Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

The Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Library

Category Archives: Norton

1971 Norton 750 Commando Fastback road test


1971 Dunstall Norton 810 road test

1971 Allison – Norton 750 track road test

From Cycle World, 1971.

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!

New product added in time for the holidays – 1968 British Motorcycle Ads wall peel

Perfect for the garage or shop.  Others to be added soon.  They’ll make a great collection

1968 Norton Commando 750 road test

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

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

Whatever Happened to England? 1975 Triumph Trident T-160 vs Norton Commando MKIII 850

As printed in Motorcyclist, 1975.   (Found the missing last page, thanks to Kerrin!)

Norton Manx Scrambler classic road test

As published in Cycle magazine, 1969.  This is a look-back article at the Norton-Manx Scrambler of the 1950’s.

1969 Norton Commando Production Racer road test

As published in Cycle magazine, 1969.

1952 Norton Dominator & ES2 frame technical article

As published in “The Motor Cycle” October 1952

1953 Nortons finish 1-2-3 at Circuit de Floreffe

As published in “The Motor Cycle” April 1953

1953 Norton Dominator no. 7 road test 497cc

As published in “The Motor Cycle” June 1953

1949 Norton vertical twin tech article “Modern Engines”

As published in “The Motor Cycle” in November 1949

1949 Norton Dominator ads

1936 Norton 490 technical article

As published in “The Motor Cycle” magazine, December 1960