Horex VR6 leads classy ret­ros

Ger­man firm show­case high­est-spec six-cylin­der naked

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Con­nois­seur man­u­fac­tur­ers Horex used their home event to show­case a new ver­sion of its Vr6-en­gined naked and in­di­cated that they may be com­ing to the UK. De­signed and built near Mu­nich, the bike fea­tures an across-the-frame V6 en­gine with a very nar­row V-an­gle of just fif­teen de­grees, three camshafts and three valves per cylin­der. It makes 163bhp from its 1218cc ca­pac­ity.

For In­ter­mot, the Ger­mans added a new ver­sion dubbed the RAW, which boasts stun­ning de­tail­ing and an ob­ses­sion with black. Avail­able in gloss or matt black, there’s also a new seat, a new TFT dash with an ipad-like glass screen and fa­cil­ity for ex­tra con­nec­tiv­ity and nav­i­ga­tion.

The level of fit and fin­ish is stun­ning. The bike fea­tures an alu­minium chas­sis, steel steer­ing-head and a sin­gle-sided swingarm and there has been a lot of ef­fort to keep the weight down. At a claimed 220kg it is, on pa­per at least, lighter than an In­dian FTR1200.

Horex were res­cued from in­sol­vency in 2015 and since then, there has been heavy in­vest­ment in their fac­tory and lots of de­vel­op­ment of their six-cylin­der mo­tor to make it lighter, stronger. No other man­u­fac­turer can match its en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Of course there is a price for all this, with the RAW start­ing at £33,000 and no UK deal­ers at the mo­ment, though the firm says they would wel­come UK buy­ers and have plans for ex­pan­sion.

‘No other man­u­fac­turer has a 1218cc VR6 en­gine’ MCN’S MATT WILDEE

Horex’s RAW is avail­able in matt or gloss black

Horex call it a ‘high-end power cruiser’

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