Horex is claiming its new VR6 Classic is based on in-depth communication with the motorcycle brand’s dealers and fans. “They wanted to see a Horex in a design that replicates the brand icons. We responded with the new Classic model,” explains Fritz Rombach, VP Sales & Services at Horex.
Starting with the Horex VR6 Roadster, the Horex team worked together with Peter Naumann, a design professor from the University of Munich, on the development of the new “Classic” version. Naumann, who also played a leading role in designing the first model, created the new model by integrating elements from the design of the VR6 Roadster.
“The Horex VR6 Classic pays a tribute to the legendary bikes originally built in Bad Homburg,” Naumann says. “The classic Horex red in combination with silver accent stripes is reminiscent of the famous Horex road and racing models.”
With design details such as double-stitching on the seat, spoked wheels, the flowing shape of the metal engine covers and the choice of colour design, the new model aspires to acknowledge motorcycle designs produced by Horex back in the 1950s.
The Horex VR6 Classic engine has been tuned to deliver plenty of torque, even at low speeds. “We reworked our six-cylinder to focus on unsurpassed riding enjoyment on winding country roads. Something the new Horex ‘Classic’ masters with ease in sixth gear,” Rombach explains. Horex engineers added interference tubes to the bends of the 6-in-2 exhaust system to reduce backpressure and improve the torque curve at lower engine speeds. This was complemented by a new engine mapping that increases torque in the low and medium engine speed ranges. As a result, the reworked six-cylinder generates maximum power – 93 kW (126hp) – at 8,500 rpm. The engine’s torque curve reaches its peak of 120 Nm at 7,000 rpm.
Horex engineers also changed a number of chassis details on the VR6 Classic. Based on Horex specifications, the Kineo wheels have been designed and produced exclusively for the Classic model. Suspension elements were further revised as well. The fully adjustable upside-down fork manufactured by WP Suspension is the same as the one used on the Horex Roadster. However, the rear monoshock was specially adapted for the Classic. “In line with the bike’s purpose, we opted for a component made by Sachs,” says Rombach. “The shock absorber is preload and outbound adjustable to meet all the prerequisites for sporty/sensuous rides on our new VR6 Classic.”
First deliveries of the Horex VR6 Classic are scheduled for autumn of this year.