This is specials builder David Sanchez’ pretty awesome re-working of a Buell XB12SS, and it’s an easy bolt-on batch of kits that anyone can do in a pretty short period of time.

Called the BOTT XC1, this is the second bike that Sanchez’ company Bottpower has worked on from Buell (the first was the XR1 special a couple of years ago). Speaking to bikeexif in America, Sanchez said: ” “I try to apply my racing experience to the bikes we create at Bottpower.



“That’s why Bottpower doesn’t follow the big trend of transforming old bikes. We feel more comfortable working with modern bikes. And we like to use technology like CAD design, finite element analysis and data analysis.”

The most striking thing about this build is that the twin-spar, fuel-carrying frame has gone, replaced by a new backbone that comes as part of the kit. The Bottpower kit has everything you need to make this bike and Sanchez says that to build this bike doesn’t need any welding or cutting. There’s even a plug-in cable for the single-dial speedo that pushes into the original Buell loom.



Bottpower has also shifted the position of the air intake. On the original bike the stock intake’s mounting would mean that it sits in the way of the new frame, so Bottpower has rotated the throttle body and fitted a side-mounted intake with a K&N filter. Fitting those and a set of titanium headers, a Torque Hammer silencer and then giving the bike an ECU remap has pushed the power up to 95bhp (10bhp more than the original bike).

Overall, the bike has lopped 20kg off the original machine’s weight too.


If you want to take a look at what Bottpower turns out check them out at: bottpower



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Oi, Buell… this is what you should be making next!

Tony Carter

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