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Original Hesketh V1000 Motorcycle

New & unregistered original Hesketh V1000

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An original 1983 Hesketh V1000 Motorcycle. Now there’s something you don’t see every day. Let me rephrase that. There’s something you don’t see *any* day. At least most of us don’t. And this one has never even been registered and only has 14 miles on the clock!?!

For those of you who are wondering what on earth I’m talking about, the Hesketh motorcycle brand was the brainchild of one Lord Hesketh, the owner of the last ever privately owned F1 team to win a Grand Prix – according to Wikipedia. Hesketh’s vision was to rebuild the once great British Motorcycle Industry with a hand-built and home-engineered motorcycle of his own design. So in 1982, after two years of development, he self-financed a purpose built factory and commenced the first run of the Hesketh V1000. Unfortunately the factory was destined to fail and after several issues with reliability, manufacture of the bike finally ceased with only 139 ever being built.

But the story doesn’t end there. In 1983 Lord Hesketh, refusing to be beaten, opened a new factory with a new brand name; Hesleydon Ltd. This new company developed a slightly modified version of the V1000 called the Vampire with an oil cooler to the rear and a full fairing. They built a total of 40 before also going into receivership.

Crest of Hesketh Motorcycles Ltd

Hesketh Motorcycles Ltd

This particular bike was sold in 1983 by Hesleydon Ltd. It’s not a Vampire, it a V1000. Whether or not Hesleyon Ltd manufactured it or if it’s one of the original run of 139 built by the Hesketh factory and inherited by Hesleydon who just sold it on is open to debate. And if someone with greater knowledge on the subject than me can answer the question, please do leave a comment and let me know.

Hesketh V1000 V-Twin engine close-up

4 valves per head and an OHC in 1982!

Either way it’s now back on the market and ready to be enjoyed by visitors to Fasttrack Motorcycles for a little while at least. Complete with original tool kit, warranty order viagra sheets, owners handbook and V55 registration form, this unique piece or British motorcycle history is open to sensible offers. Serious offers only please. Contact the shop if you’re interested.