Ninety-Four Readers Identify Mystery Component

I wasn’t surprised that so many Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels readers were able to identify the mystery component pictured in the June 13th Running When Parked. That’s because I figure there are not a lot of youngsters visiting my page and the folks who do visit are mechanically savvy. A total of 94 readers took the time to write and identify the components as the motorcycle’s electrical system’s points and condenser. And six of those respondents wrote “Let me get right to the points” in the email’s subject line.…

Ducati Mark 3 350 Desmo Ultra Fine ’69

Frequent “Running When Parked” readers already know my weakness for any motorcycle made in 1969. That year was a magical time for motorcycle, automobile and truck manufacturing. Case in point, this very fine 1969 Ducati Mark 3 Desmo. The asking price of $8500 is in the ballpark (Kelley Blue Book lists this model at $11,660) and the bike looks like it is was stored properly. There are no weird modification other than the air cleaners. The rest of the bike looks ready to rage. The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP)…

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

Way back in July of 2017 we uncovered a Ducati Running When Parked with an asking price of $34,500. It held the official Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels record for the highest asking price of a RWP’ed motorcycle until today when we spotted this 1952 Vincent with an asking price of $69,950! This Vincent blew by the old record by 34,450 bucks. Judging from the photo’s background, I’d say this bike is being offered by Bator International. Bator, located in Ojai, California, has been a vintage motorcycle broker for close…

Super Sano RWP’ed For The Horsepower Hungry

Usually our Running When Parked examples are rough or way, way overpriced. This Honda VF1100S Sabre V65 is neither. In fact, the bike has such a clean appearance, it is a wonder why the owner doesn’t take the time to get it running and move it out of the RWP’ed category. This model isn’t designed as canyon carver. It is a dragster. Point it down the Main Street Drag Strip (you know what I’m talking about), light the fuse, hold on and hope you get a bro deal on rear…

Honda Flat Tracker RWP’ed Looks Super Fun

I wish this Running When Parked (RWP) was in Ventura County because Riverside is a long drive just to look at a motorcycle. The guy only posted a single shot of his bored-out Honda 125. I want to see the right side of his tracker, especially what the pipe looks like. If the engine turns over and the gearbox feels right, the $1200 asking price is fair for this clean-looking flat track play bike. The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been…

HOG The Road With This Harley-Davidson RWP’ed

Kelly Blue Book lists the value of a 1970 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide at $11,000 if it is in good-running condition. While this example appears to be complete, the bike lived outside (maybe under a tarp) and the ad states it has been 12 months since “parked.” The ad does say “make offer” so there is some wiggle room. I’d be tempted to look for a good-running 70’s Electra Glide and pay $11,000 rather than sink $9500 into this RWP’ed dreaming that the $1500 difference will get the bike running (and…

Yamaha YZ250 Perfect For Vintage Motocross

Wish this guy had included larger photos in his Running When Parked ad because this looks like a steal for anybody who wants to try a little vintage motocross racing. The carb is easy to service and slapping on new tires will get you to the starting gate. I’ve always had a soft spot for these monoshock motocross bikes. They looked trick back in 1979 and they look trick today (after you replace the red fork boots with black ones). The plastic and decals appear to be in great shape.…

Harley-Davidson Servicar Ready For Starring Role

This “Running When Parked” shouldn’t qualify as a RWP’ed because when you read the entire ad, the owner says he will get the bike running before you buy it. So it may have been a RWP’ed but it won’t be when you take delivery. And who wouldn’t want to take delivery on this classic? Almost every motorcycle exploitation movie of the 60’s and 70’s had a Servicar just like this one in their gang. The rider always seemed to be at the back of the pack and would be wearing…

Benelli Running When Parked Back On The Block At $500 Discount

Phoenix road trip? Maybe. This super-sweet-looking Benelli was spotted last year and here she is again, still “running when parked” and now offered at a 25% discount off the previous asking price of $2000. Photos ALWAYS make a bike look better than it is, but this little guy looks ready to rock. I would encourage the owner to invest the time to get it running, and in doing so, get it out of the RWP’ed category. Bump the price up to $2500 and be ready to take $2300. Another alternative…