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Inspired by James Hunt – The Hesketh 24

Submitted by on June 30, 2014

hesketh-motorcycle-3-625x416The all new ’24’ winds the clock right back.

It doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the famous 1980s Hesketh motorcycles, however this all new Hesketh 24 is very special. It’s been crafted as a throwback to the mid 1970s, when James Hunt was making waves amongst Formula 1 whilst driving the unforgettable Hesketh machines.

MORE: Check out the ex-James Hunt Hesketh F1 car (photo)

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In 1975, James Hunt won his first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix whilst racing the Hesketh 308B. He went on to place a personal best of fourth overall in the season, before being picked up by McLaren and becoming World Champion in 1976. The cars he drove for Hesketh in those early years are often remembered for their striking looks.

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These striking looks are what the new Hesketh 24 borrows, and the result is a great looking bike. Hesketh clearly wanted to do a good job at bringing the number back – it’s the first proper all-new bike the marque has built in more than 30 years.

hesketh-motorcycle-5-625x625The technical side of things sees a 1950cc air-cooled S&S X-wedge engine and a Baker gearbox. It’s the same engine found in three-wheeled Morgans, as well as countless custom American bikes.

hesketh-motorcycle-1-625x625It makes around 125 horsepower, and certainly looks the part too. As you can see in the photograph above, the suspension comes from Ohlins.

hesketh-motorcycle-2-625x416Only 24 of these very cool machines are going to be built, and they’ll retail for £35,000 (around US$60,000). Orders are being taken now, check out the Hesketh Motorcycles website for more details.

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