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by Charles Wilson
Thu Mar 28, 2024 9:10 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Short Rotary Film
Replies: 4
Views: 2148

Re: Short Rotary Film

https://www.der-wankelmotor.de/Motoraeder/Hercules/hercules.html Google Translate: Prototype of the entire W 2000 series, was first presented in October 1970 at the IFMA (International Motorcycle and Bicycle Exhibition) in Cologne. The machine is equipped with the gearbox and cardan shaft of the BMW...
by Charles Wilson
Tue Mar 26, 2024 11:27 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Short Rotary Film
Replies: 4
Views: 2148

Re: Short Rotary Film

Remember also that there were changes made before production in some lines. The Hercules/W2000 was originally a Shaft Drive motorcycle. See also: https://thevintagent.com/2011/11/03/a-short-history-of-wankel-motorcycles/ I have a Picture of the Shaft Drive prototype which I can try to upload if anyo...
by Charles Wilson
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: French Advancer
Replies: 4
Views: 10151

Re: French Advancer

Thank you very much for this.
There may be hope for civilization after all.

CW
by Charles Wilson
Thu Apr 07, 2022 2:39 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: CR700W
Replies: 6
Views: 12717

Re: CR700W

SAE 770044 The Hot Rotor: Curtiss-Wright experimented with a Plate literally screwed into the Rotor [Note: Norton did this as well. They were known as "Hand Grenade Rotors". The research Platforms were a bit different]. An air-gap between this Plate and the Rotor insulated the Rotor face a...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Apr 06, 2022 10:23 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: CR700W
Replies: 6
Views: 12717

Re: CR700W

the CR700W from BRIAN CRIGHTON is so inspiring that it will be a great pity...that the majority of the 25 motorbikes will disappear into museums and private collections. Ahhh, another Rotary Engine Story. With the effort and the technical perfection it should be ridden and driven... YES! There are ...
by Charles Wilson
Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: CR700W
Replies: 6
Views: 12717

CR700W

https://www.crightonmotorcycles.com/ https://www.autoblog.com/2021/11/02/crighton-cr700w-rotary-motorcycle/ I may have to sell my Chaparral 2E to make room for it in the garage but I think it would look nice next to my P4 Ferrari, doncha' think? $116.000 appears to be a bargain. Insurance is to be s...
by Charles Wilson
Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Classic on Ebay
Replies: 9
Views: 27765

Re: Classic on Ebay

Anecdotal: Back in the early '70s, I collected Comics from "The Silver Age", mostly Marvels, and etc. Most of them ended up getting stolen but that sad story is for another time. Anyway, there was a Collector/Reseller named Howard Rogofsky who sold comics for which you would definitely pay...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: New owner of an RE-5
Replies: 6
Views: 16926

Re: New owner of an RE-5

Ummm..."Breakaway Torque".
Dyslexia is a terribus whank...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: New owner of an RE-5
Replies: 6
Views: 16926

Re: New owner of an RE-5

BarRE5 -- Congratulations! Good News: The RE-5 is a lot of fun! Get'em running! Hop on and see where it'll take you. Bad News: If, by "Starter Gear", you mean "Starter Sprag Clutch", go down to your local gym and start workin' out. You're going to have to learn how to properly ki...
by Charles Wilson
Fri Aug 06, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Ummm...errr...Today! For Sale!
Replies: 3
Views: 3886

Re: Ummm...errr...Today! For Sale!

Hello again everyone --

There are a number of Posts these days on finding where all the Rotaries went through the years.
Has anyone made note of the serial #s for this one?
by Charles Wilson
Mon Aug 02, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Ummm...errr...Today! For Sale!
Replies: 3
Views: 3886

Ummm...errr...Today! For Sale!

Well, it's August 1 and what better way to celebrate than to find an Entry for:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAi9xTNxfhA

Don't know anything about it except it came up on a Random Search.


CW
by Charles Wilson
Sat May 01, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Ro80 on Ebay
Replies: 4
Views: 5671

Re: Ro80 on Ebay

The Original was the KKM-612 which, for our way of thinking, were 2 RE-5 engines lashed together with a Central Housing in between. It even had 2 Solex Carbs, which came to us in the form of the RE-5 Mikuni carb produced under a licensing agreement. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/19790007790/do...
by Charles Wilson
Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 24
Views: 42001

Re: Supreme commander

I apologize, Mr. Negus, no harm intended. If I can get back on track later, I'll start a new Thread. O/W, someone else may begin anew. One note on the Supreme Commander: I did think the Commander needed greater engine performance to match, but the gearbox is already over-stressed. When the Kawasaki ...
by Charles Wilson
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 24
Views: 42001

Re: Supreme commander

I offer no guarantees for the next few days but I will try to summarize the SAE Paper 930682, Development of a Lightweight Heavy Fuel Rotary Engine. The Turbocharger used in Phase 2 of this Project was from Aerodyne Dallas and for all of these jobs in every field, the Turbo has to match the engine i...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 24
Views: 42001

Re: Supreme commander

RN --

Your mention of "Patrick Power" led me to this:

Image

Ahhhh, what could have been...
"The Direct Injected Norton Rotary!"

