At the heart of Horex motorcycles is the company’s own patented 15-degree VR6 1218cc engine, with a claimed 126 hp and 88.5 ft lb of torque at 7000rpm. This six-cylinder unit features two intake valves and one exhaust valve per cylinder, positioned radially around each spark plug. Three parallel camshafts mounted in the head operate the valves. The center camshaft opens the exhaust valves in the rear cylinder bank as well as the intake valves in the front. This engineering concept of triple cams is unique to Horex and the company says the set up allows for a wide rpm range, better combustion and a broad power band.
For the Cafe Racer VR6 model, Horex employed the services of well-known German accessory company LSL Motorradtechnik to design and develop the bike. The suspension set up has been up rated over the Classic and the Roadster models with Horex adopting Öhlins FGRT upside-down 43 mm forks and Ohlins TTX 36 rear swingarm. Both are fully adjustable along with a 16-way adjustable steering damper.
Braking is via twin 320mm Brembo discs, single 264 mm rear disc, with Bosch ABS as standard. Front end features include a CNC-machined triple clamp and clip-ons. The machined footrests on the Café racer are set slightly further back than those on the Horex Classic and the bike, without fuel, according to the company’s literature, weighs in at a stout 549 lbs.
LSL has also incorporated a deeper seat into the Café Racer’s design and a modified tail section over the passenger seat to make it look like a single seat bike. The front fender has been chopped and is narrower while the rear fender has been completely redesigned. Cosmetic differences also include a new, round headlight, aluminum radiator cover and different passenger footrests and new camshaft covers.
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