Around The News – June 24 2016

June 24, 2016 | By: Joe Peek

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Here are five things that appeared this week in the clutter of information overload that I found worthy of sharing with our readers:

  1. Four Things That Will Kill You – Blog Post by Matt Brown
  2. Ten Motorcycles That Won’t Get Stolen – TakeTopNews
  3. Mercedes unveiled a concept motorcycle – AutoNews
  4. App uses rewards to cut down on texting while driving – Tuscon AZ News
  5. A subsidiary of Airbus made the first 3-d printed electric motorcycle (appeared in a blog this week, but the press release was in May) – Airbus Group
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What Do Helmets Have To Do With Lane Splitting?

June 22, 2016 | By: Joe Peek

Motorcycle lane splitting in CA

Courtesy Mercury News

 

Me: I think you guys in LA are crazy to lane split on these packed highways.

Colleague: I think Texas bikers are crazy to not wear helmets.

That was the beginning of an hour-long conversation, at the end of which we simply had to agree to disagree. And to be honest, I haven’t given either topic much thought in the two years since.

Until last week.

As reported in the LA Times on June 17, the CA Senate Transportation Committee passed CA AB 51, moving motorcycle lane splitting one step closer to becoming legal. While tolerated in CA (and done illegally in many other states,) AB … Continue Reading

Around the News – June 17 2016

June 17, 2016 | By: Joe Peek

Here are five things that appeared this week in the clutter of information overload that I found worthy of sharing with our readers:

  1. The Light Rider motorcycle will make you lighter in the wallet – Wired magazine
  2. CA moves one step closer to becoming the first state to legalize lane-splitting – LaneSplittingIsLegal.com
  3. Indian announced its return to flat track racing – Marketwire
  4. Michigan reported an increase in motorcycle fatalities – Michigan news
  5. There’s some buzz that VW is considering a spin-off of Ducati – Bloomberg News

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Let It Rain?

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June 14, 2016 | By: Joe Peek

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Riding a motorcycle in the rain takes more than a shrug of the shoulders and the acceptance to ‘let it rain.” Comfort and enjoyment go down (WAY down) and the risk skyrockets.

As riders, there are a few things we can do to rider safer, smarter, and be sheltered from the elements.

Let’s look at the first of these. What does it mean to rider safer? We are always (I hope!) safe riders. Here are five easy to remember tips for being a safer rider when you need to ‘let it rain.”… Continue Reading

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Harley Vs. Indian

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June 9, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson

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There has been a lot of discussion and speculation over the last few years about the new Indians and how they would be accepted in the market. It seems pretty evident now that the Indians are being accepted well and are here to stay, at least for a while.

This brings up an interesting point. When Indian and Victory stepped into the market they inadvertently did something amazing. They gave the American V-Twin buyer a choice! Comparing the Indian Chieftain and the HD Street Glide the question is, which bike is better for you?

There are quite a few things to consider when you are looking into buying a new … Continue Reading

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Republic of Texas Rally 2016

June 7, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

12814355_1116428385055434_5928407796285058755_nJoin J&P Cycles at the 21st Annual ROT Rally in Austin, TX. The Republic of Texas Rally is the largest “turnstile” motorcycle rally in the U.S. with thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country each year. Join the party with us and enjoy incredible motorcycles, Austin nightlife, and of course the beauty of Texas Hill Country.

The main location of the ROT Rally will be the Travis Co. Expo Center which is approximately 11 miles east of downtown Austin. We will be set up inside the Thunder Dome next to the bike show area. Stop by and meet our merchandise team and grab a shop towel or Big … Continue Reading

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Tips for the Road From the Wandering Sparrow

June 6, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

When it comes to riding I’ve found that if you’re not comfortable you are not happy. When you’re not happy it’s no fun to ride. Motorcycle manufacturers have designed bikes to be One Size Fits All and that’s where the problem lies. To be comfortable on your bike you must make the three points of contact work with the shape and size of your body to be more ergonomically comfortable. The three points of contact are of course your hands, feet and rear end. If the handlebar height and position is too low or forward you will soon experience pain in the lower neck. Highway pegs will make or break … Continue Reading

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The Historic Timeline of Big Twin Motors

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June 3, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

The art of the motorcycle engine has evolved dramatically since the days of the F-Head. In 1921, a Harley-Davidson became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of 100 miles per hour.

The engine — and motorcycles engines in general — have changed dramatically since the early days. Time and technology have taken their toll in both good and bad ways, some would say. During a recent staff meeting here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, our resident motorcycle experts and enthusiasts thought it would be interesting to highlight the history of the v-twin engine. From the F-Head, to its evolution as a … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Open House Rally is Heading Home

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June 1, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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The J&P Cycles Open House Rally started as a small customer appreciation event hosted by John & Jill Parham, it was their way to give back to everyone who enjoys a life on two wheels. Today it has grown into a full-blown, free 2-day motorcycle rally attended by over 35,000 riders. To keep up with the rapid growth, the event was moved to the Jones County Fairgrounds last year. For 2016, we are proud to say that we are bringing the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest back to the original stomping grounds in Anamosa.

anamosa-mapScheduled for June 25th and 26th, the 2016 Open House Rally will take place once … Continue Reading

Do Loud Pipes Save Lives?

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May 23, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

12_Harley_PipeShootout-VH2The ongoing battle between motorcyclists and the activists against “noise pollution” has put motorcycle exhausts under the microscope. Every day, motorcycle riders fight to gain attention from distracted drivers. With methods like high visibility gear, upgraded horns and loud pipes, riders have been quite successful in avoiding major accidents. Today, the saying “loud pipes save lives” is being dissected by the public, law enforcement and even motorcycle riders themselves.

The truth is, statistically speaking, nobody knows if loud pipes save lives. There isn’t any hard data to support either side of the argument. Physics argues that the direction of travel and the flow of exhaust noise makes this theory questionable. … Continue Reading

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