1955 Horex Resident Model 8


1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 24bhp @ 6,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 77mm x 75mm
Displacement: 349cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Bing carburetor
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front leading link forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 345lbs
Top speed: 80mph

Friedrich Kleeman started building motorcycles in 1923, originally selling them under the Gnom brand. The name was soon changed to Horex, “Ho” for the location, Homburg, and “Rex” the family business. They gained an enviable reputation for their quality, and also produced some innovative race bikes in the 1950’s. With a decline in sales, motorcycle production came to an end in 1956. Horex concentrated on producing parts for Mercedes-Benz, and finally sold out to M.B. in 1960.

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

3/10/2019 10:25:25 AM

This bike stands in sharp contrast to the "Magnet dragged through a bucket of bolts" look of most modern naked bikes. It is almost a hollow mod, done one better. The way the case and the tank share the same size and shape, with that super clean single cylinder. Wow, amazing look. I wish that the front and back ends were a little lighter to match the center lines, but I guess practicality does get in the way of pure aesthetics. Still a very striking bike.

3/7/2019 8:00:17 AM

I did like this bike when I saw it there last month. It certainly got my attention. This museum needs to be on any biker’s bucket list.

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