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…

The One Moto Show Gathers The Tribes For A Celebration Of Two-Wheel Beauty

The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon, celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend by throwing a party for riders who refuse to buy their motorcycles off the rack. Pretty much every motorcycle on display was the result of an individual’s creativity, ingenuity and, yes, suffering. These bikes did not come to exist without a serious investment in time, money and bleeding knuckles. This is art that requires commitment. The show kicked off with a screening of the documentary “Oil In The Blood” on Thursday night. The movie was a perfect…

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.