Hornig Wheel Cover Hubcap
Hornig Logo BMW Wheel Cover Hubcap
for the BMW GS Series Motorcycles
by Chris B. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Summary: BMW motorcycle rear wheel hub
cover is just one of a whole array of accessories made
and sold by Hornig.
Fine machining and an excellent fit makes
the rear wheel hub cover by Hornig a snap to install and
a pleasant eye-catcher.
Part 1 of 2: In addition to offering
guided tours in Germany and the rest of Europe, Hornig
GmbH sells a huge array of accessories for BMW
Well-known and highly regarded in Europe, Hornig
products are also available in North America through
selected BMW dealers.
We chose two items from
their large catalog; this Hornig BMW wheel cover for
Chris' R1150GS (Hornig P/N 0210) and the
Hornig rear mudguard for HBC's BMW F800GS (P/N 40100).
After the purchase of a motorcycle, the first thing many riders like
to do is make changes or additions to create a bike
that's just a little different from the others.
Some use a
conservative approach, while some look like they have
flipped through several catalogs, picking one of darn
near every accessory available that will fit and
Some accessories, or add-ons, have come to be called
“farkles”. A farkle (sometimes spelled
farkel) is a word which, according to Wikipedia, “belongs to the vernacular of the North
American motorcyclist, and refers to accessories or the
act of accessorizing a motorcycle."
Some farkles have a defined use and some are more for
show or “dress-up”. We’ll leave it up to the
individual rider and taste to decide into which category
If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ve
probably noticed that I'm on the
conservative side when it comes to accessories. Most of my
add-ons have a viable purpose, but the GS, for some
reason, just begs to be farkled.
And if you’ve got a BMW, then a company named Hornig of
Germany is there to help you “farkle it up”.
The Hornig brand name may not be well known on this side of
the pond (although Hornig accessories are available at
some BMW motorcycle dealerships), they are well known in the land
that has the Black Forest, very
large beer mugs and the Autobahn.
Hornig’s website doesn't have much information about
the company other than say that the Hornig brand came
to be in 2001 and has grown from a love of motorcycles. Hornig’s goal is to supply their customers “with the
best selection of parts, accessories and even special
one-of products from old right up to the latest BMW
Not only does Hornig produce their own products, they
also have available for sale, service and replacement
components made by companies such as Lucas (brake
components), Mann (filters) and Stahlflex (stainless
steel brake lines) just to name a few. Although the
Lucas and Stahlflex brands may not be well known in this
country, they are fairly well recognized in Europe.
When I bought the GS last year, it had very few miles
because of the previous owner’s health. As a result, the
finish on the rear wheel lug-bolts had rusted along with
the lower 1/3 of the tooth wheel for the front ABS speed
sensor, as can be seen in this photo:
Rusted lug nuts and the tiny plastic original equipment
BMW hole cover in the center.
I’ve been able to look beyond (i.e. ignore) this
so far, but when Rick asked me to review a product for Hornig, one item looked like an effective solution to
the rusty rear lug-bolt dilemma while “gussing” the GS
up just a tab.
Using high grade aluminum, Hornig produces an elegant
but subtle accessory that covers the rear wheel hub area
which houses the lug-bolts. The kit includes an outer
cover with a 4 ¼” (110mm) OD that’s 3/16” (5mm) thick,
two washers 1 1/8” x 5/32” (28mm x 4mm) and a spacer 1
1/16” x 5/8” ( 26mm x 15mm).
Two 4mm stainless steel
socket head screws hold the pieces together (one from
either side) along with a supplied stick-on emblem with
the Hornig trademark helmet, which puts an attractive
final touch to the cover.
Yes, I could have just bought four new lug-bolts (which
would probably have cost less), but what would have been
the fun in that?
The Hornig wheel cover is available for the BMW R 850
GS, the R 1100 GS, the R 1150 GS and the GS Adventurer.
It is also available with either a polished or anodized
finish. The kit includes the wheel cover, the
mounting kit and the instructions.
Installation is straightforward, requiring only that
the rear wheel be removed from the bike, which with the
single sided swing arm is a snap. Once the wheel is off,
the plastic center plug in the wheel is easily popped
out with a 3/8” extension.
The loose socket head screw
(aka Allen head) in the supplied kit is passed through
one of the two thick aluminum washers, through the
center of the wheel, through the other aluminum washer
and then threaded into the aluminum spacer and tightened
with a 4mm Allen wrench.
Making sure these components were centered in the wheel
was a snap because they had been machined perfectly to
fit into the recesses of the wheel.
(L) Hornig BMW wheel cover parts. (R) Wheel cover
parts mounted on the BMW R 1150 GS wheel.
With the wheel mounted and the lug bolts properly
torqued down all that was left was to install the cover,
but first the emblem is attached.
As I mentioned, the kit
came with a self adhesive emblem brandishing the Hornig
trademark helmet. Barely visible was a hole dead center
in the emblem through which a 3mm Allen wrench is
inserted to tighten or loosen the bolt that holds the
cover onto the center spacer.
Judging from the instructions, which may have lost something
in translation, it appears Hornig has made the diameter
of the emblem the same as some BMW emblems. This affords
you the option of using a BMW emblem instead of the
supplied Hornig one if you’d like to. Of course, you’ll
have to drill a hole through the center.
By the way, there is a number in the instructions
that would lead me to believe it’s a BMW part number,
but I haven’t been able to match it to one yet.
The Hornig wheel cover has a insulated pin near the edge on the
inside surface that’s made to fit into any of the four
recesses for the lug bolts and prevents the cover from
turning on the center bolt.
With everything together the finished product blends in
nicely with the bike. Next, it was off to work to get
some critical feedback from my co-workers, who are a
tough bunch to impress.
Everyone felt the cover looked good, but they were all
in agreement that it would have looked more appropriate
with a BMW emblem. I have to admit that that was my
feelings too. I’ll just have to track down the proper
This rear wheel hub cover is just one of a whole array
of accessories that Hornig makes to fit the very popular
BMW R1150GS. Fine machining and an excellent fit makes
the rear wheel hub cover by Hornig a snap to install and
a pleasant eye catcher.
Even though the Hornig brand is not as well known here
in the U.S. as they are in Europe, they do intend to
make a name for themselves by making available some
tasteful accessories to the BMW rider.
Review: Hornig BMW Wheel Cover
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