HORWIN CR6 PRO (2022 - on) Review


  • 125cc-equivalent electric bike with clutch and gears
  • Bridges the gap between petrol bikes and rev ‘n’ rip electric
  • Plays a little tune when you turn it on or off

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Power: 8 bhp
Seat height: Tall (34.3 in / 870 mm)
Weight: Low (304 lbs / 138 kg)


New £6,999
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Horwin CR6 Pro is an interesting ride to say the least. It’s the nearest you can come to what could be called a ‘traditional’ electric motorbike, as they claim it’s the world’s first full-production electric bike with a manual gearbox and clutch.

The equivalent of a 125cc and so suitable for anyone 17 years old or up with CBT, it’s based on the existing single-speed CR6 but costs two grand more, coming in at a pound shy of £7000.

And it’s unlike anything else you’ll ride. Although not strictly necessary, the five-speed gearbox adds a traditional spin on a very modern bike and gives it an air of familiarity. It handles like it should and when compared to other 125cc bikes the gears allow it to accelerate like something at Santa Pod. Well, almost.

Horwin CR6 Pro turning left

Although the price is tea-spewing, it only costs pence to charge from flat, which means you can be better for the planet without paying an arm and a leg for fuel.

It won’t be for everyone, and its range means that it’s still really for urban riders, but if you want something different and modern – and aren’t on a tight budget – the Horwin CR6 Pro is undoubtedly worth a look.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Horwin handles like a bike should, its steering giving a good balance of stability and comfortable, easy turning. It undoubtedly rides well, in both the tightly knitted streets of town and open country roads.

Its brisk acceleration is matched with equally cushty linked brakes, rather like Honda’s Combined Braking System, with the front operating the back and vice versa.

This allows for silky smooth control at low speed in town and at higher speed in the country, especially on bumpy roads. No ABS, though.

Horwin CR6 Pro front brake


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The belly of the beast is a ‘high torque’ 6200w motor supplied by a 72v 55Ah lithium-ion battery, and if like me you’re not sure what all this entails then it’s the equivalent of a 125cc petrol. For a tiddler the Horwin CR6 Pro has impressive acceleration, pulls up hills better than a typical 125 and has an indicated top speed of 68mph.

The five-speed gearbox is what brings this acceleration, and it works like a conventional bike with a clutch and foot shift. The electric motor takes a little while to spin up, but this doesn’t matter as there’s immediate drive from no revs and the Horwin jumps forward.

It’s not a fully authentic ride due to the stiffness of the gearbox, and there’s also huge engine braking that locks the rear wheel unless you slow right down before changing down gears. You can also pull away without the clutch – you can’t stall an electric bike – and the CR6-Pro can stop, start and ride comfortably all while in top gear. Which sort of defeats the object of the gearbox...

Horwin CR6 Pro left side

Realistic range is 50 miles, including town work and provided you’re not hammering like it’s MotoGP qualifying. With my nine stone and 5ft 11in, after a college run of 22 miles on A-roads there’s still 36% charge from full and just nine miles of range showing, while pottering around on country lanes the CR6-Pro does a comfortable 40 miles.

Purely riding in town this would increase again, though I think it’d still struggle to reach Horwin’s 65-mile ‘realistic’ range.

It’s a three-hour charge from flat. That’s time for plenty of cups of tea and perhaps not ideal for longer journeys, especially as the bike doesn’t have a built-in charger and you need the breezeblock-like external device.

Horwin CR6 Pro charger

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Horwins are designed in Austria and built in China. The overall look of the gives off an electric feel; it may be the lack of exhaust and visible engine, but it appears futuristic when compared to my own retro inspired WK Scrambler.

The frame is made from an alloy of aluminium and magnesium. Its fancy headlight, display and built-in tank storage are good, and all the trimmings, nuts and bolts are to the relatively good standard that you would expect for any 125. After wet-weather riding and being kept outside some small parts start to show a small hint of fur but it could easily be prevented with ‘rust stuff’, as my dad calls it.

