It’s pretty safe to say that a bike takes on a whole new identity when it’s treated to a new set of wheels. The stance is different, the style is different; it’s basically the upgrade that identifies the bike owner most. It’s no wonder why custom wheels have been a mainstay in the two-wheeled custom culture we belong to. Roland Sands Design just released its Del Mar line of wheels that will definitely help redefine your style, while simultaneously lightening the load.
Named after the Del Mar Mile, the Del Mar wheel (starting at $1,149.95 each) is unique in that it was also modeled after the iconic Performance Machine dirt track racing wheels, which were the wheels to have during the heyday of flat track racing because of their light weight. Well, being that baggers aren’t the lightest of bikes on the market, Roland Sands Design decided the Del Mar would first be outfitted on a bagger: this specific 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. And especially since it’s the lightest wheel they’ve ever made. Like, ever, dude.
The Del Mar is available 16 to 23 inches in diameter and will fit a myriad of ABS and non-ABS Touring models as well as multiple mini-baggers (Dynas, Sportsters, Softails, etc.) out there. We went with a 23×3.75-inch Del Mar up front and a 16×5-inch wheel in the rear sporting a 120mm Dunlop slick in the front and a 200mm rear slick in back. We weren’t quite sure what to make of the racing slicks on a 900-pound motorcycle laden with saddlebags and a fairing. When you have the power, know-how, and machinery to do whatever you want to do to a motorcycle, you do it. Right? Slicks would work just fine. Being that a 23 is right on the cusp of needing some neck geometry tweaks to get the proper rake and trail, the RSD crew decided to test the big-wheeled waters without raking the front end first and then make changes if necessary after some test ride miles.
We headed over to the RSD facility in Los Alamitos, California, and snapped some pics of the brand-new wheels going on, even before being released to the public at the time. All for the sake of bringing you the newest of the new, the best of the best, the whole shebang, or however the hell else you care to spin it.