Does this sound familiar: “I ride a big bike and it feels like my front end dives at every stop light.”
I’ve heard this complaint countless times and figured today’s as good a time as any to walk you through a fork dive event and detail a solution to correct it.
During initial braking, the shear girth of a big touring machine transfers forward and quickly overwhelms the factory suspension. The result is what we know as fork dive or brake dive. Although all motorcycles experience this to some degree, the sensation is particularly noticeable on touring rigs and is exacerbated by their weight.
So what’s the solution? While the … Continue Reading
I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling these past few months, attending motorcycle trade shows, consumer events and rallies all over the country. While traveling, I have noticed a real trend that’s starting to gain some traction. The need for cell phone, MP3 and GPS holders seem to be at an all time high, and with most of us owning two of the three, it’s easy to see why.
Personally, while the last thing I want interrupting me as I’m ripping through a corner is a ringing cell phone, it’s just not that practical anymore to leave home without at least one of these devices. Not only do you … Continue Reading
Last week we told you about the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. Today we want to tell about an opportunity to support the Museum and win an S&S 93″ KN-series-flathead power Knucklehead motorcycle.
Each year since 2002, the National Motorcycle Museum has held a raffle benefiting the Museum’s general fund. Now in its 8th year, the 2010 raffle offers anyone who ponies up $5.00 per ticket the chance to win a rare customized bike.
As you can see from the photos included in today’s post, style and class is what this year’s raffle is all about. With an S&S Knucklehead style engine powering this year’s raffle bike, gone … Continue Reading
March 27, 2010 | By: Tim Barcz
What’s your decision-making process whenever you choose where it is that you’re going to buy something? I’m not talking just about motorcycle parts, either; think for a moment about groceries, bath towels, luggage, books, and other items. What factors go into where you make your purchases? Do you look for a store with a long-standing name? Someplace where you know the floors are clean or where the prices are the lowest in town? Without really knowing it, we size up companies each and every day — from the restaurants we frequent to the grocery stores we buy from, and yes, even where we choose to buy aftermarket motorcycle parts… Continue Reading
At some point in time, almost every motorcyclist comes to the realization that their stock bike is just not enough. Often, the decision to customize boils down to one thing: We all want more power!
When it comes to generating more power, one of the hardest decision to make is where to start and then when to stop. In this series of blog posts, I’m going to review exhaust, cams, and other bolt-on performance upgrades, all of which will help you make a more informed decision surrounding how to get more from your existing bike. Here, I will review the differences in exhaust based on riding style, performance, and cost. … Continue Reading
Back in February, when we wrote about our trip out to Cincinnati for V-Twin Expo, we told you about a revolutionary new set of brake rotors and pads from Rivera Primo called Metal Matrix Extreme, which quite frankly are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
Now in stock and available via our website (J&P Part Number 241-813 and J&P Part Number 241-812), these rotors offer a reduction in weight of up to 60 percent over stock stainless steel rotors, which means once installed, your bike will have less rotating mass, which in turn (no pun intended) means it takes less horsepower to move your bike. More force … Continue Reading
If you have any interest in history and/or motorcycles, the National Motorcycle Museum is a great place to visit. Located a mere mile from our headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, this summer will be an especially exciting time for a visit (this June the Museum will unveil its new facilities, a move that will expand floor space from 16,000 square feet to an amazing 36,000 square feet).
Founded in 1989 by people who love motorcycling, including J&P Cycles Co-founder, John Parham, the National Motorcycle Museum features more than 225 bikes, some dating as far back as 1903. These pieces of motorcycle history range from Ariel to Zundapp and come from around … Continue Reading
In Part 1 of What to Look for when buying a Used Motorcycle, I wrote about the importance of conducting a thorough visual inspection of the bike you’re thinking about buying. Today, in Part 2, I focus on evaluating the mechanical soundness of a used motorcycle’s chassis.
Understanding the mechanical soundness of a used bike’s chassis starts by conducting a detailed physical inspection of the bike in question:
Rock the Bike
- Take a seat on the bike.
- Grab the front brake and apply it as hard as you can
- Rock the bike (for and aft) to see how well the brake holds (the goal is to feel the dampening
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If you’re anything like me, when it comes to customizing your bike’s lighting, less is more. And while the “less is more” approach can clean up the look and feel of your bike, it might also leave you without some of the necessary and often required elements to keep you and your bike safe and legally on the road. If you’re thinking about customizing your motorcycle’s lighting, look no further than Auto Gem, a leading manufacturer of custom motorcycle lighting systems whose lights are built from solid steel with glass lenses!
From the Baby Bullets to the popular line of Derringers, Auto Gem offers countless ways to clean … Continue Reading
March 12, 2010 | By: Tim Barcz
As a motorcycle enthusiast and owner, we’re guessing you rarely add just one single item to your bike when making modifications. When buying new handlebars, you’re going to put new grips on. A new motorcycle seat might mean a new backrest, armrest, or seat pad. For those who make frequent purchases or frequently add items to a purchase, we offer the Gold Club — a membership club that helps you save money on your J&P Cycle purchases.
The Gold Club costs just $49.99 to join (for a one-year membership), and includes:
- Free gift (valued at $29.99) – this year it’s a J&P Cycles clock (pictured above)
- A $15 coupon on
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