Date:13 February 2012
It’s a safe bet that you’ve never heard of a motorcycle called Horex; the same applies to your biker friends. That’s about to change with the introduction of a supercharged V6-powered machine that moves the proverbial goalposts in terms of design, technology and raw power. How much power? Around 149 kW (or 200 old-fashioned horses), we’re told.
You’re unlikely to see the VR6 Horex Roadster in a shop window any time soon – or ever, for that matter: the factory is building this bike only to order at a factory in Augsberg, Germany. It will sell in Europe for a cool R200 000.
Component parts are assembled at four sequential workstations. The frame and chassis are put together in the first step before the engine, electrical system, electronics and other parts are added. This assembly approach is based on the traditional “one man, one bike” manufacturing principlewhereby one mechanic builds a complete bike from start to finish, from the first frame bolt to final testing on the in-house roller dynamometer. The narrow-angle VR6 powerplant is supplied by engine specialist Weber.
A lightweight aluminium bridge frame, with steel steering head for maximum stability, forms the mainstay of the chassis. Horex engineers opted for an upside-down-fork with massive (48 mm) tubes supplied by WP Suspension. This configuration reportedly provides outstanding braking stability and effective feedback, ensuring precise front wheel control without sacrificing responsiveness.
Damping on the single rear swingarm is handled by a central spring strut – also supplied by WP Suspension – with a compact, lightweight bell crank designed for a more progressive response force. Along with easier removal of the rear wheel, an advantage of the single arm construction is that it enables a closer fit for the right-side exhaust tube.
The new Horex delivers serious stopping performance with dual Wave discs up front and radial-mounted Brembo 4-piston callipers. A single-disc system with 2-piston calliper provides rear-wheel braking, and the bike comes with the latest-generation Bosch MB9 ABS system, designed specifically for motorcycles.
All very nice, but is it sexy? Oh yes.