New Year’s Resolution FAIL

happy new year 2013 speedometer vector illustrationEvery year around January, people start asking me what my New Year’s resolution is. I am sure many of you get the same question. This simple question usually brings up some mixed feeling deep within me. Thoughts of guilt and failure simply self-inflicted by the fact that I committed to something I didn’t accomplish. My parents didn’t raise me that way. I have always tried to accomplish the goals I set for myself, but this one New Year’s tradition has always been something I fail at miserably.  Even if I wasn’t considering any resolution at all, as soon as someone asks me about it, I manage to pull some kind … Continue Reading

2015-04-15T13:33:04+00:00 By |Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolution FAIL

This Wasn’t the End, Beautiful Friend

That’s great it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane, Lenny Bruce is not afraid…. – R.E.M.

Not the end 1

black biscuits with cream…nor was I and I truly hope you weren’t either.  So, beyond a bump in rotation and downloads for a 25 year old tune by erstwhile college-circuit sensations, R.E.M., what about all this nonsense?

In case you missed it, the Mayan “long” calendar ended on 12/21/12, thus prophesying the end of days in some peoples’ eyes.  Yes, the calendar stopped and though these ancient Mayans couldn’t foresee their own downfall at the hands of the Spanish or even develop the wheel, some people in the 21st Century placed serious stock … Continue Reading

‘Tis the Season

minibikeEditor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

It is the season. The season of giving, caring and everything else we should be doing all the time instead of just the last few days of the year. I’m not sure if it’s the colorful lights or the cold temps, but something changes in all of us. I remember as a kid growing up in White City looking out the window of the house at night with the REAL Christmas tree in the living room all lit up with the big bulbs ( the ones … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays From J&P Cycles


Zach and Bree Parham

The holiday season is a time of year we all enjoy at J&P Cycles. We participate in different gatherings: the annual holiday party, employee lunches and departmental gift exchanges. The mood is festive and bright.

This is also a great time of year to reflect on what has taken place throughout the current year and look ahead to the new year. This year was a fantastic one for J&P Cycles. More than 30,000 of you visited us during the 33rd Open House Rally in June (mark June 29-30 on your calendar for next year).

In 2012 we looked at various ways to make shopping with … Continue Reading

Chopper Live: Does Anyone Actually Watch These for the Bikes?

The second coming of Discovery Channel’s yearly popularity contest went off again and in a déjà vu moment, Paul Junior Designs came out on top. After watching both nights of this circus, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect and I’ve come to the realization that the whole thing was disingenuous on many levels.

The show had almost nothing to do with actually building motorcycles (something we’re very fond of). There was very little in the show about the fabrication involved in building any of the bikes. Instead it centered on trying to build drama around the builder’s relationships with each other.  They wasted a ton of time on … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Employees Donate to Local Food Pantry

J&P to Anamosa Food Pantry 2Here at J&P Cycles, we’re a giving bunch. Whether it’s donating toys for Toys for Tots or donating funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, we’re happy to help. The holiday season is an especially great time of year to put our giving into overdrive. When we learned a local food pantry needed assistance to feed some folks, our employees jumped at the chance to help.

Over three days last week, we encouraged employees to donate canned goods and other items to assist Anamosa, Iowa families. When all was said and done, we had enough items to fill a large pallet. The items were donated and readied to be passed out … Continue Reading

2015-04-15T13:34:54+00:00 By |Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|Comments Off on J&P Cycles Employees Donate to Local Food Pantry

My How Times Have Changed!

biker textingWell it’s that time of year again, the time where we all scramble through the crowds to try and find that perfect gift for the loved ones in our life. I can remember a time when there was no internet at all, and going to the mall to fight the crowds was more of a tradition than anything else. I can remember getting a group of guys together and going to the local mall to make fun of each other while we tried to accomplish some shopping. It was usually a really good time. You would see plenty of people there who you normally would not run into throughout the … Continue Reading

Ho, Ho, Ho – It’s Holiday Open House Time at J&P Cycles

PrintAre you waiting for the PERFECT day to Holiday shop for that biker in your life (even if it is yourself)?  Wait no more!!!

This Saturday, December 15 both J&P Cycles retail locations will be spreading Holiday cheer in the form of:

  • SAVINGS!!!  Take up to 10% off most items J&P Cycles offers (some exclusions apply). Gold Club members, take up to 15% off.  Holy Savings Batman!!!  You can’t pass that up.  You can ask any J&P Cycles associate how to take advantage of Gold Club memberships.
  • REFRESHMENTS!!!!  Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be available to sweeten up your shopping experience.
  • THE BIG GUY HIMSELF!!!  That’s right; Santa
Continue Reading

2015-04-15T13:35:23+00:00 By |News/Events Articles|Comments Off on Ho, Ho, Ho – It’s Holiday Open House Time at J&P Cycles

Happy Holidays from the J&P Crew!

Christmas_Story-tongue_02It’s that time of year again where we all gather with our family and friends for the holidays. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or even Festivus (for the rest of us)-it isn’t a matter of being faithful to your beliefs, but rather it’s the time to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives and these holidays are intended just for that.

I know some of you might bash this, and you have every right to say that, but I feel Christmas has become a commercialized corporate holiday. I personally don’t care about gifts or rushing to a store at 3 a.m. on a Black Friday to … Continue Reading