If you missed our teaser on the Bottpower BOTT XR1R, then you are in for a real treat, as the race version Spanish firm’s street tracker is a very fetching machine.
The Bottpower BOTT XR1R is the bike that Harley-Davidson should be building right now, and it’s the kind of machine that actually would have benefitted from Buell’s “innovations” for street bikes.
With 150hp and a target weight of 150kg, the BOTT XR1R should be plenty of fun on tight circuits, but still powerful enough for longer courses.
And then of course, once you’re done flogging the XR1R for the day, you will still want to spend a couple hours drooling over its titanium frame, carbon fiber bodyworks, and modern-day electronics.
We have always been a fan of Bottpower’s work, but it still feels strange to say that the Spanish builder has created the bike that America has been dreaming of for the past decade or more.
As we mentioned in our teaser, the Bottpower BOTT XR1R is a sort of rolling laboratory for Bottpower, testing new components for the firm – mainly the bike’s titanium frame.
But, the BOTT XR1R also allows to Bottpower to test things like the oil-cooler location, which can be found behind the number plate on the XR1 street bike, but on the XR1R it is mounted in front of the engine.
Another change is the absence of the electric starter (an external starter is need to get the BOTT XR1R moving), which helped with a weight savings of over 17 lbs.
Bottpower hopes to prove its design at Pikes Peak next year, though we will have to wait and see how the good old boys club that runs PPIHC handles this non-American entry, and its “illegal” titanium frame. Hopefully they let Bottpower race in the Heavyweight class.
Until then, we’ll have to enjoy the photos below, and maybe you’ll see an Asphalt & Rubber ride review on the BOTT XR1R soon. Stay tuned.
Technical Specifications of the Bottpower BOTT XR1R:
- Air/oil cooled 1203cc Buell Thunderstorm V-Twin
- Fuel system: 49mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection
- Gearbox: five-speed
- Clutch: Wet, multiple-plate, compensated
- Final Drive: Belt
- Electronics: EFI Euro4 ECU
- Titanium central spine Bottpower frame, with vibration isolation system
- Front Suspension: Showa inverted fork from a Buell 1125
- Rear Suspension: Öhlins shock absorber
- Front Brake: 8 pistons ZTL2 type brake, 375 mm stainless steel floating rotor
- Rear Brake: 240 mm stainless steel rotor, single piston floating caliper
- Weelbase: 52 in OR 1321 mm
- Seat Height: 30.1 in OR 765 mm
- Ground Clearance: 4.3 in OR 109 mm
- Weight: No declared yet.
- Fuel Capacity: 13 liters. (One top fuel tank, and two secondary fuel tanks)
- Tires: Slicks, Front 120/70xZR17 and Rear 190/55xZR17