Laconia Motorcycle Week was established in 1916, making it the longest running bike rally in the world. As with all of the long standing rallies around the country, motorcycle racing has been the backbone that defined the rally and kept cyclists coming back year after year. The rally took place from June 13-21 in Laconia, New Hampshire.
SuperBike and Vintage Road Racing can be seen at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with Pro Hill-Climbs in Canaan not far away. For enthusiasts, there are dozens of guided tours along with charity rides and poker runs throughout the week.
Eleven years ago, ArtByDirt started in a garage with leftover parts from a 1978 FLH bike build. What came out of that, no one could have ever imagined.
With his first creation, an angel welded together out of scrap motorcycle parts, James “Dirt” Dorner, owner of ArtByDirt, has been able to raise over $11,000. The angel was first auctioned off at a local toy run, and was returned and auctioned several times over since then.
When the community Dirt lives in saw the great things he was able to accomplish with his scrap metal statues, friends and local business started to contribute their leftover motorcycle parts. Over the years, Dirt’s … Continue Reading
PICKERINGTON, Ohio—On Oct. 17 in Orlando, the American Motorcyclist Association will welcome the Class of 2015 into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Two of those motorcycling greats will be racer Rodney Smith and entrepreneur and patron John Parham.
“It’s my pleasure to announce the first two members of the Class of 2015,” said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA and American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation boards of directors. “Rodney Smith was one of the most versatile motorcycle racers of the 1990s, excelling in both motocross and off-road at the highest levels. John Parham created one of the most-successful motorcycle accessory businesses and later became one of the greatest benefactors … Continue Reading
Just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, a tornado struck and destroyed homes and businesses in Hawk Point, Mo., including Bare Knuckle Choppers motorcycle shop, owned by Paul Wideman, the winner of the 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and the builder of J&P Cycles’ 2015 Heartland Hustle Custom FXR giveaway bike.
This news came as a shock and hit far too close to home as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tornado that hit J&P Cycles one day after our 35th annual Open House Rally. While the majority of our building stayed intact, damage throughout the building and leaks in the roof temporarily halted … Continue Reading
At one point in your life, you’re going to have to commute to work. It’s going to happen. You can try to control travel time and the miles, but you are going to have to wake up one morning, slug down a cup of coffee, run out of the house and, well, here’s the interesting point:
You can take the monotonous route and jump in a car or truck, continue the creature comforts that you work for each day, or maybe take a minute or two longer and take the bike to work.
International Ride to Work Day is tomorrow, June 15, always the third Monday in June, and it’s … Continue Reading
Traveling from rally to rally sometimes requires me to cross the country in five days or less, but this time, I had the luxury of three weeks to get from Myrtle Beach to Laconia.
I bee-lined it straight to western North Carolina for some of the best motorcycle roads east of the Mississippi River. The plan was to camp at my favorite campground for two nights while waiting for the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum to open in nearby Maggie Vally, visit with my old friend Dale the owner, and be on my way.
Well after five visits and two weeks later, I was finally on my way.
Patrick shows you how to remove the outer fairing from a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. If you’re planning on doing audio, dash or gauge upgrades on your bagger, this is the first step you’ll want to take.
In just two days, riders around the globe will log millions of miles in the biggest demonstration of freedom the world has ever seen.
While you’re hitting the highway, be sure to stop by J&P Cycles Annual Open House Rally, which just happens to also take place June 27-28 for two excitement-packed days. Coincidence? I think not.
Check out the bike shows, hundreds of the industry’s top vendors, Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo and free concert entertainment including Great White, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Stephen Pearcy, … Continue Reading
The smoke was rolling as Carl Fay, J&P Cycles’ Sturgis Retail Manager, and Patrick Garvin, Video Merchant, started their burnouts and sped away to break the ribbon commemorating the official opening of the J&P Cycles Sturgis store.
Over 150 local Sturgis community members joined us for our ribbon cutting on Monday, June 1, including Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen, Sturgis City Council members, the Sturgis rally event team and area business leaders.
Since the store opened, we’ve had nearly 1,400 customers come through the door. Nearly 800 of those customers walked through the doors the first day. “Yesterday (Thursday) has been our best day yet, and we only expect to continue … Continue Reading
About this time every year I reach into the deep, dark recesses of my saddlebags and pull out all the stuff that has accumulated over the past 12 months. The weather is shaping up and rides are being planned, and when you ride a bike with bags stuff tends to collect. A changeover if you will, from ending the riding season last year to a new beginning. I’m talking transition, and I don’t mean gearbox.
It is truly mind-blowing how much you can fit into a saddlebag when you’re too lazy to put it anywhere else. Lip balm. A necessity for me when I’m riding, but how many of those … Continue Reading