Harley-Davidson can’t seem to catch a break lately. The Motor Co. has come under fire for a multitude of different reasons, but mostly because everyone’s a bunch of whiners. That’s right, I said it. It seems like most people complaining about all the new Harley-Davidsons aren’t people who would consider buying one anyway, so what’s the point in voicing your displeasure other than for kicking someone while they’re down? Didn’t your parents raise you better? One of the new models coming out is the Street Fighter, which we can expect sometime in 2020, but Harley-Davidson, under Erik Buell’s leadership, used to build some pretty wicked bikes that were easily transformed into badass street fighters. Unfortunately, though, they went the way of the dinosaur.
One company took what Erik Buell started, ran with it, and brought it to new levels – that’s Bott Power, a small Spanish motorsport engineering company located in Valencia, Spain. It specializes in designing and building custom motorcycles on order, but they also design and build parts, systems, and complete prototypes from race bikes to totally street-legal rippers. They’ve built custom Buells that were raced up Pikes Peak, and they also make full kits for Buell owners to transform their already unique bike into something truly spectacular.
If you’re a street fighter and/or V-Twin performance aficionado and haven’t already heard of Bott Power, you should definitely check them out. You’ll also be pleased to hear that the Bott Power XR1R “Special” pictured above, which started life off as a 2007 Buell Ulysses, of all things, is for sale. Below is a full description of what’s been done to it with a ton of high-res images to click, expand, and drool over.
Feast your eyes (and hope you’ve got enough change in your piggy bank to own this thing).
Here we have a very special BOTT XR1. We named it XR1R as our Pikes Peak race bike.
While the race bike itself is a no compromise machine designed and built to race the challenging Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), this bike has been built to achieve a great riding performance, but being at the same time practical for daily fun on the road.
The donor bike was a Buell Ulysses 2007 which was transformed using our XR1 Kit (frame, subframe, fueltanks, seat, headlight assembly, display, etc). Many cool parts which we have been using for a while, but also new items which we have tested in a constant quest to improve quality and performance have gone into this build. And we also mounted many special parts to build a very special bike.
Regarding the suspensions, we mounted a K-tech shock and a K-tech KTR2 front fork. We have a very good relationship with K-tech. We already used their components back in 2010 when we build our Moto2 race bike and we know that they are top quality and work great.
Whereas we usually use Rotobox wheels, we tried here BST carbon fiber rims as we were tempted by the look of the lean spokes. Both wheel axles are custom-made of titanium. Brakes are Brembo through and through, in the rear we worked with Supersprox on a sprocket design to match the front brake rotors, it has an aluminium core and steel teeth.
The rear section was finished off with a chain conversion kit from FreeSpirits. The stock headers were paired with an stubby silencer from Jardine, and the whole exhaust system was ceramic-coated in jet black.
The front of the bike is held together by our Bottpower triple clamps, topped off with a handle bar from Easton with Renthal grips. Front master cylinder, clutch lever and all the buttons are ISR, anodized in black, the throttle assembly is from Active. Bodywork is all carbon fiber, signal lights and license plate holder are from Rizoma.
The bike has a Motogadget Chronoclassic display connected to the original Buell wiring loom through our in-house developed interface cable. The original Buell ECU has a new map to adapt it to the Jardine exhaust and KN air filter – as we fine tune all our bikes to their components.
Whereas all our bikes are usually custom orders, this one we put together to try new variations and parts and even though we are tempted to keep it in the living room on the mantelpiece it can surely find a better spot in someone’s garage. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for serious inquiries.
During the photo shooting we couldn’t resist to take some photos wearing the John Doe and Bottpower collaboration jacket. We already have received the first units and they are available on our online shop. We will publish a post about this jacket in a few weeks.
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