When I received a message from Bottpower founder David Sánchez asking if I was interested in coming up with some Color, trim and graphics design concepts for his ambitious Pikes Peak Buell XBRR project I jumped at the chance. I have mainly been working on Haibike Design projects for the past 2 years which I love doing, but I was well up for another motorcycle design project because you have so much more surface area to play with! The final result was very similar to the concepts and I was stoked to see what an absolutely amazing bike it turned out to be.
Founded in 1916 the race takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns, with competitors climbing 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit.
The track zig-zags up the mountain, which I tried to reflect in the way the graphic looks from the side, and combined this with the already Iconic BottPower color scheme.
After the way this one turned out, I am already looking forwards to doing next years design!
“This is a bike that we built exclusively to race in Pikes Peak. The idea was to build a bike with the same concept of our BOTT XR1 bike, but of course looking for a better performance, which meant looking for more power, less weight and better components. At the same time I wanted to keep using the air cooled V-twin engine, which I love because the aesthetics, the sound and the character.
So instead of building the bike around a Buell XB engine as we do with our BOTT XR1, we built the BOTT XR1R Pikes Peak racer around a Buell XBRR engine. This engine comes from the exclusive (only 56 units were built in 2007) factory Buell XBRR race bikes.
It has 1340 cc, 150 HP, titanium valves, magnesium covers… it is an incredible engine, with a brutal torque at low rpm and a sound that gives me goosebums everytime I warm it up.
We had to redesign the engine intake system in order to have enough room to mount our Bottpower central spine frame in between both throttle bodies.
What it seems the fuel tank is an airbox with 2 air intakes that feed the engine with fresh air. The real fueltank is located under the ÷hlins TTX shock absorber, very close to the engine to improve the mass centralization.
We focused a lot on reducing the bike weight, and specially the unsprung weight. To do it we mounted carbon fiber Rotobox wheels, titanium wheel axles, and a very special ÷hlins fork built by Ceracarbon. This fork has ÷hlins TTX25 cartridges and carbon fiber inner tubes with a white ceramic coating. This reduces the unsprung weight around 1 kilo and it has less friction than a standard fork with titanium nitride coating.
To do a good job in Pikes Peak it was also very important to take into account the high altitude. The race starts at 9370 ft (2856 m) and the finish line is at 14,110 ft (4,300 m). To do it we worked with IDS, the company who has designed the electronics of all the Buell and EBR bikes. They designed a system to adjust the engine mapping depending on the altitude that worked great from the first day.
This year we were very short of time to finish the bike on time for the race. We had very little time for testing and even so our rider Travis Newbold finished fourth overall. We are convinced that the bike has a lot of potential and we are already working to come back in 2018.
The project main sponsor has been Kriega, and they will continue supporting us in 2018. For next year our rider will be Rennie Scaysbrook, one of the few guys belonging to the exclusive club of riders which has stoped the clockwatch under the 10 minutes mark in Pikes Peak. We are looking forward to see him riding this bike in the mountain!
The 2018 version of the BOTT XR1R will have important improvements compared with this one. We will focus on the bike electronics (traction control and anti wheelie), engine power and we will keep working on reducing the weight.
We plan to build a limited edition of 5 units which will be exact copies of the bike that will race in Pikes Peak.
Next stop for this bike will be the EICMA show in Milan next November. The BOTT XR1R will be on display in the Kriega stand, so those ones who would like to see the bike, please come by and say hello!