Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

The Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Library

Category Archives: Harley-Davidson

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.

1983 Harley-Davidson FLHTC road test

1983 Harley-Davidson FXRT road test

Visit with Willie G. Davidson

From Harley Owners Group HOG Magazine

When Indian and Harley-Davidson Reigned Supreme – Cycle World 1970

1970 Harley-Davidson Baja 100 short test

1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000 road test

1987 Comparison test: Harley FXRS vs Softail vs Honda Shadow vs Kawasaki Vulcan vs Suzuki Intruder vs Yamaha Virago

1982 Harley Davidson XLS Sportster 25th Anniversary road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1982.  Original hard copy in the store

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:   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:   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:    You can find CafePress gift cards here:

cafe press gift

Road Tests and magazine articles are in our Ebay store, here:   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 Harley Davidson Sprint SS 350 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1968.  Original in the store

1987 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Custom FXLR road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1987.  Original in the store

1985 Harley-Davidson XLH 1100 Sportster road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.

History of Harley Davidson’s Sportster, 1985

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.

1977 Harley-Davidson 250 MX road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.

1970 350cc Comparison – Kawasaki A7 Avenger, Harley Sprint SS, Bridgestone GTR, Suzuki T350 Rebel, Yamaha R5, Honda CB350

As printed in Cycle, 1970.  I realized as I scanned this that a page is missing.  If I run across it in the future, I’ll add it.  But I wanted to post this anyway because of the stats pages which always come in handy.

1915 Harley-Davidson Magneto 3 Speed article

As printed in Cycle, 1980.

1982 Harley-Davidson FXRS road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original copy available here

1984 Harley-Davidson Low Glide FXRS road test

As printed in Cycle, 1984.  Original copy available here

1982 Harley-Davidson FXRS road test

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

1983 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide road test

As printed in Cycle, 1983.  Original hard copy may be available here

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 technical article: Dyno Testing the Muscle Bikes (750cc) – BSA, Eagle, Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, Norton, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph

As printed in Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide, 1975.   Original copy available here

Bikes tested were:

  • Triumph Trident
  • BSA Rocket 3
  • Honda 4 (CB750)
  • Kawasaki Mach III
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster
  • Norton Commando
  • American Eagle
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor
  • Suzuki Titan T500

1976 Harley-Davidson Super Glide Liberty Edition

As printed in Motorcyclist, 1975.   Original copy available here

1969 Harley Davidson Sportster XLCH road test

As published in Cycle, 1969.  Original hard copy in the store

1979 Honda CX500 vs Harley FXS-80 Lowrider road test

As published in Cycle Magazine, 1979

1952 Harley Davidson Model K 750 intro

As published in The Motor Cycle magazine, 1952

1973 Harley FX1200 Super Glide road test

As published in Cycle magazine, 1973.  Original available in the store

More on the Harley-Davidson Model C 30.50″

Bench Racing with Maldwyn Jones parts 4 thru 8

Harley Davidson spark plugs? Check this out!

This article is from “The Antique Motorcycle” published in the 1980’s

Article on the Harley Davidson C 30.50 model

As published in “The Antique Motorcycle” in the 1980’s:

Antique Harley Davidson 5-35 ad

I you can help me ID what exact year this is, please leave a comment.

1930 Harley Davidson CA 30.50 article

As reprinted in “The Antique Motorcycle”

1926 Harley Davidson 21 inch Peashooter article

As reprinted in “The Antique Motorcycle”