• Jun 17th 2010 at 11:28AM
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Recently, we reported the scheduled release of an all-new motorcycle hailing from Germany, known to us only as Das Neue Motorrad, the news came with much anticipation, the excitement being twofold. First, the prospect of finally seeing a new motorcycle from the land of Bavaria, a place with such a rich two-wheeled history but very few modern offerings, and second the secrecy leading up to the release, coupled with the companies claims to offer "revolutionary designs" and an engine concept "currently seen nowhere in the industry" which peaked the interest of moto-junkies around the globe.

As the smoke has cleared and rumors ceased, lifting of the veil has exposed Horex as the new motorcycle brand from Germany. So just how do they define revolution? That would be with a supercharged 15-degree monoblock V6, of course. Horex is said to have patented the VR6 configuration for two-wheeled vehicles. The compact design allows for fitment of six rounds in a space traditionally fit with four. For additional 'whee-factor,' a radial supercharger feeds the 1200cc beast,producing a tractable delivery of the claimed output of 198hp and 110 lb-ft of torque, which is routed to the tarmac via belt drive.

The chassis and suspension wrapping that powerplant compete a package that not only looks legit, but should also live up to performance expectations. 50mm forks sort out the bumps and the attached dual-radial-mounted brakes should have no trouble halting the Horex from substantial velocities. From the looks of things, the frame and swing-arm components appear to exhibit top-notch fit and finish. The styling is definitely of a classic nature, minus the ram-air type intake ports on the front of the fuel tank.

The price of admission will be €20,000 ($24,600 USD), and that's only if you are in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, but at least it probably includes taxes. We'll have to wait and see what exchange rates are when the Horex finally makes it to the rest of Europe and the U.S.

The irony in all of this is that Horex is not new at all – it's a reincarnation of the classic brand founded in 1923 which produced motorcycles up until Daimler-Benz purchased the company and ceased bike production in 1960. So make that Germany's newest-old motorcycle company, for the record. Revolutionary?...well, probably not, we just can't wait to hear the exhaust note!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That would have a really tough time breaking into the US market, especially at anything close to $20k, let alone over it (regardless of performance). That dead name is not iconic in the 2-wheel world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As I doubt they are looking to run against Yamaha or Honda in sales, I don't think cost of entry is an issue. The bike is beautiful and a V6 with a supercharger is certainly something to get excited over. My only concern is they are an unknown company. The name may have a legacy but the company doesn't. Coming out swinging with something as radical as this will definitely get attention but they are now going to need to prove that this radical design is as fun to ride as it is to look at and that this engine can stand up to the demands.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Profit is the biggest issue (and startup for that matter, since $150-200M seems the minimum to make it), and given that a single model cannot a standalone dealer network make, it becomes an issue of whom to partner with. Perhaps BMW, since both are German, but BMW may not want the potential sales losses. Same w/Ducati or MV since those have similar 'naked' products. They could partner w/Victory or Indian dealers since they have similar price points and nothing remotely close to that Horex.

        At this point I would predict a similar fate as Henderson. A few years' production, then attempts to get sold to someone else, then death if that does not happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nicely done. A classically-styled, nicely detailed design married to smart engine layout choice and monster power. The only thing I don't like is the aesthetics of the belt drive and left side of the rear wheel. If I had $25,000 for a bike, I would surely consider this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Work of art. Beautiful bike.

      • 5 Years Ago
      My father was born and raised near Munich back in the 30's & 40's and moved here in 1953. When my brother and I started to be driving age, we secretly bought a Yamaha Seca 650 but didn't tell M + D until they happened to catch us on the bike. Long story short we got to keep the bike after we found out dad had a bike when he was a young man. Surprised dad had a wild streak to him! He told me stories of the Horex 350 he & his brother owned back in Bavaria, with it's encased drive system which made it a bit unusual. It's interesting to see the reinvention of the brand, too bad they didn't get the drive system to follow the past, which was their trademark, but I'm sure this is leaps and bounds better. I'm printing this article off for him since he doesn't "do" the internet, he should get a kick out of seeing Horex reborn. Maybe I'll get him one for his birthday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. I'm in love.
      The color combo is perfect...
      The VR6/G60 is an interesting idea.
      Frankly, if it would get the cost down, I'd gladly go normally aspirated with what would still likely be 100+hp. This will sound amazing. I'm curious what it revs to..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Half a W12? I like the idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a nice effort and I'm sure craftsmanship will certainly be top notch.

      That said, 200hp from a supercharged 6 cylinder is not that impressive compared to naturally aspirated 4 cylinders that put out the same hp (Hayabusa - 194 hp, ZX-14 - 203hp).
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Longbow, nice fat torque is nice and makes for effortless riding. But why do you think a 600cc Japanese 4 can smoke something like a 1200cc aircooled Buell in a straight line with double the torque and similar weight? Think about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VMax competitor. And I will rather have the VMax.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the exhaust note is anything like my GTI VR6, it's going to sound sweet! :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just thinking the EXACT same thing since I drove all the way to work in 3rd and 4th on the highway this morning... just because I could... with the windows down. Dammit, why are there no tunnels around here?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This engine design seems to be very similar to Motoczysz's C1.
      3 cams under 1 cover, slightly offset cylinders....
      Its an interesting engine layout and seems to be a good fit for motorcycle applications.
      I am definitely interested to see how this plays out.
      Between this and the rumored BMW 6 cyl, there seems to be a lot of cool designs coming from Germany recently!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm too old and my aching joints wouldn't let me ride this bike much. But, if money were no object, I'd buy one just to look at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VR6 = inline 6.
        • 5 Years Ago

        It's a 15 degree Vee angle. It's all under the same cylinder head, but it's not a true inline engine. It's has the benefits of both however. It's shorter than a true inline 6 would be(due to the staggered cylinders) but it's also not as wide as a V6 would be either(due to being nearly inline). The translation of VR from German is essentially Inline-Vee, which describes it well.

        It's a very compact 6cyl engine which was why VW wanted to build them, to fit into the engine bay where a 4cyl typically fit.

        That said, this just takes the same idea, but it's not a VW engine, they never made a 1.2L VR6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My post was into Devon Brozek saying that this engine is a V6. It isn't/
        A VR6 is an approximation of an inline 6. Look at the crankshaft throw symmetry.
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