Another Beezer Running When Parked

Man, a whole lot of BSA motorcycles show up during my searches for Running When Parked candidates. Here is another beautiful example. A 1970 BSA Lightning that the owner’s nephew says enjoyed a frame-up restoration in 2005 and hasn’t been started or ridden since. The bike appears to be complete and the only thing that jumps out is the cracked paint on the side panels. Not too sure why that would happen to a bike that has been sitting unmolested for 13 years. There may have been an issue with…

Husqvarna Miracle Machine Was Running When Parked

This Husqvarna is indeed a miracle machine if it was truly running when parked. That’s because careful examination of the photos reveals that the bike does not have a carburetor. Did the rider hold a spray bottle of gasoline and squirt it into the intake port to get this beast fired up? Maybe. Regardless, this is one rough Husky that could serve as a parts bike. Good luck finding the parts necessary to rebuild this project. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that…

1969 Yamaha YL2-C “Running When Parked” A Fun Project

Ever notice how any car or motorcycle manufactured in 1969 is cooler than any other year? I’m sure you can find exceptions, but for the most part, 1969 rules. This Yamaha YL2-C is a prime example. While $1200 might be a stretch, it sure looks like a fun project that shouldn’t take too much effort to get running. The seller gets bonus points for posting really great photos (there were a ton more than I posted here) and making fun of the “Running When Parked” line. The phrase “running when…

Hurricane Warning On The Craig-Vetter Designed Triumph

The Triumph Hurricane is a collectable motorcycle and this example looks very well preserved. Still, it is a hard call. The seller only posted one photo that is sharp enough to check out the bike’s condition. And you can only see the bike from the right side. If the seller really thinks he’s going to get $15,000, at least remove the shop light from the handlebar and use that bottle of Nu Finish to polish the bike (wonder if the light and wax are included in the sale). It wouldn’t…

Captain America Fails To Sell His Motorcycle (UPDATED)

We watched this Captain America motorcycle auction carefully, thinking someone might make a last-minute bid to capture this crime-fighting motorcycle. Didn’t happen. The $100,000 opening bid didn’t attract any bidders, proving the  buy-it-now price of $300,000 was a pipe dream. Maybe the bike will be relisted with more realistic asking values. The original story…. Times are tough for super heroes. Captain America, who lives off his meager social security checks and small payments from sporadic personal appearances, is trying to sell his beloved 1977 Yamaha. The bike looks like a…

1964 BSA Starlite Motorcycle A Rare Opportunity

This “Running When Parked” is a rare find for any BSA collector and the asking price is realistic. The bike appears to be in good shape and was probably stored properly (no major sun damage, ripped saddle or cracking tires). I like the forward-mounted rear shocks (done way before motocross bikes re-started the trend). The bike looks like BSA’s response to the Honda 50 from the same period. Very cool. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been neglected in the corner…

Captain America Falls On Hard Times, Looking To Hawk His Motorcycle

Times are tough for super heroes. Captain America, who lives off his meager social security checks and small payments from sporadic personal appearances, is trying to sell his beloved 1977 Yamaha. The bike looks like a road racer with a full fairing, rearsets and aerodynamic tail section. That impression ends at the tires that are off-road knobbies. The asking price? The bidding starts at $100,000 or you can buy it now for only $300,000. You better act quickly, though. Rumor has it that Bruce Wayne is watching the bidding.

Harley-Davidson Sportster Ironhead Perfect For A Knucklehead

This Running When Parked is unique because the owner removed the gearbox from a bike that “ran great when parked.” If it was running great, why did the owner disassemble the gearbox? Maybe it was running great, but I’ll bet it wasn’t shifting great. And it pays to read the ad carefully. The seller is “asking $2000” but the headline lists the price as $1500. The buyer already saved $500. Does that make it a good price? Nope. The bike is missing the battery, an exhaust pipe and probably a…

An Unmolested 1972 Maico 501 Barn Find For A Skilled Negotiator

This seller gets an A+ in collectable Maicos, a D-minus in salesmanship and an F in motorcycle appraisal. Although missing the front fender, this 1972 Maico 501 appears to have few hours of operation (a rider’s knees rubbed the paint off the fiberglass tank after the 10-hour mark) and chances are it was never raced (aside from a total lack of aftermarket parts, there are no number plates). The bike doesn’t appear to be missing components (except for that fender). The seller should have given more history and additional photos…