Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 13 Jul 2017
Hesketh’s Sonnet Café Racer is available soon
Now, this is one we’ve previously mentioned here at the Ministry of Bikes when it was first revealed last year. However, it has been confirmed that British motorcycle manufacturer Hesketh will be releasing the new Sonnet Café Racer at some point this summer.
If you weren’t aware, Hesketh recently made a comeback after not producing any bikes for over 30 years, and came back into the scene with the ‘24’ motorcycle in 2014. It has been said that the Sonnet Café Racer is expected to be similar to the 24, with a 2,100 cc, air-cooled American S&S V-twin engine, producing 145 hp at 6,000 rpm and 154 lb/ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. If the Sonnet is anything like the 24 as suggested, then we can expect a loud and bold motorcycle from the manufacturer.
It has yet to be confirmed, although rumours are stating that the bike is set to go for £26,000, which is rather pricey. Nevertheless, it is a small hand-made production model so it would be well worth the price, and not so many people will have one.
Moreover, the engine is said to be contained in a chromoly-steel tube frame which is attached to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Also included on the new model is a stitched leather seat, fly screen, K-Tech USD front forks, K-Tech springless Bullit shock, Brembo monoblocs and a Brembo rear caliper.
The Sonnet is stunning with its toned-down body work and light paintwork, and it’s clear a lot of time has been spent of the design and creation of this hand-made model. The small headlight delivers a retro styling, while the mudguards, seating and printed logo all add to the unique look that the bike has to offer.
If you’d like to see more of Hesketh’s work, check out their website: http://www.heskethmotorcycles.co.uk/