2 'push' miles from new,c.1976 Suzuki 497cc RE5 Frame no. RE5-14316 Engine no. RE5-14062
Lot 290
2 'push' miles from new,c.1976 Suzuki 497cc RE5
Frame no. RE5-14316 Engine no. RE5-14062
Sold for £11,500 (US$ 19,317) inc. premium
Lot Details
2 'push' miles from new
c.1976 Suzuki 497cc RE5
Frame no. RE5-14316
Engine no. RE5-14062
Although not (quite) the first rotary-engined motorcycle to reach production - that honour falling to the DKW/Hercules W2000 - Suzuki's RE5 nevertheless stunned the motorcycling public when it was unveiled at the Tokyo Show in 1973. An heroic engineering tour-de-force, the RE5 successfully addressed many of the technical problems that hitherto had bedevilled the rotary engine, albeit at a cost of increased complexity. Faced with stiff competition from Suzuki's own GT750, Honda's CB750 and the Kawasaki Z1, the RE5 failed to attract sufficient customers from within the notoriously conservative motorcycle-buying public and was withdrawn from production in 1977. Today though, this revolutionary motorcycle continues to be supported by a devoted band of devotees and can only become increasingly collectible. This pristine example has covered only two 'push' miles and is presented in effectively 'as new' condition. The machine is offered with manufacturer's Statement of Origin (issued by the US Suzuki Motor Corporation) recording its transfer of ownership to Tulsa Suzuki in June 1976 and the names of the next two (private) owners, the second of whom – Dick Hoffman of Arlington, Texas – acquired it in November 1987. This vehicle, having completed less than 6,000kms, may be deemed to fall in the NMT category under NOVA if the vehicle is registered in the UK. Please visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/nova/ for further information.

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  • As this vehicle qualifies as a New Means of Transport, VAT at the current rate will be payable by the buyer to HMRC.
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