Riding Into History: Concours d’Elegance Motorcycle Show

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May 28, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

For the past three years J&P Cycles has attended the Riding into History, Concours d’Elegance Motorcycle show. Each spring, this world-class event is held at the beautiful World Golf Village in St Augustine, Fla. This year — the 11th annual event — enjoyed a great turnout. In fact, every time we attend this event we see more and more motorcycles and even more spectators.

Each year, we offer 10% off our merchandise and free shipping to people who show up at Concours d’Elegance and support the motorcycle community. Between 300 and 400 motorcycles from around the world were on display this year, including vintage, race, late model and … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Poker Run Benefiting Camp Courageous Set for June 5

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May 26, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

Our 13th annual Poker Run for Camp Courageous of Iowa is scheduled Saturday, June 5, in the J&P parking lot, guaranteeing a fun-filled day with great riding, fun stops, the chance to win some cash and the opportunity to raise funds for a worthwhile cause.

Whatever you’re riding, you’ll enjoy a 100-mile run with stops at Camp Courageous, Olin, Mechanicsville, Solon, Stone City and then back to Anamosa, Iowa. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at J&P Cycles, just off Highway 151 in Anamosa, with the first group of riders heading out at 10:00 a.m. and the last group out at 11:00 a.m. The last group of riders … Continue Reading

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Bagger Bling! Kuryakyn Strikes Again

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May 25, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Baggers are definitely the latest craze in the Harley-Davidson corner of the motorcycling world. Gone are the days of the 280 tires on 9-foot choppers (and good riddance if you ask me), but that’s another story. Nowadays everyone seems to have a big FL of some sort with all the amenities — stereos, GPS and endless communication devices. Not to mention tons of chrome dripping from these monsters. That sentiment alone has sparked many a debate on what motorcycling is or “should be.” But like it or not, the bagger era is in full swing and continues to gain momentum.

So just when you think you have maxed out the … Continue Reading

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Best Bagger Bolt-Ons

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May 24, 2010 | By: Kody Wisner

Baggers have always been known for their comfort, while choppers have always been about style. As the average age of motorcycle riders increased, people began looking for some style with their comfort, and the “Custom Bagger” trend was born. No longer was there a need to have two motorcycles in your garage, when a custom bagger could do it all. You could build yourself a cool custom bagger and ride in style, whether on a cross-country trip or a short blast out to your favorite watering hole.

There are many different companies producing parts that can take your late-model bagger from mild to full custom — and anywhere in between. … Continue Reading

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Hoppe and HogTunes are coming to the J&P Showrooms

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May 21, 2010 | By: Kim Brislawn

Music. It has the power to evoke a variety of emotions and can even shape our lives. The folks who keep tabs on such things claim the average person listens to music about 18 hours per week. This might explain why motorcycle audio is a booming market. But it’s not for everyone.

Riders who support audio say that it is nice to have some tunes on the road and an audio system certainly helps pass the time on long rides.  In the case of our very own Kody Wisner, he says loves audio because if you play it loud enough you don’t have to listen to your partner. Can’t you … Continue Reading

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What is Suspension Sag and Why Would I Want It?

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May 20, 2010 | By: David Zemla

If you’ve been reading my J&P blog posts about suspension and bike fitment, you might recall that your shocks can be adjusted to fit your bike and weight. You also learned that in order to achieve a proper fit in the two-wheel world, sometimes you need to swap out a part. But what if a simple adjustment will do? For that, you need to understand that shocks work with both the up and down movements of the bike. If all pavement imperfections were bumps, shocks would focus on compression. But life on the road isn’t just a series of bumps. There are also potholes and other gaps and depressions that … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Hosting Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet

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May 19, 2010 | By: Kim Brislawn

The first of four fun-filled
summertime swap meets is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 23, on the sprawling J&P Cycles world headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa.

In fact, J&P Cycles and “motorcycle swap meet” are pretty much synonymous, because J&P has a rich history with such events. It’s how our founders — John and Jill Parham — got their business off the ground more than three decades ago. Simple flyers stating parts J&P had available for sale at their makeshift swap meets is what led to the first J&P catalog. Today, the company is headquartered on a parcel the size of a good city block … Continue Reading

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S&S Sidewinder Kits for Your Shovel

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May 18, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Seems like all I see nowadays are chromed-out baggers and stretched-out customs with tires so big it takes a parking lot and a 40-point turn to get them turned around. But the old school isn’t dead just yet. Let’s face it, Shovelheads are cool, and sometimes there just aren’t enough good parts available for the old school bikes. I know you hard-core guys are out there riding the wheels off these badass old bikes, and we here at J&P are doing our best to keep parts available for all those Knuckles, Pans and Shovels that are still out there on the road today.

One thing I hear consistently on my … Continue Reading

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Meet The Team: Patrick Garvin, J&P’s Internet Motorcycle Merchandiser

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May 17, 2010 | By: J&P Cycles

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently Patrick splits his time between the ecommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew.

Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Honors Those in Uniform on Armed Forces Day

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May 15, 2010 | By: Tim Barcz

The connection between motorcyclists and the Armed Forces has always been strong for motorcycle riders — and in particular, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The American military started using motorcycles for transportation back in 1913, and three years later, Harley-Davidson motorcycles became a sought-after vehicle by top brass for use in military operations.  In fact, by the beginning of World War I, a third of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles produced were earmarked for military use.  So it comes as no surprise that admiration for this powerful, two-wheeled vehicle continues for those who served in the military.

This bond continues today and is one reason why we at J&P Cycles join the rest of … Continue Reading

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