74 rotary pick up
mods since lst vid. 1st port job.. 13b bridgeport, new fuel lines n surge
tank, nolithanes fitted all round, new Exhaust primary pipes to the diff, still running
nikki 4 barral larger chokes n jets
Suzuki Rotary RE-5 Part 1 of 2
Suzuki presented its first, and only, rotary engine powered motorcycle at
the Tokyo Show in late 1973. The RE5, as the model was called, was Suzuki's
technical flagship at the time and a fine motorcycle. The engine,
originated from NSU in Germany, was smooth, quiet, powerful and had hardly
any vibrations, thanks to its construction with no parts moving
back-and-forth like the usual Otto engine.
The rotary, or Wankel, engine has a number of benefits over standard
engines including a lack of camshafts, intake and Exhaust valves, and a reduced number of moving
parts. Many manufacturers experimented with the engine type and some
prototypes were presented in the early 70's but Suzuki was the only
motorcycle manufacturer that used the rotary engine on a mass produced
Suzuki presented the engine sometimes as 1000cc, because some regulatory
bodies de-rate the engine by doubling the chamber capacity. The actual
cylinder capacity was 497 cc.
The design of the RE5 was not as revolutionary as its engine. The
instrument panel and tail light were contained in cylindrical shapes to
play on the rotary theme, otherwise the bike looked a lot like the
company's two-stroke flagship GT750. Also included was a special heat
shield since the rotary engine design tended to make Exhaust pipes hot enough to burn riders' legs.
What happened? The customers did find the RE5 interesting, but not many but
not many of them actually bought the model. Perhaps it was the new
technology that scared off the customs, perhaps it was the heavy fuel
consumption that made it. However, Suzuki had invested enormous sums of
money to the project and had built an entire new assembly line for the
rotary engines but the machines wouldn't sell.
The cylindrical instrument panel and tail light were replaced by standard
type items in 1976, in order to make the bike look more "normal" but it
didn't help much. The model, and the whole rotary engine project, was
buried in 1977.
12A Rotary Bridge Port KE30 Corolla First Startup
This is the engine from my Dyno Vid. Its finally installed
in the car. The engine was run in and tuned on the engine Dyno.
It was a bit smokey until I drained the fuel and filled up with fresh fuel.
I used to over premix the fuel so i suspect that the oil had sunk to the
bottom of the tank as the car sat engineless for over 3 months.
All seems fine. No oil or coolant leaks. Temps are fine with the new PWR
Radiator and SPAL 16" fan. The PWR oil cooler is also working a treat.
Just have to sort out if my oil pressure gauge is reading low, or if the
multi-outlet block i have it mounted on is the cause of the pressure being
50psi on startup and not 100psi like in the Dyno clip.
Just have to spend a few mins getting the idle sorted as you can probably
This was the first startup in the car, so i was holding the camera whilst
checking the car over for leaks and temps etc.....so please excuse the