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Andy Downes  says:

New Hesketh 24 revealed

This is the first new model from British firm Hesketh Motorcycles, which will be available in a limited run of 24 examples when it goes on sale in February 2014. The brand was recently bought by Paul Sleeman and the Hesketh 24 is a 1950cc 56-degree V-twin with 120bhp. A company statement says: “Taking inspiration from Hesketh’s illustrious Formula 1 roots, the...

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

What a sad disappointment

Sleeman is an engineer, and credits himself with inventing the adblue diesel anti pollution system.

Given that, it's a real shame that he's apparently paid some bloke in a shed to weld pieces of box section around a tractor engine, before half-wrapping it in some instantly forgettable plastics.

I console myself with the thought that the owners will be briefly diverted when another bloke in a van wheels the bike into their underground garage, where it will sit gathering dust, unridden and soon unloved, among all of their other trophy vehicles.

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busaman195

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busaman195 says:

big engine small power?

why have an engine this big with so little bhp.?

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yaki

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yaki says:

 There seams to be a lot of poeple on here who do not understand the meaning of power,it is not all about high revs and big bhp figures and do not worry about being able to afford one because they will be sold out.

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evilamnesiac

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evilamnesiac says:

Yaki

 You are right, it isn't all about high revs and BHP figures, but 120bhp from a nigh on 2000cc engine isn't just low, its embarrasingly pityful, look at the wheelbase of this bike, it is going to steer like a five mast galleon, and if your handling is going to be poor, you really need a big power party piece to make up for it, look at the Rocket 3's of this world. and the rocket will be way cheaper then this ugly lump

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Paddedcell100

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Why?

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Might be OK for towing a caravan! And no room for a passenger! Can't wait to see a road test. If James Hunt was here today, he'd be embarrassed to be associated with this styling disaster.

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luckyskua

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luckyskua says:

This is difficult to understand.

The Hesketh V1000 motorcycle was deeply flawed at best, selling some 250 units before the company closed. It seems anyone can bolt a few cylinders and a gearbox together and claim it's a winner these days, this is a good example. Painting it in Rentokill colours and calling it a James Hunt replica is ill informed, Hunt never had anything to do with motorcycles. His association with Lord Hesketh was over years before Heskeths venture into motorcycle manufacture. I hardly think James Hunt is a shining example of world champions, his brother said his behaviour was "outrageous and deplorable". Hunts casual acts of violence against race marshals should have earnt him several months in jail. Typically MCN lavishes praise to any British start-up but patriotism is one thing, bigotry quite another. This machine looks like a lash-up from the word go, a 2-litre engine surely indicates a company devoid of any technical capability, completely ignorant of todays financial restrictions and look at that, 2 litres and it's actually got a chain! It is an insult to the works of Ducati, Suzuki, Yamaha et al.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

"...but 120bhp from a nigh on 2000cc engine isn't just low, its embarrasingly pityful..."

Scale the standard Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam* up to 2000cc, and you would have 80 to 85 horsepower at the rear wheel.

 

*Funny name for a push-rod engine.

 

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evilamnesiac

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evilamnesiac says:

Piglet,

And the Harley performance is pityful for its engine size, but I will concede that the Harley offer no pretensions of being good as a motorcycle, its an image brand on wheels and it does it better anyone else. But Hesketh isn't a renowned brand like harley, and by claiming F1 credentials and inspiration they are suggesting a level of performance that 120bhp out of a two litree engine isn't going to give you,. and why add to the price of an already expensive motorcycle by putting high end performance suspension on what essentially an old tractor engine in some cheapo bodywork.

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yaki

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yaki says:

 This engine looks to be an air cooled copy of a harley motor bought in from the states and if it is it will be a two valve head,to make big bhp you need to move lots of air and that is why short stroke high rev multi valve engines with very large inlet valves make big bhp and this engine dose not,120bhp is good power for a road legal twin like this.

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