How A Sleepy Iowa Farm Town Became Every British Motorcycle Fan’s Nirvana

Pulling into Marne, Iowa, in search of the legendary Baxter Cycle, we, my wife Gail and I, figured there had been a screw up. Maybe there was another Marne in Iowa? This town, surrounded by seemly endless acres of corn fields, was nothing more than single-family homes, a Mason’s Lodge and a Methodist church. No grocery store. No Subway sandwich shop. No Home Depot or Target store. The town is so tiny that city officials offer free lots if you promise to build a house on it. Sitting smack dab…

Kawasaki KE100 Priced Nice

Here we have a Runner When Parked that doesn’t look too trashed except for the beating the rear fender took when Freddie looped it out while showing off for that cute girl in front of the high school. These bikes are easy to work on and it doesn’t appear to need a lot of massaging to get it back to smokin’ that sweet two-stroke exhaust cloud. The guy is asking $675, a price that says, “I’m willing to negotiate.” Show up with $500 in cash and a bottle of Mountain…

Fine ’69 Yamaha Smoker Worth Half Asking Price

Loyal “Running When Parked” readers know that I’m a sucker for any motorcycle released in 1969. I don’t know exactly why, but 1969 bikes all have a little something that separates them from the crowd. This Yamaha YR3 350 is no exception. The 350cc two-stroke engine has serious-looking cylinder-cooling fins. The fuel tank is a classic shape. There is an adjustable steering damper. And drum brakes, while no match to the performance of disc brakes, are so clean looking. Now the problem. The $1100 asking price is a stretch. The…

1976 Honda Elsinore 175 Ready For Quick Restoration

This runner when parked appears to need very little to get it running. The bike is all there. Restore it or just fire the thing up and ride it. A cool little 2-stroke. This isn’t the first time Running When Parked found a sweet Elsinore. Check this one out. 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…

Evel Knievel’s 1976 Harley-Davidson For Sale

Here is a rare opportunity to own part of Evel Knievel’s history. The Harley-Davidson XLCH 1000 used in the movie Viva Knievel! is being offered for the asking price of $150,000. The asking price is very reasonable when compared to other collectable vehicles and it is an absolute steal to the right Evel fan. You should act fast if you’d like to add this one-of-a-kind bike to your collection or museum.

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…