As motorcyclists, we tend to be individuals and I would say more so than the “normal” public. We all have our own ways of enjoying motorcycles differently. You can see it in our style and in our actions. It always puzzles me how this translates all the way down to the clothing we wear and the bikes we ride. Sportbike guys tend to look like sportbike guys wearing flashy gear and helmets. Harley guys dress like Harley guys. They wear black leather vests, t-shirts, chaps and bandannas. BMW guys tend to have a different style altogether. Sort of like a mixture of uniform and space suit. Everyone prefers to … Continue Reading
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “He who fights with monsters should take care, lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes long into you.” This quote has always inspired me, and reminded me of the dangers of travel.
In ancient Asia, places that had not been explored were marked on maps with a dragon. I have always viewed the unknown as some form of monster, and to travel into the unknown was to fight with that monster. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I always come away from the experience as a slightly different person.
Nietzsche reminds me, though, that as … Continue Reading
Nearly 20 years ago the late Bruce Rossmeyer, of Daytona Harley Davidson and later Destination Daytona, along with many others, founded Camp Boggy Creek. The camp’s mission is to provide a free retreat and give seriously ill children a little light in their lives of sickness, pain and uncertainty. Camp Boggy Creek has never charged for letting kids stay at the camp and has always relied on the compassion of others to maintain the level of commitment and care the camp has come to be known for.
Shortly after the camp was formed, Bruce was asked if he could help coordinate a motorcycle ride to help in raising funds. … Continue Reading
Our friends over at Klock Werks are raffling off an awesome 2010 tricked out Victory Kingpin next Friday, Oct. 26. The bike, Tattooed for Life, honors two men close to the Klock Werks family who were tragically killed in different accidents and represents the importance of organ donation.
Twenty-nine-year old Vic Briggs, a Klock Werks team member, was lost in automobile accident in late June of 2011. Austin Shimon, 20, a close friend of the Klock Werks family, passed away after a motorcycle accident in 2009. Both Vic and Austin were organ donors, and through their selfless gifts, were able to save the lives of others awaiting organ donation.… Continue Reading
In the midst of the excitement surrounding the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest set up, an associate at J&P Cycles’ Iowa headquarters received a phone call from an editor at the Daytona Beach News Journal. The newspaper wanted to send a straight-laced reporter into the store to be outfitted as a biker and do so the following day.
Always up for any challenge, we reached out to staff in Florida who jumped at the opportunity. Andrew (the reporter) came into the store as a typical reporter and came out of the dressing room very different.
Check out the article and video here.
It’s that time of year again – the time of year that most of us here in cooler climates dread – time to winterize our beloved motorcycles. Here at J&P Cycles, we take the proper winterization of your motorcycle serious. So serious that each year, we put on a Winterize Your Bike workshop at our Iowa Headquarters, this year’s event will take place this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. A few spots remain and if you’re interested, register here.
If you’re not in the area and looking for some winterization tips for your motorcycle, J&P Cycles Senior Technician Scott Holton has some tips for you in … Continue Reading
Despite a gloomy rainy Eastern Iowa Day, J&P Cycles and the Marines made the most of the first annual J&P Cycles Toys for Tots Run held Saturday, Oct. 13 at J&P Cycles. We collected hundreds of toys for less fortunate Iowa children, in addition to hundreds of dollars in cash donations.
The band New Trick was a hit as were the Marines in attendance as they posed for photos and collected toys. If you didn’t have an opportunity to come out to the Iowa showroom this weekend to donate a new, unwrapped toy, you still have a chance to do so. Donation boxes are set up in both the Iowa … Continue Reading
In the two years since I was given a second chance at life, approximately 13,000 people have died due to a lack of available organs for transplant. While I am thankful for my chance, I pray others get the needed second chance in order to move on.
Many of you know the story of my illness leading to the need for a lung transplant. Since receiving my transplant, I have had my share of ups and downs – a couple of illnesses have put me back in the hospital, but luckily I’ve been able to fight off the infections with the assistance of modern medicine and some great doctors.
According … Continue Reading
Here in eastern Iowa, the weather is turning cooler, bringing us into one of my favorite times of the year to ride a motorcycle. The weather is not desperately hot and is great for a relaxing ride. It’s not desperately cold, so you don’t have to bundle up like Nanook of the North to enjoy. Other parts of the country may have already passed the peak color turning season (you northern brothers and sisters), and you southern brethren may still have this to look forward to. Anyway, seeing the leaves change color is great and everyone should treat themselves to a “leaf run.”
Fortunately we are close to the Mississippi … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: Don Bova has been with J&P Cycles as an Inventory Specialist in the J&P Cycles SuperStore in Ormond Beach, FL. since May 2007 Originally from Michigan, Don attended Wayne State University and Detroit College of Business. He brings to J&P Cycles his experience with marketing, cost accounting and supervising staff at 15 Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Pageants in addition to retail supervising and training. Don bought his first motorcycle in 1970 upon returning from Vietnam and has never looked back. He spent the next 14 years riding from last snow to first snow in Michigan, then eight years of TRYING to ride 12 months a year in Dallas, … Continue Reading