Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

The Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Library

We have moved!

It’s been a chore, but the new site is ready for some brave beta-testers! will now direct you to the new site. Go check it out and let me know what you think. Email any time! The old site will still be available here at wordpress until June 2017, for anyone who needs to relink to articles, but there won’t be anything new from now on here.

So why the move? Capability mostly. I just couldn’t build what I wanted to on this platform. It involved too many redirects, sending you to other third party sites for just about anything besides reading the posted road tests.

What are my favorite things about the new platform, and why do I think you’ll like it? It’s still set up like a blog feed, but now you can click through each road test right from the main page. And everything is included on the main site, even shopping cart!

Old site = click the road test link you want to read, click the first page, wait for it to load, open each page in a new window in order to see it full size. New site = scroll or search to the road test you want to read, click next for each new page. Easy!

Old site = want to buy a hard copy of a road test for your collection? Hunt for link to ebay store (which doesn’t exist anymore anyway) and then go through the ebay process of finding the road test again and then purchase. And even then sometimes the one you’re looking for isn’t available anymore. New site = available hard copies right there on the site. Add to cart and checkout. Done.

Old site = looking for a cool t-shirt? Follow image link to outside t-shirt shop, find shirt, go through checkout process, click a bunch of back arrows or retype url to return to Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe. New site = T-shirts also available right on the site, and can be added to the same cart as road tests. Grab a shirt, a road test, and anything else cool you see to the same cart and checkout when you’re ready.

All this being said, I would love to get some feedback on the new site so we can iron out any kinks quickly, and I’d also love to hear any product ideas you’d like to see made available. Product Design is the world I live in professionally, so I’m itching to do some of that for Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe.

Thanks for being here, and may the “Braaap” be with you.

Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe is moving…

It may look like not much new has happened here in a while, but behind the scenes there is a lot going on. I have been searching for the right solution to this site, in order to make it more “complete”. Easier to use, nicer to look at, simpler to get what you want – without redirects, constant opening of new windows, resizing of images, etc.

What I’m working on now is really cool, and I think you’ll like it. I do. Especially when it comes to cruising through road tests on an iPad. Best airport reading material ever!

But in order to do it, the whole site has to be migrated to a new platform. Effectively redesigning the whole shebang. A huge undertaking, but it will be worth it. I hope to have the new site available at by the end of 2016, but I will also leave the wordpress content up until June, 2017, in order to keep links active as long as possible. I know there are a lot of forums out there that will have broken links because of this, so I’m hoping to overlap long enough that they’re fixable.

Anyway, just an update and a heads up. Thanks for making this website such a fun project to work on – BRAAAAP!

1983 Suzuki GS1100E road test

1983 BMW R80 ST road test

1975 Bultaco Alpina 350

1975 Bultaco 360 Astro road test

1976 Bultaco Sherpa T 350 road test

1976 Bultaco 125 Pursang road test

1973 Bultaco Alpina 175 and 350 road test

1974 Bultaco 250 Matador Mark V road test

1974 Bultaco 352 Pomeroy Replica road test

1972 Bultaco Matador Mark IV SD road test

Comparison road test: 1972 Bultaco 360 Montadero vs Yamaha 360 Enduro

1971 Bultaco Sherpa T road test

Send Bike-urious some love

In my experience, vintage motorcycle nuts are among the most personable, likable people on the planet.  And getting to know Abhi from has only served to solidify that experience.  If you’ve never been to his site, I think the most concise way I can describe it is “”, but for motorcycles.  Only motorcycles.  And typically old, vintage, classic ones at that.  It’s a great place to spend your time, or even find that special project or restored bike you’ve been looking for.  If you’re like me, the more time you’re there, the worse the itch gets to buy another motorcycle.

At the end of every year the forces behind spit out a list of stats.  How many of you visited, what country you came from, who referred you, etc.  In 2015, was one of YOCS’s top referrers, sending more people here than even Wikipedia.  Pretty cool.

Abhi gets what I’m doing here and what the site is all about.  And I’m glad it has provided some value to him and his readers.  So I’ve created a link in the right sidebar that reciprocates back to Bike-urious.  Go check it out if you haven’t.  And if you have, you know you’ll be back.

Probably what I envy most about Abhi is he’s been able to hang out in Jay Leno’s Garage.  Every episode of Jay’s show convinces me I could spend years in there and never lose interest.  Here’s a link to the episode if you haven’t seen it yet.

abhi leno

1984 Suzuki GS1150 ES road test

1984 Kawasaki GPz 750 road test

1983 Kawasaki KDX250 road test

1983 Harley-Davidson FLHTC road test

1983 Kawasaki GPz305 road test

1983 Kawasaki GPz 1100 road test

Cycle World 1983

1983 KTM 250 MXC road test

1983 Suzuki XN85 road test

Cycle World 1983

1983 Honda V65 Magna road test

1983 Suzuki GS450 E road test

Cycle World 1983

Kenny Roberts – Conversation With The King – 1978

1978 Daytona – The Roberts Stomp

Kenny Roberts – Now Everybody Calls Him King, 1978

1976 Suzuki TR750 racer

Evolution of Yamaha’s TZ 250

Cycle, 1981.

Yamaha TZ750 Bumblebee Special – tuning test from 1978

Cycle, 1978.

1980 Yamaha TZ500 technical analysis

Cycle, 1980.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R test

Cycle, 1984.

1971 Suzuki TM400R road test

Cycle World, 1971.

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1972 Bultaco Sherpa T 350 road test

Cycle World, 1972.

1972 Bultaco Sherpa T 350 road test 01 1972 Bultaco Sherpa T 350 road test 02 1972 Bultaco Sherpa T 350 road test 03 1972 Bultaco Sherpa T 350 road test 04

1971 Cheney Yamaha 250 DT1 impression

Cycle World, 1971.

1971 Yamaha Cheney DT1 250 impression 01 1971 Yamaha Cheney DT1 250 impression 02

1971 Montesa Cappra 125 MX impression

Cycle World, 1971.

1971 Montesa Cappra 125 MX impression 01 1971 Montesa Cappra 125 MX impression 02

1971 Kawasaki 125 Enduro impression

Cycle World, 1971.

1971 Kawasaki 125 Enduro short test 011971 Kawasaki 125 Enduro short test 02

1971 Honda SL125 impression

Cycle World, 1971.

1971 Honda SL125 short test 01 1971 Honda SL125 short test 02

1971 Norton 750 Commando Fastback road test


History of Vincent Motorcycles

Great article from Cycle World, 1971.

1971 BSA Victor MX road test

1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 “New York Steak”

1972 Hodaka Wombat 125 Enduro road test

1971 Triumph T-120R Bonneville road test

1971 Dunecycle dirt test

1971 Suzuki GT750 (Water Buffalo) Preview test

1971 Yamaha RT-1B road test from Cycle World

History of Suzuki, written 1971

1971 Maico 400 Motocross road test