HOREX 800 – year 1933
Manufacturer: Horex-Columbus Werk AG, Fritz Kleemann, bad Homburg, Germany
In the 1930s, Horex employed an extremely talented chief designer – Hermanna Reeba. During this period, the production program included models with single-cylinder displacement engines 198 cm3, 298 cm3 i 346 cm3. The most commercially successful was Regina with the licensed Sturmey-Archer engine with displacement 438 cm3.
W 1932 years Reeb has constructed interesting, avant-garde motorcycles with two-cylinder in-line engines with a capacity 598 cm3 i 796 cm3. The Horex model shown in the picture 800 had an interestingly designed valve control system – chain driven camshaft. It was a very successful engine and for this reason it was also successfully used by another well-known company - Tornax from Wuppertal. The lightweight tubular frame of the vehicle had a trapezoidal fork with a central spring and lever shock absorbers. Mechanical brakes acted on both wheels. Engine power 14,7 kW (20 KM) it was sufficient to achieve speed 120 km/h. The undoubted advantages of this excellent design (especially power and top speed) testimony to the results achieved by Karl Braun, competitor in motorcycle racing with a trailer, which on this model with an engine capacity increased to 1000 cm3 and equipped with a compressor, won in 1935 year of the German Championship in its class.
Horex 800 was produced for three years. After a year 1935 motorcycles of smaller capacity classes were produced, mainly 350 cm3, 500 cm3 i 600 cm3 with lower timing- and overhead valve OHV.
The company did not suffer any damage during the war, so she could immediately in 1945 On year, production of the tried and tested pre-war model was resumed – Regina - power 13,2 kW (18 KM) at 5000 rpm.
The crisis in the motorcycle industry in the second half of the 1950s reduced interest in Horex motorcycles. It bounced back, of course, on sales and company income. W 1953 years sold 17 500 motorcycle pieces, in year 1956 there's only 2500 copies. The decision to close the factory in Bad Homburg was made in 1959 year.