Horex - Desaxe
Kevin, it was quite a coincidence to see this morning your newly posted article on the desaxe engine and it's mention of the Horex. I have been meaning to post about the Horex ever since seeing it at Intermot in Cologne, earlier in the year. They say in the rather brief flier they were handing out that there is all sorts of German patented technology in it but as yet I have not read what. To be honest I have not tried to find out either.
Do you have any update on the bike or when we will be able to see them on the road? I must admit that it actully looked quite nice in the flesh and with all the talk on here recently about six cylinder engines, then it may be of interest to many.
A link to their web site, for those interested.
I've written a few things about the Horex for MCN already and I'm planning on doing something here just as soon as my work levels calm down a bit - lots of ZX-10R reviews and related stuff to get through first...
There's lots that's interesting about the Horex technically in addition to the désaxé cylinders. It has skew-topped pistons, , supercharging, a very interesting cylinder head that addresses problems in the VW VR6 engine design on which it's based, and quite a bit more.
Shuggiemac: That's an interesting link. It's curious that it has 3 camshafts, an expensive and noisy arrangement compared to the Mighty Honda Corp Uni-cam single shaft on the VFR V-4,but different countries different rules!Or German and Japanese engineers always go their own way!Good salesmen the Germans.
It looks like it's designed to give smooth power delivery at low revs which means a good road engine.Wonder if it will fit in the K1600?
Have to say the Horex engineers are to be congratulated on a superb project.
I was surprised and interested in some of their solutions and it's hard to pick out one but I particularly like the angled tops to the pistons which will not only make the top end easier to manufacture but I feel that the increased piston skirt length on one side will compensate for the increased piston side load due to the Desaxe arrangement. Clever. "Ve haf vays of making it verk"!
I hope all goes well but I wish that had been a UK project, dream on, they would never have got any funding.
I was looking for some info on this subject and found your write-up very interesting and well-written. I also found a worrying site for hot-rodders who were suggesting spinning désaxé pistons through 180° - surely a recipe for disaster rather than increased power!
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