The Davenport Antique Meet, the Real Old School

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September 15, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Sometimes you just get lucky, and we here in the Midwest are lucky. One reasons is because one of the world’s largest antique motorcycle swap meets is held right here in our backyard — down the Mississippi in Davenport, Iowa.

In fact, it’s called the Davenport Antique Swap Meet and it takes place each year around Labor Day on the sprawling Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. This year’s event was fantastic and the smart money says you should make plans to be here next Labor Day weekend. This is where you’ll find motorcycle parts that you may never have seen before — or may never see again.

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Kuryakyn Reps will be at the Daytona SuperStore on Sept. 25

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September 13, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

Looking for some great new products for your Gold Wing? If so, you don’t want to miss this! If you’re in the area on Saturday, Sept. 25, you might want to stop by the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona SuperStore and see the newest products from Kuryakyn.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kuryakyn professionals will be on site to answer any questions you might have about their new products. It’s also an opportunity for our customers to take a close up and personal peek at our new gear. Some of the latest equipment at Daytona will include:

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J&P’s Indy Race Weekend: Hitting the Less Obvious Byways

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September 10, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

People tend to get caught up in their own little universe and nowhere is this more clear than in the cruiser market. Rolling around from event to event with blinders on, only seeing the next Sturgis or Daytona bike week, and all the while there’s a whole world of motorcycle events that just pass us by.

Sometimes you just have to expand your horizons. Taking our own advice, J&P Cycles headed out to Indy for the RedBull MotoGP as well as the AMA Endurocross and Indy Mile flat track race.                                     

We started the weekend on Friday night where we had the opportunity to do a track walk before the race … Continue Reading

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7th Annual East Central Iowa Sidecar Rally Set for Sept. 11

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September 7, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

Sidecar enthusiasts: Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 11, when the 7th annual East Central Iowa Sidecar Rally gets underway at the brand new National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

Located at 102 Chamber Drive in Anamosa, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with many sidecars on display, sponsored by Sidecars Unlimited and the National Motorcycle Museum. Riders and spectators from across the Midwest are expected to show up in time for breakfast, running from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at 107 North Division Street, courtesy of the Anamosa AmVets.

One of the highlights of the day will be a free rally featuring a … Continue Reading

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From Hollister to Coalinga on Highway 25

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September 6, 2010 | By: Iron Works

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From Hollister to Coalinga on Highway 25

There are rides and then, there are rides. There are technical rides along mountain roads, long days in the saddle trying to get from point A to point B, and social rides with a club, going to somewhere special.

And then there are solo rides out in the middle of nowhere, reconnecting with your bike, seeing a bit of the countryside, trying to figure out something that’s hovering at the edge of your consciousness.

Highway 25 south of Hollister in central California is a good road for a

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AMD World Championships

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September 6, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

There is a happening every year in Sturgis that might not be on your radar but probably should be. The AMD World Championships of custom bike building. The AMD Championship has continued to bring the best builders together from not only the United States but form all over the world. The bike’s that come to this show range from classic choppers and state of the art baggers to engineering marvels that steer through the swing arm or like this years overall winner Freddy “Krugger” Bertrand of Belgium’s entry. Freddy’s show stopper had a completely adjustable chassis that it allowed the VRod equipped machine to go from a super low raked … Continue Reading

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How To Order Motorcycle Cables

September 3, 2010 | By: Scott Holton

After our previous blog posts about extending your motorcycle cables and brake lines, and another about measuring for comfortable bars, we thought it’s about time to take on the topic of cables all by themselves. 

Harley Throttle

Let’s start with HD throttle cables. In this modern era we use a two-cable system, something that was mandated by the government to preclude sticking throttles. In case the throttle does stick, the two-cable system has a positive action when the handgrip is closed, closing the throttle.

Through the decades, we’ve experimented with three types of cables. The first cable was used on “butterfly” type Keihin carbs that were common on … Continue Reading

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Want To Own The World’s Fastest Motorcycle? You Can’t Afford It!

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September 3, 2010 | By: Scott Holton

It’s the current motorcycle land speed record holder and the owner’s already been approached to put a price on this sleek machine. But more on that later. Right now we’re going to share construction and competition details of this motorcycle with any of you who have a hankering for speed and performance.

As for me, I was hooked on this svelte streamliner the first time I laid eyes on it — in full song and on its record-setting run back in 2006. The owner of this bike is Denis Manning, CEO of BUB Enterprises, which manufactures aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems. Denis has been in the motorcycle industry for more than … Continue Reading

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How Low Can You Go? Let Burly “Slam” Your Ride

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September 1, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Let’s face it; a lowered bike looks badass, no matter your reason for doing it. Maybe you did it for aesthetic reasons or — if you’re vertically challenged like myself — maybe you just want the option of having both feet planted on the ground simultaneously. Hell, lowering almost anything with wheels automatically raises the cool factor. There’s not much else better to make you feel like the king of the local cruising grounds than rolling up on your freshly polished, slammed-to-the ground ride.

The question, of course, is how to obtain this “get down” experience. You should be comforted in the knowledge that there are actually several ways to … Continue Reading

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