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Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:38:01 pm »
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 11:41:43 pm »
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 06:23:58 am »
There is usually one at the 1000 bike show, the bike that almost broke Suzuki
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 12:00:39 pm »
I've seen a couple of them on the road. One on the Isle of Man.

Huge appetite for fuel, by all accounts.
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2019, 12:44:48 pm »
I've seen a couple of them on the road. One on the Isle of Man.

Huge appetite for fuel, by all accounts.
thirsty yes, but will run on about anything, the problem is it has a long narrow combustion chamber so a long flame path on burn
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 12:14:23 pm »
Why did it almost broke Suzuki?

Must say, I would love to own something like this.
Very unique.
 

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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 01:19:03 pm »
Why did it almost broke Suzuki?

Must say, I would love to own something like this.
Very unique.
the development costs were huge, it is supposed to be a simple engine, but they solved every problem by throwing money at it, it worked but was way too complex.
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2019, 01:42:40 pm »
Many, if not most manufacturers have at some time in their history produced a loser machine that failed in sales to recover it's design and production costs.

Triumph also put a lot into development of rotary engined bikes, achieving some success on the racetrack despite not really fitting into an established racing class. They also sold a number of machines to police forces, but still weren't really a commercial success.

Apart from NSU and Mazda cars, probably the most successful were Sachs, who produced a bike, but also sold many engines for such things as hovercraft, light airships and industrial applications.

I think the death knell for the design though was probably the 'Dirty Engine Abolition Police'   :deal:
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2019, 06:04:41 pm »
Jaybiker.  I believe you are confusing Triumph for Norton.
 

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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2019, 07:04:55 pm »
Jaybiker.  I believe you are confusing Triumph for Norton.
agreed
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2019, 07:17:40 pm »
Jaybiker.  I believe you are confusing Triumph for Norton.
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2019, 08:01:48 pm »
Seems they used the water buffalo as a basis for the frame.

I don't rotary engines, but a mechanic once said they are bullshit as their capacity is understated.  They say it is 500cc, but there are three sides to the triangle so, basically 1500cc.  It will perform like a 1200 and suck juice like an 1800.   :lol8:
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2019, 03:26:27 pm »
Remember these awesome bikes from the original (and only) Battlestar Galactica? Now looking back, they do look much like the Hercules W 2000. I wonder what was put in there – I take the appearance is mostly props but something must have powered them.

As to the Wankel v the RE-5, I came upon the following:

A Rider retrospective written in 2015 called the Wankel an "exercise in simplicity, with clean, spare design that projects industrial efficiency", especially in contrast to the overbuilt Suzuki RE5, while noting both rotary powered machines are "'orphan bikes'...innovative but not commercially successful."
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2019, 10:15:40 pm »
Remember these awesome bikes from the original (and only) Battlestar Galactica? Now looking back, they do look much like the Hercules W 2000. I wonder what was put in there – I take the appearance is mostly props but something must have powered them.


Google says they were Yamaha MX175's
 
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2019, 02:13:27 am »
Seems they used the water buffalo as a basis for the frame.

I don't rotary engines, but a mechanic once said they are bullshit as their capacity is understated.  They say it is 500cc, but there are three sides to the triangle so, basically 1500cc.  It will perform like a 1200 and suck juice like an 1800.   :lol8:
same arguement as a two stroke is double the capacity of a four stroke, since it fires every revolution not every second revolution.  :sip:
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2019, 07:19:01 pm »
I came across these pictures. They give a good view of the bike. Does like spaceship-like. Something from Space 1999.
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2019, 08:18:22 pm »
Seems they used the water buffalo as a basis for the frame.

I don't rotary engines, but a mechanic once said they are bullshit as their capacity is understated.  They say it is 500cc, but there are three sides to the triangle so, basically 1500cc.  It will perform like a 1200 and suck juice like an 1800.   :lol8:
same arguement as a two stroke is double the capacity of a four stroke, since it fires every revolution not every second revolution.  :sip:
And there 2T Dan always told us a 250 2T is as fast as a 450 4T  :biggrin:
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Re: Suzuki rotary engine RE-5 on scum tree.
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2019, 09:34:33 am »
Seems they used the water buffalo as a basis for the frame.

I don't rotary engines, but a mechanic once said they are bullshit as their capacity is understated.  They say it is 500cc, but there are three sides to the triangle so, basically 1500cc.  It will perform like a 1200 and suck juice like an 1800.   :lol8:
same arguement as a two stroke is double the capacity of a four stroke, since it fires every revolution not every second revolution.  :sip:
And there 2T Dan always told us a 250 2T is as fast as a 450 4T  :biggrin:

Hmm, I like that argument ................ I must remember it  :thumleft:
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