This BSA has been sleeping for a claimed 32 years (give or take a few). While that is a long time between jaunts to the Rock Store, the bike appears to be intact and without major damage under the layers of sediment that have settled. The $8000 asking price is high even if all the labor to get it running will be donated from your time away from Netflix. You can find clean runners for $8000 and let’s face it, the base of fanatics who get a heart rush looking at old BSAs and Triumphs is ageing out. If the motor turns over and the bike is as clean in person as it is in this ad, $4,300 would be a good starting offer and see where things go from there.
The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been neglected in the corner of the garage or tool shed for far too long. Lacking the energy, time or resources to bring the little beauty back to life, the owner lists it for sale in hopes that a new owner will massage it back to health. Our collection of RWP bikes fall into two distinct categories; treasure or trash. And you are the only one who can properly judge which category the bike belongs in.