom Clark the master Pinstriper; AKA The Undertaker.
Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol
N8 Van Dyke's "Munkee" creates the iconic RSD Glory Stomper.
RSD and the Smokin' Seagulls Created this piece along with the three dirt bikes converted to modern café racers
Saber brings to life the Ducati commissioned, RSD HyperMotard
Karl Drehsen and his Interpretation of the shop that sharted it all "PM circa 1973"
Artist Jeff Decker and his bronze Hill climber Statue capture the essence of classic riding.
Jona Cerwinske and insane Sharpie drawn Bell Helmets.

Toyota Motor Sales USA, Roland Sands Design and Upper Playground Partner to “Mash Up” Art and Vehicles to Create a Mobile Art Gallery.

RSD Apparel Launch at ASR

Roland and the RSD team are getting geared up for the ASR tradeshow in San Diego, CA on September 10th-12th, 2009.

We will be launching a brand new line of moto influenced apparel that includes Mens and Womens Hoodies, Jackets, T-Shirts and more...

Here's a sneak peak on what's to come!