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Hesketh Bits and Pieces for Sale / Re: HESKETH Seat Covers
« Last post by Rob B on September 22, 2021, 04:51:39 PM »
Correction to the above,

Les won't be at Stafford this year but I almost certainly will be; along with a couple of bikes for the HOC stand if wanted??? All the seat covers are being sent to me today so I shall bring some to the show if needed, plus a recovered seat to show how they look when fitted by someone who knows how to fit them!

RB
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Hesketh Bits and Pieces for Sale / Re: HESKETH Seat Covers
« Last post by Rob B on September 22, 2021, 10:25:52 AM »
Les at SaddleCraft has finished the new batch of HESKETH seat covers. Ready for delivery but can also be collected at Stafford if I know how many are wanted. To remind everyone, price is £40 per cover plus postage. Les hopes to have the new seat foams ready in time for Stafford too.

Photo of the seat cover mould tool is on the FB HESKETH Group page as I still have no clue how to add a photo to this forum, without getting locked into some dodgy photo hosting site that then bombards me emails and offers.

Please confirm if you want them posted or will collect at Stafford. Thanks very much.
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Hesketh Bits and Pieces Wanted / Re: Choke cable and filters
« Last post by Kevin B on May 07, 2021, 05:03:40 PM »
Many thanks for the prompt reply. The cable is now at Venhill (it gave me a ride out!). The filters will have to be thought about but will probably be home made.
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Hesketh Bits and Pieces Wanted / Re: Choke cable and filters
« Last post by Rob B on May 06, 2021, 08:28:22 PM »
Hello again Kevin, I forgot that the filters subject has come up before and that in fact, they are not from any car but were made by HESKETH. Strange but true!
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Chat about Everything Else... / Re: Finally Got In
« Last post by Rob B on May 06, 2021, 08:13:49 PM »
Sounds like yo did very well Ray. I already have my long-time HESKETH V1000 with the necessary modifications but recently had the opportunity, thank you DH, to acquire an original Black bike, nickel frame, red pinstripes with 3,800 miles, not ridden since 1995. It is a lovely thing, but I will use my other V1000 for any serious distances.

Your first paragraph reminds me of a story I never forget. When I was very young and possibly even more stupid, I bought a wreck of a Jensen Interceptor, as indeed they all are generally. I struggled to find anyone who could or would want to help with the restoration work until a friend told me to go and see a chap called Peter Childs at ARNETS in Bournemouth, the Rolls Royce dealer! Of course you can imagine my reply. Anyway, he insisted and so I dutifully took my clapped out Interceptor to the Rolls Royce dealer for an appointment with Peter. He arranged its superb restoration with a local body shop in Poole at a very good price.

Anyway; to the story:

Peter had been a Rolls Royce dealer for many, many years. He told me of a painter & decorator who used to come and look at the cars in the showroom nearly every Friday afternoon after finishing work and Peter would have a mug of tea waiting for him. As he neared retirement, the painter & decorator, in his overalls as ever, arrived at the showroom, but this time with four large and overstuffed carrier bags. They were full of cash that he had been saving and with which he purchased his Rolls Royce from Peter. A lifetime dream for him. So, never judge a book by its cover.

Mind you, the local Porsche dealers are and always have been a bunch of stuck-up pricks!  :)

RB
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Hesketh-Related Chat / Re: clutch master cylinder
« Last post by Rob B on May 06, 2021, 07:37:59 PM »
Perfect!

Thank you Dave.

Robert
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Hesketh Bits and Pieces Wanted / Re: Choke cable and filters
« Last post by Rob B on May 06, 2021, 07:36:59 PM »
Hello Kevin, I generally get my cables made up by Venhill.  https://www.venhill.co.uk/  You can send them dimensions or the old cables. Or buy one of their expensive kits and you will only ever use 10% of it!

The air filters were reportedly from a Vauxhall VIVA and this is the closest I can find: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154423439520?epid=1909336959&hash=item23f45ab0a0:g:zI0AAOSw--xbyLQU
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Hesketh Bits and Pieces Wanted / Choke cable and filters
« Last post by Kevin B on May 06, 2021, 03:40:15 PM »
Hi, would any one be able to point me in the right direction regarding a new choke cable and a pair of air filters? I heard a rumour that the filters are out of a car.... is that so? and if so what car? I suspect the cable is unique to Hesketh. Any ideas?
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Hesketh-Related Chat / Re: clutch master cylinder
« Last post by Dave Snr on May 03, 2021, 09:06:41 AM »
Hi Robert,

I've not done my slave cylinder, but I do know that Chairman Richard did his recently and there is a useful post on this forum in the "Request for Help" section titled Clutch Slave cylinder with gives seal details, diagrams and details of ignoring the manual on spring location!

Dave
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Chat about Everything Else... / Re: Finally Got In
« Last post by Ray on April 30, 2021, 07:46:40 AM »
It will need a new rear tyre before too long, Robert, so I'll likely check everything out that I can when I do that.

It's a wonderful old bike and I was very lucky to drop onto it at a time when I had the spare cash. I tried to buy a new V1000 back in 1982 but had words with the Norfolk appointed Hesketh dealer when he treated me with a bit of disrespect. I presume he thought I hadn't the funds - I was in my works van, and dirty overalls, when I called in to discuss the new bike, on my way back from dealing with a truck breakdown. I bought a new Laverda RGS from Richard Slater instead - one of the first pair to arrive into the country. It was about the same price as a Hesketh and, as things turned out, the Hesketh dealer did me a huge favour by sending me away with a flea in my ear.

I'll inquire about the price and availability of the cam locating tools, maybe someone reading this will have details that may be helpful for others too. My home-brewed tool seems to do the job ok, though. It's just a flat alloy plate that bolts to the head with four of the cam cover bolts. It then has a pair of 6 mm Allen bolts through the plate that adjust downwards to touch the two cam lobes in their correct positiions at TDC on the compression stroke. These two bolts are just held tight in the plate with two lock nuts so they can be adjusted up and down when setting them up. I've rounded the bolt bottoms off so I can set them into position with a .015" gap between lobe and bolt before dismantling things. It's easy then to refit the plate after re-shimming and check the cams are in position with the same .015" gap.

My V1000 is almost mint, black with nickel frame, no corrosion and all original. There was a crate of spares with it, original tool kit and proper box of valve shims, new head lamp, rear and indicator lamps, full set of seal kits for all hydraulics and forks, stack of fuses, bulbs, clips, fasteners, throttle and grips, new spare switches, new locks with keys, original books, pair of silemcers, photos, original hand book etc. I'm sure most long-term owners have all these if they went to the dispersal sale but I'm fortunate that all these bits and bobs have been kept with my bike.

Ray, still in the sunshine.
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