Kawasaki is Now Taking Orders!

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December 15, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about the new mechanized two wheeled marvel coming down the line from Kawasaki. Last week, I saw where they are actually at the point of taking orders. Here, you can pre-order an H2 or the monstrous H2R here. The first thing that jumps out at me on both bikes is the MSRP. Holy Buckets!!

I shared these two links with a number of my co-workers here at J&P Cycles, and asked for some input and feedback. Understand, a number of those polled are Harley enthusiasts, some Metric specialists, and some general motorcycle enthusiasts.

I think I laid out my own drooling thoughts … Continue Reading

New Year = New Opportunity To Take Life by the (Handle) Bars

December 10, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

Biker Tunnel VisionSo 2015 is upon us. Every New Year is an opportunity to take life by the bars and make it epic! If you are the type to make those quick resolutions that just never take hold, here’s a challenge for you: try harder, go farther and make every day count.

I am convinced that 2015 will be a great year. I’m already making plans for what it is I’m going to accomplish and just because motorcycles are going to be involved only makes it better. Not only am I going to travel as far as I can every chance I get, but I’m also setting some personal goals that will … Continue Reading

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

December 5, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Kawasaki Vulcan SKawasaki released a bad little cruiser called the Vulcan S recently. Powered by a 649cc Parallel Twin wrapped in cool-looking bodywork and a low-slung, sporty-chassis, it is aimed right at new riders, female riders and anyone else who is looking for a budget-friendly cruiser that looks great without breaking the bank. With an MSRP of $7399 for the base model and a few hundred bucks more for the optional ABS-equipped version, the Vulcan S should attract a few buyers who want a good looking bike to start on.

One of the primary selling points of the stock Vulcan S is that the riding position is fully adjustable. This is made … Continue Reading

Demise of the Metric Market

November 25, 2014 | By: Lowell Anderson

Star RaiderOne of the big issues we always have here at J&P Cycles is trying to make sure we have a good offering of parts for our customers to choose from. This may seem easy to some, but it usually turns out to be a real challenge. There are a lot of things to consider when adding parts into the product line. We want to make sure we offer parts that have a purpose and meet a need. We want to make sure they are of good quality and that they fit correctly. We want to make sure that the vendor stands behind their product and can deliver it in a … Continue Reading

If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It. Right? Wrong.

November 19, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall

JP responsiveAs with anything, there’s always room for improvement. You may never see them, but behind the scenes at J&P Cycles, we have a collaborative team of product merchants, web developers, photographers, writers and designers, to name a few, who are constantly working to improve our website to make your life easier.

If you’ve been paying attention over the last year, or even the last six months, you may have noticed some subtle differences to our website, especially if you shop on a phone or tablet. Several years in the making, J&P Cycles finally launched its first responsive pages on the website this past March.

What is responsive? What does that … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Has You Covered this Holiday Season!

November 17, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Do you have a motorcyclist on your holiday shopping list? If so, you’re in luck – we just published the J&P Cycles Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. Here, J&P’s own Patrick Garvin rolls through gifts in a variety of price points: under $25, under $100, under $250, over $250 as well as gifts for him and gifts for her. You’re sure to find something for even the hardest to please biker. Happy shopping!… Continue Reading

Guest Blogger Maddox Shares How He Spots a Motorcyclist

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November 15, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

Playful boy sitting in a box at homeIt goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – we are all bikers here. How do I know this? How can I tell if you’re a rider or a wannabe rider? It’s easy because it takes one to know one. Here are a few things that truly give it away.

1) Do you smell like a strange concoction of “outside” and exhaust? Of course you do. You either ride a motorcycle or you spend time on the back of one. If we could put this smell into a bottle and sell it, it would be called “Lifestyle.”

2) When was the last time you looked in a mirror? It’s … Continue Reading

Biketoberfest 2014

November 14, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin

The leaves started to turn red and orange here in Iowa, so we took that as a sign that we needed to head south and visit our home away from home (otherwise known as the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore). Just so happened there was a bike rally going on; the biker version of the fall classic was in full swing as we rolled into the sunshine state. Since we figured this might be the last time we get to see the sun for a few months we took full advantage of our time Daytona to run the Biketoberfest gauntlet. We didn’t want to keep all the good times … Continue Reading

Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

Military Veterans Holding Flags in ParadeScott here again, it’s the beginning of November…daylight savings time just reverted, it’s going from cool to downright cold and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Another thing November brings us is Veterans Day. In the past, I’ve blogged about the origins of this holiday. In posts, I have highlighted how I joined the service and became a veteran myself. Today I’m going to talk about what this day means to me, and why.

So I don’t cover the same ground I have in the past, I’ll just briefly say that joining the service was the single most important, and life shaping event that I have ever done. Every … Continue Reading

Vandals Destroy Veterans Memorial Near J&P Headquarters

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November 10, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall

Old Glory FlagOn Nov. 11, we remember Veterans Day, a day for Americans to honor all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day to commemorate the end of World War I. It is a day to honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

It is not time for disrespect.

Sadly, hitting very close to home for J&P Cycles’ Anamosa headquarters, vandals destroyed a veteran’s memorial in front of the Jones County Courthouse on Nov. 4. Shortly before 6 a.m., county auditor Janine Sulzner discovered that 10 flags that stand around the war memorial had … Continue Reading