Watch the Bottpower BOTT XR1 Hit the Track

03/04/2013 @ 9:35 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

Watch the Bottpower BOTT XR1 Hit the Track Bottpower BOTT XR 1 635x425

Now finished with its BOTT XR1 project, Spanish design and engineering house Bottpower has taken its American-powered street-tracker to Albaida, Spain for a little track time. A custom one-off build for a client, Bottpower has created the machine that Harley-Davidson should have envisioned with the Buell brand.

The BOTT XR1 looks genuinely fun to ride, and is more than eye-catching to our critical eye for design. We hope Bottpower’s plans for a do-it-yourself kit come to fruition, as we could use more of these beasts on the street.

Source: Bottpower

Comment:

  1. Tom Z says:

    Awesome!

  2. c’mon, even BOTT power makes videos where you can’t hear the bike?

  3. Damo says:

    Looks fun as hell.

  4. L2C says:

    Love it!

  5. Slangbuster says:

    OK…I’m in. How much?

  6. Dr. Gellar says:

    “Bottpower has created the machine that Harley-Davidson should have envisioned with the Buell brand.”

    BINGO!! Yes indeed…

  7. Luke says:

    looks pretty cool. Really hope it sounds a bit better than that though!

  8. Nathan Weber says:

    “Bottpower has created the machine that Harley-Davidson should have envisioned with the Buell brand.”

    Its a naked XB for crying out loud. If Buell would have built the Bott most would have said it sucked because Buell built it.

  9. buellracerx says:

    There’s no way in hell that chassis geometry handles well. This is not an engineered system, it is one manufactured by industrial designers. I’m sorry, it looks cool anyways. Wait, nevermind that’s not even doing it for me.

    If you think that thing is fun to ride, take a few hot laps on my old XB racebike w/ lightning bars. Instant chubby.

  10. Dr. Gellar says:

    This is a way better XR than Harley’s own XR1200, certainly from a sport bike standpoint. More compact, lighter, and despite the Buell aspects more true to the XR750 flat-tracker as a modern interpretation than the XR1200 will ever be. Heck, I actually think the bike’s Buell aspects enhance it.

  11. Hugo says:

    @buellracerx : just for the record, David Sanchez Calvo is an engineer and he constructed a Moto2 frame which rode pretty well on the track. I’m the industrial designer (and there are “designers” who can built pretty good bikes, just like a Czysz and he’s an architect from trade)
    David Sanchez does FEM calculations when designing a frame and not just welds a frame together like is common in the US. If an ex-MotoGP rider, Anthony West, says it is stable on the brakes then the frame must be well enough designed to handle the 100hp.
    Offcourse everybody says “why destroy a good bike like the XB”; that is not the objective of the XR1, it was made after customer request and when Bottpower showed the images of the XR1, reactions were so positive that the idea of a kit was born.

  12. Damo says:

    “not just welds a frame together like is common in the US” – Please don’t damn the rest of us Americans based on Harley Davidson and Biker Build-off shows.

  13. Hugo says:

    @Damo; sorry if it sounded like that but the general consensus is that when a frame for a “custom” bike (meaning mostly Harley engined bikes) is designed it is done using experience, skill, etc. but I don’t think there are a lot of frame builders out there who built a kit and verify the strength of the frame using (computational) FEM methods (and also understand things like flex, etc.) That’s normally done by OEM’s and companies who design frames for high-performanc (race-)bikes like FTR, etc. Maybe there are such companies but I don’t know them…

  14. Damo says:

    @Hugo

    No offense taken. You would be surprised how many small businesses use FEM on even the most trivial custom parts and kits these days. Most CAD software has built in low level finite element analysis tools these days (Solidworks/COSMOS, Pro-E?Mechanica, etc.)

  15. Damo says:

    @Hugo

    By the way, really like the bike. I am Mechanical Engineer for a living and I really appreciate the utilitarian approach to this design.

    Beauty in simplicity.

  16. RoToR says:

    I’m still waiting for a price for this kit …..

  17. Norm G. says:

    re: “Its a naked XB for crying out loud. If Buell would have built the Bott most would have said it sucked because Buell built it.”

    YAAAHHHTZEEE…!!!

  18. Norm G. says:

    re: “Most CAD software has built in low level finite element analysis tools these days (Solidworks/COSMOS, Pro-E?Mechanica, etc.)”

    call me Guy COSMO. cosmos user here.