Yamaha Trail 125 Running When Parked Gets $2,202 At Auction

Found this unique Yamaha Running When Parked on eBay with just hours to go before a new owner would take it home (or back out of the sale). It’s unique because it appears to be a Japanese market model not sold in America. It has a monoshock rear suspension and looks ultra clean for a 45-year-old dual-sport bike. The seller, Kaplan Cycles, doesn’t have time to mess with it. The little bike sold for $2,202. I feel that is a lot for a RWP’ed 125 but heck, a dozen eggs…

E-Bike Riders Unfairly Targeted By Carlsbad City Council

After watching this report a couple of times, I have the following observations: 1. There may have been 186 collisions last year (combined bikes and e-bikes) but how many of those were caused by distracted automobile drivers? An injury still hurts no matter who was at fault but it is likely that the Carlsbad City Council needs to tell automobile drivers to slow down, drive at least near the posted speed limits, get off the phone and pay attention to cyclists and pedestrians. 2. Bikes and e-bikes reduce traffic congestion…

Roadies Catch On To A Product Mountain Bikers Have Been Using For 19 Years

The roadie world is going bonkers because pro rider Matej Mohoric recently won the Milan-San Rimo race using a…wait for it…dropper seatpost! The rider credits the seatpost for an advantage over his competition on the notorious descent of the course. It only took the roadie world 19 years to catch up to what mountain bikers have known and been using since the GravityDropper was introduced in 2003. Joe Breeze’s Hite-Rite, a seatpost with a return spring, started this revolution around 1980 but it got lost along the trail. The GravityDropper,…

Super73 Goes Full Moto With Their C1X

The CX1 from Super73 sends a clear message about the young company. That message says “We are not an e-bike company. We are an electric-powered, personal-transportation company.” Super73 has tossed the pedals in favor of footpegs but that is just the beginning. The design shown on their website has the motor nested in the bike’s swingarm. While the company is tight-lipped on specifications, it appears that moving the engine to the swingarm frees up space for a massive battery. I don’t see a license plate holder (and assume this will…

Don Emde Looks Back 50 Years On His Remarkable Daytona 200 Win

Today, March 12th 2022, is the 50th anniversary of Don Emde’s calculated, cunning, come-from-behind win of America’s most prestigious motorcycle race, the 1972 Daytona 200. Don treated a group of race fans (and racers) to a presentation of the events that lead up to his big day and how his premonition (or visualization) of the day’s events came true. Rather than attempt to tell Don’s story here, you need to pick up his hard-bound book, The Daytona 200, The History of America’s Premier Motorcycle Race. Don tells not only his…

This Honda CA95 150 Baby Dream Can Come True For You

It is always frustrating when a “Running When Parked” seller doesn’t supply enough information or few photos of the bike up for sale. In this instance however, it may be the rare case of information overload! This seller leaves no stone un-turned when describing the 1964 Honda Baby Dream bike. The seller also conveniently waits until the last paragraph to slip in the RWP’ed designation. The seller sets an asking price that falls between the value of a “very good” example and a “good” example according to the NADA. I…

Don Emde Celebrates the 50th Anniversary Of His Daytona Win And You’re Invited

Fifty years on it still ranks as the greatest Cinderella story in American motorcycle racing history and a stunning upset victory. A 21-year-old son of a San Diego motorcycle shop owner races a 350cc, two-stroke Yamaha to win the Daytona 200, the most prestigious American motorcycle event of the time (1972). On Saturday March 12th, the 50th Anniversary of his Daytona win, Don Emde will celebrate the historic moment with a book signing and an afternoon presentation explaining how he pulled off his amazing win against the odds. Don will…

Running When Parked Yamaha XS 650 Has A Lot To Live Up To

I’ve never believed it is a great sales strategy to post photos of pristine versions of the bike you are trying to sell. But that is what this seller did. He is offering a decent version of a 1982 Yamaha XS 650. The mufflers, seat and paint are all wrong (and it is a “running when parked”) while the rest of the bike looks complete. He is asking $4,300. That’s on the high side, but what isn’t these days? Next, he posts photos of XS 650s that are way nicer…