Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

The Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Library


Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe’s intent is to find the original road tests and ads about vintage motorcycles and share them with the world of classic motorcycle enthusiasts. To create a place you can find real, ‘when-it-was-new’ stats and specs. Free.

Try it out – type something in the search box, like “James Comet” or “Ace Four” and see what comes up. Or pick a category to browse, like “Royal Enfield”. Or just cruise the blog posts. There will be new ones added all the time.

The project is ongoing and contributions (of articles and ads) are welcome. Do you have a stash of old motorcycle magazines? Is there a particular vintage motorcycle you’d like to find info on but can’t? Please let us know.

Also note: The owners/publishers of these articles who still exist have been contacted and the articles are being posted with permission. In the cases where the publisher is no longer in business or has been unreachable for some reason, I hope they find this and allow the project to continue. If you are an owner or publisher of any of this material we’d love to hear your thoughts. Even if it means taking your material down – we’re not here to plagiarize or infringe.


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12 responses to “THE PROJECT

  1. jeff August 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

    love this place, i cruise it all the time at work finding out about all these old bikes i love.

    especially my first bike, its a 1979 kawasaki klx250, im 21 and just learned how to ride this year. love riding this old thing though!

    thank you for what youve done!

    Jeff, Granbury,Texas.

  2. Dan O December 26, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Cool site – keep it growing. I rode dirt bikes in the mid to late ’70s, and owned a tower of magazines from that era – now gone. I recognize some of the tests you’ve listed. Fun stuff.

    • yeoldecycleshoppe December 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      That’s the plan. This site has been as fun for me to build as riding the old bikes. Bummer all your old mags are gone, we could have added them to the library. I think just about everything I have from 50s-60s is posted, but there is a LOT of 70s-80s yet to do.

  3. robby1864 June 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I’ve just whiled away a work day browsing through your site. I like it a lot. I’m restoring an old CT125 (and blogging the pain of doing so) and was hoping to find a review of one as I know nothing at all about them except that they’re as rare as hen’s teeth in the UK. Keep up the good work.

  4. Carl October 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Just a short note to thank you for compiling all these tests in one place and sharing them with fellow enthusiasts. Great Site and great resource for the old bike hobby.

  5. Xavier Hall May 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I can’t believe i founded your page. It’s marvellous to read the articles as the bikes were new and they drove them the right way and not like old bikes taking attention not to do damages. It gives the right feeling of the bikes.
    i have a question i hope you will answer positive. I am in the classic goldwings forum, yes i have one, a GL 1200 Aspencade year 86 and i would like to know if you allow me to upload the articles of goldwings you have on your page to our forum, would you?
    Please, keep on doing this page.

  6. Dan Grassetti December 27, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    How does one contact you?

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  8. michael November 21, 2016 at 2:05 am

    This is really a great side! The only place to find an original picture which shows the bike as delivered by the factory, and not restored, modified, improved.
    Finally I know how my Bultaco Sherpa T build in Nov 1971 REALLY looked like… 🙂

    Thanks a lot for this nice job,
    and good luck with the website migration!

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