Practical Ways to Select the Proper Motorcycle Fork Length

Today’s post will help you guys who are taking on a new bike build. As a tech here at J&P Cycles, I’m often asked how long a fork I should purchase? There’s really no way for me to answer that question because it’s something you must decide for yourself. That being said, here’s an explanation of the easiest way I have found to help people arrive at the best answer. 

  • First, we need to mock up the rear wheel we’re going to use with the frame we have.
  • Next — and most important — we’re going to block the front of our chassis up to give us the ride height
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By | 2014-03-28T16:27:54+00:00 June 14th, 2010|Tech Tips|17 Comments

Antique Motorcycle Club Sponsors Events in Minnesota and NY This Weekend

If you’re into antique motorcycles, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMÇA) has a pair of events going on this weekend that will make you wish you had access to the transporter room on the USS Enterprise. There’s an AMCA national event in St. Paul, Minn., and a Grand National event in Rhinebeck, N.Y. So, unless you have the above-mentioned teleportation machine from Star Trek or you own your own jet, you’re pretty much going to have to make a choice.

The Minnesota event runs Friday and Saturday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul and is being presented by the Viking Chapter of the AMCA. On hand will be … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-28T16:29:07+00:00 June 10th, 2010|Announcements|1 Comment

Introducing Brand Pages on

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have read recent announcements about the new Vance & Hines and Kuryakyn parts pages on Since we often hear that you use our website to research brands — not just an individual part or a number of parts for a bike project — we’ve set out to redefine how you learn about brands via our website.

Brand pages on allow for quick navigation to top products, products by make (e.g., Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, etc.), and products by style. Since each page is built specifically with just one particular brand in mind, we’re able to … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-28T16:29:38+00:00 June 9th, 2010|Announcements|Comments Off on Introducing Brand Pages on

Two for the Ladies with Highway Honeys

Sometimes I get a little distracted while scouring the earth for new bling for your bagger or maybe some hot rod shovelhead parts. I forget to take the time to recognize that we at J&P Cycles are a complete one-stop shop for all of your biker needs.

We aren’t just here for you dirty bikers, we’re also here to help the ladies, and I’ll be the first to admit that over the past few months I have neglected members of our fairer sex here on Two for Tuesday. Women enjoy bike parts as much as the guys, but with men, bike parts is just about as far as we go. … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-28T16:30:18+00:00 June 8th, 2010|Product Information|2 Comments

Understanding Motorcycle Terms and Slang

Like any other sport or activity, motorcycle riders have a language of their own, including terms that leave the “civilian” population scratching its head in confusion. One such phrase I often hear bandied about at J&P Cycles is the term “old school.” Another oft-used word is “bobber.” Where do these phrases come from? What do they mean? What’s the actual definition of a “chopper?” And what’s with all these motorcycle motor monikers? Today’s blog post deals with the origins of the slang used in the world of big bikes.

Let’s start with the term “chopper.” These days this word has come to mean any custom motorcycle. However, in its origins, … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-28T16:31:13+00:00 June 4th, 2010|Product Information|25 Comments

J&P Cycles’ Open House Presents an Opportunity to Explore Jones County

If you’ve already marked your calendar and are making plans to attend J&P Cycles’ Open House in Anamosa, Iowa, June 26-27, you’re already guaranteed two days of motorcycle madness. This event draws 22,000 visitors and doubles the population of Jones County. That’s a given. What you might want to consider now is taking some extra time — before or after the Open House — to explore this gorgeous county, situated in the rolling hills and cornfields of eastern Iowa.

Jones County is just plain gorgeous. In fact, its pristine, country setting has been the subject of a number of famous artists’ paintbrushes, including Grant Wood, whose painting, “American Gothic,” … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-28T16:31:59+00:00 June 3rd, 2010|Announcements|Comments Off on J&P Cycles’ Open House Presents an Opportunity to Explore Jones County

Gear Up and Stay Dry

We’ve all been there — a beautiful day, gorgeous countryside, the wind in your face. Cruising along in absolute admiration of the day and, splat, the first drop hits the face shield of your helmet. This leads to immediate denial — no, it can’t be — but it is, and all of a sudden the downpour begins.

Rain — the dreaded enemy of bikers. This necessary act of God always seems to happen at an inopportune time in the lives of all motorcyclists. And nothing is more miserable than soaking in your seat in the pouring rain.

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By | 2014-03-28T16:32:29+00:00 June 1st, 2010|Product Information|Comments Off on Gear Up and Stay Dry

J&P Cycles Recommends: 61st Annual Anamosa Motorcycle Hill Climb

If your idea of fun is watching motorcycles rocket up the side of a near-vertical hill in hopes of getting over the top, then you’ve got to show up in Anamosa, Iowa (J&P Cycles’ hometown) on June 6. Even as we speak, members of the Midwest Hillclimbers are getting their bikes ready for the 61st Annual Anamosa Motorcycle Hill Climb and Swap Meet in Anamosa.

Riders from all over Iowa and surrounding states will attempt to conquer one of the area’s most difficult hills. We promise plenty of thrills and even more spills, because there just aren’t that many riders who can successfully take this hill and claim it … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-28T16:33:19+00:00 June 1st, 2010|Announcements|2 Comments