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What come around around: 1975 Suzuki RE5

Posted on April 4, 2011 by

For Sale: 1975 Suzuki RE5

The Suzuki RE5 is one of the iconic collector of all time. One of only a handful of powered bikes ever (reference Norton from and Van Veen from Holland for the two), the RE5 came at a time the motorcycle world was slowly Surviving against the onslaught of bikes of the early 70′s, and the European marques coming on (BMW, Moto Guzzi and Suzuki took a gamble on a new technology: the Wankel engine.

Instead of utilizing pistons and the Wankel engine uses a rotor that spins a concentric housing. Made in later years by the Mazda the Wankel engine was well-know to be smooth at high RPMs.

out the Suzuki logo on the lower of the above photo – the logo is a representation of a rotor (in the center) and The motor itself, while compact for such cutting technology, was also pretty As a result, the RE5 was not a particularly light and suffered greatly when to competitive sporting machinery other manufacturers.

From the

1975 Suzuki RE 5 Rotary Motorcycle.

Looks good, runner. Tank and sidecovers are quality re-paint. Have tank and sidecovers that are paint that look good with some scratches.

Tires near new depth. Has been run up Palomar a worthy 7 mile steep from 2,200 to 5,500 altitude, with 230 Lb rider. title in hand.

Reg Expired but is on PNO. so no penalties.

So what to the RE5? Many think it was an idea too far ahead of its time. it was introduced in 1974, the RE5 was very odd with the round instrument and matching taillight.

It was not particularly fast for its size swept engine displacement was a 500cc), it was heavy (560+ and because of the technology it was also when compared to contemporary Suzuki changed the styling in in a last-ditch attempt to make the more mainstream, but it was a little bit too and way too late; the RE5 died after 3 model years were

Suzuki RE 5 Rotary

In addition to the weight, a rotary has a few drawbacks. Firstly, they a substantial amount of heat – the very large radiator the frontal view. They is also extremely hot, heavy exhaust pipes with a fresh-air cooling

Finally, there is the oil consumption to deal with. Because tips were harder to than pistons, compression was very high on these – but oil consumption was. Many a RE5 to neglect, and it is best to run away any RE5 basket case given the of replacement (if replacement parts can be at all).

Today’s listing is in good condition, and the seller has a video. Note that the runs well, idles stalling, and does not exhibit any smoke out the exhaust (worn tips will make the smoke like a two …):

So what price for such and rarity? Well, the lucky is that despite low production and unique parking lot appeal the RE5 is not an motorcycle. Unlike the aforementioned or Van Veen – both with tags in excess of $100,000 – the RE5 is downright modest. Prime go for well below $10k, and rideable bikes can be had for approximately .

This bike is available and the bidding is only at $2,125 reserve not yet met. You have to it to the seller (a well known collector) to start the auction out a $500 strike price, and I expect that current is getting close to the reserve

To check out the auction, see the pictures, and bid on great piece of Suzuki click on the link and

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Suzuki RE 5 Rotary
Suzuki RE 5 Rotary

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