1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Hemmings Motor News

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A touring machine for the new age

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Compact, light, smooth-operating, and for its size, the Wankel rotary was the perfect engine for a motorcycle. Hercules and Norton adapted rotaries into the frame of their motorbikes, it was Suzuki not only designed a rotary specifically for use in their RE-5 but also constructed manufacturing to build thousands of smooth-running touring machines. Giorgetto of Ferrari 250GT fame, was to design the bike, which the promise of a modern engine and an motorcycling experience of the future for $2,500.

The motorcycle and rotary would together in the RE-5, but not without Suzuki overcame challenges in the engine, and kept apex wear at a minimum. Hardened housing plating stopped wear and chatter marks haunted others on the path to a rotary. Once chatter grooved the rotor housing, seals wore out that faster. So vexing was this that Mazda engineers these the nail marks of the

Suzuki developed a unique for their apex seals, were five millimeters for durability.

The RE-5 was primarily with help from a oil cooler. While the radiator may large on a 500cc bike, the was to engineer robust systems for two-rotor versions. A secondary system was the secret to the survival of the rotary.

The system fed metered of oil through the single carburetor to the apex seals. Further of the engine was achieved through the Intake vents mounted on the of the dual-wall pipes channeled air the inner pipe to bring engine operating temperatures and noise at pleasing levels.

A second rotor could doubled the horsepower, yet added two inches of width.

Suzuki RE 5 Rotary
Suzuki RE 5 Rotary

Suzuki specialist Jess Stockwell the bad reputation of the RE-5 is ungrounded. The rotary can spin up to 100,000 with proper care and paid to the secondary oiling and carburetor. With five cables and 14 jets, a fusty is what usually sidelines the Running the secondary oiling dry will roast the rotary.

Current prices for this production motorcycle vary with excellent-condition bikes high teens, and functional for about half of that or Only around 6,300 were produced; 300 are at Jeff’s with probably less half of the total production still turning their

RE-5 sales were despite the modern approach and The rotary-inspired Giugiaro cylindrical housings and taillamp shapes later replaced by more components in an attempt to draw in standard motorcycle buyers, but it was too for the RE-5 to achieve the greatness had inspired its creation. The RE-5 was after the 1976 model

Special thanks to Jess at Recycle of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Jeff a call at 931-841-3158 or Rotary Recycle on the web at www.rotaryrecycle.com .

article originally appeared in the 2011 issue of Hemmings News.

Suzuki RE 5 Rotary
Suzuki RE 5 Rotary
Suzuki RE 5 Rotary

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