FLAT-TRACKING BUELLIGAN
Back Street Heroes|February 2020
YOU’D NEVER’VE THOUGHT THAT TRICK BUELLS WERE LIKE RURAL BUSES, WOULD YOU, BUT THEY ARE – YOU DON’T SEE ANY FOR AGES, AND THEN TWO COME ALONG IN QUICK SUCCESSION…
NIK

Sorry, I know that’s a dreadful joke, but it is applicable; we haven’t seen a trick Buell for a good while now, but then, thanks to Nick Sadler at Retro Moto Engineering, two do indeed come along in as many issues. The first was the Buell Service XB.5 streetfighter last issue, and this time it’s the new Bottpower XR1 flat-tracker.

Bottpower is a small Spanish motorsport engineering company located in Valencia in Spain, who specialise in designing and building specialist bikes with twin-cylinder power-plants; BOTT is the acronym of ‘Battle of the Twins’ which, as I’m sure you know, is a racing category for four-stroke twins, and David Sánchez, the main man, has lots of experience both in mechanical design and bike racing, and built a very quick bike that was raced at the legendary US hill climb at Pikes Peak in 2017. He also translated Tony Foale’s legendary discourse ‘Motorcycle Handling & Chassis Design’, just about the bible for making motorbikes go round corners, into Spanish, too.

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