Horex VR6 Classic

08/14/2013 @ 4:52 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


Just the other day we were wondering what was going on with Horex, as we haven’t heard from the German brand in nearly nine months. Finally shipping its first bike, the Horex VR6 Roadster, Horex has now announced a second model that is geared more towards mass consumption, the Horex VR6 Classic.

A re-styled, and apparently de-tuned version of the Roadster model, from what we can gather from Horex’s press release, the big changes for the Classic are its new aesthetic and reworked motor, which produces 124hp compared to the roadster’s 161hp peak figure.

Other changes include connecting tubes for the bike’s 6-in-2 exhaust system, and a reprogramming of the VR6’s motor’s engine map, which according to Horex creates more low-end and midrange torque, with a peak figure of 88.5 lbs•ft.

On the visual side of things, wire wheels are easily noticeable, as well as the red paint with silver pinstripes. A premium leather seat has also been fitted to the Horex VR6 Classic.

Less noticeable is the switching of a Sachs rear shock, with preload and rebound adjustability, in lieu of the three-way adjustable WP unit that is found on the Roadster. Both bikes use WP forks with adjustable preload, compression, and rebound settings.

Pricing in Europe is €24,500 (€28,700 in Austria, and 28,900 CHF in Switzerland).



Source: Horex

  • Damo

    THAT is a good looking motorbike.

  • AdventurePig

    I very much agree. Too bad it’s so pricey. :(

  • Doug

    It is good looking, but the engine covers (3dots & that “v”) are awful

  • proudAmerican

    I agree with the guys above. It has a very Moto Guzzi look, but with a much better engine. I’ve got a brand-new Honda CB1100 that I love, but that Horex is stunning.

  • Shinigami

    USD forks with no protectors will mean tube scratches and leaks in a short time. Unacceptable in an $8000 bike much less a $33000 one.

  • Doctor Jelly

    I believe a fair number of bikes with USD forks don’t come with protectors…

    I don’t know if the ‘V’ has a pratical purpose outside of styling, but the three dots are the plugs for the line drilled cam journals. They can’t be avoided, but the could have been done in black to be less standoffish…

  • Damo

    “USD forks with no protectors will mean tube scratches and leaks in a short time. Unacceptable in an $8000 bike much less a $33000 one.”

    I just sold my 2005 RC51 with 20,000 miles on it and it had USD forks with no protectors and they were mint with no leaks.

  • JoeD

    Smooth out the scratches with a Scotch brite pad. Sharp edges nick the seals. Sure, replace the seals that leak but the scratch, once smoothened, won’t be a prob. Only time it occurred to me was on the 74 Norton that was neglected resulting in pitted tubes.

  • JoeD

    The radiator is a sore thumb. The Benelli Tornado design would look better.

  • 1KPerDay

    Hurlex, more like.

  • nerve

    Not sure what you mean joeD, owning a tre1130 myself, but i find it a shame this being a six and no exterior clues to that. Maybe u were referring tot Sei..

  • Doug

    @Dr. Jelly –

    They’re both stylized poorly & I get the triple cam journals…that makes it more of a shame. That unique part of the whole bike is not represented well at all

  • paulus – Thailand

    Another model on the road… well done and best of luck to Horex!

  • Norm G.

    re: “That unique part of the whole bike is not represented well at all”

    +1, they are shortchanging their USP.

  • damn

    thats an ugly bike.

  • “thats an ugly bike.”

    I kinda find myself agreeing with that. That said, I don’t much like the CB1100F, either.

  • Is this the same publication that was knocking the EBR American Flag bike? Now you have the Homer Simpson bike of the future past. What?

  • kdomino

    I’ve always considered myself a “form follows function” kind of guy. I figured is a machine is designed to work well it will by definition look good, too.

    This bike might work well, but I can’t get over how much I dislike the way it looks. Eye of the beholder, I guess, but I put this picture next to those of other bikes and it comes off as a caricature. The materials, the styling, the colors, especially the relative sizes and shapes. The pipes with the bung and bulge in the middle, the side covers that look like they belong on a WWII submarine hatch, the rear subframe that came off a 1930s tractor. Yikes. It makes me think that multiple (unfriendly) designers were put in charge of different parts of the bike.

    The Suzuki Madura 1200 has been dethroned as the ugliest bike in my mind.

    (full disclosure – I have a Madura in my collection. I love the motor and just avoid cameras and riding past stores with reflective windows)

  • Reno

    If it’s looking nice or not – everybody should decide … so at least it’s not boring.
    The “forks with no protectors” – yes, bad idea but can be fixed with 10$ or 30$ in the preferred style.
    The materials and technology – wow! Looking at the detailes – home made and from suppliers shows that only premium parts are used.
    A mass bike? Definitly not – the founders of Horex just needed to find the right niche to survive. If they succeeded or not … let’s wait and see.

    I personally found it worth a try …
    Got the roadster version of series-1 #23. After 500 miles, I still love it. I’m anything but a hard core driver. So cruising around with this thing is just pure fun. And I can’t stop watching and touching. Looks like every single screw is designed and applied with great passion. Even the fixing of the license plate is done with titanium style screws. Again, others might see this compeletely different – and thats OK, as long as there are enough fans to secure the future.