Test: Horex VR6 Roadster – motorcycle with three camshafts

Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts
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Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts

Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts

Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts

Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts

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Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts
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Horex 6 cylinder motorcycle: working on the model of the cylinder head.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the red compressor is clearly visible. Horex promises 175 to over 200 hp – depending on the setting. It is driven by a toothed belt.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: thanks to the compact engine design, it has a comparatively slim shape.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the Horex team discusses a design.

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Horex VR6 – In the center of the action: the unspectacular, but technically highly complex three-cam VR6 engine, behind it the compressor.

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Horex VR6

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Horex VR6

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Horex VR6: The head is flat, so the pistons have to compensate for the cylinder angle of 15 degrees.

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Horex VR6: It’s a shame that the large radiator covers the manifold battery.

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The final touch: Horex initiator Clemens Neese (right) and managing director Frank Fischer (left) discuss with designer Peter Naumann, professor at Munich University of Applied Sciences.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the view of the three camshafts.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: a subtle reference to the six cylinders on or in the exhaust.

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Horex 6 cylinder motorcycle: this is what it looks like "the new motorcycle".

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the name of the new motorcycle is not yet known.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: group picture with model.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: six cylinders need six manifolds, those of the rear cylinder bank are led through the head.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the machine will definitely need the large radiator.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the makers promise a unique engine (with VR arrangement) in a motorcycle.

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: the design clearly shows the crossed arrangement of the cylinders of the VR engine (V-engine and in-line engine). With this engine concept, a very compact engine can be realized. Volkswagen in particular uses VR engines in car construction.

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"Does the world really need another motorcycle brand? Probably not necessarily. But motorcycling is more than getting around on two wheels, motorcycling is emotion and always a fascination for technology, for new and exciting things! I am an enthusiastic motorcyclist myself and in recent years I have found very little on the market that touched me emotionally …" Clemens Neese, head of HOREX GmbH

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Horex 6 cylinder motorcycle:

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Horex 6-cylinder motorcycle: a classically looking naked bike without disturbing design elements.

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The result of countless design drafts: The Horex is supposed to combine classic style elements with the latest technology.

Driving report: Horex VR6 Roadster

Pre-production copy of the six-cylinder Horex

No real V-engine, certainly not an in-line engine, but three camshafts: the Horex VR6 Roadster is idiosyncratic, independent, peculiar. MOTORRAD was allowed to try out a pre-production copy of the six-cylinder.

It hums, hisses, growls, barks, screeches – the tonal spectrum of the VR six-cylinder with its uneven firing intervals offers, depending on the engine speed and load, almost indescribable facets of sound. The Horex is alive, provides plenty of spectacle – and it finally leaves after a long wait. The small, Augsburg-based manufacturer now invited to the former airport in Neuhausen ob Eck for a first driving experience, where for the first time external drivers could convince themselves of the handling qualities of the roadster on a specially constructed course. And the fantastic road network in the Swabian Alb offered the opportunity to test the potential and potential of the six-cylinder.

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Test: Horex VR6 Roadster - motorcycle with three camshafts

Driving report: Horex VR6 Roadster
Pre-production copy of the six-cylinder Horex


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The six-cylinder chunk moves on the country road with astonishing elegance.

On the other hand, the chassis is all the more enjoyable. In contrast to the handling course, the Horex looks light-footed at accelerated country road speeds, and maintains a precise course even in the most demanding curve combinations. Fascinating how easy it can make a finely tuned landing gear for the helmsman. Even in nasty tight curves you can easily correct the line, not least thanks to the perfectly harmonizing Metzeler Roadtec Z8 in the current M / O specification. At the same time, the roadster is full of impeccable stability on the road.

The suspension leaves a similarly convincing impression. With a lot of progression and not excessively hard-tuned, the WP elements respond sensitively to small bumps. And the Horex drives pretty weird too. In order to put the side stand on the left, you have to angled it a lot. So there is hardly any need for optimization with the chassis, while the technicians – with regard to engine tuning and workmanship – will probably still have a few night shifts – so that the Horex Roadster can still be delivered in August as planned.

Technical specifications


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The intertwined exhaust system has two separate exhaust lines with catalytic converters for three cylinders each.

engine
Water-cooled six-cylinder VR engine, three overhead, chain-driven camshafts, three valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, injection, Ø 34 mm, hydraulically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain, secondary ratio 2.47.
Bore x stroke 68.0 x 55.0 mm
Cubic capacity 1218 cm3
Compression ratio 12.5: 1
rated capacity 118.0 kW (161 hp) at 8800 rpm
Max. Torque 137 Nm at 6800 rpm

landing gear
Bridge frame made of cast aluminum parts with screwed-on steering head assembly made of steel tubes, 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, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, rear disc brake, Ø 264 mm, two-piston fixed calipers, ABS.
Forged aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17

Dimensions + weights
Wheelbase 1500 mm, steering head angle 66.0 degrees, caster 95 mm, spring travel f / r 120/120 mm, seat height 800-840 mm, weight * 249 kg, tank capacity / reserve 17/4 liters.
Price including additional costs 21,700 euros

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