Horex is a German motorcycle manufacturer. In 1920 Friedrich
Kleemann (1868-1949), financial manager at the Rex Konservenglas
Gesellschaft (preservative jar manufacturing company) in Bad
Homburg (Germany) bought COLUMBUS MOTORENBAU AG, a small motor
factory in Oberursel by Taunus, which was in the neighbourhood.
The factory made the later Horex model and the name remained the
same for almost 30 years. Fritz Kleemann, the son of Friedrich
Kleemann, made the first cycles with a GNOM engine, delivered
from the Columbus-Engine factory.
In 1923 Fritz Kleemann (1901-1975), founded HOREX-FAHRZEUGBAU
AG. He derived the name from his town HOmburg and his father's
preservative jar company REX. He was also a motorcycle racer and
was riding his own Horex machine. He built the first "real"
Horex, a 248cc, OHV, that he tested himself on race. So, Horex
was built for motorcycle riders by motorcycle riders.
Horex built motorcycles with Columbus four-stroke
engines from Oberursel. In 1925 Horex and Columbus merged. Horex
developed a range of models with
single-cylinder Columbus engines from 250 cc to 600 cc. In
1933 it added two parallel-twin models: the 600 cc S6 and
800 cc S8. Both twins have chain-driven
World War II interrupted motorcycle production, but Horex
resumed in 1948 with a 350 cc single-cylinder model, the SB 35
Regina. In 1951, Horex added a 500 cc OHC parallel-twin
engine called the Imperator. In 1954 it added a 400 cc
version of this twin to its range. In 1955, the company replaced
the Regina with the Resident.
Daimler-Benz took over the company in 1960 and motorcycle
production was terminated.  1989 CK design in Japan developed
Horex 644 OSCA with Fritz Roeth in Hammelbach , 644cc single
cylinder sports , using Honda RFVC engine. made debut press
conference in Berlin 1990 .
On June 15, 2010, it was announced that the brand would be
revived and that a Horex motorcycle with a narrow-angle,
six-cylinder supercharged engine would be available for sale in
Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the end of the year 2011,
with international sales to follow.
Besides the new VR6 supercharged engine, an aluminum bridge
frame with a steel steering head forms the chassis. A single
swing arm controls the rear wheel, while the engine power is
transferred by a belt drive system.
The company filed for bankruptcy in September 2014, and in
late 2014 announced that all employees had been let go and the
factory was closed.
3C-Carbon Group AG is going to the be the new owner of
motorcycle brand Horex Last Thursday at the creditors' meeting,
under the direction of the insolvency administrator, Rainer U.
Müller from the law firm, Anchor Rechtsanwälte, the 3C-Carbon
Group AG came out on top in the quest to purchase the Horex
brand. (06. Februar 2015).
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