MotorcyclesBottpower's New Buell-Based Custom Motorcycle Is Gorgeous
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The latest round of the UBCBS series has wrapped and the prizes awarded Another weekend, another Progressive International Motorcycle Show in the books. That also means there’s a new set of winners from the fourth round of the 2018–’2019 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), which took place within the IMS Minneapolis event last weekend. And, yes, the prize holders automatically get to compete in the championship round in Chicago on February 17. Within the nine announced classes we saw a couple of bikes win for multiple classes, along with a nice crop of vintage stunners.
This firm does amazing work!
Bottpower is a self-described “motorsport engineering company” based in Valencia, Spain. They build custom-designed motorcycles and parts, both one-offs, small scale and prototypes for other companies. It is more an engineering firm than a custom bike builder, and they offer kits for the DIY-er.
That said, the completed custom bikes that come out of this company are nothing to sneeze at. The latest creation out of the Spanish firm is a Buell-based flat tracker. The XR-1 “White Carbon” uses the engine and swingarm out of a Ulysses along with a few other pieces, but sports an entirely new steel tube spine frame in which the engine is a stressed member. Instead of carrying its fuel in its frame (a signature Buell design), the custom bike has 3 smaller tanks which total the bike’s fuel capacity at 11 litres (close to 3 gallons).
This Custom Motorcycle Isn’t A Motorcycle
The original Ulysses suspension was scrapped in favor of a front end off a Buell 1125 and a rear Öhlins TTX. Another signature Buell design, the rim-mount brake discs, remain. The bodywork on this particular build is a gorgeous collection of clear-coat matte-finish carbon fiber.
Bottpower offers this “kit” for sale, so you could definitely do this to your own donor Buell motorcycle. The kit is “highly configurable and customizable” so they do not show a price for it on the website. In fact, a downloadable .pdf is posted there with every part available for this build, and others… with no prices. If you’re inspired to upgrade your own Buell you’ll have to call them up!
David Sánchez, the manager of Bottpower, has designed bikes that have competed in Moto2 and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He has more than a dozen years’ experience as the data and race engineer on superbikes in the Spanish Championship CEV, in Supersport and Moto2 categories, the SBK Qatar, Asian, and World Endurance Championships. He also translated Tony Foale’s Motorcycle Handling and Chassis Design into Spanish.
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