Hesketh Motorcycles returned from the grave with a bang in 2014, raising hopes that the company could finally sustain the level of success it had during its first run to prominence.
The once-proud British motorcycle company is already on the verge of selling out the
Hesketh 24, a bike it built in 2014 that has proven to be a rip-roaring success for the brand. Now, company boss Paul Sleeman told the Telegraph that it’s looking to build an even more exotic machine that he describes as a “Bugatti Veyron” compared to the “Aston Martin” that is the 24.
If anything, you can understand Sleeman’s optimism for this new bike, especially after the 24, which was named after the racing number of James Hunt, who famously became the last driver to win a Formula One race for a private team. The company announced last year that it planned to roll out 24 units of the 24, priced at £35,000 ($53,800). It’s already sold 16 units of the model and expects to clear all until by the end of the year.
So without a new model earmarked for 2016, Sleeman and Hesketh are setting its sights on building a new bike that it’s already promising to be faster and more powerful than the 24, hence the admittedly ambitious comparison to the Veyron. Whether the company can live up to its claims is another thing altogether, but for the sake of its survival, I’m hoping that it can back up its words and gives us a bike that’ll make the Veyron proud.
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The Hesketh Motorcycles brand has been revived under the ownership of Paul Sleeman and the first new model produced by the company is called the Hesketh 24. The new model will be available from February 2014 and is a sports motorcycle that draws inspiration from the world of Formula 1. Its style is based on James Hunt’s F1 Grand Prix winning ‘24’ car.
Unfortunately, the bike will be available in a limited run of only 24 units but mr. Sleeman said that in the near future they will launch a 2 seat version of the same model.
At the heart of this beautiful beast sits a 1950cc, 56 degree, V-Twin engine that cranks out a maximum power of 120 hp. The engine is kept in leash by a 6 speed transmission.
You also get a set of 19 x 120 front and 19 x 180 rear carbon fibre wheels , a stainless steel 2 into 1 into 3 exhaust system and Ohlins suspensions.
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