Most of you never heard of Hesketh Motorcycles. So, a little bit of history. In the 70’s, Hesleth Racing was a Formula 1 team with famous British pilot James Hunt at the wheel. Strong of his F1 racing experience, team owner Lord Hesketh decided to cross over to motorcycling to create a new high end all British motorcycle. The first factory model was born in 1981 under the name Hesketh V1000 followed by the Vampire in 1983. Both bikes were the first British bikes to be fitted with 4 valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts.
A very modest success and a a European declining motorcycle market silenced the brand. But the name remained alive thanks to the dedication of original test rider and development engineer Mick Broom who continued to offer expert support to all Hesketh owners until 2010. Then the brand was bought by Paul Sleeman who designed and created the Kingswood V1000 and now the brand new Hesketh 24.
The number 24 makes reference to the Formula 1 car number of racing legend James Hunt. The 1950 cc 56-degree v-twinengine is stated to produce about 120 bhp with overhead air intakes inside the tank above, the fuel tank being placed below the engine. Front and rear suspension (track and road) is provided by Ohlins Suspension, brakes by Beheinger, fiber carbon wheels by Brock’s. Only 24 Hesketh 24 will be produced and available in February 2014. Hesketh Motorcycles UK. http://www.heskethmotorcycles.co.uk