Rupp Minibike “Running When Parked”

I am so tempted by this one. The mini looks complete. All the parts are there and the frame looks ripe for a makeover. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills of Chip and Joanna (of “Fixer Upper” TV show fame) and while I can envision a cherry Rupp Roadster in my head, I know I couldn’t transform this bike into the mini of my dreams. If the motor runs and wheel bearings aren’t seized, I’d offer $250 and just ride it like it is. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP)…

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Motobike Prefect For Pint-Sized Daredevils

Travis Pastrana and the gang at Nitro Circus have come up with what may be this Christmas’ most-sought-after gift. The 16-inch wheeled Hyper Nitro Circus Motobike features motocross-style fenders with authentic Nitro Circus graphics and a motocross saddle that adds wild style to this cool bike. The single-speed bike comes with training wheels and the gang claims it is easy to assemble. The Hyper Nitro Circus Motobike will only be sold through Walmart stores and goes for $79. It is hard to imagine any kid not going ballistic finding the…

A Beezer Sleeping Beauty

This BSA has been sleeping for a claimed 32 years (give or take a few). While that is a long time between jaunts to the Rock Store, the bike appears to be intact and without major damage under the layers of sediment that have settled. The $8000 asking price is high even if all the labor to get it running will be donated from your time away from Netflix. You can find clean runners for $8000 and let’s face it, the base of fanatics who get a heart rush looking…

Tank and Side Panel Paint Distracts From Other Issues

That flashy yellow paint and black rally stripes make this RWPed look ready to rock. It looks fast just sitting there. Unfortunately, an inspection of the right side case reveals the bike’s points (and who knows what else) are missing. The seller is asking a little too much for a non-runner with parts missing. This is a project perfect for somebody familiar with working on Kawsakis and who can get the owner to work a bit on that asking price. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a…

Godspeed, Harry Dean Stanton

Calling Harry Dean Stanton a character actor, as so many obits are doing, is short selling the career of a phenomenal actor who was anything but a simple caricature. Harry Dean played roles that are forever etched into our collective memories and will be remembered long after many leading men’s roles are forgotten. Harry Dean may be best remembered to movie goers as the alien sprouting Brett in 1979’s Alien. But it will be his performance as Bud in the 1984 Repo Man that goes down in my book as…

Mini RWP’ed Needs Maxi Maintenance

There are times when taking a closer look at a Running When Parked bike is a good idea. This little minibike looks like a lot of fun especially if you can talk the owner down to around $250. But once you take a look at the detail shots that the seller supplied, you get an idea of how much work this little project is going to need. If you are looking for a “rat bike” mini, this could be a good deal. If you are looking to restore, this is…

Legends Of The Road Finish 2nd At RAAM

The Legends of the Road finished the Race Across America (RAAM) and made every motocross rider proud. David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry and Jeff Ward crossed the United States in 7 days, 19 hours and 58 minutes. That was good enough for 2nd place in the 4-rider 50-59 category, just a little over 3-hours behind the winning team and about 7 hours in front of third place. Micky was the only rider on the team with RAAM experience making their finish even more impressive. A video of the lads…

Motocross Champions Compete In Race Across America

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is a rare form of torture and possibly the toughest bicycle race in the world. Starting on the beach in Oceanside, California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The event is challenged by both professional and amateur riders who compete solo or in 2-, 4- or 8-rider relay teams. This year, four very well-known, former motocross champions are competing under the name Legends of the Road. The riders are David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry,…