British motorcycle manufacturer Hesketh Motorcycles has unveiled its first new model, the Hesketh 24, which will be available in a limited run of 24 units when the motorcycle goes on sale this February, the company said on its website.
Hesketh Motorcycles was bought by Paul Sleeman last year, who said that the new bike is inspired by the company’s Formula 1 roots, using James Hunt’s F1 Grand Prix winning car “24″ as a basis for the motorcycle’s style.
The Hesketh 24 is an interpretation of the Hesketh F1 machines, with 1950 cc 56-degree V-twin putting out 120 bhp. It also features top quality components from popular brands, such as Beringer brakes, Ohlins suspension and BST carbon fibre wheels, Sleeman commented.
He also added that the motorcycle’s design is focused on the V-twin engine of the bike, with a 22.7 litre fuel cell under the engine and overhead air intakes inside the tank above the engine.
The Hesketh 24 is an acknowledgement of James Hunt’s F1 success as well as to the Hesketh Racing team, Sleeman said. He further noted that the company is trying to include delicate elements seen on the F1 car, such as the small Scottish and English flags on the tail as well as the outline of the Zandvoort circuit where Hunt’s victory in 1975 took place.
The company will move from its current headquarters in Kingswood and will reside in Redhill, Surrey, which will allow it to concentrate on the manufacturing of the new Hesketh 24 along with other models