Two long years have passed since the ambitious Horex project was first publically unveiled and now, at long last, we can tell you what it’s like to ride.
The all-new, Augsburg-based factory has so far completed two production machines (all the bikes are hand-made) and we were granted a world first, exclusive test ride.
One prod of the starter button and you get the bassy rumble of a triple mixing with the unmistakeable fast-spinning hiss of a six.
Into gear and we’re off, instantly feeling slick and somehow classy, yet boosted by a unique thrill with every twist on the throttle: the sound and sheen of the VR6 dominates proceedings and invigorates like little else.
The 160bhp VR6 engine responds instantly to every twitch of the wrist, has a sublimely creamy delivery and yet also an ever-increasing hunger for revs as the tacho approaches the limiter at 9000rpm, all of which is accompanied by a harsh, yet unique soundscape; a new overture of engine sound composed by Horex.
Despite the bulky-looking engine, the Horex’s ergonomics are uncompromised: the rider sits ‘in’ the bike in a comfortable, classic roadster seating position with a relaxed knee position but leant forward slightly over the wide handlebars.
Read the full test in the August 8 issue of MCN.