When Did Custom Become a Four-letter Word?

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February 25, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

One of the most common questions we get around here sounds like this: “Is this thing going to be an exact fit for my bike?” Or, “Hey, is this thing plug-and-play?” And if we reply to the negative, a lot of folks immediately lose interest. They don’t want to mess with it. For most of us who like to fiddle with our bikes, at least half the parts were originally meant to fit something else.

But you know what? If you switch this or move that, most parts are going to fit just fine on your bike. After all, custom means one of a kind, or made to fit. It … Continue Reading

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Dealer Expo Turns Up a Treasure Chest of New Products

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February 24, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

The annual Dealer Expo was held in Indianapolis last weekend and J&P was well represented. This is one of the top dealer shows each year and it offers an array of products that pretty well covers the spectrum when it comes to the motorcycle market. We found ourselves virtually surrounded by products for Harley-Davidsons, metric cruisers, scooters and off-road. And the J&P crew was everywhere, scouring the enormous show floor in a search for new innovative items to offer our customers.

We picked up so much new stuff that it’d be difficult to catalog it all here, but we’ve highlighted a couple of new products that you can purchase … Continue Reading

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Getting Back on the Road with National Cycle

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February 23, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

While most of us are itching to get back out on our bikes, it’s still a bit frigid in most parts of the country to ride at highway speeds. A good way, however, to score some early seat time without turning into a popsicle is to add a windshield to your ride. And if the idea of a windshield isn’t very appealing to you, either because of the esthetics or something else, then the folks at National Cycle may have what you need.

Earlier this month — at V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio — National Cycle debuted two perfect ways to add wind perfection to your ride while maintaining a … Continue Reading

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‘Easy Rider’ has Starring Role at Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum

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February 18, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

The National Motorcycle Museum is planning to kick start summer 2011 by hosting its first-ever Vintage Rally June 3 and 4 in Anamosa, Iowa. And headlining the event is Dan Haggerty who will talk about building the bikes for the 1969 cult classic film, Easy Rider.

Dan will also inspect and discuss the film’s only remaining movie bike — the Captain America chopper — on permanent display at the museum.

Bring your 1985 or earlier vintage bikes for the bike show. You can pick up some must-have goodies as you explore the swap meet, then relax and listen to a panel discussion on motorcycle collecting. Join in as we … Continue Reading

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Show Your Support and Stop the Ban

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February 17, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Back in December we posted an article about the ongoing fight to end the ban on youth ATV’s and motorcycles. After two years of efforts by dealers and enthusiast Congress has taken notice. Tomorrow the House of Representatives Subcommittee On Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will have a hearing to review the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, otherwise known as the “Lead law”. The MIC has submitted a letter to direct attention to the unintended ban on youth ATV’s and motorcycles that has resulted from the CPSIA lead content provision.

MIC issued a video prodding motorcyclists to show their support and make a push for Congress to amend the CPSIA and … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Tech Forum Has Been Around for 11 Years Now

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February 14, 2011 | By: Scott Holton

I have been very blessed to be the moderator of the J&P Cycles Forum since December of 2000. If you’re not familiar with forums, they are online “bulletin boards” where you can post questions and receive answers to tech questions, shoot the breeze and even find out about upcoming events.

Since it’s inception in 2000, we have had a whopping 255,216 posts! Moderating the forum has always been one of the favorite parts of my job. Before I forget, a special thanks to my associate Steve Franta is in order. For many years, Steve and I were the only ones around to answer your questions.

The J&P Forum offers a … Continue Reading

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It’s a Snow Day at J&P – Only This Time You Go to Class!

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February 11, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

It’s winter here in Iowa and we just received a foot or more of snow. We’re all dreaming about getting our bikes out and enjoying the open road, but that dream’s still a few months away. What to do in the meantime?

How about taking advantage of an informative, fun and free workshop? Our J&P Cycles Winter Workshop gets underway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at our headquarters outside Anamosa, Iowa.

This particular workshop is geared toward anybody who owns a motorcycle of any kind – and that’s a pretty broad brushstroke. All we ask is that you register beforehand (http://www2.jpcycles.com/WinterWorkshop) and jot … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Apps

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February 7, 2011 | By: Jason Hayes

In today’s world of technology smart phones offer us unlimited information at our fingertip. With a smart phone comes what is known as the App (application). There are thousands of these small programs that allow us to play games, get instant news, edit pictures, listen to music, or find the closest restaurant. What I’d like to concentrate on are those apps designed specifically for those of us who ride motorcycles.

There are plenty of biker apps from which to choose in the motorcycle world, depending on what you want to do. Shopping for a bike? Check out the Cycle Trader app. Studying up for your motorcycle permit? The Motorcycle Test … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Trade Shows are as Varied as the Bikers Who Attend Them

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February 5, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

One of the coolest things about being a motorcycle enthusiast is the ability to share that enthusiasm with other motorcycle enthusiasts. There are tons of different shows throughout the year that allow us to swap stories, exchange ideas and talk shop.

Some events are based on having a good time and others are centered on a specific ride, celebration or activity. There are benefit rides, poker runs, open houses (J&P has a good one if you’ve never been), and massive “happenings” like Sturgis and Bike Week.  There are specialized events that cater to specific groups of riders, such as the annual Vintage Days gathering in Ohio for those … Continue Reading

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Check This Out: It’s Our Very First “Readers’ Rides” Winner!

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February 4, 2011 | By: Bud Milza

Editor’s Note: As promised on our Facebook Page, we’ve initiated a new monthly series called “Readers Rides of the Month,” spotlighting the best-looking bike selected from photographs submitted by you to our discerning team of J&P staffers. Shown here is the January 2011 winning entry, and we outline below why this bike won. If you think your ride is deserving of our accolades, send us a crisp, clear photograph.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted pictures to be considered for our new Readers’ Rides series. This month’s ride is a 1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy belonging to David Stewart of Eldorado, Ark. This is a perfect example of … Continue Reading

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