How RSD Built an Indian Chief Road Racer

Indian Motorcycle and Roland Sands Design team up again to build a custom race-winning machine based on the new Chief model.

How RSD Built an Indian Chief Road Racer

How RSD Built an Indian Chief Road Racer


How RSD Built an Indian Chief Road Racer

Two of the most emphatic cases in point are last year’s Roland Sands Design(RSD) x BMW R 18 Dragster and the RSD Indian Challenger racebike, the latter built for the King of the Baggers race series. And RSD has lately taken another crack at transforming a motorcycle not exactly thought of as track-worthy into a true-blue roadracer ; cue the 2022 Indian Chief . And lately RSD another crack now reimagined as the Chief Road Racer. Sands’ bikes aren’t just show queens either. And the Chief Road Racer was a winner right out of the gate at the Bagger Racing League’s inaugural V-twin only event last month in Utah. RSD entered the Chief in the hotly contested Big Twin class. Any large-displacement V-twin ) is allowed by a group of mostly Dynas and Softails ( the class . Any large-displacement V-twin) also happened to sport the largest grid of the weekend.

To strafe the apexes. They recruited fast guy and moto scribe Rennie Scaysbrook who conveniently took the win in the Big Twin GP aboard that Chief, saying. “The bike is such a weapon. It was a good thing to ride at Utah.” Up was first getting the foundation right . RSD started with the Dark Horse version of the Chief. An all-steel chassis is used by rSD and the 116ci air-cooled motor with a claimed 120 pound-feet of torque . So the power’s and it rocks off the bottom, but what about the weight penalty there ? The Motorcycle Cruiser scale) is definitely not a promising spec for a racing machine. So the crew at RSD dove into time-honored methods of cutting weight at all cost deeply . Though there’s much bodywork on the bike in stock form even not . Most of the Chief’s street parts were stripped off anyway. With bulky items like the saddle and clunky exhaust system heading for the recycling bin straight . The first additions were a longer FTR1200 fork and some spare S&S triple clamps with a standard forward offset. The first additions a longer also happened to align nicely with an FTR-spec front wheel.

15-inch-long Fox Racing RAD (Racing Application Development) shocks gave the bike because extra ground clearance and helped sharpen up the chassis for better handling at the track. RSD risers and a gauge mount with RSD custom chromoly bars helped get the cockpit ergonomics dialed. While S&S rearsets from the King of the Baggers Challenger bike were mocked up to understand foot control locations. A mocked-up Saddlemen tailsection helped the crew also position the custom changeable subframe and tailsection mounting. While also allowing them to calculate lean angle. All those steps made room for a full RSD custom stainless steel 2-into-1 exhaust with SC-Project muffler for better breathing while also removing a bunch more weight. Next the team fitted lighter 17-inch RSD wheels with large Brembo radial calipers and Z04 brake pads, and T-slot Superbike rotors with racing master cylinders. And of course there was the essential massaging of the Thunderstroke 116 engine, with Indian production Stage 1 intake and Stage 2 engine kits (these include oversized throttle body, injectors. And new cams) swapped in. Where the stock Thunderstroke mill pumps out a claimed 79 hp and 120 pound-feet of torque.

The Stage 2 kit and mapping ups the power to a more commanding 90 hp and 130 pound-feet. Additional Lloyd’z Garage ECU tuning would optimize the power gains while also maintaining reliability with the new add-ons from Sands and company. This is not the only Indian Chief RSD has built for the track - or at least in tribute to the track. The versions are checked of this RSD Indian Track Chief from 2014 . The donor bike was an Indian Chieftain.

Indian Motorcycle and Roland Sands Design team to build a custom race-winning machine based on the new Chief model up again .

The Indian Chief Road Racer: In Progress

Steel-framed 2022 Indian Chief is the bike because rounds out the current selection from Indian motorcycles. It’s slotted in the mid-size cruiser category and utilizes an upgraded powertrain straight out of Indian Motorcycles large Chieftain bagger. They ditched the aluminum frame, fairing, stereo system, floorboards, saddlebags, and all the other bells and whistles of a touring bike. A whole distinct animal was built by and with the equivalent proven powerplant . Indian opted to go with an all-steel chassis and the 116 cubic inch air-cooled motor with a 120 ft-lbs of torque in the Dark Horse version. The new Chief loses the lazy throttle that seems to be consistent across Indian’s large air-cooled baggers. It rocks off the bottom and is lively and fun straight off the showroom floor.

Stock it’s a damn good cruiser. Baggers have negative offset triples for extra fairing and handlebar clearance but. The Challenger 17” back race wheel with S&S race hubs bolted right on. 15’ FOX shocks long were next to lift the bike for additional ground clearance and de-rake the chassis to improve the handling for racing . RSD risers and a soon-to-come gauge mount with aluminum Pro Taper bars helped get the cockpit dialed in. Ground clearance so he has the confidence to “chuck it in” to a corner and the ergonomics need to be on-point so body position and controls are right where he naturally wants them is key. Next up-RSD wheels, large Brembo radial calipers, Z04 race pads, and T-slot Superbike rotors with racing master cylinders. Foot control brackets, subframe and tail section mounting. Without even cracking open the combustion chambers.

A full custom stainless steel exhaust build will get her breathing while also removing a bunch more weight! 2022 Indian Chief Specs: 2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse Motorcycle ( Chieftain Specs: 2020 Indian Chieftain Thunder Black Motorcycle ( FOX Motorcycle-RSD Series | FOX (

About RSD

Get behind the handlebars of an RSD Super Hooligan Scout Sixty with this distinct 360 degree view. The dirt track racing legend throws on his skeleton leathers and hits the track on a RSD Super Hooligan Indian Scout Sixty. Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle. Product and apparel company that has its roots in racing. Custom bike building and design. RSD’s inspiration comes from a high performance background. And many of the staff are active racers: including off-road.

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