How to Test Your Motorcycle Charging System

July 10, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

911-011_ARequired Tools: DC voltmeter or battery tester

As a general rule, modern charging systems are efficient, reliable and maintenance free; however, there are exceptions to every rule and few problems will leave you stranded as quickly as charging system that’s gone kaput. Fortunately keeping tabs on the system is relatively easy; all it takes is a simple DC voltmeter or battery tester.

To start, let’s clear up a fundamental misunderstanding about batteries. Batteries do not create electricity. At least no more than a refrigerator creates food. In both instances the devices are merely storage containers. Both accumulate and return what you put into them. If you use up … Continue Reading

Picking Up the Pieces

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July 1, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Updated July 2, 2014:

Major storm damage cleanup began yesterday following 75 to 80 mph straight line winds that hit J&P Cycles’ Anamosa location on Monday. The retail showroom is temporarily closed due to debris in the parking lot, but the showroom will resume regular business hours on Thursday, July 3.

The warehouse distribution center is nearly back to full production and shipping delays are expected to decrease over the next couple of days. The call center is in full operation.

Security camera footage released following the storm that hit J&P Cycles:

Originally Posted July 1, 2014:

Cleanup was still in progress following J&P Cycles’ 35th Open House Rally when … Continue Reading

The 35th J&P Cycles Open House Rally is Almost Here!

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June 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

It’s showtime! For months we’ve been working overtime putting the details together for J&P’s 35th Annual Open House Rally. We had to go all out this year since 2014 marks our 35th year in business! A year ago, we decided this event would turn into a three-day extravaganza.

The FREE Open House Rally will open to the public at noon on Friday, June 27, and be open until 7 p.m. Be the first to see all the latest parts from manufacturers like: Kuryakyn, Mustang, Progressive Suspension, Roland Sands Design and Vance & Hines, to name a few. Installations are available onsite for all parts and … Continue Reading

Project Livewire: Harley’s New Electric Motorcycle

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June 23, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

Harley Live WireI’m sure most of you have heard the bombshell that Mother Harley has introduced their first electric powered motorcycle. What a shocker (pun intended)! Today, we are going to look at this new, interesting design and share what we have been able to glean from the information available. I’m fortunate enough to know someone who has intimate knowledge of this fascinating project from whom I can get real, accurate answers to my questions.

First things first, let’s establish that HD has not gone into production on this. They have produced a number of initial offerings to trek across the country to gauge customer interest.  There will be no loaners and … Continue Reading

How to Read a Motorcycle Tire

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June 20, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

IMG_1539Describing a motorcycle tire as a round, black piece of rubber that’s about a two-foot diameter circle won’t give you the information you need to make a smart buying decision, will it? When it comes to tires, particularly the ones you plan to use on your motorcycle, information is a very handy thing to have. This is especially true if you’re interested in replacing those tires and even more so if you plan to replace them with something other than the OEM tires.

To make it a little easier, the tire manufacturers have come up with nomenclature that describes everything you need to know about your tire and printed it … Continue Reading

Follow These Tips to Find the Right Motorcycle Jacket for You

June 6, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

308-699Motorcycle Jacket Buyers Guide

Here at J&P we’re passionate about riding and with that passion comes lots of knowledge surrounding gear, specifically jackets. Our team’s jacket collection includes everything from high-tech textile to traditional leather and vintage biker-wear (also known as jackets some have owned since the beginning of time).

We are firm believers that a biker can never have too many jackets and specific jackets for extreme riding conditions are a must! The motorcycle jacket is our second most prized possession and should be chosen carefully.

Since bikes first roamed the earth, the road ahead has been paved with leather, or at least it should have been. Ah, the … Continue Reading

Blogger Shares Thoughts About the Start of Riding Season

June 5, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

JP1974This time of year always makes me smile when I think back to some of the motorcycles I’ve owned over the past 40 years. As the weather clears, my mind shifts from worrying about the unpredictability of weather to riding more miles on my bike. I love how these memories always put me back on the bikes I used to own. We all have these memories of motorcycles we used to ride, and over the years I’ve owned quite a few (some I would even like to have back and others not so much). Rest assured, every one of them got me to the place I am today. I love … Continue Reading

Helmet or No Helmet? Whose Choice is it?

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May 26, 2014 | By: Brett Koranda

Staffers with helmetsThere’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics; as government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald Reagan

The merits of wearing a helmet while aboard a motorcycle are well-established. The disdain of wearing a helmet because it detracts from the riding experience is equally well-established. I’m not going to settle that argument; that’s not my place and I’m inevitably going step on someone’s toes in that process. In fact – whose call is that? Who is most qualified to make the decision on whether or not you are going to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?

Well, look out – … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles’ Staffers Provide Top 10 Motorcycle Tips

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May 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

The merchandising team at J&P Cycles cumulatively have years and years of motorcycle riding and wrenching experience. Here, they provide a top 10 list of motorcycle-related tips.… Continue Reading

Stay Dry With These Rain Gear Buying Tips

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May 21, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Rain Gear“Into each life some rain must fall. Some days must be dark and dreary.” So says Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, though he probably wasn’t thinking of motorcyclists when he wrote it. Rain and winter weather will always be a part of motorcycle riding and it is up to us to protect ourselves from those exasperating elements. Fortunately, these days, there are a lot of waterproof options available to help us stay dry during those dark and dreary days in the saddle.

Now, there is more than one way to stay dry. You can make sure your primary riding gear is weather resistant by choosing products that are designed to keep the … Continue Reading