1950’s Horex Twin Cam road racer
Whenever I look at a vintage racing bike, I am always interested in how it has reached its current state. Some have had a concourse restoration, brought back to an original date in time. Others, like this 1953’ish Horex Dual Overhead Cam road racer seem to have evolved to its current state. By nature factory bikes usually have a shelf life, and their evolution come in the form of a new bike with new design features. Privateers may start with a factory bike, but like this Horex, the major components have to grow, evolve, and survive.
From the seller.
I bought a collection of bikes from a retiring rider. Kurt was a pilot stationed in Germany and traveled there frequently as his wife is also German. I know some of his bikes in his collection were not available in the US. This is one of those bikes. I’m not a Horex expert but here goes!!
With an opening like this I always hope for the best, an ex-factory ride with exciting history of wins and famous riders. I will check back to see what people say.
What the seller knows.
So what I have in this auction now is:
an early 1950’s Horex road racer
this bike was campaigned on the West Coast of California in the 1980’s and 90’s and perhaps in the early 2000’s by Kurt Yeager AHRMA number 128. Kurt does not recall those times too clearly now but recalls he bought the bike from the factory or from someone who bought it from the factory.
I contacted the Horex factory in an effort to document the bike and their response was “Your motor cycle looks – at a first glance – as a Horex Regina 350, in the version modified by Mr. Apfelbeck – with its two overhead camshafts.” They are in the process of investigating the bikes history from other German road racers.
If it is truly an Apfelbeck modified bike it is a “one of one” or maybe a “one of two or three” bike and would be very, very rare. If not, then I’d love to know who created it!
There are a few times when a seller has something that is really special. Something that was lost to the world, and with the help of buyers find out what they really have. And then there are the other times when a seller has something unique, but not special. There are some great items on the bike. The front fairing has a nose like a dolphin, and was a design that could be seen on GP bikes of the time. When the FIM banned the Dustbin fairing in 1958 over safety concerns, these “Dolphin” fairings became a popular alternative.
A few things that the buyer will get
Since I cannot document the bike completely the pictures need to do the talking.
- Obviously a very original bike which was updated in the 1980’s as a vintage road racer with Works shocks and lots of safety wire.
- Lots of interesting period features:
- Leading link front forks
- Borrani rims
- Bosch distributor at the rear of the cylinders
- Domi Racer tachometer seems to be driven off the left side of the crank
- Double Double leading shoe front brakes
- Road Race gas tank
- Road Race exhaust system with megaphones
- I cannot find an engine number
- The frame number is 081681 (one knowledgeable ebay just told me it is a Horex Resident frame?)
- Amal carbs with velocity stacks – slides were stuck so I removed them and cleaned the carbs up a bit. That is all I have done besides washing it.
- I have not yet tried to start it but it does turn over with good compression
- Bike has been sitting in a California garage unridden since the early 2000’s as far as I can tell
The Domi Racer tachometer is very likely a replacement item added when the bike arrived in the U.S. The Amal Carbs might also be a later addition, used because they were available, and easier to get replacement part. The Leading Link front fork was popular during a time in international racing, its design kept the front end from diving under hard braking.
This 1950’s Horex Twin Cam road racer is a great example of a racing bike which evolved over time. The seller is asking for help to gain insight as to where it began. Any buyer will get a unique motorcycle. BB