1977 Yamaha IT400 A Fun Project To Bring Back To Life

1977 Yamaha IT400 A Fun Project To Bring Back To Life

I uncover many ‘Running When Parked” bikes that will never run again. This is not one of them. It is obvious that the bike was well used and modified (that shock reservoir strapped to the swingarm did not come stock). It also looks like it wouldn’t take all that much to get it fired up again. It is complete, the air filter isn’t missing and I don’t see cables or wires dangling anywhere. Nice.

Here is what I’d do. Show up with a plug wrench, remove the spark plug, lay the plug on the cylinder head and pump the kick starter a few times. If you see a spark, hand the seller the money and take this baby home.

It will won’t keep up with the current crop of KTMs or Husqvarnas but it will serve as a great rat dirt bike ready to blaze around your favorite local quarry or OHV park. Click here to see if it is still available.

Blue streak: I wouldn’t restore this bike. I’d change the fluids, put on new rubber and patch the hole in the saddle. Then, ride the heck out of it. This would be the ultimate beater dirt bike. Plus, the seller put a fair asking price on it.

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.