Suzuki TS125 Running When Parked A Fun Project

Sorry to be a stickler but how could a bike be running when parked without a carburetor? That was a sweet trick six years ago. It would be a miracle today. Also the ad reads, “The bike is all there.” Well, that is except for the missing carb!  You can find a carb on eBay for a song and the rest of the bike does look pretty good. The seller has an asking price of $123 and I have no idea what that means. Most likely a typo. If you…

Harley-Davidson Restoration Ready To Rumble Back To Life

While this is technically a Running When Parked offering, it is not consistent with the rust buckets, parts bins or multi-year project bikes that so often grace our pages. No, this 1959 Harley-Davidson FLF was not parked because the owner had surrendered to the task of getting the bike running. I’m guessing that the owner experienced health or personal issues that required the bike to be parked and stored. Although the majority of RWP’ed ads claim a new battery and a carb cleaning is all the bike needs, this is…

Running When Parked GMC Team Van Ready For Your Team

Running When Parked is dedicated to RWP’ed motorcycles, minibikes and ATVs. That was until I found this super-cool 1959 GMC Van listed on the Facebook Marketplace. Do you see the potential I see? The first thing I’d do is contact Wally Hackensmith and commission him to come up with a paint scheme and graphics for this beautiful bike hauler. I don’t care if I have to tow the thing to the races if it has a Hackensmith wrap. Next I’d get the engine and drivetrain dialed in and finally massage…

This 1968 BSA Chopper Has Plenty Of Stories To Tell

Imagine the stories that former owners of this running-when-parked BSA could tell about the places they visited, the freedom they felt twisting its throttle, the thrill of ditching the cops and the look of bliss on the faces of tripping passengers while leaning on the padded sissy bar (can I use that term in 2020?). This relic deserves to be on display in The Chopper Graveyard or any motorcycle museum. Or better yet, somebody should grab this beauty, get it running and add to the stories that have already passed…

Yamaha TT500 With A One-Of-A-Kind Chain Tensioner And $3500 Asking Price

I like Yamaha TT500s because they are the epitome of what a run-what-you-brung dirt bike should be. It is not uncommon to see them in pickup truck beds and on trailers headed to the California desert 40 years after they were first purchased off the showroom floor. These beasts just keep on running and running and running. Even a Running When Parked TT500 shouldn’t be too tough to get purring again. But I’ve got a problem with this one. Somewhere in the bike’s past a hydraulic chain tensioner was fabricated…

More Than A Motorcycle, This Honda Chopper RWP’ed Is A Labor Of Love

Robbin, this bike’s seller, got sick before he could finish his masterpiece. He doesn’t say how serious his illness is but I’m going to assume it is nasty to pull him away from this bike. I love it. Robbin tells you it is not a Show Bike. This is a very personal, one-of-a-kind creation that shows plenty of creativity, ingenuity and humor. I don’t know Robbin, but I’ll bet I’d like the guy if we met. I hope he doesn’t find a buyer. I want this bike to stay with…

The Bike That Launched Thousands Of Racing Careers

There is no doubt that Hodaka motorcycles introduced a legion of riders to the joys of off-road riding. Trace the history of most American motocross stars of the 70’s and there is a Hodaka Ace 100 somewhere in the pages (usually in chapter one). This sweet example appears to be complete and I don’t see signs of abuse. The price is a little bit high but what asking price isn’t? That’s why it is called an “asking” price. This is not the first Hodaka we have featured and it won’t…

RWP Sticker Available From Fartco

I don’t know if the folks at Fartco Inc. have ever read my “Running When Parked” feature, but they make a sticker that looks great on the fender of my Suzuki DR-Z400. In addition to the “Ran When Parked” sticker, Fartco offers a bunch of funny, irreverent and sometimes crass T-shirts, stickers, hats, pins and prints. Check them out. Something here just may brighten up your stay-at-home blues.

Kawasaki Running When Parked Will Not Be Sold To Chopper Riders

This 1980 Kawasaki KZ650 Running When Parked may be the most sano offering we have stumbled upon. The paint and chrome looks great. The blue header pipes might point to a lean fuel mixture, but aftermarket pipes “blue up” pretty easily. The rubber and plastic appearance points to a bike that was stored properly. The $3,500 asking price is crazy high for a non-runner that is not particularly collectable (Kelly Blue Book pegs the value of a running KZ650 at $1650). But as Francis said, “everything is negotiable, Pee Wee.”…

The Strangest “Running When Parked” So Far

We’ve seen super expensive Running When Parked. We’ve seen diamonds in the rough. We’ve seen junkers that the owners should have paid the buyers to haul away. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this Honda-CBR-600-powered BMW motor-less motorcycle with sidecar Running When Parked. Yes, you read that correctly. Somebody started with a salvaged BMW K75, tossed the engine, added a sidecar and then powered the three wheeler with a Honda CBR 600 power plant mounted behind the passenger compartment of the sidecar. I know there is someone who will…