Suzuki called the RE5 the future of motorcycling, thanks to its innovative rotary engine and distinctive styling. It was a bit too outrageous, and it didn’t work out. The ’76 (and final model) was a neutered slightly from a stylistic standpoint (like ditching the “tin can” speedoin an attempt to make the bike more conventional.
Basic specs were 62 horsepower and a claimed top speed of 105 miles per hour. Dry weight was a shade over 500 pounds. For more on the RE5, check out this write-up from Motorcycle Classics.
This example has approximately 16,700 miles and it comes with an impressive amount of spares – the coil, regulator, rectifier, 3 spark plugs, factory carb tool, air filter, king/queen seat, luggage rack, crash bars, and more. It also includes the parts catalog and service manual. The fluids were flushed and all cables were lubed within the last 200 miles – the seller says that he has several motorcycles and has “too much respect for this rare survivor to ride it at the frequency I do my others.”
Find this RE-5 for sale in Whitehall, Ohio for $7,500 here on Craigslist.
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