A few years ago, this deal would have sparked me into running to the bank to withdraw some cash. The seller is offering three Trail 90s and one is a 1969 model. Frequent visitors to Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels know I’m a sucker for anything sold new in 1969. Motorcycle, cars, trucks or vinyl albums. I figure that out of the three, I could get one running (maybe two) and have a cabinet full of spare parts to keep it (them) running. But something happen last year to throw a monkey wrench into that plan. Honda introduced an updated version of the million-seller Trail 90. The CT125.
The CT125, with its $3899 suggested retail, is more powerful, better suspended and pushes all the right buttons style wise. Just add gas and go ride without getting on a first-name basis with the local motorcycle shop service department. This bike is going to run until you can’t ride it anymore.
Buy three RWP’ed and work on them all the time or buy one new bike and ride it all the time? It is a pretty simple answer unless you are building a Trail 90 museum.
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 in.