Hunwick Hallam X1R

With Phil Aynsley


One of the most exciting ‘could have beens’ I ever shot was the Hunwick Hallam X1R.

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Hunwick Hallam X1R – Australian businessman Rod Hunwick and engineer Paul Hallam

The concept of the X1R was to be a 1000cc sportbike aimed at pushing the limits of Hallam’s engine and chassis design with a machine that would be eligible for competition in World Superbike.

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R – Extensive use of carbon-fibre made for an eye catching machine

Most of these images were taken at the bike’s launch at Phillip Island during the 1997 round of the WSBK. It was the first time it had turned a wheel!

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

The bike subsequently went on to compete (as a prototype, thus not eligible for points) in the Australian Superbike Championship for the next two years as a development/publicity exercise.

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

A proprietary engine design of a liquid-cooled V-twin with four valve heads and DOHC. Finned cylinders helped with heat dissipation and 141 rear wheel horspower was claimed at 9500rpm.

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

A very full and detailed history of the  Hunwick Hallam / Hunwick Harrop saga can be read at www.odd-bike.com (link).

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

This image was taken at Eastern Creek in 2002.

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A shot of the Hunwick Hallam XR1 at Eastern Creek

It is certainly a shame that the project didn’t reach its potential!

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Hunwick Hallam X1R

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Hunwick Hallam X1R – Australian businessman Rod Hunwick and engineer Paul Hallam

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