You certainly don’t see this every day, a brand new, unrestored, all original, zero mile, 1976 Suzuki RE5 rotary engine motorcycle. Although you could theoretically buy it and ride it, at this point, it would be a shame to do so, because, as the owner suggests, keeping the bike in its current pristine condition provides a great reference for restoration of any other RE5s out there and is an historical piece in itself.
The RE5, the Hercules W2000 and the Norton John Player Specials were the only Wankel rotaries to be built by the factories. It was a short lived experiment as the engines never seemed to attract much of a following in the motorcycle community though Mazda was quite successful with them under the hood.
If you’re a collector with a little room for something unique, here you go. Should you preserve it or ride it? Decisions, decisions.
Thanks for the tip, Jeff.
This auction is over, but there are, surprisingly, Suzuki RE5 Motorcycles for sale on a fairly regular basis.