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2008 RSD 450 SuperSingles Photo Gallery

Roland Sands is betting aspiring U.S. racers will embrace his dirtbike-based 450 SuperSingle motorcycles on the racetrack. 2008 RSD 450 SuperSingles

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The master of sport/cruiser fusion in the custom realm, former AMA 250GP champ Roland Sands (above) has turned his talents toward blending the off-road and road-racing worlds in the form of his new SuperSingles.
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Grand Prix bikes are all about corner speed and the 450 SuperSingles are no different. At full lean, the bikes are solid and provided us with quite a bit of feedback through the handlebars and seat.
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We got an opportunity to test the new RSD SuperSingles on the tight, hilly Horsethief Mile at Willow Springs International Raceway.
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Placing a leg over the diminutive machines reveal a compact yet reasonably comfortable cockpit.
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Tubeless aluminum wheels replace the MX stockers, with the Kawasaki and Honda (above) utilizing RSD 'Assault' wheels out back.
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Roland Sands, a former AMA 250cc Grand Prix champion himself, not only knows how to throw down fast lap times on a road racer but is also renowned for inventing new motorcycle categories which synergize artistic aesthetics and racetrack-bred performance.
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Placing a leg over the diminutive machines reveal a compact yet reasonably comfortable cockpit.
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Each one of the three bikes featured unique setups consisting of either stock streetbike parts, aftermarket race bits or both.
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While a spot in the 2009 AMA Superbike rotation may be the ultimate goal, for 2008 a 10-race SuperSingle series will be sanctioned by WERA..
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Based off 450 motocrossers, the new Roland Sands designed 450 SuperSingles may be running at a racetrack near you in the years to come.
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The secret to the SuperSingle's success is in its easy handling and high corner speeds.
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Powered by a 450cc Single a rider won't be fooled into thinking they are on a Supersport or Superbike, but the new RSD SuperSingle build the revs quick and a rider can push it into the triple digits on the straights.
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Suspension is a hybrid blend of both street and dirt with the Honda featuring an aftermarket CBR1000RR Ohlins front end, whereas the Kawasaki and Suzuki utilize stock ZX-6R and GSX-R setups respectively.
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Could the SuperSingle be a new entry-level support class in the AMA Superbike series?
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The goal with the SuperSingle is to provide an affordable entry-level ride for aspiring racers. RSD is already accepting order for a turn-key racer based off the Yamaha WR450.
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The clip-on handlebars are low and repositioned foot controls are tucked up and rearward, equating to a riding position which shows no signs of its prior life.
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The lightweight SuperSingle is easy to toss from side to side and our tester was on his knee so often he felt like a pixilized XBOX character in a racing game.
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With the combination of sub 270-pound (fully-fueled) weight and the large contact patch provided by the 120/70 front Dunlop racing slick, trail braking at lean all through the corner is ridiculously simple.
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Strip off the fairing and the SuperSingle's motocross origins are apparent, with the dirtbike's geometry surprisingly similar to current road racing platforms.