Bikes That You Dont See Everyday

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Zebraranger, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. K1W1

    K1W1 Long timer Supporter

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    Speaking of oddball engines.

    Suzuki RE 5 Rotary from the mid/late 1970s. This first shot is an early model with the rotary style instriment binnacle.

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    This is a later one after they went back to traditional instruments.

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  2. Jay_In_Milpitas

    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    I remember them. Once a rider got used to the power delivery they were a great ride. This one either is modified or is the second production version. First design reduced unsprung weight by having the rear brake disc on the countershaft. Worked fine unless you lost your chain.
  3. K1W1

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    I don't recall them ever having a countershaft mounted brake. Of the two bikes in the photos the yellow one is a early example with upright rear shocks. The white one is towards the end of them. I think the owner told me it was a 1978 but don't quote me on that.
    I have searched the web and cannot find a photo or any reference whatsoever to them having a countershaft brake so I would love to see your references. These bikes have always fascinated me.
    The very first ones also had alloy wheels as well as disc brakes. Unheard of stuff. In those days almost no road bikes had alloy wheels and disc brakes.
    The achilles heel on them all was of course the belt driven primary drive that slipped like crazy when it got wet. Made them almost unridable in really wet conditions or when there were lost of water crossings.

    This is a picture of an early 1974 model that I found. You can clearly see the rear wheel disc brake on this bike.
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  4. 2old2Bbold

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    There was two of them at an Enduro at Ft. Hood, Killeen TX in about 1973. The pull rope start was very memorable at the time.
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  5. Jay_In_Milpitas

    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    It is possible I am mis-remembering. As soon as I saw your original post the memory of cleaning and surface grinding the tiny brake disc came to mind.
    Those alloy cast wheels sure got the attention of other customers while the Rokon duo were at our shop.
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    Odd couple.

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    Gibster high desert roamer

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  8. K1W1

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    Don't see many of these around anymore. The bike that started the beak tradition in ADV.

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    shupe Been here awhile

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    I think the 2wd Rokons had the brake on the countershaft.
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    DKW RM350 V3 Two Stroke from the 1950's.
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  12. K1W1

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    How about some speed being added to the page.

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    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    I stayed with a Russian family/mechanic for 4 weeks waiting for my KLR parts to get through customs. This is an NHH (Close as I can do from Russian). I think it is pronounced ESH. It's a 2 stroke-350cc?

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    Really liking this. It would be nice to know more about it. Thanks for sharing.
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    It's for sale on CL in the Bay Area Jay.
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