Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

The Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Library

Category Archives: BMW

We have moved!

It’s been a chore, but the new site is ready for some brave beta-testers! http://www.yeoldecycleshoppe.com will now direct you to the new site. Go check it out and let me know what you think. Email slowpoke@yeoldecycleshoppe.com 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.

1983 BMW R80 ST road test

1970 BMW R 75/5 road test

1980 BMW R80G/S short test

FAQ: Does Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe sell gift cards?

It’s hard to know exactly what someone wants for a birthday or holiday.  Fortunately, even though we don’t have our own gift cards for sale, since we use multiple vendor channels for our products and road tests, there are a lot of options for gift cards which will likely fit your needs.  Here’s how it works:

T-shirts are sold mainly through our Spreadshirt store, here: http://yeoldecycleshoppe.spreadshirt.com/   A Spreadshirt gift card can be purchased here:

Spreadshirt gift certificate

T-shirts are also available in our Zazzle store, which seems to have better shipping & currency options for non- U.S. customers, here: http://www.zazzle.com/yeoldecycleshoppe   A Zazzle gift card can be purchased here:

zazzle gift

We use our CafePress store for other items, like mugs, posters, mouse pads, garage wall peels, etc.  There are also a few t-shirts there: http://www.cafepress.com/yeoldecycleshoppe/6777886    You can find CafePress gift cards here:

cafe press gift

Road Tests and magazine articles are in our Ebay store, here:  http://stores.ebay.com/yeoldecycleshoppecom   This is also where I hock any motorcycle parts when I’m working on a project bike.  Ebay gift cards can be purchased here:

ebay gift

Hopefully this helps everyone get what they want this year!

1968 BMW R60 US road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1968.

1986 BMW K75C road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.  Original in store

1985 BMW R80RT road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.

1979 BMW R100RT road test

As printed in Cycle, 1979.

1977 BMW R100S road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.  Original available here

1976 BMW R100RS road test

As printed in Cycle, 1976.

1984 BMW K100RS road test

As printed in Cycle, 1984.  Original copy available here

1981 BMW R100CS road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1981. Original copy available here

1982 Comparison: BMW R65LS, Ducati Pantah 600SL, Laverda 1200 Mirage, Moto Guzzi V1000 SP

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original copy available here

1981 BMW R80 G/S road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1981. Original copy available here

1983 BMW R80RT road test

As printed in Cycle, 1983.

1983 BMW R80ST road test

As printed in Cycle, 1983.

1975 Comparison Road Test Eight for the Open Road – Norton, Guzzi, Honda, Harley, Suzuki, BMW, Kawasaki

23 page test, as printed in Cycle, 1975.   Original copy available here

Bikes tested: Harley Davidson FLH 1200, Moto Guzzi 850-T Interceptor, Suzuki RE-5 & GT-750M, Honda GL-1000 Gold Wing, Norton 850 Interstate, Kawasaki Z1B, and BMW R90/6

1975 BMW R75/6 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1975.   Original copy available here

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1970 BMW R75 preview road test

As published in Cycle World magazine, 1970.

1979 BMW R65 vs Honda CX500 road test

As published in Cycle Magazine, 1979.  Original hard copy in the store

1979 BMW R65 road test

As published in Cycle Magazine, 1979.  Original hard copy in the store

1976 BMW R90S road test

As published in Cycle Magazine, 1976.  Original hard copy in the store

1979 BMW R100S Original Road Test

As printed in “Cycle” magazine, 1979.