“The Champ” – Sticking It To ‘The Man’

Here at J&P Cycles we’re absolutely serious about selling motorcycle parts and helping you service, repair, and enhance your Harley-Davidson motorcycle or cruiser motorcycle. That being said, we like to have a bit of fun doing it and like many of you, we’re a bit competitive by nature.

This is a video – never meant to be seen beyond these walls – that was made starring blogger Lowell Anderson. It shows him celebrating his victory following an internal office contest in which he bested his own manager. We got such a kick out of it that I wanted to share with you and show you that while you … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:29:13+00:00 May 31st, 2012|Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment

Memorial Day is So Much More Than a Hotdog in a Bun

No doubt about it — we all love Memorial Day. I mean, what’s not to like? This day officially kicks off the summer season and nobody can find fault with that! Then there are the picnics with family and friends, outdoor games, and hunting for the best sales at malls, discount stores and big box retailers.

But like we say every year in this spot, Memorial Day is so much more than overeating, having fun and seeing how much money you can save on the newest technology.

Memorial Day started as a holiday to remember the fallen during the Civil War. It was enacted as an honorable day of remembrance … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:49:53+00:00 May 28th, 2012|Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments

Rolling Thunder Ride Celebrates its 25th Year

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the POW/MIA run to the wall. This annual event has the goal of ensuring that Americans know many of our veterans from the Vietnam war have yet to be accounted for.

In the fall of 1987, a small group of Vietnam War veterans met to discuss their personal concerns about the POW/MIAs from that Southeast Asian conflict. Having honorably served their country and having taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies…” and to “bare true faith and allegiance to same,” these vets were deeply troubled by the lack of attention given to those who … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:23:37+00:00 May 25th, 2012|News/Events Articles|38 Comments

Torque Fest 2012

So for the past few years we have been hearing about a great rally called Torque Fest. And we’ve never been able to attend due to other events that were always conflicting. Well this year we were determined to go, so we loaded up and headed up to Maquoketa, Iowa.

The vibe at Torque Fest is all about pre-65 no billet traditional style hot rods and bikes. There is a real garage built feeling to the event that really shines through; there aren’t a lot of trailer queens rolling around.

If you participate in the show you get your chance to take laps on the dirt track, where you will … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:24:38+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|News/Events Articles|14 Comments

XR1200s – The Most Fun on Two Wheels

When you think about motorcycle road racing, Harley-Davidsons generally aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. But the folks at Vance & Hines — along with their XR1200 Series — have done an incredible job of changing that thought process over the past couple of years.

Rewind to 2008, when Harley introduced the XR1200 Sportster in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Magazines were quick to cover what are most likely the sportiest bikes ever produced by the motor company.

Small racing leagues began popping up in Spain and Italy with “fun” being they key word whenever someone found a need to explain the XR1200 series. The powers that … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:17:32+00:00 May 11th, 2012|Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments

We’ve Added ‘Rally’ to Our Open House Handle

J&P Cycles Open House Rally logo 2012It’s really no big deal, but we’ve gone ahead and tagged the word “rally” onto the back end of our 33rd annual J&P Cycles Open House – mainly because it best describes an event that promises to be the biggest and best in more than three decades.

You might be asking how we can justify a statement as grand as that, but here’s the deal: This extravaganza — now known as the J&P Cycles Open House Rally – is scheduled for June 23 & 24 at our headquarters outside Anamosa, Iowa. And this year’s event will feature representatives from an unprecedented 100 different motorcycle brands who will be on … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:10:30+00:00 May 4th, 2012|News/Events Articles|9 Comments