Raked out and ready to rip on RSD Traction Flat Track Race wheels, the Indian Mescalero is one of RSD's most unique and departed builds to date. With the original inspiration being derived from a chopper Roland's father built in the 70's, this modern representation utilizes Indian's air-cooled 111" v-twin and lives in a perpetual juxtaposition between two worlds, that of choppers, and race bikes. No doubt, given Roland was born a chopper builders son, turned racer.
- Rear wheel - 19x3.0” RSD Hammer heavy race wheel with Dunlop DT3 (extra hard R10 compound) race tire.
- Front wheel - custom made 21x2.15” RSD Traction wheel and TT brake hub with Dunlop K180 tire (the original flat track race tire of the past, still in production in Japan).
- Repurposed the stock Indian Chieftain headdress front fender light as the tail & brake light.
- PM Vintage 4 Piston Brake Calipers
- Custom seat by Rich at Bitchin Seat Company
- Barnett custom cables and clutch pressure plate
- Burly Brand saddlebag & tool roll
- Paint by Airtrix
- Patina by Brass Junkie
- K&N head breathers & oil filter
- Motul Oil
Roland’s dad, Perry Sands, built some cool bikes when he was a kid. One of those machines was an Indian Chief Chopper called the Peyote Puffer. It was a hot pink and red metal flake flamed fully molded chopper, with a chrome girder fork and polished motor. Perry ended up crashing that bike and rebuilding it and strange enough, came across the frame a few years back. The bike you see coming together here is not going to be a duplicate of that bike- it’s not going to be hot pink and metal flake, but its creation is certainly inspired by Perry’s Peyote Puffer.
We’ve ripped the heart out of a new Indian Chieftain, mounted it in the frame table and have set about building a new frame around beefy modern V-Twin. This is our third Chieftain, but as is usually the case, we’ve approached this one completely different than the last two by replicating a plunger suspension.
Our Product Designer Guy Driscoll, gives you an inside look into the ideation of the rear suspension set up.
As we can’t just duplicate the original, we’ve done our best to build a plunger that’s going to work much better than the stock unit. Moving forward, the machine will sit on front and rear Traction Flat Track Race Wheels and a hand built stainless girder fork. This bike’s destiny is the highway, and the seating position will be dialed for two up road bombing, as it will make its way to Burning Man late August.