HESKETH 24 (2015 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 125 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: High (562 lbs / 255 kg)

Prices

New £35,000
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

With its thumping 2.1-litre V-twin motor and sporty chassis the Hesketh 24 is a cross between a cruiser and a super naked. Only 24 of these hand-crafted British machines will be built. It’s a bruiser of a bike, but the Hesketh 24 is a well-developed, nicely-sorted machine with lots of character and packed with wow factor. 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Although it weighs a 255kg (wet), the Hesketh 24 hides its weight well. It’s pretty easy to paddle around, considering, and a combination of well set-up Ohlins (the 24 is developed on the Isle of Man), revised steering geometry and sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber gives a plush ride, decent control in the corners and good grip. It’s not a scratcher-hooligan machine, but it will be a blast rumbling through sunny B-road Britain on a summer Sunday morning. The upright riding position is reminiscent of a Tuono or S1000R.Powerful brakes do a fine job of bringing 255kg  of British beef to a halt, but they don’t have the instant bite of a 1299 Panigale’s Brembo’s, say. But then a Panigale is a good 50kg lighter...

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Powered by the same 2100cc S&S motor that you’ll find in the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the 125bhp V-twin motor has just the right amount of growling vibration to make it interesting and characterful. The vibes fizz the mirrors, but they won’t shake your filings out and spoil the ride. It’s actually a lot smoother than you’d imagine a 2.1-litre engine to be and it has a perfectly smooth throttle, delivers sizzling acceleration and of course, making 144ftlb of torque at just 3500rpm is perfect for all-day, top gear cruising. Hand-made MHP twin underseat pipes exhausts rumble nicely with their baffles in, but remove them and Hesketh 24 spits flames and the 120 decibel din sets off car alarms...

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Build quality is up there with the best hand-made Italian exotica. You shouldn’t have any problem with the cycle parts and that big V-twin motor barely revs, so shouldn’t  give any reliability problems.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Not everyone dreams of a hand-built, high-quality, sporty cruiser – or has the disposable income, but if you do, the British made Hesketh 24 will make you smile.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

Dymag carbon fibre wheels, Ohlins suspension, Stack dials, LSL bars, Beringer calipers, a Metmachex swimgarm (that doubles up as an oil tank), carbon fibre dash, tank cover and bodywork and LSL bars.

Specs

Engine size 2100cc
Engine type 4v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 255kg
Front suspension 55mm Ohlins forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin rear Ohlins shocks, fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs with four-piston Beringer calipers
Rear brake 250mm single disc with twin-piston Beringer caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/70 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price £35,000
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 144 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2015: Handmade, limited edition Hesketh 24 begins production. Only 24 to be built.

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