Honda “Running When Parked” Chopper Ready For Display In Your Hipster Clothing Store

Honda “Running When Parked” Chopper Ready For Display In Your Hipster Clothing Store

I can see it clearly. You walk into that hipster clothing store (on Melrose, I’m guessing) and right there behind the mountain of perfectly folded $50 t-shirts is this weird creation. Most customers don’t know the first thing about what they are looking at and that might be why the sight of this chopper will get them to buy a few of those over-priced Hanes shirts.

If you are thinking of buying this “Running when parked” to get it running again, good luck. Just know that except for some of the engine components, nothing on this bike is easily replaceable or even upgradeable. And, in my humble opinion, it wouldn’t be a lot of fun to ride once you got it running. This bike belongs on display, not on the highway.

Scary handling: Maybe the owner meant he was “running from it when parked.” This would be a difficult motorcycle to control at both slow and fast speeds.
Half filtered: Two of the four carbs have air filters on them. Guess that’s better than none? Note the shift lever is replaced by a hand-operated lever. Good luck with that.
Cool hipster: Ventura has its own hipster clothing store on Main Street called Iron and Resin. The store has a great vibe and their t-shirts sell for less than $50 (at least the last time I visited).

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.