Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

The Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Library

Category Archives: Honda

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 Honda V65 Magna road test

1971 Honda SL125 impression

Cycle World, 1971.

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

1983 Honda CR500R road test

1983 Honda CR250R road test

1984 Honda 1000 Interceptor road test

1984 Honda CR250R road test

From Cycle World, 1984

History of Motocross, from Cycle World 1971

1983 Honda VT500 Ascot Road Test

1970 Honda CL100 and SL100 short test

1970 Honda CB 450 road test

1970 Honda CB 175 and CL 175 short test

1970 Honda SL175 Motosport short test

1970 Honda Motosport SL350 road test

1969 Honda SL 90 short test impression

1987 500cc Motocross Comparison: KX500 vs CR500R vs YZ490

1987 Motocross Comparison: KX125 vs RM125 vs Cagiva 125MX vs YZ125 vs CR125

1983 Honda CB650 SC Nighthawk road test

1983 Honda CB1100F road test

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

1980 Honda CB750F road test

1980 Honda CB750C road test

1980 Honda CB650 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1980.

1980 Comparison Test: Honda CB750F vs Suzuki GS750 ET

As printed in Cycle, 1980.

1979 Honda CBX road test

As printed in Cycle, 1979.  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: 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 Honda CL 175 scrambler road test

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

1987 Honda CBR600F Hurricane road test

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

1987 Honda Hurricane 1000 road test

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

1987 Honda 700 Magna road test

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

1987 Comparison Test: Honda CBR400R vs Yamaha FZR400 vs Suzuki GSX-R400

“The high-tech 400s” as printed in Cycle World, 1987.  Original in the store

1986 Enduro 250 Shootout: Can-Am 250 ASE vs Honda XR250R vs Husqvarna 250 vs KTM 250MXC

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.  Original in the store

1985 Comparison Test: Honda XL350R vs Yamaha XT350

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in store

1985 Comparison test: Honda XR350R vs Husqvarna 400WRX vs KTM 350MXC enduro light-heavyweights

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in store

1985 Honda VT1100 Shadow road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in store

1982 Honda FT500 Ascot road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original available here

1982 Honda CBX vs CX500 Turbo road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original available here

1982 Honda CX500 TC Turbo road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original available here

1982 Honda FT500 Ascot road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1982.  Original available here

1979 Honda CR125R road test

As printed in Cycle, 1979.  Original available here

1978 Honda XL175 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Honda XL250 S road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Honda CX500 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Honda CBX Super Sport road test (21 pages!)

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available in our store

1977 Honda 400 Hawk road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977, this test covers all three Hawks:  CB400 T1, CB400 A, and CB400 II

Original available here

1977 Honda CB400F road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.  Original available here

1977 Comparison Test 400cc Twins – Honda CB360T, Kawasaki KZ400, Suzuki GS400, Yamaha XS400D

As printed in Cycle, 1977.  Original copy available here

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.

1975 Kawasaki KH400 vs Honda CB360-T road test

As printed in Motorcyclist, 1975.  Original copy available here