This is the Hesketh 24: a British-built badboy packing a 1,950cc v-twin and a medley of trick aftermarket components. But, as the name insinuates, there’s a very limited run of only 24 being made down in Redhill, Surrey.
Originally a Formula 1 team, the motorcycle division was formed by Lord Hesketh after success with James Hunt at the wheel. Hesketh went on to build a few bikes but the 24 is the first in the 21st century under new ownership of Paul Sleeman.
Sleeman said: “The design of the bike itself is centered around the big V-twin muscle at the heart of the bike, with overhead air intakes inside the tank above and a 22.7 litre fuel cell mounted below the engine. To stay true to some original Hesketh features the front light offers a modern half cowel and the top tank follows the distinctive Hesketh shape.
“The Hesketh 24 is a nod to the F1 success of James Hunt and the Hesketh Racing team and we tried to incorporate this is in subtle touches, such as the small Scottish and English flags on the tail as seen on the original F1 24 car and the outline of the Zandvoort circuit that offered Hunt the famous 1975 victory.
“The limited edition Hesketh 24, of which only 24 will be made, is available from February and we will go on to develop and release a 2 seat version of this model shortly after.”
As well as Öhlins suspension, the 24 boasts 19-inch BST carbon wheels and Beringer brakes, and will be available in February 2014. For more info, check the Hesketh website