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vwbuge 05-26-2005 10:53 PM

motorcycle talk...Suzuki RE5
 
going to look at one Friday. May be able to get it cheap. New battery and it is supposed to be in very good cosemtically and mechanically. I know they were quirky beasts but I am looking for collectability not a daily driver. I have looked on Ebay and various sites at prices. I was wandering what I could get for it in Walnecks?

Gilly 05-27-2005 12:11 AM

Is that the one with the rotary engine from the mid 1970's?

Gilly

Eskimo 05-27-2005 12:44 AM

Yes, that was a rotary. I'm not a collector, but I think an RE-5 would be a very cool piece of motorcycle history to have.

Gilly 05-27-2005 08:51 AM

Yeah, I'd like to try one of those once, don't know if I've ever seen one in person. One dumb thing I did was to get rid of a Kawasaki H2, also called a Mach IV, that's the 750 2 stroke triple. Engagement ring.........I sold it to buy an engagement ring. Let this be a lesson to all you young fellers out there, don't let wimmin turn yer brain to mush. It can sneak up on ya and affect your thinking until you have the results that you see here today. The guy who bought it was married, so it shows that you can be involved with wimmin without your brain turning to mush. That was one lucky guy.

Gilly

TwitchKitty 05-27-2005 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Gilly
Yeah, I'd like to try one of those once, don't know if I've ever seen one in person. One dumb thing I did was to get rid of a Kawasaki H2, also called a Mach IV, that's the 750 2 stroke triple. Engagement ring.........I sold it to buy an engagement ring. Let this be a lesson to all you young fellers out there, don't let wimmin turn yer brain to mush. It can sneak up on ya and affect your thinking until you have the results that you see here today. The guy who bought it was married, so it shows that you can be involved with wimmin without your brain turning to mush. That was one lucky guy.

Gilly

If you see an old bike like that in great condition, grab it. If it is a fixer, check parts prices and availability.

I passed on a primo RE5 ten or so years ago for $2000 and I still wish I bought it. Never rode the rotary but I burned-up many miles on Kawasaki triples and would grab another of those in a hearbeat. I rebuilt a few of those crankshafts back in the day, tedious. The H2 had porkchop flywheels, especially tedious.

jcyuhn 05-27-2005 11:13 AM

I dunno Gilly. The H2 was a very, very evil bike. I you hadn't sold it, you might not be here today. I love anti-social machines as much as the next guy, but self-preservation is a strong instinct too...

- JimY

89-300ce 05-27-2005 11:26 AM

I had one (H2), ported with Bassani pipes. I worked great while accelerating and decelerating but surged like a bronco at steady cruise. A low 11 bike with 13 second brakes and handling. My GF now wife and I crossed the country on it. She sure wouldn't do it now. Funny, neither would I.

Jorg

Gilly 05-27-2005 03:39 PM

Mine was a 75, the last official year, and they had a longer swingarm that planted it pretty well, within reason. I never inadvertantly lifted the front. I did a couple times on my S3A 400 triple, and once on my K75 (!), so it's not like it's never in me to inadvertantly lift a front end. The 75 H2 was pretty stable compared to the earlier ones, and especially compared to the H1!
I had chambers by FBG, I don't remember surging at highway speeds, I had it pretty well sorted out. When I got rid of it, it was getting close to top-end time, little piston slappin' action.

Gilly

boneheaddoctor 05-27-2005 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by 89-300ce
I had one (H2), ported with Bassani pipes. I worked great while accelerating and decelerating but surged like a bronco at steady cruise. A low 11 bike with 13 second brakes and handling. My GF now wife and I crossed the country on it. She sure wouldn't do it now. Funny, neither would I.

Jorg

That surging sounds like it had a carb balance issue......

vwbuge 05-27-2005 05:07 PM

What a nightmare!!!! I just drove an hour out and an hour back to look at a total piece of ****. Out in redneck country, I could barely understand the guy selling. He barely spoke 3 words to me. I took a good look at the bike and all the plastic on the guages were yellow to the point that you couldn't read them. The chrome was white and all the rubber including the tires were crakced or split. I told him that I talked to his wife on the phone and she said it ran good with the new battery. I sat and looked at him and he stared back..................about 3 minutes of staring later I asked if he could fire it up. It started right up but idled like crap. I asked if it was just cold and he shook his head yes. After about 4 minutes of idling I asked if the choke was off and it was. I grabbed the throttle and revved it 3 times and then it just shut off.

I could go on and on. Big disappointment. Won't budge from $1000. he told me they were only made 2 years (bull****) and there were only 4 in the state of PA (bull****)

boneheaddoctor 05-27-2005 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vwbuge
What a nightmare!!!! I just drove an hour out and an hour back to look at a total piece of ****. Out in redneck country, I could barely understand the guy selling. He barely spoke 3 words to me. I took a good look at the bike and all the plastic on the guages were yellow to the point that you couldn't read them. The chrome was white and all the rubber including the tires were crakced or split. I told him that I talked to his wife on the phone and she said it ran good with the new battery. I sat and looked at him and he stared back..................about 3 minutes of staring later I asked if he could fire it up. It started right up but idled like crap. I asked if it was just cold and he shook his head yes. After about 4 minutes of idling I asked if the choke was off and it was. I grabbed the throttle and revved it 3 times and then it just shut off.

I could go on and on. Big disappointment. Won't budge from $1000. he told me they were only made 2 years (bull****) and there were only 4 in the state of PA (bull****)

Best thing you could have done was what you did.........walk away....


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