Horex VR6 Classic in the test

Horex VR6 Classic in the test

Sufficiently agile, unshakably stable

As soon as production of the Horex Roadster has really started, the Augsburg-based manufacturer is adding a second model. Under the motto “Less pressure, more shine for more money”, the Horex VR6 Classic presents itself as a traditionalist among the naked bikes. An inventory.

A motorcycle like the Horex presented here VTo be able to sort the R6 Classic correctly, it helps to visualize the development of this motorcycle: In 2006, Clemens Neese, mastermind and managing director of Horex GmbH, set out with the famous sheet of white paper and a few followers to take the two-wheeled world out of the Lift fishing rod. 

Horex VR6 Classic in the test

Sufficiently agile, unshakably stable

Naked bike

Horex VR6 Classic in the driving report (2013)

Toothbrush for small angle cleaning included in delivery

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Chopper / cruiser

Horex VR6 Roadster in the driving report

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Motorcycle production at Horex

Visit to the Horex factory in Augsburg

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Horex VR6 Classic 2800 euros more expensive than Roadster

The goal should be a compressor-fired six-cylinder. With projects of this kind, there is a high risk of failure. Keywords Neander Diesel or Munch Mammut. Neese, on the other hand, and his team brought the VR6 project to series production, even though a few springs had to be lost on the way from project to product. So both the toothed belt drive and the compressor fell by the wayside. That the original schedule was clearly exceeded is a gift. Still: Hat!

Of the 200 compressor horses that were once announced, there are still 160 left with the free-sucking Roadster, the Horex VR6 Classic presented here is content with only 126 horses and 120 Nm instead of 137. But it is 2800 euros more expensive. And neither the tank bag nor the softbags are included. They cost another 275 or 365 euros extra.

Shocking, or what? Made, because on the one hand the numbers only tell half the truth, and on the other hand the Horex VR6 Classic shines in the truest sense of the word with (spoke) wheels that the world has not yet seen outside of custom bike fairs. Especially the rear wheel with the spokes banished to the right rim flange is a feast for the eyes. Even when climbing, the Classic Mann separates from Memme, because the leather upholstery rests at a lofty height of 840 millimeters, which makes maneuvering a balancing act for those with short legs.

The last line of the program has not yet been written

Then the start. The starter has to work particularly cold for a few seconds until the mighty VR6 runs on its own. When it comes to throttle response and the load change reactions, the suspicion arises that the last line of the program is far from being written during mapping.


Under the motto “Less pressure, more shine for more money”, the Classic presents itself as a traditionalist among the naked bikes.

The Horex is a motorcycle that wants to be ridden consciously. Anyone expecting the smooth functionality of a Honda CB 1300 will be disappointed. Rapid traffic light starts without embarrassing engine howls are not easy because of the poorly metered clutch. In addition, the six-speed gearbox should act a little smoother.

But those who get involved will not only be rewarded with deep satisfaction, but also with a sound that lies somewhere between Triumph Speed ​​Triple, Porsche 911 and Rammstein. Omnipresent fine vibrations included. The power downgrade compared to the Roadster only takes place via a modified mapping and interference tubes between the manifolds and results in a significantly more homogeneous power output. From two to seven on the classic watch, the Classic continues to express itself emphatically, the MOTORRAD test bench then also spits out 10 hp more than the factory specification.

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The fully adjustable chassis is taut and is open to fast curve swing. Sufficiently agile, but unshakably stable and blessed with plenty of air under the footrests, things are moving quickly. The Bosch ABS takes the shock away from unexpected occurrences. The question remains: "What am I?" The comparison lags: The Horex VR6 Classic is a kind of two-wheeled Morgan Plus 8. Not everybody’s darling, but for people with a penchant for something special.

Technical data Horex VR6

Engine: Water-cooled six-cylinder four-stroke 15-degree VR engine, three overhead, chain-driven camshafts, three valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 34 mm, uncontrolled catalytic converter with secondary air system, 450 W alternator, 12 V / 19 Ah battery, Hydraulically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain, secondary ratio 48:18.

Bore x stroke: 68.0 x 55.0 mm

Displacement: 1218 cc

Compression ratio: 12.5: 1

Rated capacity: 93 kW (126 hp) at 8500 rpm

Max. Torque: 120 Nm at 7000 rpm

Landing gear: Bridge frame made of aluminum with screwed-on tubular steel frame, upside-down fork, Ø 48 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, single-sided swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base and rebound damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, Rear disc brake, Ø 264 mm, two-piston fixed caliper, ABS,

Bikes: Spoked wheels with aluminum rims, 3.50 x 17, 6.00 x 17

Tires: 120/70 ZR 17, 190/55 ZR 17; Tires in the test: Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact "M"

Dimensions + weights: Wheelbase 1506 mm, steering head angle 66.0 degrees, caster 95 mm, spring travel f / r 120/120 mm, seat height * 840 mm, weight with a full tank * 275 kg, load 175 kg, tank capacity / reserve 17.0 / 4.0 liters.

Guarantee: two years

Colors: Red / silver

Base price: 24,500 euros, Price test motorcycle: 25,140 euros

Top speed: 250 km / h

0-100 km / h 3.4 sec
0–140 km / h 5.8 sec
0–200 km / h 12.0 sec

60–100 km / h 4.1 sec
100–140 km / h 4.5 sec
140–180 km / h4.9 sec

Consumption (Landstra0e): 5.9 l Super / 100 km, theoretical range: 288 km

Performance chart


Performance diagrams of the Horex VR6 Roadster and Classic.

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