Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe

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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.

Comparison road test: 1972 Bultaco 360 Montadero vs Yamaha 360 Enduro

1978 Daytona – The Roberts Stomp

Kenny Roberts – Now Everybody Calls Him King, 1978

Evolution of Yamaha’s TZ 250

Cycle, 1981.

Yamaha TZ750 Bumblebee Special – tuning test from 1978

Cycle, 1978.

1980 Yamaha TZ500 technical analysis

Cycle, 1980.

1984 Yamaha RZV500R test

Cycle, 1984.

1971 Cheney Yamaha 250 DT1 impression

Cycle World, 1971.

1971 Yamaha Cheney DT1 250 impression 01 1971 Yamaha Cheney DT1 250 impression 02

1971 Yamaha RT-1B road test from Cycle World

1971 Yamaha Mini Enduro shortie test

Cycle World 1971.  (This is the little bike that big guy rides off in at the beginning of On Any Sunday)

1971 Yamaha 200 CS3B road test

From Cycle World, 1971

1984 Yamaha RZ350 road test

1984 Yamaha YZ490 road test

From Cycle World, 1984.

1983 Yamaha Seca 900 road test

From Cycle World, 1983.

History of Motocross, from Cycle World 1971

1970 Yamaha AT1 Enduro and AT1M Motocross short test

1970 Yamaha R5 350 road test

1969 Yamaha L5-T Trailmaster 100 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

1980 Yamaha SR500 G road test

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

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 Yamaha FZR750R road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1987.

1987 Yamaha Virago 535 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1987.

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 Yamaha YX600 Radian road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.

1986 Yamaha FZ600 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.

1986 Yamaha Virago 1100 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1986.  Original in store

1985 Comparison Test: Honda XL350R vs Yamaha XT350

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in store

1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 vs Yamaha FZ750 comparison test

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original in the store

Yamaha Vmax vs Shelby 427 Cobra

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.

1985 Yamaha Vmax 1200 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1985.  Original available here

1982 Yamaha XJ650LJ Turbo Seca road test

As printed in Cycle, 1982.  Original available here

1982 Yamaha Turbo Seca 650 road test

As printed in Cycle World, 1982.

1978 Yamaha IT 250 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.

1978 Yamaha YZ250E road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.

1978 Yamaha SR500E road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.

1978 Yamaha YZ400E road test

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

1978 Yamaha XS750 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1978.

1977 Yamaha IT175 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.

1977 Yamaha XS650 road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.  Original available here

1977 Yamaha XS360-2D road test

As printed in Cycle, 1977.

1977 Yamaha DT250D road test

As printed in Cycle.

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.

1984 Yamaha RZ350L road test

As printed in Cycle, 1984.  Original copy available here