The Phantom is cool, even if the VTX-1800 would probably blow it away, but I am hoping that they plan to reinstate production plans for the X-1R. That was a sweet superbike! Interesting company with some fresh concepts, but they should do something above and beyond cruisers. The cruiser market is becoming saturated. Time for some new concepts to come to light.
The problem with the Hunwick Harrop is the same as the problem with the new VTX 1800. . . however well it may run, it just looks weird. What this world needs is a clean, lean cruiser that runs like a Ducati Monster but looks like the Indian that Ed Kretz rode to win at Daytona. A couple of years ago, Denny Berg made a replica bob-job out of a Kawasaki 800; now that was a cool looking bike. I'd really like something like that.
Exactly...the X-1R was an awesome looking machine that seemed to take the Britten on to the next step. Sure wish that would (will?) happen. Hopefully the Phantom will allow them to get on their feet financially and the superbike will follow. With today's bike market, it seems the cruiser has to appear first, then the sport bike. Which reminds me, what has happened to Britten- has his wife been unsuccessful selling the company to anyone?
I think the HH is a very unique motorcycle, especially function wise.
MO, i am kinda dissappointed that you are just now bringing this bike to light. I read about it in MotorCyclist in the March 2001 issue that i recieved like 3 weeks ago. Ya'll most operate under some kind of gag that restricts you from disclosing stories/bikes until it is first available in paper.
Anyway; the bike.
1493cc 90 degree v twin
102 hp, 101 ft-lbs
roughly $20,000 in US
528 lbs dry
dual 320 mm brakes w/ 4 piston calipers
17 inch rims w/D207's
51 mm forks, Paoli monoshock rear
The specs are very close to say, a Confederate Hellcat. I wish this genre of cruisers that can handle became more popular, and i wish the Japanese would make one. Say, a TL1000 motor in an aluminum monocoque cruiser chassis with sportbike suspension and laid back riding postion. A bike you can kick back on when you want to, or mix it up in the canyons. The closest thing to this right now is probably the Bandits. Well, the confederates and the Phantom are exactly it, but i dont have 15 to 20 thousand to shell out for it.
Though some wags in the motorcycle press have been referring to the Hunwick Harrop as the "Humpback Hairlip," I for one think it is kind of cool looking. It would be fun to ride one around just to see how people reacted. Plus it feels well balanced, as if it might be a hoot to ride.
While I think it may be cool looking, I would not in any way call it attractive, and to survive in the cruiser market a bike really needs to be attractive. Still, I wish them well.
I guess it's all a matter of taste, Nick... I LIKE the looks of the Hunwick Harrop. I think it looks very different from the current cookie-cutter cruiser genre, without resorting to being BUTT-UGLY like the Bavarian Money Waster (BMW) cruiser-like-thingy, whatever the hell it's called. If they ever start producing them on a large enough scale to get their price down to a reasonable level, I might buy one.
MO did an article on Hunwick Hallam prototypes in 1997. Hunwick Harrop is the the bike that is actually going to market after some major changes to the company, its strategy and the design and manufacture of the bike.
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