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This 1946 Indian Chopper Started The Roland Sands Design Motorcycle Legacy

Roland Sands has motorcycling in his blood, having famously cut his two-wheeled teeth at his parents’ company, Performance Machine before eventually founding Roland Sands Design. But before there was RSD or PM, Roland’s father, Perry began the family’s moto-dynasty in 1967 with a single one-off build, a 1946 Indian Chief-turned chopper. Dubbed the “Peyote Puffer,” Perry Sands’ Indian helped kickstart his career in the motorcycle world, though not long after its completion, the bike was wrecked on the PCH in 1969.

Half a century later, and Perry was reunited with the Peyote Puffer’s original frame. Being the one custom build that kicked off the Sands Family legacy, Roland and Perry opted to join forces to bring the chopper back to life using original photos and magazine articles featuring the bike. The Peyote Puffer v2 now sports an original fork and rear plunger suspension setup,. an old-school Linkert carb paired with a bespoke exhaust, a one-off Banana-style seat from Saddlemen, a custom hand-shifter, and a custom oil-bag. Looking like something straight out of the 1960s, the rebuilt Peyote Puffer was slated to break cover at the 2020 Born Free Motorcycle Show, though will now be publicly unveiled at the 2021 event. For more info on this historical project, you can check out the RSD site linked below.

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