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…

E-Bikes Prove To Be Cleaner Transportation Than Electric Scooters

Researchers at North Carolina State University were skeptical of emissions claims made by Lime and Bird about their dockless electric scooters. These claims were based on the assumption that the electric scooters’ life cycle is two years. The North Carolina State University study looked at real-world usage and found the product’s life cycle to be closer to two months than two years. That is a lot of obsolescence happening very quickly. Factoring in the emissions released from making, shipping, charging, collecting, and disposing of scooters, the report found that Lime’s…

Special Delivery On This Running When Parked Kawasaki

This poor rider destroyed all his confidence, a few grand worth of plastic and a functional mailbox when he played a game of mailbox baseball using his Kawasaki as the bat. This bike would be a fun blank canvas for a custom bike builder with a lot of creativity and even more energy. Maybe a stripped-to-the-bones cafe racer? Or a hooligan dragster? 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…

Sporty ’69 RWP’ed Looks Ready To Roar

Another Running When Parked in the long line of fine 1969 machines. This one was found in San Pedro. Built in 1969 and roamed the streets of San Pedro. What could be cooler than that? The bike appears to have been stored properly and everything seems to be in its place. The firm asking price of $2500 is a sweet deal if you know your way around a Harley. A very cool Running When Parked. The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has…

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.…