Suzuki GSX’er Was Owned By Elvis Presley Or is Astronomically Overpriced

Every once in awhile a Running When Parked turns up that was celebrity owned. Find a dirt bike owned by Steve McQueen, a custom cafe bike owned by Keanu Reeves or a chopper ridden by Peter Fonda or Ann Margret and chances are it will command an impressive price, not running or running when parked.  So when I saw this clean 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 Running When Parked with an asking price of $11,000, I figured it must have some historical significance. A Suzuki owned by the late Barry Sheen? Or…

Honda XR600 Running When Parked A Great Parts Bike

It is not much to look at and I wouldn’t advise a restoration. So why is this RWP’ed so attractive? The asking price is not crazy high if you are looking to build a parts inventory for your Honda XR600. A great used parts source. 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…

Final Resting Place For Your Running When Parked Harley-Davidson

While not an actual “Running When Parked” classified listing, this one is too interesting and amusing to pass up. The seller is offering what appears to be a beautiful and tranquil final resting place at a cemetery conveniently located off the Foothill Freeway in San Bernardino. The asking price for the plot is $10,000 or the owner will trade it for a vintage Harley Davidson Knucklehead, a vintage Indian Chief, a vintage Harley-Davidson chopper or a hot rod. I have to wonder if the plot owner experienced a miraculous recovery…

Happy-New-Year Harley Running When Parked Looks Ready

I can think of worse ways to start off 2021. This unearthed 1964 Harley appears to have been well maintained during storage and the fact that the seller has all the registration up to date is a major plus for starting the new year without waiting in line at DMV. And that wait would be longer than what it will take to get this old Panhead running. The bike is missing a chain (no big deal) and as long as the carb is not stuffed with varnish, a new battery…

Yamaha MX400 “Running When Parked” Christmas Present

Here is a cool find. This early Yamaha monoshock is probably a 1975 model (that sold for $1550 at that time). This model was a more affordable version of the racing model known as the YZ (you can read about the bike’s history at Motocross Action Magazine). What caught my eye is the bike’s condition. It looks almost new! This uses a 2-stroke power plant and these engines are pretty easy to work on. If the piston isn’t stuck, a good mechanic could have it fired up in an afternoon…

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…