Preparing Your Motorcycle for Winter Hibernation

It’s getting colder, no doubt about that, and now we’re faced with the task of putting our rides away for the winter. Today’s blog post provides some suggestions to prepare your bike for storage.

Like everything else, there are at least two schools of thought when it comes to the gasoline in your tank issue. Do you drain it or fill up? There are those who recommend draining the tank, then starting up the bike and running it out of fuel. Others recommend a fuel stabilizer in a full tank. Over the years, I have heard horror stories about fuel stabilizers, but I’ve never personally experienced any problems.

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By | 2014-03-31T16:22:56+00:00 October 29th, 2010|Tech Tips|38 Comments

2011 Models Hit the Street Running

Don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but over the past year or so, motorcycle manufacturers haven’t exactly been giving us a whole lot of new models to get excited about. Just a quick look at the current models still sitting on the showroom floors should be evidence enough that some of last year’s offerings were bland.

Well this year it’s a different story. I don’t have the time and you probably don’t have the attention span for me to list every new change across the board, but there are a few notable new models that are definitely creating a buzz in the motorcycle community.

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By | 2014-03-31T16:24:31+00:00 October 28th, 2010|Product Information|1 Comment

Harley-Davidson Brings Sport and Comfort to 2011

Last year Harley-Davidson went all out and released an astounding nine new model motorcycles. This year the company was less flamboyant, debuting only three new models. I don’t know whether this was because of hard economic times or if HD is just giving last year’s stable of bikes a chance to gain a foothold on the market. Whatever the reason, it gives me the opportunity to introduce you to these three new rides in the Harley lineup.

First up is the Super Low, featuring an 883-cubic-centimeter engine and a five-speed transmission. Nothing new here, but what is new about this machine is the lower seat height, redesigned front end, 18-inch … Continue Reading

By | 2015-03-18T09:37:42+00:00 October 28th, 2010|Product Information|4 Comments

A Carbon Fiber Belt Can Save Your Butt

With riding season winding down, it kind of bums me out knowing that within the next few weeks I won’t be able to enjoy my morning blast to work or weekend lunacy with my riding buddies.

Instead, I’ll be relegated to finding rare opportunities to rip around in the dirt while freezing to death or the occasional flogging of the dirt bike through my snow-packed backyard. But mostly, I’ll be preparing my plan of attack on next year’s riding season. The fact that I’m forced into the garage for the winter months — sort of like a grownup’s “time out” — actually offers a silver lining. And that’s because it … Continue Reading

By | 2014-03-31T16:44:05+00:00 October 26th, 2010|Tech Tips|8 Comments

Born To Ride Magazine Interviews Zach Parham, Our VP of Operations

Our own Zach Parham — who was recently named vice president of operations and has been a key contributor in developing our retail store operations — began his J&P career back when he was still riding a tricycle around the shop. He joined J&P fulltime in May of 2007 after graduating from Wartburg College with a degree in accounting and finance, and is now married and has a 2-year-old son. Zach was recently interviewed by “Born to Ride, Florida” for their 77th issue. Below is a copy of that great article. To view the magazine, visit

As a biker, if there is an opportunity to add some chrome … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T15:16:30+00:00 October 25th, 2010|Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|5 Comments

HD Pulling the Plug on Sidecar Production After 96-year Run

Harley-Davidson has seen a significant decrease in demand for sidecars since sales of the Tri-Glide models began in the 2009 model year. The Tri-Glide was the first three-wheel Harley since the Servi-Car was discontinued in 1973. As a result, the company has just announced it is getting out of the sidecar business.

This is a pretty big move since sidecars have been a part of Harley-Davidson since almost forever. It’s another move in the company’s efforts to concentrate on its core business, which is pretty much down to the basics now. How much more can be tossed overboard in HD’s efforts to keep the company afloat without losing what Harley-Davidson … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Named a Social Super Star

J&P Cycles has been recognized as a “Social Super Star” by RightNow Technologies for our commitment to servicing and communicating with customers and motorcycle enthusiasts through our blog and the emerging channels of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. RightNow provides customer experience solutions that help organizations create loyalty, grow sales and increase efficiency.

Halfway through last year, our team held a series of meetings that resulted in a conscious decision to develop a comprehensive social strategy in our dealings with the public. We quickly recognized the need to go where our customers were and we were ready to adapt to their needs — a strategy that has served us … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T15:17:28+00:00 October 20th, 2010|News/Events Articles|2 Comments

Motorcycles and Kids: How Young is Too Young?

For many of us, our passion for motorcycles is a gift from our parents. In fact in a recent blog post, J&P’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle tech Jake Herring said this about his introduction to motorcycles:

A couple of days after I was born, I was zipped up inside my old man’s leathers and cruising around Southern California.”

An evaluation of our interests and hobbies would probably reveal that much of what we do for fun is likely influenced by our parents, grandparents or guardians.  We’ve all heard the saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and for the most part, this is true.

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By | 2015-04-15T15:18:09+00:00 October 19th, 2010|Editorial/Commentary Articles|8 Comments

Mechanical Compression Ratio

J&P Cycles® has partnered with Ironworks Magazine to provide great content from their publication for our readers. For additional, great content like this, make sure to check out Ironworks at The article below is a continuation of an article first featured on Monday’s blog.

Mechanical Compression Ratio

Let’s start with the most basic form of compression ratio, Mechanical compression, sometimes referred to as Static compression. Mechanical compression is a very basic measurement of the engine compression ratio without the camshaft dynamics being used in the calculation.

Mechanical compression is based solely on the volumes of the following components:

Swept volume of the cylinder
Combustion chamber volume

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By | 2010-10-15T16:16:41+00:00 October 15th, 2010|Tech Tips|Comments Off on Mechanical Compression Ratio

J&P Reports From Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach

Once again the biker version of the “fall classic” is here and in full swing. We’re set up on the corner of Interstate 95 and Highway 1 and we’re showing off enough  biker swag to impress even the most veteran of motorcycle show attendees. Biketoberfest 2010 is in full swing at Daytona Beach, Fla., with events planned all the way through Sunday, October 17.

And your friends at J&P are here live and in color featuring equipment from vendors like Memphis Shades, Kuryakyn, Battistinis, Mustang Seats, and more. We’re even offering up a preview peek sneak at some of next year’s new products! Take, for instance, … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T15:18:20+00:00 October 15th, 2010|News/Events Articles|2 Comments