Thnx.

CW
by Charles Wilson
Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 24
Views: 42001

Re: Supreme commander

Thank you very much!

Did you do any work with AAI and Len Louthan on the Pilot/Main Injected Turbocharged Norton mentioned above?

THANX AGAIN, RN!!!

CW
by Charles Wilson
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 24
Views: 42001

Re: Supreme commander

Thank you, esteemed Mr. Negus. There are a few of us Obsessives who will enjoy any and everything we can find about the Norton Rotary. I still hope to get another copy of the article by Jeremy Summers from "The Engineer" magazine, "NVT Rotary Sets the Pace", from Way Back When. A...
by Charles Wilson
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 24
Views: 42001

Re: Supreme commander

Thank you for the photos, Mr. N! Which brings up a point: On the old Site, you would Post old pictures of various Prototypes, changing them every month, it seemed. One photo, if memory serves, was of the air-cooled engine that had a unique looking Plenum Chamber (I was reminded of a painted 2 quart ...
by Charles Wilson
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

1. Google Translate of the German description of the W2000: "Prototype of the entire W 2000 series, was first presented in October 1970 at the IFMA (International Motorcycle and Bicycle Exhibition) in Cologne. The machine is equipped with the gearbox and cardan shaft of the BMW R27, which, howe...
by Charles Wilson
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

https://www.der-wankelmotor.de/Motoraed ... cules.html

At last, a picture of the Original Hercules W2000 from the Display Stand. Lots of detail to look at.
Lots of detail to think about.

What could have been.
by Charles Wilson
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

1. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Don't know why the smiley didn't take on my JOKE about Droning neighbors but - There you go. I hit "Preview" and everything. Oh, well. 2. Thanx to all. I've learned a lot. That's why I come to this Site. It's a lot better than the "Make a Better Chi...
by Charles Wilson
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

I believe someone developed it into a very successful drone/light aircraft engine. 1. Right you are, J.B. and I can think of a few of my unsavory neighbors who might benefit from an aerial visit from...well, let's move on... Very Happy 2. I keep looking at the French Advancer and there is something...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

Would a shaft drive [have] made all that much difference to an already complicated bit of kit? I usually try not to muck-up a Thread but since the "Lovely Commander" has been sold, I want to answer at least part of this good question. I don't think we'll ever know the fine details of Suzu...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

Ahhh...Remember when: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxibHVlaGF6ZXZqbWNtYW5hd2F0dXxneDo2Y2Q4MTBlMzVhNDBlNTcx Shaft Drive made a difference in that different age. Read the Intro to the MG, esp. I have a soft spot in my heart for the V-50, even if I passed ...
by Charles Wilson
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Lovely Commander for sale
Replies: 26
Views: 58712

Re: Lovely Commander for sale

Hmmm... Another shaft drive, it appears. I've heard that the original prototype of the Hercules was a shaft drive (from a BMW) but I've seen no pictures of such a beast. Another road less traveled. CW PS: There are still those in the RE-5 Camp who wonder what would have been if the RE-5 had been a s...
by Charles Wilson
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Rectifier
Replies: 3
Views: 9095

Re: Rectifier

Yes. There's more to it than that, but the first transistor was comparable in size to the vacuum tube it replaced (sorta'). It was quickly discovered that if you could make one transistor on a piece of silicon, there was enough room for another and then another and then tens, hundreds, thousands, mi...
by Charles Wilson
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Rectifier
Replies: 3
Views: 9095

Re: Rectifier

Not silly at all!!! Richard Feynman said, "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don’t understand quantum mechanics." From this cheery assessment, we get to this: From the ever politicized Wiki-P: " A rectifier is an electrical device that converts alternating curren...
by Charles Wilson
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Loss of Site
Replies: 0
Views: 9522

Loss of Site

I'm in Mourning!

'N yes, I've already written to Joe S. http://nortonmotors.co.uk site is no more.
I understand. I UNDERSTAND!

It's simply that there were so many pictures - such History!

Did anyone download the contents of the Site?

Joe, could you put it back up for one more month?

CW