1975 Suzuki RE5

Estimated at £6,000 - £7,000

Lot details

Reg. No: Un-registered
Frame No: RE5-12282
Engine No: RE5-12223
CC: 500CC
MOT: Exempt

  • The worlds only mass-produced rotary-engined motorcycle
  • Rare early model with round instrument panel
  • Recently imported from the USA with Nova certificate
  • Starts and runs on button
  • All original features in place

The Suzuki Motor Co. was established in 1909 by Michio Suzuki to produce machinery for the cotton industry. An initial diversification into 4 wheeled transport was curtailed by WW2 but after the war Japan had a need for cheap reliable transport so Suzuki, like a lot of others around the world, began to produce clip-on engines for pushbikes. These proved to be an immediate success and soon they were making full motorcycles and by the early 60s were second only to Honda in numbers of two-wheelers manufactured. Known for their two strokes Suzuki were at the forefront of the race to develop the Felix Wankel rotary engine concept releasing the RE5 in 1975, still the world's only mass-produced rotary engined motorcycle. Whilst a technological masterpiece it was perhaps ahead of its time and only about 5000 were made between 1975 and 1976.

This 1975 RE5M is the early version with its round instrument panel and big round indicators emphasising the 'rotary' theme. Recently imported from the USA it comes with a NOVA certificate (NOVA17E185823) and will need some setting up and recommissioning before use. It has recently been started and run on a powerpack but will need a new battery once recommissioned.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham


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