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Intermot2012: Horex - The German Muscle Motorcycle

4
October
2012
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Exhibitions Intermot Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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When the Horex Open link in a new window was announced in 2010 in Germany, I was a bit sceptical.  In the present day fuel and economical crisis, developing a new brand and motorcycle that has an enormous engine, and therefore fuel consumption, was in IMHO the wrong moment. I would have thought that any new manufacturer would go electric, or maybe hydrogen. But in this gutsy move Horex announced their first motorcycle using a 6 cylinder engine with a total of 1200cc.

The 6 cylinders are in V shape, but also inline, making this special design named VR. Their first, and so far only, model is a roadster, the Horex VR6, Roadster. So I decided to pay them a quick visit at the Intermot Open link in a new window motorcycle exhibition.

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The VR6 Roadster "looks" powerful. It's enormous engine reminds me a bit of the Honda CB1100.

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The 6 cylinders engine are mirrored at 15° with a total of 1218cc. The engine delivers a total of 161 hp (118 kW) with a torque of 127 Nm at 6800 rpm. There are three valves per cylinder in a radial configuration.

Click for bigger version of Horex VR6 Roadster
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The 249 kilos dry weight may be on the heavy side, but it'll go fast... 250 kph (limited electronically).

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The dashboard is simple and uncluttered. You get all the instruments you need, nothing more, nothing less.

Currently the VR6 Roadster comes in 4 different colors; silver/red and brown seat, black/red and brown seat, or the same color combo with black seat.

Currently the Horex motorcycle is only on sale in the German speaking countries; Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but shortly you'll see them in other countries.





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