Wow, what a wake-up call. It’s the time old adage – you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone, or in my case, almost gone. No lie, earlier this month, my life virtually passed before my eyes.
In early November while on my post at work, I was having difficulty breathing. A couple of the supervisors were concerned and asked if I wanted to go home. Being the hardhead I am, I refused to leave and finished my shift. I had been a little more tired than usual, and with the next day off, I figured I’d recover and be fine.
The following day, my wife came home and … Continue Reading
November 20, 2013 | By: Chris Hagest
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs from Chris Hagest over at Low and Mean. Chris is currently working on a customization for J&P’s 35th anniversary Bolt. Without further ado, meet Chris. I see no reason why a motorcyclist has to weld or cut-up their motorcycle to make it a reflection of who they are. Bolt-on aftermarket products are a great way for any rider to personalize their bike. It’s that type of thinking that moved me to start Low and Mean, which specializes in designing bolt-on aftermarket parts for metric cruisers.
It started a few years ago when I purchased some bolt-on products for my … Continue Reading
Well the holidays are here, and it’s that time of the year to start thinking about gifts, cards, and spending time with family and friends. Now while that may sound alright, in my opinion, we have lost the whole meaning of the holiday. To me the holidays have become a time of immense pressure and stress. Walking into my local big-box retailer starts to become a real adventure this time of the year. It’s always packed with more people than I care to be around – all wandering the aisles aimlessly trying to find those perfect gifts. Every year, it seems like the stores are trying to push you into … Continue Reading
November 19, 2013 | By: Andrea Hall
Joe Cowan, who started at J&P Cycles in Anamosa, Iowa, as a network administrator in September 2012, recently got the opportunity of a lifetime.
As a Florida native, Joe spent the last 16 years living in Iowa with his wife and children. With winter quickly approaching and both of their children nearly out of the house, Joe sent a request to the company to be transferred back to Florida to J&P Cycles’ Destination Daytona Superstore.
The move also meant more time on his 1976 Kawasaki KZ750, which Joe traded for a laptop computer 13 years ago.
Despite being limited by Iowa’s winters and cooler temperatures, Joe logged more than 7,000 … Continue Reading
Here it is, time for what seems to be my annual essay on Veterans Day. Having been a blogger since the inception of the J&P Cycles Blog, a pattern has emerged regarding national holidays with any military connection. Give it to Scott, he’s a vet, he can do it. As a United States Marine Corps veteran, I’m honored to be given the challenge to write about these holidays. I’ve just re-read the past offerings that have been posted, so I don’t repeat my ramblings. Today, I’m going to examine the reasons I chose to enter military service.
As a young man, I came from a family whose father and numerous … Continue Reading
The migration to online commerce is a phenomenon that has transformed the marketplace over the last decade and has become a permanent fixture in the world of retailing. Like any change, there are disadvantages. Often times, in an effort to offer the widest variety of product choices, it can become a challenge as a buyer to make up your mind which way to go. Most customers, particularly in our world, historically had enough familiarity with their bikes and their preferences to make a sound decision between the OEM brand and maybe two or three options offered at a local dealer. Love it or hate it, we’re not in that world … Continue Reading
Earlier this month Mother Harley released its new additions to the HD product line. The new Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 feature the new Revolution X V-Twin liquid cooled engines. They are entry level bikes with a lower stance and are built to be nimble and easy to ride. These bikes were released to the public at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy earlier this month.
Not sure how people will accept this new adventure for Harley. First introducing a liquid cooled platform and now introducing smaller “urban” version liquid cooled bikes is quite a change. Styling of the bikes is meant to be in your face and fresh, but … Continue Reading
Well, we managed to find another hot button topic when we asked about your opinions of the new “Wet-heads”. We received 274 responses to that blog. This is a follow up to that and a few other things we have discussed lately.
I’m an HD bulletin board junkie, and while I haven’t seen a lot of feedback about the “wet-heads”, I have seen a couple of posts describing coolant overflow issues. As with any new (did I really say that?) technology, there may be some initial issues to work out. Doing an internet search for 2014 Harley water-cooling issues does not bring back much by way of results, so … Continue Reading
October 25, 2013 | By: J&P Cycles
We were saddened this week to learn that a husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend lost his life during a fourth annual motorcycle trip in Arkansas. Ryan Gendreau, of Sabula, Iowa, lost his life doing exactly what he loved – riding his motorcycle. Unfortunately his death occurred much too soon as Ryan was only 35, leaving behind a wife, two small children and many other family members.
A true motorcycle-enthusiast, in addition to spending quality time with his wife and children, Ryan loved hopping on his bike and going for a ride. Traveling to J&P from his home was not uncommon. In fact, right before his final trip, … Continue Reading
October 25, 2013 | By: Andrea Hall
J&P Cycles’ team members, men and woman alike in Florida and Iowa, joined forces to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and do their part to promote cancer awareness, in general.
The month of October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
• About 232,340 women in the US will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer
• About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
• 1 in 8 woman will develop invasive breast … Continue Reading