Don’t Let the Small Details Ruin the Fun of Sturgis

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July 24, 2015 | By: Jeff Maddox

Make Plans to Attend the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

I’m a few days from leaving for the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally and all I can think about is everything I need to do before I leave. I’m not just talking about packing and prepping—I’m talking about all the other things I do on a daily basis that won’t get done while I’m gone.

But vacations are like that and you know what? I need a vacation. So as the internal struggle of obligations and irresponsibility goes, I will force myself to forget about the lawn and … Continue Reading

Jack Daniel’s Motorcycle Parts Lineup to Launch at Sturgis

July 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Jack Daniels Rider CollectionJ&P Cycles has partnered with one of the most recognizable spirits brands, Jack Daniel’s, to bring its customers a premier line of motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel prominently featuring the Old No. 7 Brand logo and other Jack Daniel’s Rider Collection branding.

The initial assortment of products will be unveiled at the J&P Cycles Sturgis Retail Center location in Sturgis, S.D., during the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Jack Daniel’s motorcycle products line consists of a wide variety of parts for every type of rider including license plate frames, derby covers, footpegs, grips and other bolt on parts plus apparel, gift and novelty items.

Jack Daniels Rider Collection“We are excited to partner with … Continue Reading

J&P Exclusive Release: Limited Edition Sturgis 75th Bell Helmet

July 22, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Bell Sturgis 75th Custom 500 Open Face Helmet

Commemorate the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in style with a limited edition Bell Custom 500 helmet. In honor of the 75th rally, Carey Hart, the official Grand Marshall for the rally, and Airtrix teamed up to design this one-of-a-kind helmet.

The Bell Sturgis 75th Custom 500 Helmet is available for pre-order and will be available for delivery in September. Pre-order yours today and own a piece of history. Limited quantities are available—get yours before they’re gone!

This J&P Cycles exclusive helmet features 5 shells and EPS liners for an exceptional fit, an ultra low-profile fiberglass composite shell, a padded chin strap with D-ring closer and integrated 5-snap pattern for … Continue Reading

New Venue Proves a Success for J&P Cycles Open House Rally

July 21, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

A new venue 10 miles up the road from the J&P Cycles headquarters, outside Anamosa, Iowa, proved to be a good move per customer response during the Open House Rally held June 27-28 at the Jones County Fairgrounds, in Monticello, Iowa.

J&P Cycles 2015 Open House Rally

Rain on Sunday dampened attendance, but just under 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts attended the event overall, including those from California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and West Virginia—to name a few.

Those in attendance experienced a weekend full of motorcycle-themed fun including free live music both days! Saturday evening attendees enjoyed Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, The Voice of Ratt Stephen Pearcy, and former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris playing tribute to Jani Lane. … Continue Reading

Remedy the Recall and Secure Your Saddlebags

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July 20, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Harley-Davidson Saddlebag RecallHarley-Davidson issued a saddlebag recall last week on all 2014-2015 Project Rushmore Saddlebags. The recall stated that the saddlebag mounting receptacle part no. 10900009 on some 2014 and 2015 Touring motorcycles may not adequately secure the saddlebag to the motorcycle during use.

Owners of the affected motorcycles are being asked to seek assistance from their local Harley-Davidson dealer to confirm that the motorcycle is covered by the recall. If covered, an updated receptacle will be installed free of charge. However, Harley-Davidson also says that some product campaigns may have expired, and you may to have to pay for the service.

Reda Innovations Saddlebag LockRecall or no recall, riders have the option to replace … Continue Reading

Carpe Every Chance to Ride

July 15, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

Most everyone likes to light fuses and blow things up, but this July 4th, I was just going to dog-sit for my good friends in Iowa while they rode down to the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri.

Now I do get to ride more than most and less than some, but I never get tired of it. So when they found an alternative sitter, I was ready to roll.

Looking for adventure.

Four bikes, four riders and about 300 miles on both interstate and back roads turned into the perfect overnight trip. Six hours, two gas stops and an ice cream break was all it took to get to our hosts’ … Continue Reading

For Those Who Believe We Shouldn’t be Forced to Do Anything, This Lid’s for You!

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July 14, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Helmets Suck! HelmetChances are, if you don’t live in Iowa, Illinois or New Hampshire, your state requires you to wear a motorcycle helmet when riding. If you think that’s a load of bull, check out J&P Cycles limited edition Helmets Suck! motorcycle helmet.

The Helmets Suck! helmet was designed with the pro-choice rider in mind. This half helmet is comfortable, lightweight and affordable; you might actually decide you like it (but your secret is safe with us.) This limited edition helmet will be available beginning in late August and will only be available for a limited time.

So, which side are you on? Maybe you’re not on either, but not surprisingly, there are … Continue Reading

Make Each Mile Worth the Ride

July 9, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

1,200 miles in three days is what I gave myself to ride from Motorcycle Week in Laconia, N.H., to our Open House Rally Event in Monticello, Iowa.

Quaint New England town

Now, 400 miles a day seems quite easy, but it was raining when I departed Laconia and it looked like I was going to stay in it for quite a while. What I thought was going to be an uneventful ride started to improve about an hour east after the rain ceased and the twisty two lane roads increased.

Free food at the Bikers Stop for anyone that pulled in

FREE FOOD BIKERS WELCOME signs started popping up along the road and peaked my interest. I wasn’t hungry but stopping to see what was … Continue Reading

Download App to Support the Iowa PVA Chapter

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July 8, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America Donation AppIn 2013, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders first held their annual fundraiser for the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (IPVA).

Almost one year ago, the Eagle Riders decided to expand its fundraising efforts by publishing a mobile app that can be used as a year round tool to educate the public on what the IPVA does to help and support veterans as well as increase donations.

By downloading this app, at a cost of $2.99, you will be donating to the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from every download is donated to Iowa PVA.

The app will keep you informed … Continue Reading

Laconia Motorcycle Week: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes

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July 1, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

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.

One of my favorite rides is to the top of Mount Washington … Continue Reading