Californian Roland has multiple track records and the 1998 AMA 250GP Championship under his belt. After 32 broken bones he traded in his helmet and leathers for a computer and a welding torch, designing and building award-winning machines that mark him out as a fresh new talent on the custom scene.
Unconventional, outlandish and ‘way-out’, his designs have landed him a Biker Build-Off Rookie of the Year title and 2Wheel Tuner Brappy Award for Best Appearance Enhancement Product for his innovative Contrast Cut finishes.
One of the most dramatic models developed by Sands is the Yamaha V-MAX, a motorcycle that was launched for the first time in 1985 and has rebirth in 2008, becoming a biking icon.
At the heart of the Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands lies a V-type 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves engine with a displacement of 1,679cc. The engine cranks out 200PS @ 9,000 rpm and has a peak torque of 166.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands.
From its launch in 1985 to its rebirth in 2008, the Yamaha VMAX has become a biking icon through its unique bodywork, awesome acceleration and sharp handling.
So, you don’t mess with an icon, right? How do you enhance a class act that already delivers an unbeatable ride? By building on the style and road presence of the VMAX, using the best people to create individual machines forged from the highest quality materials. This is hyper modification.
Designed for visual stimulation, balancing aggression and aesthetics, these are exclusive muscle bikes.
Meet the heroes of hyper modification who take customisation to the max. They’re the big-gun bike builders with the tenacity to tackle the big beast of the road and their latest VMAX creations have been unveiled during EICMA in Milan November 2011.
Specifications of Yamaha VMAX
|Engine type||V-type 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves|
|Bore x stroke||90.0 mm x 66.0 mm|
|Compression ratio||11.3 : 1|
|Maximum Power||147.2 kW (200PS) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm|
|Lubrication system||Wet sump|
|Carburettor||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Clutch Type||Wet, Multiple-disc diaphragm spring|
|Transmission system||Constant Mesh, 5-speed|
|Frame||Aluminium, Diamond Shaped|
|Front suspension||system Telescopic forks, Ø 52 mm|
|Front travel||120 mm|
|Rear suspension system||(link suspension), Monoshock|
|Rear Travel||110 mm|
|Front brake||Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 320 mm|
|Rear brake||Single Disc, Ø 298 mm|
|Front tyre||120/70 R18M/C (59V)|
|Rear tyre||200/50 R18M/C (76V)|
|Overall length||2,395 mm|
|Overall width||820 mm|
|Overall height||1,190 mm|
|Seat height||775 mm|
|Wheel base||1,700 mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||140 mm|
|Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)||310 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||15 litres|
|Oil tank capacity||5.9 litres|
Freshnessmag ---- "A motorcycle “lifer”, Roland Sands recieved his first bike at the age of five as a birthday present. He also gotten into his first accident and broken bone on the same day as well"
Motorcycle ---- "Yamaha Motor Europe asked three of the world’s top builders to work their magic on the company’s flagship power cruiser"