Of course, the Horwin is seven-grand, and some parts appear cheap given this. But while I believe there are parts of the Horwin that don’t reflect its price, I don’t really mind too much – it’s an excuse to rummage in the garage, apply products and tinker with the bike while it charges, like you would with any petrol bike.

Horwin CR6 Pro on the road

In a way it strengthens the Pro’s position as the link between conventional bikes and electric. Things like the sticky gears, external charger and engine braking give the bike character bike in my opinion, and so you form a relationship. Where’s the fun in a bike that works perfectly all the time?

Horwin are still relatively new to the UK and long-term reliability is unknown. However, there are very few moving parts, the battery has a three-year warranty, and we’ve not herd anything negative from any CR6 owners.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

There’s no denying that at £6999 the Horwin is quite expensive. You’ll have to do lots of miles for its 1p or 2p per mile running costs to offset the price difference between a frugal petrol 125 like the Honda CB125F at £2999.

There are also much cheaper electric motorcycles too, such as the Super Soco TC Max (£4399), and electric scooters like Lexmoto’s Yadea G5S. They don’t have the entertainment or performance supplied by the Horwin’s gearbox and clutch, but they’re a lot cheaper.

Horwin CR6 Pro right side on the road


4 out of 5 (4/5)

That’s not a fuel tank on the CR6-Pro but a handy lockable compartment. It’s a perfect stash for some biscuits or your gloves and there’s a port to charge your phone while you ride along. It’s a shame the charger won’t quite fit in, though.

Dash and LED lights are modern and slick, and the Horwin plays a little tune whenever you turn it on or off. You can start it using the key or ride it keyless and just carry the fob, and there’s a built-in alarm.

It also has an audible warning when the indicator is on. At 138kg it’s quite light given the weight of the batteries but would be lighter still if all the bodywork was actual carbon, rather than just looking like it. Accessories available include a flyscreen, headlight guard and top-box.

Horwin CR6 Pro storage


Engine size -
Engine type Electric motor
Frame type Aluminium twin-spar
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 138kg
Front suspension USD fork, no adjustment
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable preload
Front brake 265mm disc with three-piston calipers. CBS
Rear brake 220mm disc, one-piston caliper. CBS
Front tyre size 100/80-17
Rear tyre size 120/80-17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax -
Annual service cost -
New price £6,999
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years (three years battery)

Top speed & performance

Max power 8 bhp
Max torque -
Top speed 68 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 150 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2020: Horwin CR6 launched as a new model with a claimed 8bhp, single-speed drive and indicated 60mph top speed.

2022: Horwin CR6-Pro introduced with five-speed gearbox and clutch.

Other versions

Horwin CR6 (£4999) with normal rev-and-go electric operation, rather than clutch and gearbox.

Owners' reviews for the HORWIN CR6 PRO (2022 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their HORWIN CR6 PRO (2022 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HORWIN CR6 PRO (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 1 out of 5 (1/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Value vs rivals: 2 out of 5 (2/5)
Equipment: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
1 out of 5
16 May 2023 by kkkkkk

Version: CR6 Pro Manual

Year: 2022

best features: looks worst features: unreliable, display fogs up for no reason (on all CR6 models) noisy brakes, inadequate support to fix issues (both local and abroad), cannot use it in rain or puddles as it will most likely stop, manual gearbox is a nightmare and shifting and quality of the gearbox feel very cheap after some time.Not recommended at all. stay away from this brand.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

ride quality is good and comfy. at its best within the 70km speed mark

Engine 3 out of 5

performance is good when/if the vehicle works without problems

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

build is decent, but is a typical cheap chinese bike with some obvious rust starting to form within the first 6months. BMS and Power management model had to be replaced after 6months due to power loss issues. broken down 3 times in a span of 7months

Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

range is nowhere close to what is advertised (advertised range 130km - actual range is around 60km)

Equipment 3 out of 5
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