Oil Shortage? What Oil Shortage?

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June 28, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

As a product specialist for J&P Cycles, one of the benefits of the job is that I get the opportunity to talk to many different vendors on a daily basis. Recently I was talking with a vendor who provides us with oil and lubricants, and during the conversation we got a little side-tracked. This guy has been in the oil business for many, many years, so I figured he might know something about oil production.

I told him I saw a recent news report that said the oil spilled from that one well in the Gulf amounted to between 17 and 39 million gallons. That’s from one well! My question … Continue Reading

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Join 20,000 of Your Closest Friends This Weekend at J&P Cycles

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June 23, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

We’ve been talking about it for months here on the blog and it’s finally here – the 32nd annual J&P Cycles Open House. Anamosa, Iowa, is the place to be this weekend as more than 20,000 motorcyclists from around the world converge on this small community for one of the biggest biking events in the Midwest.

If you’re in the area, you’ll have the opportunity to see Extreme Obstacle Rider Geoff Aaron, a 10-time AMA Trials Champion with more than 73 career National wins under his belt. The Daytona Harley Davidson Drill Team’s event is one not to be missed, and so is the ILL Conduct Continue Reading

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S&S Four Stage Bagger Build: The Beginning [VIDEO]

June 17, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be following along with Steve Johnson, president and COO of Tucker Rocky and Bikers Choice, as he takes his 2010 Road Glide to S&S Cycle for the royal treatment. S&S will be doing a four-stage build and documenting each step on video — complete with before and after dyno runs, walking you through each installation right down to tool selection.

Joining Steve Johnson in this first video is George Smith, executive chairman and CEO of S&S. Smith’s suggestion to viewers is to take your time on this upgrade. “Get up to speed at your own speed”.

He describes upcoming videos that enable builders to … Continue Reading

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Eastern Iowa is Motorcycle Heaven for Travelers

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June 16, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

Eastern Iowa may not be at the top of anyone’s list for vacation spots, but if your enthusiasm leans toward moveable vehicles on two wheels, Anamosa, Iowa, is your Midwest Mecca.

Not only is Anamosa the home of J&P Cycles, it’s also just up the road apiece from the National Motorcycle Museum. And we celebrated the museum’s first-ever Vintage Rally event the first weekend of June, with more than 1,600 in attendance. And all those folks weren’t Eastern Iowa natives, either. We had people rolling in from all over the country, including Texas, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Sixty-six bikes were registered for Saturday’s Vintage Bike Show and awards … Continue Reading

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Western Powersports Making a Big Showing at J&P’s Open House

June 15, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

By: Mitch Winder — Western Powersports, Inc.

Hey, J&P customers and fans! You may not recognize the Western Powersports name, and that’s OK, because we’re here to change all that. The folks at J&P have graciously entrusted me with this blog post so I can tell you about some of the cool and exciting things we’re bringing to the J&P Open House, June 25-26, 2011, in Anamosa, Iowa.

So who the heck is Western Powersports? We are a major motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile and watercraft parts and accessories distributor that supplies many of the items you purchase from J&P. And besides our many familiar brands, we’re excited to introduce some … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles and 2011 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building

June 13, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

For as long as we can remember, J&P Cycles and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building have been joined at the hip, and this year in Sturgis promises to be no different. J&P Cycles is always proud to be an Official Partner of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, where gifted motorcycle designers from around the world display their unique builds during this, the granddaddy of all motorcycle rallies.

For those who are unfamiliar with the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, the event exists to showcase and promote international custom motorcycle design and engineering quality, craftsmanship and innovation, and to promote the evolution … Continue Reading

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June 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

June 10, 2011 | By: Bud Milza

Editor’s Note: We know some of you are creatures of habit and hate change, but don’t go ballistic when you get to the end of this post and don’t find a list of parts that correspond with this prize ride. Truth of the matter is, this bike’s just a bit different. There are so many custom parts on this ride that we decided to forego the parts list this month. But we think you’ll get a kick reading about the customization that went into this 35-year-old Yamaha. Enjoy!

Customization to the Extreme

By: Bud Milza

Back in January, my fellow J&P blogger Lowell Anderson told you about the joys and … Continue Reading

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Give A Second Chance At Life: Become An Organ Donor

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June 3, 2011 | By: John Parham

That time of year is upon us – at least for those of us in the Midwest – time to get our motorcycle gear together and get out on the open road. As motorcyclists, we are aware of the danger that comes along with our hobby and because of our hobby, the chance of an accident taking place is greater. Most of us don’t think about what we would do if they unthinkable happened to us or family members, but we should.

Organ donation is such an important topic and one that I am extremely passionate about. In early August of last year, I received a lung transplant. The unselfish … Continue Reading

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Performance Machine Presents its Dynamic Duo

June 2, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

With riding weather hitting full stride, time’s short to spruce up your ride and add some well-deserved swag to its magnificence. There you stand in your garage, staring at your machine and wondering what bit of functional bling you could add to the bike to brighten its appearance or add punch to the motor.

By complete design, the folks at Performance Machine step forward to throw their hats in the ring with a pair of very good suggestions for 2011:

PM’s Fast Air Intake offers a new take on an old idea. This intake utilizes the highest-quality and best-performing K&N filter element, which results in a 10.21 hp increase on … Continue Reading

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The Call: The Journey of a New Harley Rider

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June 1, 2011 | By: Tim Barcz

Editor’s Note: Tim Barcz is J&P Cycles’ senior ecommerce manager, and while he’s been doing a bang-up job for us in this capacity since April of 2008, he’s never taken riding and getting his license as seriously as his work on our award-winning website. As you’ll read below, events have changed all that, and Tim will be blogging from time to time on the trials and travails of switching from being a sidecar rider to his anticipated evolution as a seasoned Harley rider.

The Journey of a New Harley Rider, Part I

By Tim Barcz

You know the call is going to come. You just don’t know when. Days and … Continue Reading

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