Meet Joe, the Wandering Sparrow

April 14, 2015 | By: Andrea Hall

The large majority of Americans “live to work,” spending a large part of our days at a job we don’t love and often times putting that job before our families, desires and dreams. Very few of us are lucky enough to make a living doing what we love most.

How does that old adage go? “Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Here at J&P Cycles, our team members get to live and breathe motorcycles every day. For many, that would be a perk in and of itself.

But for one lucky and well-deserved team member, putting 50,000 miles on his bike … Continue Reading

It’s a Family Tradition

April 10, 2015 | By: Jeff Maddox

We bikers are a close-knit family, wouldn’t you agree? It’s like we’re all motorcycle-related to one another through a passion for two wheels, a desire to be free from the confines of boring transportation and to reveal the rebel side that lives within us.

Good stuff. But if you look a little deeper through those sunglasses we have on, you might find there really is a lot more going on underneath this helmet.

Family TraditionWe share some very similar fears and satisfactions when we ride. Being invisible, blind corners and creatures that leap from the ditch are all a part of what we expect when we head out from our safe-zone … Continue Reading

How to Set the Suspension Sag on Your Motorcycle

April 8, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Are your shocks set up correctly? Do you know to check? Because your sag will vary based on your riding conditions and the weight on your bike, it’s important to check your sag and reset it as needed.

In this video, J&P Cycles merchant Patrick Garvin walks you through how to check and set your motorcycle suspension sag. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to chat with one of our techs or give us a call.… Continue Reading

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Different. Electric. Real.

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April 6, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

That is the definition of Switzerland-based Sine Cycles’ electric chopper.

Using a Tha Heist frame from Cleveland Cyclewerks and a 2013 Zero Motorcycles engine and drivetrain, bike builder Bruno Forcella created a one-of-a-kind bike that performs like no other.

Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle
Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle
Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle

“I always had the idea to build a chopper different from anything else. It was quite hard to find a way to differentiate from all those amazing custom bikes already out there and built by so talented people.

“At last I found a way to do so,” said Forecella. “An electric drivetrain in an open frame style chopper pointing out the main components: the heatsink, the battery housing and a good … Continue Reading

You Could be the Winner of a 2015 Indian Chieftain

April 3, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

What’s the most exciting prize you’ve ever won?

Well, starting with only a $5 donation, you could be the proud owner of a new 2015 Indian Chieftain. And why not increase your chances to win and show even more support for the National Motorcycle Museum by purchasing 6 tickets for $25 or even more?

National Motorcycle Museum 2015 Indian Chieftain FundraiserSounds easy, right? You could join the likes of long-time J&P Cycles’ customer Thomas Lock of Bern, Kan., who won the National Motorcycle Museum 2014 Fundraiser Bike, a beautiful 2014 Indian Chief Vintage.

By now I’m sure you’re itching to know how to enter. You can visit the National Motorcycle Museum’s website for complete details and … Continue Reading

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Harley Engines: Don’t Get Bored With Bores Ever Again

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April 2, 2015 | By: Jay Borowy

Man, oh man. The weather turned beautiful here in Anamosa—70 degrees, sunshine and just a touch of wind. Bikes are starting to come out from winter storage, and more and more people are itching to get out on the road. As we begin April, let’s dive into what makes up these engines.

Eastwood Engine Bore GaugeThere are so many things happening these days when it comes to engines, it’s hard to keep up. The standard engine rolling off the H-D line is the 103 cubic inch (ci) Twin Cam, with the CVO line getting a 110 ci Twin Cam.

This is not news; the 103 ci became standard in almost all Big Twins … Continue Reading

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How to Adjust the Clutch Cable on Your Harley-Davidson

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March 31, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Why would I need to adjust my clutch? There are several important reasons why including wear and excessive movement. Or on the other hand, something known as “clutch creep,” meaning you have the clutch pulled all of the way in and the bike is trying to pull its way through.

In the above video, Patrick walks you through the tools and steps needed to adjust your clutch cable. Our clutch adjustment was performed on a 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide and would be similar for all late model Big Twins.… Continue Reading

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Let Those Who Ride Decide

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March 26, 2015 | By: James Dean

South Dakota abolishes Ape Hanger restrictions

The 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 3-Aug. 9, 2015, will be a lot breezier under the arms. In February 2015, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 85. This abolished South Dakota’s codified law 32-20-3, which mandated a petty offense if the grips on motorcycle handlebars were at or higher than the shoulders while operating on public roads or highways.

South Dakota Handlebar Law AbolishedThese petty offense fines started at $20 and totals were upwards of $120.The new law becomes effective July 1, 2015.

Currently, only one-third of the states have no restrictions on handlebar height. The Federal motorcycle vehicle safety standard 49 CFR 571.123 has no reference … Continue Reading

Product Spotlight: UltraCool Oil Cooling System

March 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

An overheated engine is a problem you should never have to face, but it’s a common problem on every air-cooled engine. UltraCool provides an excellent oil cooling system with easy installation. This new generation of oil coolers provides a high powered dual fan system that can drop engine temperature up to 50 degrees.

The system starts by moving filtered oil through a solid aluminum oil adapter with oil temperature switch through pre-fitted braided hoses into a 17 row heavy duty heat exchanger. Located over the heat exchanger are dual high powered fans with an output of 90 cubic feet per minute each, cooling the oil as the built in thermal … Continue Reading

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Harley Engines: Overview of Upcoming Series

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March 19, 2015 | By: Jay Borowy

As a new riding season is getting started, we will be rolling out a new series of blogs focusing on Harley Engines. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll provide you with a focused series describing personal experiences with the soul of these iron horses.

Panhead EngineSome of the things we’ll dive into are what makes these engines so iconic—there is certain feeling you get when you ignite a motor you’ve stripped down, be it from a dead-in-the-water wasted afternoon, or a complete overhaul to turn a once stock engine into a fire breathing beast.

We will be covering all the motors from 1936 to present and encourage you to send us … Continue Reading

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