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Car Engine in a Motorcycle

Discussion in 'Other Motorcycles' started by k-moe, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. k-moe

    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    These three come to mind as the only production motorcycles using automotive engines as the powerplant.

    In chronoligical order by year of introduction.







     
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    Boss hoss is the first one I thought of.......there had been one around here a few years ago——-cool thing
     
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    Van Veen Wankelmotor (Rotary engine) from The Netherlands.
     
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    I bet that rotary engine makes for a nice, smooth ride.
     
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    I recently watched Jay Leno's review of the Suzuki RE5 and that's what he thought!
     
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    Well, it did but the price in those days was around 30000 in local currency so it outpriced itself.
    But the testers were really astonished by the looks and how it ran. Not comparable with anything, not even compaired to some later bikes like the cbx of kawa 1300 or anything else for that matter.

    The last straw was citroen who stopped making these engines....
     
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    I know someone who has one quite the large beast it is
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    The RE-5 is cool, but doesn’t qualify. Suzuki built their own engine specifically for that motorcycle.As did Norton for their rotary.
     
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    I only brought it up in response to the idea the rotary bike being smooth. I know it doesn't follow thread rules. :)
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    What rules? LOL
     
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    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    Rules? Oh wait.... you misspelled it.

    You meant DROOLS
     
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    Alan Millyard once put a Mini engine into a motorcycle frame he said. Did the rotor tips seal properly in the rotary engines? Norton had problems in that area.
     

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