How Familiar Are You With the Roots of Memorial Day?

How much do you know about the history and purpose of Memorial Day? Most adults in this country admit they don’t know that Memorial Day was established to honor those who died fighting the nation’s wars.

In fact, a survey commissioned by The National WWII Museum in Washington, D.C., indicates that 46 percent of those quizzed said they “know something about the holiday,” with another 31 percent admitting they knew very little about it. And 3 percent said they didn’t have a clue. Only 20 percent of respondents said they’re very familiar with the day’s purpose.

While there will always be disagreement over the exact details, Memorial Day … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T13:46:46+00:00 May 30th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Winging Into Action – J&P Cycles’ 2011 Gold Wing Catalog

It’s pretty hard to improve on perfection, but our second-ever Gold Wing catalog makes it two winners in a row — and it didn’t hurt at all that we added 16 new pages of everything Wing. This is a fairly new publication for us, and in fact, it’s only the second time we have produced a Gold Wing-specific catalog. The Powers That Be here at J&P were so pleased with the way everyone received Volume I they decided to keep it going. Good decision!

The 2011 J&P Cycles Gold Wing catalog has expanded its selection of clothing and helmets with new product from Alpinestars, Tourmaster, Shoei, and … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:02:43+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Winging Into Action – J&P Cycles’ 2011 Gold Wing Catalog

National Motorcycle Museum Hosts Its First Vintage Rally

It’s not too late to make plans to visit Anamosa, Iowa, the weekend after next– June 3 through 5 — to take part in the first-ever National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally. A swap meet, vintage bike show and dedication of the museum’s new Motorcycles at Work exhibit are just a few of the happenings on the informal agenda for this event. And since you’re going to be in the area anyway, you might as well check out progress on the 1930 gas station restoration project.

The Vintage Bike Show, sponsored by Motorcycle Classics magazine, will focus on bikes 1985 and older. Bring out your American, British, Japanese … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:24:24+00:00 May 25th, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|Tags: , , |Comments Off on National Motorcycle Museum Hosts Its First Vintage Rally

J&P Sponsored Rider Joe Kopp Put Through the Paces at Daytona

Editor’s Note: The Vance & Hines XR1200 series continues this weekend, and Joe Kopp and Michael Beck will be carrying the J&P banner for the entire series. Joe put together a blow-by-blow account of his last race and we thought it would be nice to post it here so you can see how a racer of his caliber processes the race experience. Joe had a nasty high-side during practice and we pick up the story the day following his get-off. Here is Joe’s account of the first event.

Road racing is a way different sport than dirt track as far as the appearance from the outside goes. The media is … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T15:01:16+00:00 May 19th, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

J&P Cycles Kicks Off It’s Second Year of Motorcycle Parts Swap Meets

The first of three fun-filled summertime motorcycle swap meets for 2011 is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, May 22, on the sprawling J&P Cycles world headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa.

J&P Cycles and “motorcycle swap meets” are pretty much synonymous because we have such a rich history with biker events. Our founders — John and Jill Parham — got the business off the ground 32 years ago. In fact, it was simple flyers highlighting motorcycle parts the couple had for sale at their makeshift swap meets that led to the very first J&P catalog. Today, the company is headquartered on a parcel of land the … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:49:32+00:00 May 16th, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|Tags: , |3 Comments

Getting the Most Out of Anamosa

Anamosa, Iowa, might be considered small potatoes when it comes to municipalities, but we more than make up for it in style and attitude. While this portion of Eastern Iowa is called Grant Wood Country after the famous artist, Anamosa is more like motorcycle country. The home of J&P Cycles headquarters, people from across the United States and foreign countries make the trip to Anamosa to see where John and Jill Parham’s dream all began. Snuggled in the cornfields, J&P Cycles is 150,000-square-feet of two-wheel splendor.

Adjacent to J&P Cycles is the motorcycle-themed AmericInn Hotel that opened in June of 2009 with 50 guestrooms, including suites offering whirlpools, fireplaces, microwave … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:26:14+00:00 May 13th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting the Most Out of Anamosa

Honda Rolls Out its Two-Wheeled Offerings for 2011

“Practicality” can be a very subjective term. By general definition, it could be described as the inclination of being designed for actual work or useful activities. The current economic climate suggests that it’s less than practical for OEM’s to continue pushing out huge-bore cruisers and race-spec sport bikes at the rate that they were a half a decade ago.

With most folks having less disposable income, and with gas prices skyrocketing, many new releases available from the Japanese center around a different market segment in the United States than in years passed. Many of the newer models represent a big change in the American motorcycle market. Often referred to as … Continue Reading

Garage Openers are So Yesterday – Just Toggle Your Headlight Switch

Nothing takes the fun out of a daylong ride than returning home after dark and discovering your garage door opener is in the pocket of the denims you stuffed in your saddlebags earlier in the day. You’re fumbling around with your gear in the darkened driveway and you can’t see the nose on your face, let alone a small box with a button on it.

After this happened to me a few times, I made my garage “smart” by installing motion-activated lights at every entrance to the garage. It’s nice to have a light kick on when I get home, and I went the easy route. Instead of getting all … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T13:28:42+00:00 May 13th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, Reviews|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Garage Openers are So Yesterday – Just Toggle Your Headlight Switch

New Publication has Fix-it Tips, Products, Discounts and Coupons!

If you’re a motorcycle literature buff, you might have heard about a great new publication by the folks who bring you American Iron and American Iron Bagger magazines. American Iron Garage is the first magazine of its type, combining a “how-to” tutorial and a catalog filled with parts, discounts and coupons.

The first half of the publication features how-to articles on repairs and additions to a range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles — from installing Mustang seats to Vance & Hines air intake systems and exhaust systems, to Kuryakyn passenger pegs and a number of Roland Sands Design items. And all of it is clearly explained by the talented staff of American Continue Reading

J&P Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

At J&P Cycles, we make it a matter of pride to work hard and play hard, and Cinco de Mayo was a day when we played hard. For years, the bosses at J&P have hosted an employee appreciation event, where managers serve employees and employees, in turn, get a chance to dress their manager, supervisor and team leads in festive garb.

This year, we did things a little different. Instead of the usual employee appreciation event, we added a Cinco de Mayo celebration to it and every manager, supervisor and team lead donned a sombrero, decorated by their peers.

In addition, many also wore great-looking, festive costumes in observance of … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T15:00:51+00:00 May 9th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , |Comments Off on J&P Celebrates Cinco de Mayo