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…

Running-When-Parked Kawasaki 650 W1 Finds A New Owner And Bright Future

The email from Aaron is the first time we’ve been contacted by the new owner of a motorcycle featured in the “Running When Parked” section. The bike was found for sale back in October of 2021. We said then that “the asking price is not crazy to somebody who knows their way around vintage Kawasaki motorcycles” and “a competent craftsmen could bring this back to its original glory.” Looks like Aaron knows vintage motorcycles and is indeed a craftsman. The photos he sent show great progress as he digs into…

Kawasaki Mach III Slightly Chopped Running When Parked Up For Auction – UPDATED

UPDATE February 27: The dust has settled on the bidding for this Mach III running-when-parked motorcycle. The bidding didn’t reach $10,000 but it came pretty close, reaching $7,900. That’s a fair price for both the seller and the buyer. Congrats to both of you! UPDATE February 8: The bidding on this Running When Parked Kawasaki Mach III jumped 30% yesterday and now sits at $4,000 with a little over a day to go for bidding. I’m going to stick my neck out here and speculate the winning bid will be…

Vintage Norton Saved From A Mercedes-Benz Bonfire

Jeff Koskie and I worked at Suzuki in the old Santa Fe Springs pagoda building way back in…well, a long time ago. Jeff has remained passionate about motorcycles all these years and is a member in good standing of the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club. Our paths cross at different motorcycle events and it is always a pleasure. I saw Jeff at the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection open house and he told me about the hot time he had recently. Jeff explained that he smelled something funny while driving up the…

Kawasaki Running When Parked Four Pack

Here is something you don’t see everyday. Four Running When Parked motorcycles offered from the same collection. And the ad was just updated explaining one of the four is now running. I don’t know how long ago the ad was first posted so you’ll just have to guess how many hours went into getting the bike fired up. In my humble opinion that $1900 asking price (each) for a non-runner is crazy. The guy is asking for the value of an “Excellent Condition” example. The ballpark for a RWP’ed Kawasaki…

Top Stories Of 2021 From Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels

Calculating the top (most-clicked-on) stories of 2021 is fraught with technical difficulties. Stories posted early in the year have a marked advantage over a story posted in December. Stories that are “Updates” include tag-along readers from the original story (so I haven’t counted them unless the original story appeared in 2021). Finally, web browsers are getting mighty stingy revealing clicks (and I’m fine with that because I don’t monetize or track my readers) so I could have a story with way more eyeballs on it than I’ll ever know. Even…