Bottpower BOTT 1000 Morlaco – When Engineers Dream

02/20/2013 @ 2:14 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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It is always interesting to see what motorcycle engineers work on in their spare time. Sometimes its motorcycle related, and sometimes their inspiration goes down a completely different path. Luckily for us, in the case of Bottpower’s David Sánchez, the Spanish engineer’s very limited free time stayed within the two-wheeled realm.

A project spanning 11 years, Sánchez started his design with a Honda CBR954RR engine as the centerpiece, and built from there. Employing a Hossack-style trellis for the front-end, and a matching steal trellis chassis (in orange, naturally), Sánchez has picked up the nearly complete project once again, after recently finishing the BOTT XR1 project, and has some renders to show for the final design.

Going from fully faired sport bike to naked street bike, the BOTT 1000 Morlaco has that same outside-of-the-box feel that you get when looking at the work of Italian house Vyrus. Using Bottpower’s CR2 electronics package that Gabor Talmacsi will race with in World Superbike this season, the Morlaco isn’t just a pretty face, there’s a brain up there too…and Sánchez highlights it with a prominent mounting point at the airbox cover.

Sans fairings, covers, or really any bodywork to speak of, you could say that the BOTT 1000 Morlaco is process in function over form, but then agin, the pictures tell a different story. Check them out after the jump, and follow the build on Bottpower’s website.

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Source: Bottpower

Comment:

  1. paulus - Thailand says:

    it looks a lot prettier with its clothes on!

  2. Paolo says:

    Looks very powerful, almost scary. Cool bike!!

  3. That’s some nice design work

  4. JoeD says:

    Dr. Seuss

  5. H.P. says:

    Hmmm..it looks like a Tonka toy.

  6. rms says:

    How do you figure rake and trail on such a front end?

  7. Chris says:

    Sweet bike.

    Now a bit of clairty on alternate suspension nomenclature:

    A Girder style front has steered suspension arms and upright. The frame has a headstock from which the entire suspension assembly pivots on like a conventional tele fork front end.

    A Hossack style front end like this one has non-steered suspension arms and a steered upright. The frame does not have a traditional headstock, only mounting points for the a-arm mounts that provide suspension travel. The ‘headstock’ is attached to the moving ends of the a-arms.

    This bike is a hossack style front end.

  8. Chris says:

    >>How do you figure rake and trail on such a front end?

    The steering axis is the line through the ends of the 2 suspension arms. Using this axis, rake and trail are figured out the same as with forks.

  9. Doug says:

    Love the bike! The front fender needs reworked …don’t hide the trellis fork

  10. Sam says:

    This front end looks as though it has a large amount of unsprung mass compared to a typical inverted fork. Unless I’m missing something.

  11. Dewey says:

    @Sam,

    I’m certain that that the trellis upright is considerably lighter than its telescopic counterpart’s unsprung components. Tony Foale has done exhaustive research and development in the field of alternative front ends and written the definitive book on the subject. His findings are very interesting.

  12. Chris says:

    One of the stong points of a telefork is that it has very low unspring mass. Some hub center designs can have a similarly low unsprung mass but in general the Hossack style designs tend to have a bit more. It’s not a fatal flaw as there are many other benefits compared to teleforks. There is some free documents on Tony F’s website, http://www.tonyfoale.com, that compare the various styles.

  13. Ranger Jay says:

    The only reason I read the article was because I thought it said “Buttpower,” and that sounded interesting. I find the design to be way too industrial for my taste. Looks like it belongs in a SciFi movie. Ah well, to each, his or her own…

  14. Wei says:

    Love the orange Hossack suspension, great accent colour to the bike!