A Pair Of Kawasaki Running When Parked Ready For Restoration

These two little beauties fit the “barn find” description perfectly. The photos reveal two unmolested and very complete Kawasakis of the 1971 and 1967 vintage. Are they worth $2700? There are a lot of ’71 and ’67 bikes that are running listed at very similar prices. If the owner will work on the price, that would make this package deal nice. A fine find: Sure there is rust and who knows what is going on inside the crankcase? Still, this 1967 Kawasaki appears to be all there. A nice find…

Suzuki Running When Parked Comes With A Boatload Of Spares

I’ve never seen a Running When Parked offered with as many spare parts and so much love already invested. It is kinda crazy that it is an actual Running When Parked. There are a couple of red flags. Why invest so much time, money and sweat into a cute little Suzuki and then offer it as a non-runner? The other problem is the asking price of $2500 with the claim the bike will be worth $5000 when completed. That seems like a stretch. Still, Suzuki fans should be attracted to…

Santa Paula Cruise Night: The Best Way To Spend A Friday Night

I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen Santa Paula even if you have never visited the place. The town’s main drag serves as a backdrop for hundreds of movie and commercial productions each year. And the place was at one time home to Steve McQueen and Von Dutch. The Santa Paula Cruise Night takes place the first Friday of every month in the Summer and it is worth the trip. There is no admission, plenty of places to eat, stores that stay open late, live music and eye-popping cars and…

Kawasaki KX250 MX With Tons Of Spares Needs Some Love

If you are a Kawasaki fan and looking for a project, this seller has a package deal that includes an almost-complete motorcycle and lots of spare parts. The only red flag I see is a highly modified swingarm and shock mounting location. Those shocks are pretty much straight up and down with the mount near the center of the swingarm. Not an engineer, but that setup is asking a lot of both the shocks and swingarm. I’ll bet the rear suspension feels good until the shock oil boils. But heck,…

Honda 200X 3 Wheeler For The Brave

The first time I rode a 3-wheel ATV I almost lost my left foot (motorcycle riders do not always adapt well to tricycles) so I’ve never been a big fan. Still, there are people out there who would love to own the now defunct ATV design (are your reading this Norman?). For those folds, this Running When Parked looks pretty cool. It hasn’t been highly modified and the owner has put some dough into it. If the little fella has good compression and a spark, I think it would make…

Running-When-Parked Minibike A Fun Project If Ya Got The Parts

First off, describing this Running When Parked as a “Honda dirt bike” is a stretch. This guy should write ads for time share companies. He is creative, a little misleading, yet technically telling the truth. It is a minibike with a Honda engine, but it is not even a Honda motorcycle engine. It is what most folks would dub a lawn mower engine. The minibike itself is awesome. Too bad it has been neglected for so long.  Minibike guys may take one look at this and see a treasure. I…

1935 Triumph Running When Parked Is A Beauty

We get a lot of crappy bikes showing up on Running When Parked, but this is not one of them. This bike looks better now than it did on the showroom floor in 1935. And who cares if it is running? This is not the kind of bike you buy to ride around town. It will most likely end up in a personal collection or museum. The price? The seller wants you to make him an offer. You can see the ad (if the bike is still available) by clicking…

Kawasaki Mach III Running When Parked A Worthy Investment

The Kawasaki Mach III earned its “widow maker” nickname for good reason. Kawasaki started with an air-cooled, 60-horsepower, flame-throwing, oil-burning, two-stroke, 500cc three-cylinder engine. The bike could hit 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds with a top speed well over 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, this engine was bolted to an ill-handling chassis with drum brakes woefully inadequate to stop this beast. The bike was introduced with much fanfare in 1969 and quietly removed from the Kawasaki lineup in 1975 (although it was greatly improved by that time). The…

1980 Honda CR Frankenstein Mini

Official disclaimer: This is not a Running When Parked. No, this little wonder is a runner! What you are looking at in disbelief (and for good reason) is a Briggs and Stratton motor mated to a 1980 Honda CR80. The builder uses the Briggs and Stratton motor for power and Honda’s crankshaft and transmission to give the bike 5 gears. The kickstart even works. Why build this bike? Because he could! I’ll pass on a test ride, but I commend the builder for his ingenuity and creativity.  The owner is asking…

Three Honda Trail 90s Running When Parked Get Serious Competition

A few years ago, this deal would have sparked me into running to the bank to withdraw some cash. The seller is offering three Trail 90s and one is a 1969 model. Frequent visitors to Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels know I’m a sucker for anything sold new in 1969. Motorcycle, cars, trucks or vinyl albums. I figure that out of the three, I could get one running (maybe two) and have a cabinet full of spare parts to keep it (them) running. But something happen last year to throw…