Gas-Sipping Honda Twinstar Can Stretch Budget If You Are A Mechanic

In times like these when inflation is running wild and you’re duped into feeling good about gas prices dropping under five bucks a gallon, a bike like this Honda Twinstar could be a life saver. This small-sized cruiser is easy to ride, won’t attract the attentions of thieves and sips gas. Throw on saddlebags and you’ve got a great around-town, errand runner. That is, if you can get it running. Yes friends, it is a Running When Parked. The bike looks complete, unmolested and well stored. Those are all positives.…

One Year Later, Two RWP’ed Kawasakis Still Looking For A Home

When the new listing popped up on Craigslist, even my gap-filled memory remembered this Running-When-Parked duo. The seller was asking $2700 for two Kawasakis of a 1971 and 1967 vintage. I commented (back in 2021) that the bikes were cool, but the asking price was too steep. I was right. The new ad has knocked $700 off the asking price and the bikes have remained “Running When Parked” for another year. So, the seller is getting closer to a reasonable asking price. Is it close enough? That my friend, is…

Yamaha MX 400 Destined To Be Parted Out

The 1976 Yamaha MX 400 was an awesome dirt bike with its monoshock rear suspension and an engine that put out plenty of power. But this one looks rough. It is missing the magneto cover revealing electrics that have been exposed to moisture and dirt. The air box/filter is missing. That’s never a great sign. And there are dangling wires all over the bike. The tank looks pretty cool. Anything with two wheels on Craigslist starts with an asking price over a grand, even Running-When-Parked bikes. Are the sellers getting…

Steal This Running When Parked – Wait, It’s Already Stolen

The $400 price seems like a downright steal for this complete-but-dirty Honda Shadow until your read the entire ad. The seller thinks this is his motorcycle to sell but the real owner (and the court system) might just disagree. It doesn’t matter if the missing roommate owes the ad lister some rent. The motorcycle is not the seller’s property to sell. And when the poor sap who buys this motorcycle goes into DMV to register it, warning alarms are going to be blasting. Great asking price, but in my opinion,…

1971 Husqvarna Owned By Steve McQueen Sells For $72,000

A 1971 Husqvarna once owned by Steve McQueen sold today for $72,000 on the auction site, Bring A Trailer. Congrats to both the seller and the winning bidder. Steve is probably looking down from Heaven with a smile on his face with one request to the seller. “Take some of that $72,000 and use it for a donation to the Boys Republic in Chino Hills.”

Suzuki RM400 RWP’ed Get Sold Before Posting

Normally I give my two cents as to the asking price and viability of the Running When Parked bike that is being offered. No need to do it on this one. It is gone. Sold. Found a new home and it is probably running right now. I would have said the bike looks clean and even I could get it running again in an afternoon barring some major defect hiding inside the engine. This was a sweet bike ready to rage again. Congrats to the new owner. “Running When Parked”…

Triumph Tiger TR7 Running When Parked Tempting But Overpriced

When I recently toured a vintage motorcycle collection, the owner lamented how vintage Triumphs have taken a financial hit in the past five years. Collectable Triumphs that once flirted between $15,000 and $20,000 are now only able to bring in between $7,000 to $10,000 (unless Steve McQueen owned it). The seller of this 1973 Triumph Tiger is going to find out that $4,995 for a Running-When-Parked Triumph will be a tough sell. The bike has aftermarket pipes (that I bet sound pretty awesome when it is running), but people love…

Mystery Bike Identified As A Velocette LE

After unearthing a brilliant vintage British motorcycle collection, I couldn’t identify one of the bikes that I found most interesting. Jody Weisel, Editor of Motocross Action Magazine and Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, came to the rescue. “That scooter is a Velocette LE. It was produced from 1948 to 1970. The engine is a four-stroke, side-valve, water cooled, horizontally-opposed, three-speed, shaft drive, 150cc, twin-cylinder engine. There was a Mark I model with a 150cc engine and a Mark II model with a 192cc engine (and the one you saw…

Unearthing A Hidden Trove Of British Motorcycles And Memorabilia

Sometimes you just gotta know the right people and be in the right place. The right place was outside of Bristol, England and the right person was Chris Monk. I met Chris when he traveled from his home in England to attend the U.S.G.P. at Carlsbad Raceway. Don’t remember the year, but it was a long time ago. We’ve never lost contact. A visit to see Chris was part of our recent hot lap of Great Britain, Scotland and Wales. Chris welcomed us and immediately suggested we visit a friend…

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…