Honda CBX Switch-A-Roo Does Not Fool Us

The classified ad reads like the often-repeated urban legend of someone selling a family heirloom worth thousands for chump change. A Honda CBX from an estate sale for $1400? That bike is worth 15 times that. Steal that bike before the seller realizes what a horrible mistake they’ve made. But wait. Scrolling down the ad reveals the photo used for the main image is an example of what a pristine, fully-restored CBX looks like. But it is not the bike the seller is trying to pawn off. The actual bike…

Family Parts With Beezer That Deserves Another Chance

This is tough because it has been sitting a long, long time. This 650 needs more attention than most mere-mortal mechanics could faithfully expend. Still, I hesitate. There is an obvious alternative, but the thought of parting out this old BSA brings a tear to my eye. It seems a shame for it to disappear into parts bins. I can only hope somebody with the right talent and energy will bring this old family member back to the street.

1979 Fantic Chopper Is Italy’s Take On Easy Rider

Never saw one of these on the road back in the 70’s and I know I would have remembered seeing it. This is a spectacular motorcycle that was produced by Italian motorcycle company Fantic to capitalize on the 70’s chopper craze in America (and probably Italy where they must have sold thousands of these ape-hanging, sissy-barred beauties). The asking price of $7500 is about what a Triumph Bonneville from the same era would go on the block for. That’s a bit steep and might explain why this bike has shown…

Fall Turns To Winter For This RWP’ed

Where do I start with this amazing ad? First, the seller only posted two photos so we can only guess he didn’t include the Yamaha Midnight Special because why? It is a little rougher than the Honda and flame-tanked Suzuki? If that is the case, I’d really love to see the Yamaha. Based on the fallen leaves framing the two pictured bikes, I’ve got to figure snow has fallen on these little gems by now. A white dusting might actually improve the bikes’ appearances. The $1000 asking price for all…

Rupp Minibike “Running When Parked”

I am so tempted by this one. The mini looks complete. All the parts are there and the frame looks ripe for a makeover. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills of Chip and Joanna (of “Fixer Upper” TV show fame) and while I can envision a cherry Rupp Roadster in my head, I know I couldn’t transform this bike into the mini of my dreams. If the motor runs and wheel bearings aren’t seized, I’d offer $250 and just ride it like it is. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP)…

Honda Chopper Worth The Asking Price

This doesn’t happen all that often. A Running When Parked that is a deal (and maybe a steal). This 70’s Honda chopper appears to be well constructed and I don’t see any obvious signs of abuse. This bike was a show stopper back in its day, and there is no reason after a little TLC that it couldn’t be winning blue ribbons at a custom bike show. Even the $2500 asking price seems like a bargain. You could part this bike out for double that price. If you feel born…

Pristine Yamaha DT1 RWP’ed For Only $700

Okay, this was a mean trick. The Running When Parked DT1 has seen a lot more abuse than the one pictured above. A DT1 in the above condition could probably fetch a cool $3,500 (more if pulling hard enough on the heartstrings of the right buyer). The one below will be hard-pressed to get its asking price. There does not appear to be much in the way of usable components and it does look like something is growing out of the heat shield on the exhaust pipe. Still, it would…

A Yamaha YDS3 RWP’ed

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 back to life, the owner lists it for sale in hopes that a new owner will massage it back to health. Our collection of RWP bikes fall into two distinct categories; treasure or trash. And you are the only one who can properly judge which category the bike belongs…

A Beezer Sleeping Beauty

This BSA has been sleeping for a claimed 32 years (give or take a few). While that is a long time between jaunts to the Rock Store, the bike appears to be intact and without major damage under the layers of sediment that have settled. The $8000 asking price is high even if all the labor to get it running will be donated from your time away from Netflix. You can find clean runners for $8000 and let’s face it, the base of fanatics who get a heart rush looking…