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1976 Hercules W2000

1976 Hercules W2000 Pictures

The W2000 was powered by a single-rotor Wankel.
The W2000 was powered by a single-rotor Wankel.

The 1976 Hercules W2000 motorcycle was an engineering innovation, but its Wankel rotary engine generated excess heat and the model never enjoyed huge commercial success.

The Sachs rotary carried a large fan up front.
The Sachs rotary carried a large fan up front.
The Wankel's chief problem was overheating.
The Wankel's chief problem was overheating.
Despite its unorthodox power source, the 1976 Hercules W2000 used conventional gauges.
Despite its unorthodox power source, the 1976 Hercules W2000 used conventional gauges.
Suzuki released its own rotary-powered bike about the same time as Hercules, but the Suzuki RE-5, shown, had a larger-displacement Wankel of about 500 cc.
Suzuki released its own rotary-powered bike about the same time as Hercules, but the Suzuki RE-5, shown, had a larger-displacement Wankel of about 500 cc.

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