Customizers work on bikes for any variety of causes, however broadly talking, the overall concept is to take any given bike and make it higher. Now, in fact, ‘higher’ is subjective—and what’s ‘higher’ for off-road functions is normally not ‘higher’ for the observe. There are an entire lot of instructions a motorbike can go in, and that’s the place issues normally begin to get fascinating—as with the KTM 1290 Paris Dakar construct just lately undertaken by Roland Sands Design.
The group began with a KTM 1290 Tremendous Journey, and the construct started throughout covid occasions—which, in fact, offered its personal challenges. Since off-the-shelf elements weren’t but plentiful for this bike, RSD needed to attain out to a few of its mates for prototypes. Fortunately, with so many mates within the elements and equipment enterprise, they have been capable of supply what they wanted to equipment out what turned the KTM 1290 Paris Dakar.
Whereas the very first thing you may discover is the Airtrix customized Pink Bull paint scheme, there are quite a few particulars inside this construct so that you can spend high quality time with. It began, as you do, with efficiency—Rottweiler Efficiency supplied an consumption equipment, in addition to a tuned velocity stack, tapered steering bearing equipment, folding mirrors, a skidplate, and extra. Additionally they supplied an Arrow titanium racing header, which works properly with the titanium SC Challenge slip-on exhaust that RSD additionally put in.
Different trick bits embrace Professional Taper EVO handlebars with a Carmichael bend, ASV billet unbreakable brake and clutch levers, full Baja Designs lighting setup together with auxiliary lights, Dubya wheel units with Haan billet hubs, Excel Takasago rims, and outsized stainless-steel spokes, Galfer brake rotors and pads, Brembo GP4RX nickel entrance brake calipers, a BRP ISO sub-mount handlebar riser system with Scotts steering stabilizer, and a lot extra. Altering the rear wheel to an 18-inch one allowed fitment of a pair of correct Dunlop knobby tires to additional unlock this machine’s off-road potential.
Seat Ideas additionally made a customized seat cowl out of a grippy suede-like materials that in fact seems cool, and in addition used some carbon fiber on the edges to intensify the completed product. Stuff you won’t spot straight away (however that are nonetheless essential) embrace an Antigravity lithium battery setup (together with harness), in addition to quite a few KTM aftermarket equipment, together with heated grips, body safety, much more auxiliary lighting, and a touring windscreen.
The complete construct was about serving to this bike reside as much as its potential as a potent off-road journey machine—so what do you assume? Did RSD succeed?