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…

Kawasaki KE100 Priced Nice

Here we have a Runner When Parked that doesn’t look too trashed except for the beating the rear fender took when Freddie looped it out while showing off for that cute girl in front of the high school. These bikes are easy to work on and it doesn’t appear to need a lot of massaging to get it back to smokin’ that sweet two-stroke exhaust cloud. The guy is asking $675, a price that says, “I’m willing to negotiate.” Show up with $500 in cash and a bottle of Mountain…

Fine ’69 Yamaha Smoker Worth Half Asking Price

Loyal “Running When Parked” readers know that I’m a sucker for any motorcycle released in 1969. I don’t know exactly why, but 1969 bikes all have a little something that separates them from the crowd. This Yamaha YR3 350 is no exception. The 350cc two-stroke engine has serious-looking cylinder-cooling fins. The fuel tank is a classic shape. There is an adjustable steering damper. And drum brakes, while no match to the performance of disc brakes, are so clean looking. Now the problem. The $1100 asking price is a stretch. The…

1976 Honda Elsinore 175 Ready For Quick Restoration

This runner when parked appears to need very little to get it running. The bike is all there. Restore it or just fire the thing up and ride it. A cool little 2-stroke. This isn’t the first time Running When Parked found a sweet Elsinore. Check this one out. 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…

Another Beezer Running When Parked

Man, a whole lot of BSA motorcycles show up during my searches for Running When Parked candidates. Here is another beautiful example. A 1970 BSA Lightning that the owner’s nephew says enjoyed a frame-up restoration in 2005 and hasn’t been started or ridden since. The bike appears to be complete and the only thing that jumps out is the cracked paint on the side panels. Not too sure why that would happen to a bike that has been sitting unmolested for 13 years. There may have been an issue with…