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…

Finding The Holy Grail Of Motorcycle Albums

I collect albums (and CDs and 45s) that have a motorcycle on the cover. I’ve amassed 100-plus albums and there are more to be added. One elusive release has kept me awake at night (or if I sleep, I dream about it). The Holy Grail of motorcycle albums isn’t really an album at all. In 1964 Honda of Japan released a brochure that included a red flexi disc with The Beach Boys’ Little Honda and The Jannies & Blue Jeans singing the same song. The brochure/flexi disc was never sold.…

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”…