Hesketh V1000 Very, very rare!!!


Key Vehicle Information

  • Body: Motorbike
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Engine Size: 1.0
  • No. of Doors: 0
  • Colour: Red
  • Registration: 1982 (X)
  • Mileage: 1,800
  • Owners: --
  • Availability: ON SALE NOW
  • Price: £15,500

Further Information

Lord Alexander Hesketh had been planning the production of a new motorcycle since 1974 and began talks with engine specialists Westlake in 1977 about the proposed development of a big V-twin. Hesketh Motorcycles PLC was formed in 1981, a purpose built factory was set up to manufacture the V1000 in Daventry, and production began in 1981.

Styled by John Mockett, who later went on to design the Triumph Rocket III, the Hesketh V1000 was conceived as a luxury sports machine that could save the British motorcycle industry.[3] The engine was specially developed by Weslake as an air-cooled 90° V-twin with 95 mm (3.7 in) bore and 70 mm (2.8 in) stroke, giving a displacement of 992 cc. With a one piece cast crankshaft and aluminium jackets on iron cylinder barrels and alloy cylinder heads, the V1000 had four valves per cylinder and an overhead camshaft. The V1000 had electronic ignition and a Lucas alternator and starter motor. Lubrication was semi wet-sump [4] and the gearbox was a five-speed constant mesh to a sealed roller chain final drive. Front suspension includes custom yokes machined from solid alloy billets, and conventional rear suspension is provided by twin Marzocchi shocks.[5] The chain drive sprocket was concentric with the swinging arm pivot, an arrangement to keep the drive chain tension constant, irrespective of the movement of the swinging arm. The alloy wheels, anodised either gold or black, were neither forged nor cast, but were made up from two sheet alloy pressings, riveted together. The frame was available either painted black or nickel-plated.

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