New Land Speed Record Set at the Bonneville Salt Flats

As a follow-up to post from Aug. 27 (read: Bonneville: The Great White Dyno), last Saturday at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, the Ack Attack Streamliner became the fastest motorcycle on the planet. Driver Rocky Robinson piloted his streamliner to a new world land speed record of 376.156 mph and a new kilo record of 376.363. Ack Attack’s exit speed was an awesome 394 mph!

The Bub 7 Streamliner — owned by Denis Manning and piloted by Chris Carr — was the former record holder with a speed of 367.382 mph. Now that Rocky Robinson is again the fastest motorcycle rider in the world, he says he’s setting … Continue Reading

New California Law “Muffles” Motorcycles

Earlier this week, California Governor (and motorcyclist) Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act (SB 435), originally introduced by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica).

What does this bill mean to bikers in California? It means that all motorcycles produced after January 2013 will be required to have a visible EPA stamp that ensures the exhaust is clean burning and doesn’t exceed a noise level of 80 decibels. For those bikes not displaying the stamp, fines of  $100 for the first infraction and $250 for subsequent violations will be imposed.

“The noise caused by illegally modified motorcycle exhaust systems is a major quality-of-life issue across the state,” Sen. … Continue Reading

Motorcycle Hill Climbing Dates Back to the Beginning of the (Last) Century

I got to admit I was a little anxious when I received an assignment that has me writing about motorcycle hill climbs. Having been to a few such events over the years, I knew this activity required taking a motorcycle from the bottom of a steep hill and riding it over the top of the hill. That sounded simple enough, until I googled the topic to see if there was anything more that I could add to a brief report on this vertical activity.

And now, after an extensive Internet quest, I’m a bit surprised to discover that hill climbs have quite a history behind them. In fact, this sport … Continue Reading

J&P Employees Find Ways to Give Back to the Community

Every year, the folks here at J&P Cycles come up with creative ways to raise money for our local charities. In the past we’ve taken Pies in the Face and participated in local food drives. This year, our Ormond Beach, Fla., staff decided to offer up the services of its management staff, and the first fundraiser required a little elbow grease on their part.

Employees had the opportunity to purchase tickets that entitled them to have their favorite manager wash their motorcycle or car. Each ticket they bought was a chance to have their name drawn from a hat to win a free car/bike wash. The more tickets they bought, … Continue Reading

The Advantages of an Open Belt Drive

Today’s discussion is regarding Primary Belt Drives. I’m going to give you the basics, and the advantages of an open belt system.

First, let’s lay out the advantages of a primary belt over a chain. Belt technology these days has produced tough strong belts that are not quite as strong as a chain, but are coming very, very close. These are being produced at a fraction of the weight of a chain. Chain drive sprockets are made of steel, while most belt pulleys are hard anodized aluminum. These pulleys are a fraction of the weight of the sprockets (hmmmm, see a trend here?).  When a Belt Drive is installed, … Continue Reading

2014-03-31T15:22:18+00:00 By |Tech Tips|11 Comments

Last Cruise Night of the Season

As our summer season drew to an end, J&P Cycles hosted its final Cruise Night of the season and it was a fantastic evening! Congratulations to the Peoples’ Choice winners.

Our bike winners were:

  • Steve Black with his 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King,
  • Ken Lowen with his 2008 Ural Tourist.

Our car winners were:

  • Bob and Judy Cross with their 1947 Ford pickup

  • Gilbert Meltredt with his 1964 Chevrolet wagon.

Thank you to for joining us this season. And we hope you’re looking forward to next summer as much as we are! Continue Reading

2015-04-15T15:21:20+00:00 By |News/Events Articles|Comments Off on Last Cruise Night of the Season

Blazing New Trails in the Metric Market

Let’s face it, finding custom parts for a metric cruiser can be a challenge. And it’s not for a lack of trying on our part. J&P’s product specialists relentlessly scour the earth for the latest and greatest parts. And recently, we found a company that’s not necessarily new to the motorcycle industry but new to us. Low and Mean  is an Arizona-based company that specializes in metric cruisers. And not just your run-of-the-mill chrome covers. These guys have the actual “custom” parts that the metric cruiser market has been missing. This is the stuff we love to find — well thought-out, quality parts that fill a need. Not just some … Continue Reading

Bike in a Box? No Problem!

Today’s blog will address the possibility of building a basket case, or swap meet special. This weekend, there is a parts swap meet right here in Anamosa, Iowa. This Sunday, on the 19th of September, J&P Cycles is returning to its roots. This raises the possibility that you might want to consider taking on the task of building a basket case.

What’s a basket case, you ask? In the vernacular of the motorcycle world, a basket case is a project bike that lies unassembled in a bunch of boxes or baskets. It’s also known as a swap meet special, but there are plenty of other places where … Continue Reading

2014-03-31T15:45:29+00:00 By |Tech Tips|Comments Off on Bike in a Box? No Problem!

A Windshield on Your Bike Keeps the Bugs Out of Your Teeth

Editor’s note: Below is Part 2 in a two-part series that seeks perspectives from two types of riders discussing the pluses and minuses of installing a windshield on your motorcycle. Jake Herring wrote yesterday about in-your-face open road riding and the disadvantages of windshields. Today, Anthony Todd talks about the benefits and safety of using a windshield for protection and comfort. Here’s Anthony Todd:

In my view, Jake is 100 percent correct when he talks about the feeling you get when you’re on the open road. Riding a motorcycle is the ultimate stress reliever for me. Anytime I’m frustrated with life in general, I climb on my bike to clear … Continue Reading

2014-03-31T15:46:53+00:00 By |Tech Tips|1 Comment

Windshields: Ride Free or Stay Protected?

Editor’s note: What we have here is Part 1 in a two-part series that’s intended to share perspectives from two types of riders on the necessity for a windshield on your motorcycle. In today’s offering, Jake Herring talks about the wind in your face and the benefits of riding the open road without a windshield. Tomorrow, we’ll hear from Anthony Todd, who will talk about the safety and protection issues involved in having a windshield above your handlebars. First up, Jake Herring:

Let me put this as simply as I can: No windshield! Sure, it might protect you from the elements, but a windshield also protects you from one of … Continue Reading

2015-03-18T09:38:45+00:00 By |Tech Tips|38 Comments