thing similar a few months before we finished ours, but the
aesthetic was very different.
DB: Who paid the expenses involved with the build?
RS: We had a lot of great supporters for this project who
donated parts, and that really helped out. Red Bull stepped
up and donated some money for the build. KTM donated
the bike. Chris Wood at Airtrix was a huge supporter and
donated the paint job. We covered the fabrication, build
and logistical elements. Most of our sponsors are listed on
DB: How much Kurt is in the bike: bar bend, levers etc?
RS: Cameron Brewer, who’s my project coordinator at
RSD and a longtime friend of Kurt’s, put the bar package
together along with Kurt’s mechanic Anthony Di Basilio.
We definitely thought about Kurt a lot as we built the bike.
Every decision we made had Kurt in the back of our minds
guiding it. It felt like that anyway. It was a special project.
DB: What feature was the most difficult to build?
RS: Getting rid of the modern look of the stock bike,
and scratch-building a completely new look while retaining
rideability was not an easy thing to do. Getting the lines of
the bike correct—getting the scale of the tank versus the
seat and side shrouds to be in rhythm—all that was important. It’s all a matter of a quarter-inch here, a little more
there, to get it to come together—and making the radiator
shrouds blend/disappear. With every water-cooled dirt bike
concept, this is a tough thing to get right.
DB: How much time did you have to build it?
RS: Fab was like three weeks start to finish, then two
weeks for paint, and a week to get it built and ready for
There’s a little Husky and a little
Harley dirt tracker in the look.
The trials front tire was an attention magnet.
Ivan Ramirez was top bidder on the Caselli bike.
It’s fitting. He should own it.