BSA Lighting Rocket Leaves The Family

This Running “like a beast” When Parked is sad. The bike was purchased new by the seller’s father and then handed down. So this bike is more of a family member than a used vehicle. It is sad that there is not another family member to keep the BSA flame alive and in the family. Since there isn’t, you get a shot. The $11,500 is a reasonable price (maybe a steal) when compared to the $16,110 that Kelley Blue Book claims the bike is worth. The Rocket appears complete and…

1952 Vincent Smashes RWP’ed Asking Price Record By 35 Thousand Dollars (Updated)

Update January 27, 2020: It is not often that a Running When Parked bike needs an update. It takes important new information or a dramatic turn of events. This ’52 Vincent meets both criteria because it just sold for $55,000 at Mecum’s 29th Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction. While that is short of the $69,950 asking price back in June, it is not too far off. I’m stoked for Bator International (who sold the bike) but I’m not sure Running When Parked bikes selling for $55,000 is great for…

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels’ Most-Viewed Stories of 2019

I’m not sure why the top stories of 2019 are very important. I don’t have advertisers to appease and I don’t monetize my loyal readers. It is not a fair measurement because the stories posted in the first part of the year had more opportunity to build an audience than the stories from a month ago. I guess I’m just curious what stories spiked the status quo and if you missed them, you get another shot to read them. So here you go. The most-read stories of 2019. E-Bikes Not…

Suzuki TS 250 Last RWP’ed Of 2019

What’s going on with “Running When Parked?” I usually find ten or twenty RWP’ed for sale locally but in the closing weeks of 2019, Running-When-Parked bikes became a rare find. Could my diligent reporting have influenced sellers to use different terminology? Ran ten years go? Ran the last time somebody rode it? Will run with a carb cleaning? A new battery? A new transmission? Well, sellers may be getting sneaky, but I did find this little beauty. The seat looks pretty good so if that is worth $1100 to you,…

Guzzi “Running When Parked” A Tough Call

This one has me stumped. This ’82 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza looks like it is all there and the asking price isn’t crazy high. So why do I hesitate? While the ad doesn’t state it, this bike appears to have been used for racing (there is a vintage racing organization sticker on the fork). Anyone who has road raced a motorcycle knows that everything on the bike is stressed way beyond what happens on the streets. While road racing a motorcycle the engine spends a lot of time at redline,…

Italian Harley-Davidson Needs More Than “Very Little” To Get Running Again

This is a cool old bike that looks like a fun project. The owner claims it will require “very little” to get the bike running. Technically, that may be true. Still, a running motor is only part of the equation. The bike still needs to shift through the gears, stop when the brakes are applied and move forward when the throttle is twisted. Looking closely reveals this little Italian stallion will take some serious elbow grease and a few bloody knuckles to get it ridable. The saddle is sure cool…

Steal This ’76 Yamaha TT500 Running When Parked

Kelly Blue Book lists the value of a good-running TT500 of this vintage at $3,990. While that seems like a lot of money for a 44-year-old motorcycle, the TTs have proven to be reliable off-road workhorses and a model that has never faded from popularity. The photos show a clean bike that doesn’t appear to need much work to get it on the trail. A sweet RWP’ed motorcycle for the TT fanatic at a reasonable price. Go for it! The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once…

1975 Honda CL360 Survivor Perfect For Honda Fanatic

Kudos to the seller for not saying that all this CL360 needs is a new battery and a carb cleaning (ever notice how many RWP’ed ads claim that?). That’s because this burnt-orange scrambler is going to need some serious hours to get it running (and shifting) properly and I think the seller is upfront about that. What I see here is a very complete bike that hasn’t been modified with weird aftermarket parts. It needs a lot of attention, but that attention should pay off. The price seems fair too.…

1965 Honda S90 Brings Back Fond Memories

There were minibikes and Honda step-through, automatic-clutch Passports that came before, but I remember the Honda S90 as the first real motorcycle I ever rode. By “real” I mean it had a gas tank between the knees and a real clutch that required the operator to possess the skill and coordination to twist a throttle and ease out the clutch lever. I accomplished this without stalling the engine or sending the front wheel skyward and friends, a lifelong love of motorcycles followed. So I’m looking at this S90 with a…

British Battle Between Triumph & BSA Running When Parked

I’m out of my league on this one. Did Triumph and BSA share an engine in the mid 70’s? I ask because the tank on this Running When Parked says Triumph but the engine looks like a BSA. The seller’s headline doesn’t help matters because it sort of says this bike is both. Either way, the offering appears to be in nice shape. The price is on the high side once you figure in new tires, saddle cover and going through the engine. Still, the giant exhaust pipes are sure…