Honda Flat Tracker RWP’ed Looks Super Fun

I wish this Running When Parked (RWP) was in Ventura County because Riverside is a long drive just to look at a motorcycle. The guy only posted a single shot of his bored-out Honda 125. I want to see the right side of his tracker, especially what the pipe looks like. If the engine turns over and the gearbox feels right, the $1200 asking price is fair for this clean-looking flat track play bike. The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been…

Arizona Route 66 Tiddler Tour Kickstarts Small Motorcycles And Fun Times

The 5th Annual Arizona Route 66 Tiddler Tour took place Saturday April 13th with over 30 riders cruising about 120 miles on a stretch of Arizona’s Route 66 that is ideal for tiddlers. Why is this road ideal? You have to understand what a tiddler is. Tiddlers are motorcycles that are over 30 years old and under 30 horsepower. The problem event organizer Harry Klemm sees with many tiddler events is that they take place on routes with 55-mile-per-hour speed limits. Some even take riders on freeways. Freeway speeds are…

HOG The Road With This Harley-Davidson RWP’ed

Kelly Blue Book lists the value of a 1970 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide at $11,000 if it is in good-running condition. While this example appears to be complete, the bike lived outside (maybe under a tarp) and the ad states it has been 12 months since “parked.” The ad does say “make offer” so there is some wiggle room. I’d be tempted to look for a good-running 70’s Electra Glide and pay $11,000 rather than sink $9500 into this RWP’ed dreaming that the $1500 difference will get the bike running (and…

Yamaha YZ250 Perfect For Vintage Motocross

Wish this guy had included larger photos in his Running When Parked ad because this looks like a steal for anybody who wants to try a little vintage motocross racing. The carb is easy to service and slapping on new tires will get you to the starting gate. I’ve always had a soft spot for these monoshock motocross bikes. They looked trick back in 1979 and they look trick today (after you replace the red fork boots with black ones). The plastic and decals appear to be in great shape.…

Harley-Davidson Servicar Ready For Starring Role

This “Running When Parked” shouldn’t qualify as a RWP’ed because when you read the entire ad, the owner says he will get the bike running before you buy it. So it may have been a RWP’ed but it won’t be when you take delivery. And who wouldn’t want to take delivery on this classic? Almost every motorcycle exploitation movie of the 60’s and 70’s had a Servicar just like this one in their gang. The rider always seemed to be at the back of the pack and would be wearing…

Electrolux Honda Cafe Bike Could Be Yours

It was at the 2018 Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Rally that I first saw Christoph Lusse’s custom Electrolux Honda cafe motorcycle. His creation easily earned the prestigious “Most-Creative-Construction Trophy” from Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels. Christoph Lusse fabricated this awesome little Honda using an Electrolux vacuum for many of the components. It would have been right at home at The One Moto Show. Christoph contacted us to get the word out that he has donated his awesome cafe creation to the Reedley Rotary so they can auction it off at the…

Benelli Running When Parked Back On The Block At $500 Discount

Phoenix road trip? Maybe. This super-sweet-looking Benelli was spotted last year and here she is again, still “running when parked” and now offered at a 25% discount off the previous asking price of $2000. Photos ALWAYS make a bike look better than it is, but this little guy looks ready to rock. I would encourage the owner to invest the time to get it running, and in doing so, get it out of the RWP’ed category. Bump the price up to $2500 and be ready to take $2300. Another alternative…

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 seemingly 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…