• Feb 29, 2008

Click above for more shots of the Roland Sands 450 Super Single

Amateur motorcycle racers are about to get a low-cost and highly competitive new class to consider using race-spec motorcycles built from 450cc motocross bikes. In past years, the 250cc 2-stroke was the most desirable and fastest off-road bike to have, but recently the class has been overtaken by 450cc 4-stroke machines, which are reliable, lightweight and extremely fast. It turns out that they also make an excellent foundation for a road-racer, and Roland Sands, past AMA 250GP champion himself, is ready to begin selling 450 Super Single bikes to kick-off the new racing class specifically designed for these $15,000 bikes. Sands' bike is based on Yamaha's WR450F, but kits are expected to be available for the Honda CRF450X and Kawasaki KX450F. What's more, manufacturers such as KTM, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Husaberg and even ATK also offer similar machines that could likely also be used for this racing class. This is truly exciting, and if the racing class proves successful, a slew of street-legal bikes could be introduced using the same set of components. Win on Sunday, ride to work on Monday... has a nice ring to it, wouldn't you say?


[Source: Roland Sands Design]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      You'll never be able to ride a mx single cylinder four stroke to work, they are so highly tuned most have a hard time breaking 40 hours before grenading, even with oil changes every four hours and a constant eye on valve tolerances.

      I would much rather see a return to street legal two strokes, the direct injection technology is already there in snowmobiles, just needs to be adopted by street machines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      please tell me the structure stability,materials used,price quotations i mean approx price
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been looking to buy a smaller displacement bike but it seems there is a gap in the displacement available. There isn't much available that slots between a ninja 250R and a 600. I'd love to have a 2 stroke 350 (remember the Yamaha 305 engine!) or even a 4 stroke 400 or so in a nice sport bike frame with modern styling (in the US).

      It's probably b/c they weren't selling that well but I can't imagine someone couldn't make money being the only player in the market niche. Man, if I could just get a bike like the mid 90's Ducati SS CR 750 in a smaller displacement I'd be on it like stink. Nothing wrong with the 750 but I know myself too well. Give me 750cc's and I'll use them plus, I want the bike as light as possible but still ridable on the interstate for short stints up to 30 miles. C'mon...sombody help us out!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike, you ever take a look at the SV650S? That sounds like it it might be something in your wheelhouse.
          • 6 Years Ago
          You've could consider the SV650S, the Ninja 650, or the Buell Blast which, while quirky, seems right up your alley.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds pretty cool. So let me get this straight...you buy an off-road 450cc bike and then buy the kit to convert it into a road bike? Awesome!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree, this would really make a fabulous road bike!