Meet The Team: Kody Wisner, J&P Special Projects Coordinator

Kody Wisner began sharing his wealth of knowledge about motorcycles with J&P Cycles’ customers back in 2004.  After a short stint in the call center, Kody was moved to the Iowa showroom, where he was able to help local customers with his expertise of nearly all makes and models of motorcycles. After several years of [...]

Tire Hieroglyphics: Understanding the Markings on a Motorcycle Tire

Have you ever wondered what all those markings on your tires actually mean? There are a lot of letters, numbers and symbols on the sidewalls of your tires that translate to a lot of useful information. You’ll find it’s useful to be able to identify a few of these strange hieroglyphics when you’re selecting the [...]

Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Motorcycle

Performing preventative maintenance on your motorcycle is a must, especially if you want to save money in the long run. Take a look at the following tips for maintaining your ride during and after your riding season.  As always, we recommend the purchase of a service manual to reference all specifications for your motorcycle.

The Battery: Check your battery and cables, making sure the connections are clean, tight and free of corrosion. If the battery is not a maintenance-free battery, inspect the fluid level and be sure to top off the battery with nothing but distilled water. Battery tenders will extend the life of your motorcycle battery.

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Upgrade Your Bike: Part 2 – Cam Selection

In Part I of this series, I told you everything you needed to know about the basics of upgrading your motorcycle’s exhaust system. Today, I’m going to take you through basic considerations when upgrading your bike’s cams.

Cams are one of the top five performance parts that are incorrectly selected for motorcycles. Most people assume the bigger the cam the greater the power. That’s not always the case, as more power will not do you any good if it doesn’t match your riding style. A bad cam choice will result in a substantial decrease in real-world performance.

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Avon Rolls Two Unbeatable Deals

Let’s talk about something you just can’t ride without — tires. More specifically, Avon tires. When it comes to motorcycle tires, the debate over what type of tire to put on your bike can get hot and heavy. That’s because we all have our own riding style that inevitably lends itself to a certain style or type of tire. Avon recognizes this and has done its part to cover every kind of bike or riding style on the road, offering 18 models of tires, ensuring that they have something to fit each and every rider’s individualized riding style.

The two tires we’re exploring today are the Venom and the … Continue Reading

Meet Your New Best Friend – The Motorcycle Service Manual

There are two types of motorcycle enthusiasts when it comes to maintaining their bikes — the ones who work on their own bikes, and the ones who don’t. If you fall in the first category, you probably already know what I’m going to talk about. But if you fall in the second group — and maybe you want to be in the first group — here’s your first task: Purchase a Service Manual that covers your bike.

I have been a professional motorcycle technician for more than a decade, and just about every time I work on a bike, I first grab the manual. There’s nothing more aggravating than trying … Continue Reading

What to Look for When Buying a Used Motorcycle: Part 3

In our first two installments of “What to Look for In Buying a Used Motorcycle“, the focus was primarily on the initial look and feel of the bike.  With the first two parts of the inspection out of the way, it’s time to start the engine.

  • Turn the key and engage the starter.  Here are things to observe and evaluate.  When the starter is applied, is it noisy?  Does the starter operate smoothly?  How long does it take for the bike to start?
  • Listen closely to the engine while it is running.  Are there any unusual noises coming from the running engine?  Knocks, taps and squeals
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