Real Classic - - Suzuki Re-5 -

Mr Melling’s low opin­ion of the RE5, col­lec­tors have taken this quirky clas­sic to their hearts. Its cur­rent de­sir­abil­ity is re­flected by its ris­ing prices, which range from around £3000 for a non-run­ning barn-find bitsa to £15k for one in con­cours con­di­tion, as seen here… BAR­GAIN BASE­MENT: £2999 se­cures a non-run­ning 1974 edi­tion from Clas­sic Bike Im­ports, no petrol tank or carb and the en­gine doesn’t turn over. Does have good pipes, clocks, in­di­ca­tors and head­lamp bowl. Comes with NOVA pa­per­work EBAY BARN FIND: this 1975 ex­am­ple has been of­fered on­line at £5500. The seller says ‘it was ser­viced and it ran straight away and passed an MoT. Doc­u­ments are lost…’ so it may not be en­tirely straight­for­ward to re­turn to the road BOUGHT AT BON­HAMS: some­one hap­pily paid £9200 at the Stafford sale for this un­usual 1975 ma­chine with un­der 9000 miles on the clock. It was the bike pur­chased by Nor­ton Mo­tors, back in the day when they stud­ied the RE-5 while de­vel­op­ing the Nor­ton ro­tary en­gine. Ap­par­ently, Nor­ton stripped, num­bered and eval­u­ated every com­po­nent. It was sold when the Shen­stone fac­tory closed, and the re­cent owner com­pletely re­stored it

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