Horex and Zundapp Citation Motorcycles- True Do-It-All Motorcycles

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Horex Resurrected, Radical – Special Feature A to a true do-it-all motorcycle, the Citation.

Editor’s Note: seeing an article in Cycle about the revival of the Horex, Gregory recalled that historic past. Gregory was a Dealer in Wisconsin, as well as the and mechanic of the twin-engine Norton-powered which Motorcycle Hall of T.C. Christenson piloted to NHRA records, wins and in the 1970s.

Inspired by Boris twin-engine Triumph, the 300-plus-horsepower, nitro-burning Hogslayer dominated drag racing.

Germany’s brand (see links has been resurrected before. The Imperator 400 was bumped to 452cc and as the Zündapp Citation from to 1960 (named after the Triple Crown horse). Floyd Clymer planned to a modified version as a 500cc

I first saw the Citation at the show of Berliner (the New Jersey-based of all the cool Euro brands) at Week in 1959. What a for the day: unit-construction vertical-Twin, Bosch electrics, square x 66.0mm bore-and-… dimensions, cam, center main dual carbs, gear-drive And it came with long, megaphones, tuned-length air horns and main jets in the crate.

That same year, I a Citation and two Ducati Americanos to Sunset Motors in Kenosha, In June, I rode the Citation to the Wisconsin rally where, in to dirt-track racing, they had racing. My friends convinced me to off the mufflers and run it.

To say it was amazing is an understatement: We up winning the drags against and BSA 650s and the new Sportsters. I rode the 150 home with my trophy on the Brando style.

Larry a local drag racer, the Citation and decided to try it at Great Dragaway. He had replaced the seat and helmet fenders with and a Bates seat. We put on the megs, air and larger jets. After a few runs, Larry won his class a 12.80-sec./103-mph pass.

Two years prior, I had set the track Bike record on a race-kitted 650 at 12.80/105 mph. The Citation was of its time but didn’t sell 650s were hot, and the was just too strange compared to a or BSA.

Next, Ron Luczywko, a Pro rider, asked to ride it in the 100-miler on Daytona Beach. The Metzelers were okay in the but the bike ran hot; Luczywko at 100.55 mph and finished 22nd out of 81 in the race.

For 1961, the AMA announced its race at Daytona International and Amateur dirt-tracker Henry wanted to compete in it. So, we borrowed Citation, took the lights off and put on a new set of We had to convince AMA referee Jules that our 452cc machine get in the way of those fast Brit and KR750s.

The top riders had roadracing experience and factory sponsored, with tires and brakes, engine and close-ratio gearboxes. At first, we out of our league, but we learned fast. We good in the infield but down on Our Triumph friends gave us pink racing sparkplugs and even larger main

After that, it was faster and overheat. We called Mike who put us in touch with dealer Long in Miami, Florida. Mr.

said he knew what we and rushed us an Indian sprocket cut to Right on, 126 mph!

Dirt-track Joe Campbell had named Henry Hank” for his habit of shutting off and going over, under, and through the fence. Henry, in his roadrace, was as high as second, but the would fade and the stock would slip, putting him in the at the horseshoe. Mike Soens was watching nervously.

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About halfway through, he Henry was going to jump off the but he was really just shifting his like all the riders do nowa Henry said he learned as a kid. He went on to finish in the 100-miler on a stock streetbike. Cycle World scribe Nicholas won, lapping up to place.

Horex Company Fritz Kleeman sent a congratulating us.

The Citation went on the street for the summer, and Henry was Luczywko finished a Daytona 200 on it, and the engine had never been Wanting more, we put in some valve springs, raising the to 9500.

We failed to finish the race because the bronze cages in the big ends overheated and

Working in his brother’s garage, took out the engine, and we sent the to Berliner. Meanwhile, his brother room, so he put the chassis outside the When we got the engine back the bike was gone! Luckily, Del had a nice little Berkeley aluminum-and-fiberglass British sports It came with an Excelsior 350 which had seized.

Del bought the Citation engine, and we it to the car with a foot clutch and a lever. Del and I drove 306 miles to River, Wisconsin, to an SCCA and speed trials. His dad, mechanic/driver Cliff Meyer, set time in the trials with the Then we drove home except for a loose gas hose.

went on to drive the Berkeley at more races.

Many who knew about the Horex it was the inspiration for the Honda Twins. The time I saw a Kawasaki Z1 engine the design similarity was obvious, for the dohc part; even the x 66.0mm bore-and-… dimensions identical. The main improvement: big-end roller cages.

Summer 2010: My friend Giorno of Redline Cycle in Wisconsin, took his fast but Honda 450 dirt-tracker to the drags. The was a 12.80-sec. quarter-mile, as fast as a Commando. Pretty good you remember the 452cc 1959 Citation.

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