Helpful Tips on Maintaining Your Bike’s Battery

Editor’s Note: If it’s advice about battery maintenance that you seek, you’ve come to the right place. James Dean works on our sales technician lines and is a graduate of WyoTech’s American Motorcycle Institute’s Harley program. To find out more about James, read his Meet The Team write-up here on the J&P blog.

For most of us in this country who actually experience winter months, preparing your motorcycle for hibernation requires some action on your part. And that holds particularly true when it comes to battery maintenance.

The first thing to always to remember is you should make or break a battery connection by using the negative cable. This ensures … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:51:57+00:00 November 30th, 2011|Categories: How-To Articles|8 Comments

Tech Talk – A Trip Down Memory Lane: Harley Brake Systems, Circa 1936 to 1985

This month we’re going to talk about early brake systems, but before we do that, let’s think about what a brake actually does for a living. Simply put, a brake converts mechanical energy into thermal energy by applying friction from the pad or the shoe to the disc or the drum.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, time for some history. Early in what we call the modern era of motorcycles — from 1942 to 1971 — Mother Harley used drum brakes to slow things down. From 1936 to 1957, rear brakes were of the mechanical variety. A brake pedal linked to a crossover shaft, rear linkage and … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:52:18+00:00 November 28th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|4 Comments

Take Note Shoppers! Here’s Our Holiday Hours

Whether you plan to visit one of our showrooms in person, phone in an order or shop online, it’s always nice to know when we’re open and when we’re not. So we’ve painstakingly listed our hours over the holidays in order for you to plan your post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas shopping.

And when all else fails, keep in mind that our toll-free sales number (800-397-4844) is available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season. That alone should bring you much comfort.

Below is a list of the days we’ll be open over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays. And if you figure you’re going to be doing a lot … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:48:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|Comments Off on Take Note Shoppers! Here’s Our Holiday Hours

October 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

Editor’s Note: Before we even get started here, you might have noticed this blog is about our October winner, even though we’re nearly halfway through November. Never fear. We’ll have a November winner before the month is out. We’ve just been up to our eyeballs in projects and promotions. That’s our story and we’re sticking [...]

By | 2015-04-15T14:53:51+00:00 November 21st, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|Comments Off on October 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

Two for Tuesday: Sedona’s in a Groove With its ATV and UTV Tires

Fall sneaked up on us again this year, leaving some of us procrastinators hanging in the wind as ATV season gets into full swing. Like maybe purchasing those new tires for your machine that you swore you’d replace over the summer. Now’s the time for you to start researching what’s out there and you might as well start with Sedona tires.

Sedona is the fastest-growing ATV tire brand in the industry, with models available for almost any demand, and a size to fit almost any machine. And they can be had for prices that are easy on your budget — all without sacrificing performance and durability.

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By | 2015-04-14T13:22:15+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Two for Tuesday: Sedona’s in a Groove With its ATV and UTV Tires

Cycle News is Back in a BIG Way

A little over a year ago we reported that long time staple of motorcycle journalism Cycle News had decided to close up shop after 40 years of bringing motorcycle news to the masses on a regular basis. Well they didn’t stay away for long and they have returned to reporting on the motorcycle industry and motorcycle racing in a big way. Leaving behind the traditional print publication that they were known for and moving to a digital edition. The new and improved Cycle News is a once a week digital publication that you can not only read on your computer but on your smart phone or tablet.

Each issue covers … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T13:01:21+00:00 November 14th, 2011|Categories: News/Events Articles|1 Comment

Don’t Let Preventive Maintenance Chain You Down

If you’re among the diminishing number of motorcycle riders possessing a final drive chain on your ride, you know it’s one of the most neglected parts on your bike. You also know that this very important piece of machinery needs to be maintained properly or it’s ‘game over.’

It’s true that the task isn’t as fun as, say, a weekend ride with your friends. But without a little care and attention toward this inanimate piece of the motorcycle puzzle, there ain’t gonna be any weekend ride with friends.

Here’s my bike chain-cleaning regimen, and once you’re underway, I guarantee you’ll feel better about this chain chore:

  • First off, I get
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By | 2015-04-15T14:33:35+00:00 November 14th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, How-To Articles|3 Comments

Help Celebrate Veterans Day This Year — on Nov. 11, of Course

On the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year 2011 we celebrate an event that occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. This was the time the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect, thus ending the war to end all wars. It was called the “Great War” because nobody could fathom a fiercer conflict.

On Nov. 11 the following year, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:48:13+00:00 November 11th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on Help Celebrate Veterans Day This Year — on Nov. 11, of Course

Drag Specialties Treats Dealers to a Sky High Riding Experience

Each year Drag Specialties invites some of its customers to participate in a dealer bike ride, and the location of this three-day adventure is usually someplace where the word “pristine” can be used to describe it.

Take this year’s ride, for example. We met up outside of Denver, Colo., and spent the next couple of days exploring the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. That’s right, the Continental Divide. At 11,990 feet in elevation, it’s one of the highest places in the country you can go riding.

I had the opportunity to attend this year on behalf of J&P Cycles, and I have to thank the Drag Specialties folks … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:32:43+00:00 November 9th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments

J&P Cycles Turns Into a Little Shop of Horrors

Here at J&P Cycles, we’re of the opinion that it’s important to work hard and play even harder. That holds especially true for fun events and Halloween has always been a special occasion in this family-inspired business of ours.

This year, on the Friday before Halloween, we transformed our J&P Cycles’ headquarters in Iowa and our Destination Daytona Superstore in Florida into little shops of horror, complete with costumed employees shaking chains, dragging their feet and jumping out of storerooms to frighten supervisors.

Then around lunchtime (because we don’t fool around during working hours) our employees gathered in both locations for group photos. These photos were circulated among all employees … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:54:37+00:00 November 4th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments