LUXURY, INNOVATION OR PRACTICALITY? : THE THREE WAYS FOR RIDE
Motorcycles, just like cars, can adapt to various styles and perspectives of life, being offered in many different configurations.
In this article we present three different motorcycles produced in the last decade that refer to luxury, innovation or traditional ease of use.
HOREX VR6 CLASSIC
Fritz Kleemann was a young Austrian engineer son of the REX owner, a company that dealt with the production of barrel in the city of Bad Homburg. Kleemann had always had a passion for motorcycles and in 1923 he decided to found his own motorcycle company which was named Horex by combining the name of his hometown with the initials of his father's company. In the following years the company managed to achieve great prestige both with the victories obtained in the German national championships and with the great quality of its standard motorcycles.
Despite several changes of ownership, the brand has survived over time and in 2009 it was acquired by mechanical engineer Clemens Neese who created a new generation of naked cars called VR6. Numerous limited edition versions of this series have been built and one of these is the Classic presented in 2013 to be sold on the German market at a price of 24,500 Euros. Conceived as a simplified variant of the sportier Roadster, it was equipped with a 124 hp V6 1.2 engine with 120 Nm of torque equipped with a particular distribution consisting of three camshafts. The suspensions consisted of a Sachs monoshock in the rear section and a WP fork in the front section while new spoke wheels were inserted into the tires.
Test drive of the VR6 Classic
ITALIAN VOLT LACAMA
Nicola Colombo and Valerio Fumagalli are two Italian motorcyclists who have had the electric motorcycle mileage record since 2013, having driven for more than 13,000 km between Milan and Shanghai on two Zero FX produced in California. Once the record was achieved, the two raiders started the ambitious project to open their own company for the production of electric motorcycles in 2015, taking advantage of the cooperation of Adriano Stellino, a designer who had previously collaborated with Lamborghin and Bertone. Thus was born the Italian Volt, a company specializing in luxury electric powered motorcycles that presented Lacama as its first model.
Built using components in composite materials made with modern 3D printers, the motorcycle weighed 235 kg and was equipped with numerous options such as GPS is a remote control system that can be activated via an APP from your Smartphone. The engine had been equipped with an electric 130 hp engine with 280 Nm of torque which allowed to reach the maximum speed of 180 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds and a maximum range of 200 km. Only 20 were built at the price of 40,000 Euros.
Promotional video of the Lacama
In Japan, motorcycles with 400 cc engines have always been highly appreciated as they represent an excellent compromise between performance and operating costs. Motorcycles with higher displacement are much more expensive from every point of view and to pilot them it is also necessary to obtain a special license which is very difficult to take.
With this in mind, Kawasaki decided in 2010 to make a smaller variant of the ER-6n produced in Europe under the name ER-4n. Based on the same frame, the motorcycle implemented a 42 hp two-cylinder 400 engine with 37 Nm of torque managed by a six-speed gearbox. Despite the moderate sales success, production lasted only a year between 2011 and 2012 before being withdrawn from the market.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation