Gas-Sipping Honda Twinstar Can Stretch Budget If You Are A Mechanic

In times like these when inflation is running wild and you’re duped into feeling good about gas prices dropping under five bucks a gallon, a bike like this Honda Twinstar could be a life saver. This small-sized cruiser is easy to ride, won’t attract the attentions of thieves and sips gas. Throw on saddlebags and you’ve got a great around-town, errand runner. That is, if you can get it running. Yes friends, it is a Running When Parked. The bike looks complete, unmolested and well stored. Those are all positives.…

One Year Later, Two RWP’ed Kawasakis Still Looking For A Home

When the new listing popped up on Craigslist, even my gap-filled memory remembered this Running-When-Parked duo. The seller was asking $2700 for two Kawasakis of a 1971 and 1967 vintage. I commented (back in 2021) that the bikes were cool, but the asking price was too steep. I was right. The new ad has knocked $700 off the asking price and the bikes have remained “Running When Parked” for another year. So, the seller is getting closer to a reasonable asking price. Is it close enough? That my friend, is…

Yamaha MX 400 Destined To Be Parted Out

The 1976 Yamaha MX 400 was an awesome dirt bike with its monoshock rear suspension and an engine that put out plenty of power. But this one looks rough. It is missing the magneto cover revealing electrics that have been exposed to moisture and dirt. The air box/filter is missing. That’s never a great sign. And there are dangling wires all over the bike. The tank looks pretty cool. Anything with two wheels on Craigslist starts with an asking price over a grand, even Running-When-Parked bikes. Are the sellers getting…

Steal This Running When Parked – Wait, It’s Already Stolen

The $400 price seems like a downright steal for this complete-but-dirty Honda Shadow until your read the entire ad. The seller thinks this is his motorcycle to sell but the real owner (and the court system) might just disagree. It doesn’t matter if the missing roommate owes the ad lister some rent. The motorcycle is not the seller’s property to sell. And when the poor sap who buys this motorcycle goes into DMV to register it, warning alarms are going to be blasting. Great asking price, but in my opinion,…

Suzuki RM400 RWP’ed Get Sold Before Posting

Normally I give my two cents as to the asking price and viability of the Running When Parked bike that is being offered. No need to do it on this one. It is gone. Sold. Found a new home and it is probably running right now. I would have said the bike looks clean and even I could get it running again in an afternoon barring some major defect hiding inside the engine. This was a sweet bike ready to rage again. Congrats to the new owner. “Running When Parked”…

Yamaha 250 Cafe Racer Running When Parked Sold Fast

I found this ad last night and this morning, the posting is gone. I’m not all that surprised. What a fun bike this would be to scream around the twisty roads between my home and Ojai. I say “scream” because unlike fire-breathing 600 to 1000cc crotch-rocket motorcycles that can easily top triple-digit speeds, this little 250 would reward its rider for riding smoothly. You won’t get back to the cafe before the song ends, but you should get back to the cafe. I think the motorcycle industry has gone down…

Running When Parked BSA And BMW Two Pack

They are listed separately but my keen eyes picked up on the fact that the mud color on each bike is identical and the steel building they are leaning against is the same shade of sun-beaten brown. Sure enough, it is one seller listing both of these Running When Parked vintage bikes. What do I think? Tough call. I dig the BSA and the bike does look complete. The mud suggests the bike was stored outside under a tarp and it has been under said tarp for more than a…

Yamaha Trail 125 Running When Parked Gets $2,202 At Auction

Found this unique Yamaha Running When Parked on eBay with just hours to go before a new owner would take it home (or back out of the sale). It’s unique because it appears to be a Japanese market model not sold in America. It has a monoshock rear suspension and looks ultra clean for a 45-year-old dual-sport bike. The seller, Kaplan Cycles, doesn’t have time to mess with it. The little bike sold for $2,202. I feel that is a lot for a RWP’ed 125 but heck, a dozen eggs…

This Honda CA95 150 Baby Dream Can Come True For You

It is always frustrating when a “Running When Parked” seller doesn’t supply enough information or few photos of the bike up for sale. In this instance however, it may be the rare case of information overload! This seller leaves no stone un-turned when describing the 1964 Honda Baby Dream bike. The seller also conveniently waits until the last paragraph to slip in the RWP’ed designation. The seller sets an asking price that falls between the value of a “very good” example and a “good” example according to the NADA. I…

Running When Parked Yamaha XS 650 Has A Lot To Live Up To

I’ve never believed it is a great sales strategy to post photos of pristine versions of the bike you are trying to sell. But that is what this seller did. He is offering a decent version of a 1982 Yamaha XS 650. The mufflers, seat and paint are all wrong (and it is a “running when parked”) while the rest of the bike looks complete. He is asking $4,300. That’s on the high side, but what isn’t these days? Next, he posts photos of XS 650s that are way nicer…