1980 Honda CR Frankenstein Mini

Official disclaimer: This is not a Running When Parked. No, this little wonder is a runner! What you are looking at in disbelief (and for good reason) is a Briggs and Stratton motor mated to a 1980 Honda CR80. The builder uses the Briggs and Stratton motor for power and Honda’s crankshaft and transmission to give the bike 5 gears. The kickstart even works. Why build this bike? Because he could! I’ll pass on a test ride, but I commend the builder for his ingenuity and creativity.  The owner is asking…

Three Honda Trail 90s Running When Parked Get Serious Competition

A few years ago, this deal would have sparked me into running to the bank to withdraw some cash. The seller is offering three Trail 90s and one is a 1969 model. Frequent visitors to Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels know I’m a sucker for anything sold new in 1969. Motorcycle, cars, trucks or vinyl albums. I figure that out of the three, I could get one running (maybe two) and have a cabinet full of spare parts to keep it (them) running. But something happen last year to throw…

BMW Running When Parked Headed To The Parts’ Shelf

This 1985 may have been running when parked in 2015, but it has obviously been plucked of different components since then. Would this be a good candidate as a parts bike? We asked the Beemer experts at Central Texas Restorations that question. “I don’t think so,” said Lance Sallis. “Only the airheads seem to have any value. A part-out airhead would be $3k to $4k.” Unless you just have to have those Ohlins shocks or whatever is lurking inside the engine cases, best to pass on this offering. The phrase…

Suzuki GSX’er Was Owned By Elvis Presley Or is Astronomically Overpriced

Every once in awhile a Running When Parked turns up that was celebrity owned. Find a dirt bike owned by Steve McQueen, a custom cafe bike owned by Keanu Reeves or a chopper ridden by Peter Fonda or Ann Margret and chances are it will command an impressive price, not running or running when parked.  So when I saw this clean 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 Running When Parked with an asking price of $11,000, I figured it must have some historical significance. A Suzuki owned by the late Barry Sheen? Or…

Honda XR600 Running When Parked A Great Parts Bike

It is not much to look at and I wouldn’t advise a restoration. So why is this RWP’ed so attractive? The asking price is not crazy high if you are looking to build a parts inventory for your Honda XR600. A great used parts source. 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 back to life, the…

Final Resting Place For Your Running When Parked Harley-Davidson

While not an actual “Running When Parked” classified listing, this one is too interesting and amusing to pass up. The seller is offering what appears to be a beautiful and tranquil final resting place at a cemetery conveniently located off the Foothill Freeway in San Bernardino. The asking price for the plot is $10,000 or the owner will trade it for a vintage Harley Davidson Knucklehead, a vintage Indian Chief, a vintage Harley-Davidson chopper or a hot rod. I have to wonder if the plot owner experienced a miraculous recovery…

Happy-New-Year Harley Running When Parked Looks Ready

I can think of worse ways to start off 2021. This unearthed 1964 Harley appears to have been well maintained during storage and the fact that the seller has all the registration up to date is a major plus for starting the new year without waiting in line at DMV. And that wait would be longer than what it will take to get this old Panhead running. The bike is missing a chain (no big deal) and as long as the carb is not stuffed with varnish, a new battery…

Yamaha MX400 “Running When Parked” Christmas Present

Here is a cool find. This early Yamaha monoshock is probably a 1975 model (that sold for $1550 at that time). This model was a more affordable version of the racing model known as the YZ (you can read about the bike’s history at Motocross Action Magazine). What caught my eye is the bike’s condition. It looks almost new! This uses a 2-stroke power plant and these engines are pretty easy to work on. If the piston isn’t stuck, a good mechanic could have it fired up in an afternoon…

Suzuki TS125 Running When Parked A Fun Project

Sorry to be a stickler but how could a bike be running when parked without a carburetor? That was a sweet trick six years ago. It would be a miracle today. Also the ad reads, “The bike is all there.” Well, that is except for the missing carb!  You can find a carb on eBay for a song and the rest of the bike does look pretty good. The seller has an asking price of $123 and I have no idea what that means. Most likely a typo. If you…

Harley-Davidson Restoration Ready To Rumble Back To Life

While this is technically a Running When Parked offering, it is not consistent with the rust buckets, parts bins or multi-year project bikes that so often grace our pages. No, this 1959 Harley-Davidson FLF was not parked because the owner had surrendered to the task of getting the bike running. I’m guessing that the owner experienced health or personal issues that required the bike to be parked and stored. Although the majority of RWP’ed ads claim a new battery and a carb cleaning is all the bike needs, this is…