Custom: RSD x Technics Sportster

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It can’t be easy being tasked with building a “theme” bike around a brand as iconic as Technics. Slick, high-end audio equipment doesn’t deserve the OCC treatment. So, what Roland and co did was apply the finishes and simple elegance of those turntables and whatnot to a Sportster, creating something that’s at once timeless and high-tech.

“We took cues from the RP-DH1200 DJ Headphones as well as the classic SL-1200MK2 Professional turntables (above),” explains RSD. “We tried to keep the details subtle enough to stand alone as well designed elements while not being too obviously related to the Technics DJ equipment.”

“The most obvious connection to the Technics product are the wheels which went through several design iterations. We were happy to reach a well-proportioned mix of “theme” and design with this project. The remaining inspiration was drawn from the classic silver and black, satin and gloss finishes that have been a part of the Technics brand and style. The true link between the bike and the turntables came alive the first time we rotated the wheels. It was very cool to see the dots on the wheels shift direction as the wheels spun.”

In these photos, you’re looking at both the RSD Ronin Jacket and RSD Diesel Gloves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xjordaNN Jordan Lawrence

    Awesome bike but damn it looks uncomfortable!

  • TreMoto_Armsdale

    I’ve been wondering when you were going to cover this bike. I wan those rims.

    Fun Technics fact: They manufactured turntables for JC Penney under their MCS [Modular Component Systems] brand.
    So if you want an awesome turntable for under $100 search eBay for “MCS direct drive” and be patient. If the seller knows it’s really a Technics deck and mentions that in the auction the thing will go for $200+, if the seller has no idea, you will get a steal. I just got one for $75 shipped. Craigslist is your friend too if you don’t live in a horrible part of the country like I do.

  • Sohl

    Video needs more mullets.

  • http://twitter.com/burnindinosaurs David Howland

    I was really nervous about this bike. The brand tribute bike definitely seems like an overused OCC theme.

    This put me a bit at ease: “We tried to keep the details subtle enough to stand alone as well designed elements while not being too obviously related to the Technics DJ equipment.”

    I think the bike turned out great. It can be appreciated on its own without being a blatant brand plugging tribute show piece. I like the way a lot of subtle clues were fit in. The wheels are fantastic.

    Really, at the end of the day its not a spiderman bike. Job well done.