Single family ownership from new
1982 Hesketh V1000
Registration no. ABW 390X
Frame no. 392
Engine no. 0117
This particular V1000 occupies a unique place in Hesketh history. When Hesketh Motorcycles was wound up, the vendor's father went to the bankruptcy sale and bought a lot of parts, only to be asked to sell them back to successor-company Hesleydon in 1983 so that production could be restarted. In lieu of payment he asked them to build him a V1000 - the machine offered here - which remained in storage, unused, until its owner died in 2008. The vendor believes that the 'EN10' modifications have been done, as he remembers Hesketh development engineer Mick Broom working on the machine. In 2009 the vendor decided to re-commission, register and ride the Hesketh. One carburettor was rebuilt, the ignition system cleaned up, a new battery fitted and it ran. Mick Broom assigned a manufacturing date of 1982 (hence the registration), but it is most likely 1983 or 1984. After registration, the vendor enjoyed a very happy and trouble-free year's motorcycling, clocking up 3,474 miles (the present total). He then took to riding a BMW and laid up the Hesketh in May 2010, greasing vulnerable parts and putting the battery on 'intelligent' trickle charge. The engine has been run periodically. Described as in generally good condition, apart from an oil leak, the machine is offered with dating letter, MoT to June 2013 and Swansea V5C document.
- This Hesketh is also offered with full, original Hesketh tool roll (spanners stamped 'Hesketh'); original owners manual and original promotional literature including a brochure and card.