Early Spring Commuting Does Have Its Drawbacks – But It’s Worth It

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March 25, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

Climbing on my bike in the early weeks of spring is something I look forward to every year. It’s nice to get out and do some riding after a long winter of sitting around waiting for the weather to break. If you’re like me and you have a busy lifestyle, you might find yourself doing most of your two-wheel riding in your commute to and from work.

Unfortunately, the change to spring weather can bring a whole new set of problems to that morning ride. My day usually starts at 6 a.m., so when I get on the road, I find myself confronted by quite a few challenges. For one … Continue Reading

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Take a Little Comfort and Protection from Alpinestars

March 24, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

As this most terrible of winters in a century thankfully draws to a close, a lot of us are venturing out, getting back in the saddle and hitting the road. But temps remain a bit cool, and we’ve got the perfect apparel to make it easy to stay geared up and still be comfortable.

It’s not quite time for a t-shirt and a cool breeze, but the folks at Alpinestars offer motorcycle clothing and gear for everyone from road racers to NASCAR drivers. They walk that fine line between keeping you in good shape in the event of a “get off” and saving you from boiling in your jacket.

One … Continue Reading

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Industry Icons, the Ness Family [VIDEO]

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March 22, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Our Industry Icon Series continues with The Family Ness — three generations of bike builders headed by Arlen Ness, who is widely considered the godfather of custom bike building. Arlen Ness Enterprises manufactures and markets incredible custom parts that enable enthusiasts to build their own bike from the ground up. Each year sees this family business introducing new parts for Harley-Davidsons as well as Victory bikes and metrics.

As a result of good genes and heredity, son Cory and grandson Zach are recipients of Arlen’s incredible talents. All three of them share their thoughts on bike building, the state of the industry and Ness history. Enjoy the video below … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Gets Up Close With XR1200 Riders [VIDEO]

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March 18, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

The Vance and Hines/Harley Davidson XR1200 series kicked off its second season with a bang in Daytona with lots of new faces on the grid. Five time Daytona 200 winner Scott Russel, 2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp were among those to join the exiting class in 2011 along with J&P riders former dirt track superstar Joe Kopp and young gun Michael Beck. We had a chance to catch up with some of the riders during qualifying, here’s how the race unfolded.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011 | By: Jason Hayes

With spring almost here, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day brings food, friends, and a few pints together to reflect Irish heritage. There are almost 37 million Americans that have Irish roots but this holiday is not only celebrated by the Irish.  Anybody that likes a good time and a little green beer can partake in the party.

On this holiday, unfortunately, there is an increase in alcohol related accidents and deaths. On St. Patrick’s Day 2008, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each … Continue Reading

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How Do You Get a Two-wheel License on a Three-wheel Vehicle?

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March 16, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

I was spending my Sunday afternoon doing what I normally do on Sundays —watching the supercross race — when a commercial came on the screen. The ad was for the Can-Am Roadster, also commonly referred to as a Can-Am Spyder. If you’re not familiar with the Can-Am Roadster, it’s a three-wheeled vehicle that features two wheels in front and a drive wheel in the back. The vehicle is made by BRP.

Personally, I don’t have a real issue with this vehicle, other than I’d just as soon drive an ice cream truck with music blaring and kiddy signs all over it before I’d throw a leg over one of … Continue Reading

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Biggest Bike Bash in Daytona Beach Wraps Up [VIDEO]

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March 16, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

Where the heck were you? Monday was the last day of Bike Week 2011 in Daytona Beach and, true to form, it once again maintained its reputation as one of the biggest biker bashes on the planet.

And if you haven’t visited J&P Cycles’ Destination Daytona location, you owe it to yourself as a biker to make the trip. Tents in the parking lots were filled with stuff you need for your bike — and much of it was priced 50 percent off, including shiny new motorcycle engines. We had tires on sale, and they could even be installed while you waited. We also installed exhaust systems on site, … Continue Reading

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Paul Jr. Designs Unveils a New Chopper at J&P in Florida – [VIDEO]

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March 14, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

Paul Teutul Jr., co-star of the Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper: Sr. Versus Jr.”, rolled onto a stage at our Ormond Beach, Fla., store last Friday with one of two custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles he designed for CrankyApe.com.

The long-touted unveiling occurred in the middle of Bike Week at our Destination Daytona store with thousands of Paul Jr. fans on hand to get a first-hand look at the blue custom-made motorcycle created especially for CrankyApe.com, the online powersport auction company. Paul Jr., his brother, Mikey, and other Paul Jr. Designs employee/stars signed autographs and chatted with J&P visitors after the unveiling. The popularity of Paul Jr.’s TV series was evident, with hundreds … Continue Reading

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J&P Interviews Our First ‘Industry Icon’

March 10, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

We are an industry filled with interesting people. And in our recent travels to dealer shows and industry events in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, we have had the opportunity to chat with some of the motorcycle industry’s true innovators. These folks were here in the beginning, or they greatly improved what was introduced in the beginning.

Their designs and improvements to every part on our bikes have resulted in standards that continue to make motorcycle riding the highlight of many of our lives. As a result of these industry giants, we decided it was time to formally interview some of them. So welcome to the first of a series of videos … Continue Reading

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Take a Look at Our Second Readers’ Rides Winner!

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March 9, 2011 | By: Bud Milza

Editor’s Note: Here is the second installment of our new monthly online series called “Readers Rides of the Month,” spotlighting the best-looking bike selected from photographs submitted by you to our eagle-eyed J&P staffers. Shown here is the February 2011 winning entry, and you’ll discover why we favored this particular bike in the commentary below. If you think your ride should have its own special month in this spot, send us an in-focus, crisp photograph. And we want to thank all of you folks who submitted photos for consideration. There were a lot of great looking bikes in those photographs.

This month’s ride is a 1980 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide belonging … Continue Reading

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