Suzuki RE5

With a distinctive sound, this is a bike that's just a little bit different to more conventional roadsters.

Some 6,000 of these bikes were built between 1974 and 1976 - and what sets these bikes apart is that each features a Felix Wankel-designed engine.

While he never held a driver's licence or obtained a tertiary qualification, Wankel was a brilliant mathematician and research engineer who privately developed the rotary engine - an innovation that would undoubtedly go down in history as his crowning achievement.

Many motorcycle manufacturers investigated incorporating rotary engines into their designs, however - despite offering a reputation for smooth, light, compact engines that were capable of producing high power outputs in relation to displacement; all of which are highly desirable traits for motorcycles - few made it into production.

With rotary engine motorcycles so scarce, we think that makes our Suzuki RE5 even more special - don't you agree?

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