Not being in a rush when on a two wheeled trip is my ideal of the perfect adventure. With a few weeks before I had to be in Sturgis for the 75th Rally I had plenty of time to seek out the hidden treasures found only on the Blue Highways of America. Heading out of Anamosa, Iowa, I pointed the front wheel towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin, toward the Wild Ones Weekend/KnuckleHead Reunion hosted at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not only is it attended by possibly the largest KnuckleHead (1936/1947 overhead valve models) in the world, but is also a vintage style rally complete with field events. If that wasn’t enough, a trip … Continue Reading
Life is sort of a funny thing, you know? And you have the choice every day to decide what you’re going to do with this life you’ve been given.
As spoken by American actress and playwright Mae West, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” But it has also been said that you don’t live once, you live every day. So why not make the most of it while you can?
On April 15, 2015, Avery Starkey, Tom Solymosi and Brad Franssen, three friends from New Jersey, set out on a journey of a lifetime. Their expedition, appropriately named The Full Ride, started out … Continue Reading
Clean, waterproof and protect your leather with this great new product found at J&P Cycles, Riders Leather Seal. Made from three, all-natural ingredients, beeswax, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil, Riders Leather Seal cleans, protects, conditions, inhibits mold, repels water and provides natural protection from UV rays.
Riders Leather Seal is perfect for conditioning your leather boots, jackets, chaps, seats and luggage, and also works great on canvas, vinyl and other exotic coverings.
Sized to take anywhere, an eight-ounce can of Riders Leather Seal can last you from two to three years on average and never expires. Apply Riders Leather Seal once every three months to keep your leather healthy … Continue Reading
If you attended this year’s 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, we hope you had the chance to stop by the Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center to feast your eyes on the Naked Truth Motorcycles As Art™ Exhibition.
The Naked Truth Exhibit, curated by famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter, was on display at the Buffalo Chip during the rally from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7. On display without the distraction of paint and graphics, the bare beauty of these motorcycles was revealed in every detail from the bodywork to the frame.
If you didn’t get a chance to get to this year’s show, here’s what you missed:
The Holy Grail of Motorcycle Rallies is without a doubt “Sturgis,” and this year’s event, being the 75th anniversary, brought the attendance numbers to a record high. This is my personal favorite rally of the year, not only because of the fun canyon roads to ride, but the energy level in the attendees it produces.
People come from all over the world from your vagabond gypsy motorcyclists that camp in the national forest to your doctors and lawyers in million dollar RVs with matching trailers. But no matter how they arrived, there is an upbeat vibe and a positive attitude that’s infectious.
The rally in itself has changed over the … Continue Reading
August 7, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner: Matthew Palmer. Matthew was selected among over 130 entries to this year’s contest from the story and photo he submitted.
Contestants (girls and guys) were asked to submit a 600 word or fewer essay, describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover along with a photo. The deadline for entries was July 8, 2015. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.
SGT Matthew Palmer, a medic in the United … Continue Reading
July 24, 2015 | By: Jeff Maddox
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
July 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
J&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.
“We are excited to partner with … Continue Reading
July 22, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
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
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.
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