Montgomery Wards Riverside 175cc Running When Parked

Here is a cool ’69 find just waiting for you to pick it up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lightweight-motorcycles were all the rage (like e-bikes are today) in the late 1960s. Even mail-order/department store giant Montgomery Wards got into the game. Branded the “Riverside” and made in Italy by Benelli, this 175cc two-stroke motorcycle still looks cool today. While the real Montgomery Wards is gone, Benelli is still in business (that should be a hint for people thinking about buying an e-bike from a non-cycling company). Good luck finding parts…

Luca and Alberto Would Love This RWP’ed Vespa

Have you seen the movie Luca? You should if only to marvel at the mind-bending animation. The two main characters, Luca and Alberto, plot a way to afford the motorcycle of their dreams, a Vespa scooter. Well, this RWP’ed is way better than the Vespa the boys tried to build on their own from scratch. Is it worth the $500? I have no idea. The price is attractive for the mechanic who knows how to massage a Vespa. Sure, it has a sizable ding up front and a missing Vespa…

Running When Parked ’84 Yamaha XT Fetches $1,550 At Auction

The days of snatching up a motorcycle at auction for dimes on a dollar are over. Proof in point, this very nice Yamaha. While the winning bid of $1,550 isn’t too far out of the ballpark, it is still a home run for the seller. Why? The description doesn’t give you a lot to go on. It is listed as a “project/parts bike.” That’s not super encouraging. Even with a two-inch hole through the piston, the “engine turns.” And “will need fuel system cleaned” is code for cracked fuel lines,…

A Pair Of Kawasaki Running When Parked Ready For Restoration

These two little beauties fit the “barn find” description perfectly. The photos reveal two unmolested and very complete Kawasakis of the 1971 and 1967 vintage. Are they worth $2700? There are a lot of ’71 and ’67 bikes that are running listed at very similar prices. If the owner will work on the price, that would make this package deal nice. A fine find: Sure there is rust and who knows what is going on inside the crankcase? Still, this 1967 Kawasaki appears to be all there. A nice find…

Suzuki Running When Parked Comes With A Boatload Of Spares

I’ve never seen a Running When Parked offered with as many spare parts and so much love already invested. It is kinda crazy that it is an actual Running When Parked. There are a couple of red flags. Why invest so much time, money and sweat into a cute little Suzuki and then offer it as a non-runner? The other problem is the asking price of $2500 with the claim the bike will be worth $5000 when completed. That seems like a stretch. Still, Suzuki fans should be attracted to…

Kawasaki KX250 MX With Tons Of Spares Needs Some Love

If you are a Kawasaki fan and looking for a project, this seller has a package deal that includes an almost-complete motorcycle and lots of spare parts. The only red flag I see is a highly modified swingarm and shock mounting location. Those shocks are pretty much straight up and down with the mount near the center of the swingarm. Not an engineer, but that setup is asking a lot of both the shocks and swingarm. I’ll bet the rear suspension feels good until the shock oil boils. But heck,…

Honda 200X 3 Wheeler For The Brave

The first time I rode a 3-wheel ATV I almost lost my left foot (motorcycle riders do not always adapt well to tricycles) so I’ve never been a big fan. Still, there are people out there who would love to own the now defunct ATV design (are your reading this Norman?). For those folds, this Running When Parked looks pretty cool. It hasn’t been highly modified and the owner has put some dough into it. If the little fella has good compression and a spark, I think it would make…

Running-When-Parked Minibike A Fun Project If Ya Got The Parts

First off, describing this Running When Parked as a “Honda dirt bike” is a stretch. This guy should write ads for time share companies. He is creative, a little misleading, yet technically telling the truth. It is a minibike with a Honda engine, but it is not even a Honda motorcycle engine. It is what most folks would dub a lawn mower engine. The minibike itself is awesome. Too bad it has been neglected for so long.  Minibike guys may take one look at this and see a treasure. I…

1935 Triumph Running When Parked Is A Beauty

We get a lot of crappy bikes showing up on Running When Parked, but this is not one of them. This bike looks better now than it did on the showroom floor in 1935. And who cares if it is running? This is not the kind of bike you buy to ride around town. It will most likely end up in a personal collection or museum. The price? The seller wants you to make him an offer. You can see the ad (if the bike is still available) by clicking…

Kawasaki Mach III Running When Parked A Worthy Investment

The Kawasaki Mach III earned its “widow maker” nickname for good reason. Kawasaki started with an air-cooled, 60-horsepower, flame-throwing, oil-burning, two-stroke, 500cc three-cylinder engine. The bike could hit 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds with a top speed well over 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, this engine was bolted to an ill-handling chassis with drum brakes woefully inadequate to stop this beast. The bike was introduced with much fanfare in 1969 and quietly removed from the Kawasaki lineup in 1975 (although it was greatly improved by that time). The…