Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

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Category Archives: Kawasaki

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.

1984 Kawasaki GPz 750 road test

1983 Kawasaki KDX250 road test

1983 Kawasaki GPz305 road test

1983 Kawasaki GPz 1100 road test

Cycle World 1983

1971 Kawasaki 125 Enduro impression

Cycle World, 1971.

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

1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 “New York Steak”

1971 Kawasaki Mach III road test

1983 Kawasaki Voyager 1300 road test

1983 Kawasaki KDX200 road test

History of Motocross, from Cycle World 1971

1971 Kawasaki 350 S2 road test

1970 Kawasaki F5 Bighorn road test

1970 Kawasaki 250 Samurai A1SS road test

1970 Kawasaki 175E and 250E enduro road test

1978 Kawasak KZ1000 Z1R TC Turbo road test

1969 Kawasaki G3 SS 90cc 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

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

1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 J road test

1980 Kawasaki KZ550 road test

1980 Kawasaki KZ750 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1980.

1979 Kawasaki KZ1000 ST road test

As printed in Cycle, 1979.  Original hard copy in the store

1982 Comparison test: Double Nickel Rockets – GPz550 vs GS550M vs 550 Seca vs 550 Vision

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

New shirts celebrating Kawasaki’s legendary Z1 900

This design was added to the shop a short while ago, then I decided to tweak it to represent the paint schemes Kawasaki used that are just as legendary as the bike itself:  Rootbeer and Orange; Green and Yellow.

Z1 colored shirts

I am still struck by the clever genius of this original paint scheme.  Kawasaki was able to create 2 custom-looking paint schemes while really painting every bike exactly the same.  What they did is paint every bike black & white, and then add a candy color over the top.  The orange candy turned the black to brown, and the white to orange.  Which is how Rootbeer and Orange was created.  Adding a yellow candy changed the black to dark green, and the white to yellow.  Clever indeed.

This is why it’s so hard to match original paint, and why there’s no paint code to have your local shop mix up for you.  If you know what you’re looking for, you can tell original paint from a respray.

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!

1987 Kawasaki KX250 road test

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

1968 Kawasaki 120 C2TR short test

As printed in Cycle World, 1968.

1986 Kawasaki Ninja 750R road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.

1986 Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator road test

Shortest road test ever, as printed in Cycle World, 1986.

1986 Kawasaki 1000 Concours road test

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

1986 Kawasaki ZL600 Eliminator road test

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

1985 Comparison Test: Cagiva WMX125 vs Kawasaki KX125

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in store

1985 MX Comparison Test: Can-Am 250MX LC vs Husqvarna 250CR vs KTM 250MX vs M-Star GM250 vs Kawasaki KX250

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in store

1982 Kawasaki GPz550 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original available here

1982 Kawasaki GPz750 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original available here

New T-shirt design released: “Z1 and only”

While going through pieces of my Z1 project, I decided the 900 dohc badges would make a cool t-shirt.  Here it is, shown in brown but available in many colors.  This link will take you to the t-shirt shop

Z1 shirt

1982 Kawasaki GPz1100 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1982.

1985 Kawasaki KX500 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original available here

1985 Comparison test: Cagiva Alazzurra 650 vs Kawasaki Ninja 600R

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original available here

1978 Kawasaki KE125 A5 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Kawasaki KX250 A4 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1978 Kawasaki KX125 A4 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.  Original available here

1977 Kawasaki Z1-R road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.  Original available here

1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 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.

1976 Kawasaki KZ650 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1976.  Original copy available here