Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #14 Roland Sands Design Indian Challenger

The Roland Sands Design Indian Challenger poses on the front straight at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

A fully loaded, bone-stock 2021 Indian Challenger tips the scales at a gargantuan 840 pounds, but somehow, some way, the team at Roland Sands Design managed to shave a whopping 250 pounds off their bike in order to participate in the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers Invitational. With Frankie Garcia in the saddle, he qualified second behind Tyler O’Hara aboard the other Indian Challenger and, in the eight-lap feature race that was held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as part of the GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Speedfest at Monterey, finished third with O’Hara winning the event.

Frankie Garcia at the helm, and with ground clearance aplenty, the better to circulate Laguna Seca’s 11-turn road course. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Rider: Frankie Garcia

Engine: S&S Cycle-built 1768cc (108 cu. in.) PowerPlus, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, 60° V-twin, SOHC, 8 valves, Stage 2 camshafts, CNC-ported heads

Air Filter: K&N

Transmission: Six-speed

Exhaust: S&S Cycle custom stainless steel race exhaust modified by Aaron Boss

Fuel: VP Racing

Lubrication: Motul

Final Drive: Chain drive conversion

Front Suspension: FTR1200 inverted twin forks, GP Suspension internals

Rear Suspension: Fox shocks

Front Brakes: Brembo calipers

Front Brakes: Brembo caliper

Wheels: Roland Sands Design

Tires: Dunlop

The bike features AirTech carbon fiber bodywork and Sig Kane-designed Hawaiian-print graphics. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Bodywork: AirTech carbon fiber side bags, fenders, and fuel tank cover

Graphics: ZLT, Sig Zane

Seat: Saddlemen

Engine Covers: S&S Cycle

The view from the cockpit is wide-open, with simple bars and controls to muscle the bike around Laguna Seca. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Handlebars: Kraus bars, Roland Sands Design risers

Handlebar Grips: Renthal

Fasteners: Specbolt

Foot Controls: S&S Cycle