RSD KTM 690 Cafe Moto 02 January 15


Legendary bike builder Roland Sands had been itching to do another KTM build so was pretty happy when he got the opportunity to build this project. "Lightweight road racers are our favorite thing to build" he says. "We helped to introduce this genre with the 450 Super Single project years ago, and are happy to keep it going with bikes like this". There’s nothing quite like a sub-300lb. motorcycle with 60 plus HP, great suspension, big brakes and sticky tires. The KTM 690 is perhaps the perfect starting point for such a bike.

RSDs aim was to give this machine a blend of classic Café styling while still being progressive. Suspension and swing arm were tweaked in order to achieve proper road racing geometry for a track ready bike. The engine was massaged for just a little bit more than KTM supplied from the factory, ensuring an exciting ride.

They used 4130 Chromoly tubing to finish up the single sided swing arm trellis style, to mirror the look of the frame and to keep it light weight. To finish off the rear end Gregg from Greggs Custom’s sent one of his new redesigned drives to complete their trellis swingarm.

The tank and tail were finished to their unique style as were a few more small details like side radiator shrouds, brake light and headlight.

They made some custom rearset brackets to utilize the CRG controls and their eccentrics. Tony at Racetech dialed in the suspension. With the suspension setup this bike will be able to hold its own with any bike through the twisties.

They handmade a stainless steel RSD Slant exhaust, mounted a carbon fiber Ducati Sport Classic front fender, hooked up the custom Spiegler USA brake lines, aired up the Dunlop Q3 tires and snugged up all of the KTM Powerparts billet goodies to compliment the orange stripe in the paint.

Their original rendering was for the bike to be black with an orange frame but change was in the air and they went with the more classy white paint scheme.

With a few days left before the trailer departed for New York, Chris Wood at Airtrix got the painted bodywork delivered and they bolted it straight onto the bike so Rich at Bitchin Seat Co. could make the custom leather seat.

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Nigel Morris , 02 January 15