Custom: RSD KH9

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Just like we prefer our ball caps to have creased brims, our pickup trucks to be stock height and our women to be tramp stamp-free, custom sportsbikes aren’t really our thing. Maybe it’s the paint, which looks to be inspired by Jeff Koon’s BMW art car, or the classy wheels or the fact that the stock Kawasaki ZX-6R was crying out for some help, but we’re really digging Roland Sands’ latest work. Or maybe we’re just suckers for welded GP exhausts.


  • Turf

    i’m almost with ya on this one but i still can’t get past the extended swingarms and giant rears that are usually put on these things.

  • Mark D

    It looks great with a single-sided swing arm; the rim is a little busy, and is it just me, or is that tire much wider than stock?

    I’m digging the subtle metal-flake in the stripes. Just like any custom, you can do it with class, or you can do it like this.

  • BeastIncarnate

    Wonder why the rearsets were left on, though they were missing in the design sketch? It’d look better without. Still, I think it’s better than the vast majority of sportbike customs I’ve witnessed.

  • slowtire

    Not knowing too much about custom sportbikes, I need to ask: What is the purpose of the extended swingarm on these customs. Is it looks, performance, or what?

    • Wes Siler

      I don’t think this one is extended, the SSS just gives that illusion. In general though, it’s a drag racing mod, helps with wheelies on launch.

      • slowtire

        Gothcha, thanks.

    • mugget

      It also helps you drift. Refer to Nick Brocha…

  • Andreas

    Yes, it acutually looks pretty good. Even the rims, but next time please keep both front rotors.

  • Shaun

    Nope. Nothing stirring in my loins on this one.

  • Brad


  • cookey

    paint great, wheels… if lighter than standard and that rear isn’t wider than 180 then ok… sss not bothered… one fricken disk up front???????

    • seanslides

      Meh, you can get away with a 200/55 rear just fine. You won’t be able to fully exploit it without a 6″ wide wheel, but the profile is amazing, and they stick like glue.

  • Scott Pargett

    Roland has some cool stuff in his portfolio, but “custom” might be a bit of a stretch here.

  • Corey

    The stripes are great – moderately playful actually – but they are not enough. I want it more colorful and less ‘I’m deathly afraid to use pastels’ macho compensatory. More Paul Smith and less bass boat. still, this helps to make an ugly Kawi a tad bit less ugly. At least it isn’t that awful green.

  • seanslides

    It wasn’t bad until I saw the sketch at the end of the gallery. The pipes and lower fairing really made it work. Looks like someone got lazy toward the end of the build.

    Also, great job on doing something about what would have been a vacant caliper mount. I’d much rather have both brakes, but if you’re gonna lose one, this is the way to go.

  • mugget

    Hmmm… the concept/mockup image looks alot better. Yep I am a sucker for the welded GP exhaust, but the actual final exhaust used just doesn’t do it for me. Honestly I’d rather see an M4 GP there. :O

    SSS = good
    One front rotor = 1/2 braking power. Taking the “sports” out of “custom sports”.

    • stempere

      I was just thinking the oposite, the sketch are a bit childish in my opinion (or “radical” if you want to sugarcoat it). The final bike seems more flowing, more balanced.
      Not bad.

    • tomwito

      Im with you, the exhaust on the concept art is cool. The one they built looks like car exhaust parts bin stuff.

  • tomwito

    Still has passanger pegs and seat?

  • jason

    Paint is good, tastefully matched with the black, but the canvas is nothing special. Looks just like all the other GSXR looking things screaming down public roads at 90 Mph, by manboys dreaming they are extras in ‘The fast and the Furious’.