What The EPA Didn’t Tell You About Ethanol

Back in 2005, the Energy Policy Act penned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put into place ensuring that gasoline sold in the United States has a minimum volume of renewable fuel. Ethanol is considered a renewable fuel.

After 2005, many automotive manufacturers complained to the EPA about the damage caused by adding ethanol to fuel, but to no avail. The EPA plans on doubling the amount of ethanol in fuel by 2012, yet it doesn’t appear they’re too concerned about the problems ethanol can cause to your engine. More than 16 billion gallons of ethanol were mandated for use under the guise of a Clean Air Act last … Continue Reading

A Motorcycle to Stir My Soul

Chances are that if you’re reading this blog post, you’re deep into bikes. And as a person who is into bikes, you know as well as I that motorcycles move the body, but stir the soul. Each of us has a bike or bikes that do that for us.

There’s just something about the way it feels, looks, sounds or smells that gets the pulse racing and the synapses firing. Maybe it’s the bike you’re now riding that offers you the freedom you could never get from the family truckster. It could have been the bike you took you first ride on, hanging on for dear life. In the case … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:15:04+00:00 August 29th, 2011|Editorial/Commentary Articles|7 Comments

A Year Later: Gratitude Follows ‘The Call’

Thankful is probably the best word I can use to describe the past 12 months in my life. As many of you know, it was a year ago this month that I received “The Call.” It was the phone call I’d been waiting months for — the message that a lung had been found for me and surgery could be scheduled.

Believe me when I say that when you receive that call, your life instantly changes. Maybe you think you’ve prepared your head for that moment, but when it occurs, a thousand thoughts and questions jostle for position in your brain, and it leaves you spinning. But, I knew that … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:19:31+00:00 August 24th, 2011|Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments

Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet Sept. 1-4 in Iowa

The fast-arriving Labor Day weekend marks Iowa’s biggest antique Motorcycle swap meets and vintage flat-track races, hosted by the Chief Blackhawk chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) and held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.

The AMCA Fall National (Sept 1 through 4 this year) is one of the largest events of the year for this organization and it just so happens to be taking place pretty much smack dab in the middle of the United States — about an hour and a half from J&P Cycles.

This is an event that draws members and spectators from all over the United States. What’s the attraction? … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:24:17+00:00 August 23rd, 2011|News/Events Articles|1 Comment

Motorcycle Madness — It’s Often a Hereditary Thing

If loving motorcycles — and Harley’s in particular — is a hereditary trait, I guess you could say I came by my infatuation honestly. My dad was a mechanic and I grew up surrounded by disassembled machines, frames hanging from the garage ceiling and the intoxicating aroma of half-filled oil pans. My dad had bikes around our property before I was born, and he actually dabbled with open wheel racing with the United States Auto Club.

Dad never owned a bike when I was growing up, but back in the early ’70s, at the impressionable age of 14, he helped me pick out a 1968 Montgomery Wards Riverside 250 Street … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:58:23+00:00 August 18th, 2011|Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment

August 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

Editor’s Note:  We’ve got some really good news for this month’s Readers’ Ride winner — as well as all future winners of this friendly competition. In addition to all the incredible notoriety and prestige you gain, we’re giving each winner a one-year membership in the J&P Gold Club.

Don’t have an award-winning ride? You can still join the club anytime you want, and here’s what you get when you do: Up to ten percent savings on discountable parts every day; up to 15 percent on sale days; a $15 coupon; free ground shipping on orders over $99.99; the ability to earn member points; and a free J&P Cycles tire … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:16:45+00:00 August 15th, 2011|News/Events Articles|1 Comment

Novice J&P Blogger Shares a Motorcycling Memory

Editor’s Note: We’ve got a raft of good writers here at J&P Cycles who scribble off some pretty good blog posts on a regular basis. Many of these managers and employees not only know how to turn a wrench, they know how to describe to you how to turn a wrench.

Our blog has become the go-to place for those who have questions about their motorcycle or are looking for the latest means of boosting power, maintaining safety or blinging up your bike. So when Carla Elliott, our HR director, came up with the notion of giving everyone at J&P an opportunity to get in the act, our employees jumped Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:15:33+00:00 August 12th, 2011|Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments

Subtle Changes in the 2012 Harley-Davidson Model Lineup

It’s a new model year for Harley-Davidson, and when it comes to motors, all I have to say is “Goodbye 96 and hello 103.” That’s because all Twin Cam models, with the exception of the Dyna Super Glide and Street Bob, now come standard with the 103 motor.

This news, and the fact that the Rocker has been discontinued, are pretty much all there is for me to get excited about this year. Also on the chopping block are the Crossbones and Street Glide Trike. CVO models remain unchanged — the exception being the Road Glide Custom is going to be replaced by the Road Glide Ultra. The only … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T12:29:37+00:00 August 11th, 2011|News/Events Articles|2 Comments

J&P Cycles Donates $25,000 to Camp Courageous of Iowa

One of our close neighbors out here in Anamosa, Iowa, is a very special camp for very special people – children and adults with special needs. For more than 30 years, Camp Courageous — located just outside Monticello and about 10 miles from J&P Cycles’ headquarters — has been a place where campers can have a great time with others facing the same challenges, all in a safe, nurturing and beautiful environment.

Camp Courageous is a year-round care and recreation facility for people of all ages with disabilities that can include vision, mental, physical and other disabilities. Each year, the 150-acre camp serves thousands of individuals. It continues to … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T13:44:18+00:00 August 8th, 2011|News/Events Articles|Comments Off on J&P Cycles Donates $25,000 to Camp Courageous of Iowa

The Nicolas Rogers Memorial Run Scheduled Aug. 13 Near Peoria

This blog entry is very hard for me to write. It deals with the unexpected loss of a child — 11-year-old Nicolas Rogers — and it also deals with the loving gift of life that his parents passed on in his memory. I have a son about Nicolas’ age, and I would be devastated if anything were to happen to my boy. My heart reaches out for the Rogers family for their loss.

On June 22 of last year, Nicolas passed away following complications as the result of an acute asthma attack. A typical 11-year-old, Nicolas was full of energy and life. His father, Kay Rogers, said Nicolas loved motorcyclesContinue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T14:37:11+00:00 August 4th, 2011|Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|Comments Off on The Nicolas Rogers Memorial Run Scheduled Aug. 13 Near Peoria