Almost two years ago, Bottpower started the XR-1 project for a customer of theirs who wanted to build a new street bike from his Buell XB. He had some ideas, sort of a Buell flat tracker and after explaining what he had in mind to the guys at Bottpower, turned them loose to see what they could come up with.
It was an ambitious project, to do it right, they were going to need a whole new chassis and a lot of other parts, too, though underneath, it still had the heart of a Buell XB. The progress reports and renderings were very promising and a couple of days ago, David Sanchez sent along these photos. It looks like all of the hard work paid off and the finished bike is very close to the images we saw from the earliest stages of the design process.
During the project, they were getting so much positive feedback it just made sense to create a kit, so all of you Buell XB owners could do the same thing to your bike, and according to David, the kit will be coming soon.
There are a few differences, the muffler is smaller than the original design, the front fork and eight piston caliper are from a Buell 1125 and the rear shock is from the Buell 1125 race kit, but overall, what you see is very close to their original vision.
A few things are missing on the bike you see here, the turn signals, brake light and license plate holder, but those will be added shortly.
If this doesn't get the Buell XB community thinking about a nice garage project, I'd be surprised, not to mention those guys who will start looking for a nice used Buell XB to convert.
David says video of the XR-1 in action will be coming soon, though I bet more guys will want to hear about that kit. This turned out very nice. Good work, guys!