December 17, 2010 | By: Jason Hayes
Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we heard from Bud Milza who expressed his rather strong opposition to the notion of cluttering your motorcycle with intercom systems, GPS systems and other electronic paraphernalia. Today we get the opportunity to hear the other side of that communications conundrum from Jason Hayes, a proponent of such technologies.
Is staying connected staying safe?
By Jason Hayes
In today’s society, small devices such as cell phones, MP3 players and GPS devices are a part of everyday life for a lot of people. Being safe on the road with these devices is not all that difficult if you know how to use them and— just as important — … Continue Reading
December 16, 2010 | By: Bud Milza
Editor’s Note: Like every other discussion involving motorcycles, there’s always at least two opposing views, and this week’s topic is certainly no exception. In today’s post, we have Bud Milza opining on the total lack of necessity for communications and directional equipment to be installed on bikes. He believes one should be communicating with nature and the road, not the Internet highway. Tomorrow we’ll hear from Jason Hayes who will describe the ease, convenience and comfort that electronics bring to your ride. But first, let it all out, Bud:
Riding the Way the Good Lord Intended — Unplugged
By Bud Milza
Let me start off by saying the opinions … Continue Reading
There’s a law out there that’s flying under the radar of most bikers, and on the surface it appears to be a small issue. Truth is, it could have a big impact on the motorcycle community. But before I get there, a little background is in order.
In August of 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed into law. Known as “the lead law,” the intent was to protect children from harmful amounts of lead in toys and other products. That’s a good thing, but unfortunately, the law goes too far by encompassing kids’ dirt bikes and ATV’s due to the lead content in motorcycle batteries and … Continue Reading
December 14, 2010 | By: Tim Barcz
About two years ago several of us were marveling over how much technical knowledge and expertise about motorcycles exists at J&P Cycles. Just ask anyone who has been to one of our two locations, chatted with us via our live chat (go ahead give it a try), talked on the phone with one of our motorcycle technicians, or visited with us at a motorcycle event. Everybody knows how knowledgeable our staff is when it comes to motorcycle parts and accessories. We wanted to get the word out to people via “this new Internet thing,” and thus, a blog was born.
We launched a year ago and in the … Continue Reading
As I was eating lunch this afternoon, I happened to catch tomorrow’s weather forecast on the tube. The 30-mile morning commute promises to be a brisk 37 degrees! Some of us are fortunate enough to not be forced into winter hibernation, and some of us simply refuse to comply with the edicts of winter.
Since Scott Holton recently went over — in fine detail, I might add — how to prepare your bike for winter lockup, I figured it was time to give you a heads up on a few ways to resist Old Man Winter and keep riding year-round.
I personally don’t go to great pains to prepare for … Continue Reading
December 10, 2010 | By: Bud Milza
I was checking out all the great photos of bikes that our fans have put on our Facebook page and it came to me that we really should feature some of these customers’ rides on our blog. Take a quick peek at the 926 or so photos on Facebook and you’ll get a new perspective on how no two bikes are truly alike. From stock bikes with simple handlebar and seat swaps, to full-blown ground-up custom builds, everybody’s preference, style and taste is different.
What one rider thinks a Fat Boy should look like can be the complete opposite of another biker. The personalization that goes into each and every … Continue Reading
Have you ever actually taken the time to read your spark plugs? I’m not talking about the gibberish scribbled on the side of the plugs. I’m saying you can read the plug by inspecting the business end. Identifying the condition of the plug will help you to troubleshoot and cure your ailing motorcycle.
Here’s what to look for when checking out the bottom of your plugs:
A grayish-tan color tells you that your spark plug is operating in the normal heat range. It also lets you know that your air-fuel mixture is correct. Check it out. This is what you want your plugs to look like.
Let’s say you pull … Continue Reading
We’re taking reservations for kids who need to have a face-to-face with Santa, we’re serving refreshments, and we’re even giving away free gifts valued at $10 to the first 50 folks who walk in the doors at both of our locations this Saturday morning, December 11, 2010.
It’s the J&P Cycles’ Holiday Open House and the festivities begin at 9 a.m. at the Anamosa, Iowa, and Destination Daytona showrooms. Arrive early and enjoy a great day of shopping with enormous holiday discounts! For instance, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both stores, you can take advantage of 15 percent off everything in the stores — and that includes non-discountable … Continue Reading
In today’s world of fuel-injected motorcycles, there’s a lot of uncertainty about tuning your own bike. Like if and when you should add a FI controller to your motorcycle. And going a step further, how do you go about tuning said controller once you get it installed?
A lot of companies have the “set it and forget it” philosophy, whereby they do the legwork for you and build fuel-injection maps and pre-load them into a given unit. Then it’s up to you to select the map that’s closest to your setup. Others offer units that are more “tunable,” where custom maps can be written using dynamometers with air-fuel sniffers that … Continue Reading
December 6, 2010 | By: Bud Milza
Bud Milza joined our Florida call center team in April of 2007 and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. By the time Bud plugged in his PC, our web business took off, followed shortly after that by a big jump in the number of customers emailing us with tech questions.
The time had come to designate a tech to handle this correspondence and Bud stood up and said, I’m your man, thus filling our very first e-tech position. Since then, this veteran biker has played a key role in expanding J&P Cycles’ e-services to better serve our online customers. But don’t take our word for it… Meet Bud:
J&P … Continue Reading