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2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Roland Sands Custom Tracker


This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici Roland Sands Flat Tracker For Sale

We don’t post many custom builds but I think you’ll agree that an exception had to made here. If you’re not familiar with this bike, yes, that’s a Desmosedici that has been customized as a flat tracker! Build by famous bike builder Roland Sands, this was reportedly as $200k build. It has about a day left on eBay and the current bid is $35,100 reserve not met. Follow the link to get all the details and see below for an excerpt from the listing.


2008 Ducati Desmosedici Custom Flat Tracker build by Roland Sands for sale on eBay


from the seller:

One of the most controversial custom bikes ever built is for sale. The Roland Sands Designs Ducati Desmo Tracker, affectionately dubbed “The Dirty Desmo” by Cycle World is in need of a new home. I comissioned this build by my bud Roland and his amazing team (Rodney, Aron, Cam, and the rest of the RSD Crew) a few years ago. I wanted to have a one off, fully functional, piece of art that paid homage to the Ducati lineage and provenance while pushing the boundries and turning heads. Saying that “the goal was acheived” is an understatement. Never have I seen more people go crazy in a positive or negative way to a motorcycle project. From high praises to literal death threats, the Desmo-Tracker garnered more attention than imagined. From the cover of the December issue of Cycle World to (at last count) over 20 covers/major articles world wide. Thousands of online articles, Men’s magazines, etc. This bike was a passion project that drove recognition both good and bad beyond my wildest dreams. In the begining, the loyal Ducatista shuttered. We were concerned that any relationship with Ducati was lost. Upon completion of the build, a large percentage of the Duc loyalists were complimentary and Ducati asked me to loan them the Desmo-Tracker for display at a few venues. Why would I sell this exceptional machine? My collection has continued to evolve, I’ve gotten married, am starting a family, and have several new projects in the works (please don’t tell my wife). I am truly looking for a great home for a one off creation. I will absolutely not be giving her away which is why I reserve the right to pull the eBay listing at any time for any reason. I have ridden the Desmo Tracker aprox 500 miles. She runs great and fires immediately. The bike has obviously been kept in a temperature controlled secured enviornment since I received it back from its press tour. None of the take off parts are being offered with the bike as I have other Desmo’s. The bike started its life as number 568/1500. When I brought the bike to Roland to start the build, it had 0.5 miles on the odo. Mark Cernicky (Editor from Cycle World and another good friend) rode the bike for the Cover shoot of Cycle World around town and then on the dirt track at Ventura County Fair Grounds. Upon receipt of final delivery to my collection, the Desmo Tracker had aprox 25 miles on it. I shipped it to Sturgis to play in the Black Hills around Rally and then back to San Diego, CA where it has been for the last couple of years. It has been started twice per month religously and been kept on a trickle charger. I have ridden her aproximatley once every 60 days. The bike is street legal (has a headlight and taillights). We never put a license plate holder on the bike, however, one could be mounted easily in several places. The bike has a clean TX title that is immediately transferable. Other than Cernicky, Roland, and myself, the bike has only been ridden by a few other good friends and family members (Sir Alan Cathcart, my brother, and my father in law). I have listed a few of the tech notes below as well as a small sampling of links to various articles and websites. I am more than happy to answer questions to serious buyers only. If you send me rediculous emails, please do not be offended if I do not respond. I am also more than happy to schedule appointments to view in person for active bidders only. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this, as I can not judge who is sincere or not without an active bid. I will require an immediate deposit upon close of a successful eBay auction (within 24 Hours) and complete funding within 3 days (72 Hours) of auction (NO EXCEPTIONS to Domestic or International buyers). Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer upon successful completion of the auction. I do have several recomendations and/or relationships with transportation services (where introductions can be made) in the US and for export if the successful buyer is International. There is only one of these bikes on the planet. It has been an honor to be part of it’s history and an absolute blast to ride. I’m excited to continue to push the envelope with new builds with my friends and equally excited for the Desmo to find a new home that will appreciate her as much as I have. I look forward to serious buyers questions via email. Happy bidding on this one off piece of RSD Italian history.

RSD Desmosedici RR – Desmo Tracker “Dirty Desmo” Custom Build Tech Specs –

Limited Production, Road Legal Version of the Desmosedici Moto GP Racebike. #568/1500

Original Manufacturer – Ducati Motor Holding S.P.A., Production Years – 2007-2008, Engine – 989 cc Desmodromic V4

Custom Builder – Roland Sands Designs – No Engine or Transmission Modifications were made. Original ECU & Dash.

Custom Built – Gas Tank, Seat, Rear Fender, Single Swing Arm, Subframe, and Front Plate/Induction

Custom Paint by Chris Wood at Airtrix (Livery Inspired by “Speedy” Ducati GP Bike)

Custom Titanium Exhaust – Hand built/fabricated by FMF

RSD/PM Flat Track Race Wheels (Black Ops Finish) 19 x 3.0 Front & 19 x 3.5 Rear

Brembo Brakes & Hand Controls

Race Tech (Custom 50mm offset for Flat Track Performance) Triples

Renthal Fat Bar (819 bend) Handlebar

PIAA 1100X Platinum Headlight

Ohlins FG353 43mm PFF Inverted Suspension Pressurized, with Preload, Rebound, and Compression Adjustment. TIN Coated Sliders

RIZOMA Racing Components

New 27 x 7.0 – 19 CD5 D3616 (Front) & 27.5 x 7.5 – 19 CD8 D1637 (Rear) Tyres





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  • A perfect example how to ruin a perfect bike with more money than sense. Bidding reflects that.
    What a moron!

  • ^^^Yup, really, really wrong on many levels. We’ll see how his $200,000 “investment” in this silly creation pays off.

  • See, it is true – money cannot buy class.

  • Some spare parts, a crescent wrench, a gram of meth and what do you get? “Tweekersedici”

  • I like the innovation on this project!
    It takes guts to take a perfect bike and try something else! Why not if you can? Not everyone likes it, but it is a worthy experiment.

  • No way did this build cost 200K No effen way. And it just looks stupid. Hell the Duc Joe Kopp was racing on looks way better. And they weren’t even trying to build “cool” like RS. http://2wheeltuesday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/prescott1.jpg

  • I bet an old Bultaco 360 astro would dust it on the track!

  • That Harris YZR500 is a way better buy than this thing ! Yeesh , the cost of a house (well here !) on a bike …that is Fugly on top of that . I guess the saying more money than brains really does apply here !

  • I really like well thought out street trackers and think they are cool,and obviously Roland Sands took some time to design this bike…but a 190 HP bike on dirt?! I doubt even Kenny Roberts would ride that thing.
    I must agree with the rest of the commenters that this Desmocedici was ruined by turning it into a street tracker. Good luck getting your investment back. Unless Jay Leno gets the hots for this bike I’m afraid it’s gonna stay in the Garagemahal the rest of its life.

  • I’m not a huge fan of the overall look, needs different paint for me, but to criticize the bike as ‘overpriced’ shows a large amount of ignorance. To start, you have a bike that cost MINIMUM $50,000. Everything on this bike had to be custom made. Before it could be made, it had to be engineered. Time is money.

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