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Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday bike

You're going to have to raid the piggy bank to buy one of these!
Hesketh 24

First bike for a very long time from Hesketh of F1 Racing car and exotic and expensive V twin motorcycle fame.
Powered by a 1950cc S&S X-Wedge engine, the 24 is so named as there will be only 24 of them built. This probably means that they will go into collections and never be ridden on the road.
Whether this signals the start of bike production  by Hesketh or not remains to be seen, but at £35,000 each (44,000 Euros, US$57,000) it's a bike only for the well heeled.

Technical stuff:

Spec sheet
 Engine Air-cooled, 1950cc, V-twin
 Ignition/ Start Digital / Electric
 Security Keyless ignition & immobiliser
 Exhaust Two into one into two – stainless steel & carbon fibre
 Frame Chrome-moly tube cradle frame
 Swing Arm Steel box section with integral oil tank
 Front & Rear wheel 17” BST Blackstone carbon fibre
 Front & Rear tyre 120/70/ZR17, 190/70/ZR17
 Handlebars  Renthal tubular tapered steel Fatbars (UK made)
 Fuel tank capacity 19 litres
 Seat height 820mm
 Wheelbase 1550mm
 Gearbox Baker 5-speed with overdrive
 Clutch Baker wet multi-plate KingKong clutch cable actuation
 Front suspension 43mm Öhlins USD forks, adjustable preload, compression & rebound damping, fully machined billet yokes
 Rear suspension Öhlins reservoir-style twin shocks, adjustable ride height, preload, compression & rebound
 Power 125PS @ 6000RPM
 Torque 196Nm @ 3000RPM
 Front brakes Beringer 300mm floating discs, 4 piston Beringer Aerotech caliper, Stainless steel braided hoses
 Rear brakes Single Beringer 250mm disc, 4 piston Beringer Aerotech caliper, Stainless steel braided hoses

More reading: here, company website here.

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