Greetings everyone and welcome to 2013! First off, thank you for the support and comment posts on my last blog entries. It’s great to hear from you! Believe it or not, I read each and every comment and had a blast doing it. Now, let’s get down to business, shall we? We’re going to leave the worlds of motorcycling philosophy and needling popular culture behind for a while and get down to why you’re here, and I have a job…BIKES!
Over the years I have worked on all kinds of bikes, street bikes, dirt bikes, mini bikes and everything else under the sun. I am happy to say that I have never had to pay a mechanic to work on my bike. I have always managed to take the challenge of working on my bike head-on whether I knew what I was doing or not. I use the resources around me to get the problems fixed. Sometimes this is really a frustrating endeavor, but in the end, it is worth it!
Last year I was working on an old street bike and pulled a real bonehead move! While I was … Continue Reading
January 23, 2013 | By: Scott Holton
Today we are going to introduce you to Shawn Stone, head of our Quality Control department. In this capacity, he is responsible for a variety of duties at J&P Cycles. Shawn began his career at J&P Cycles in 2000 (five weeks after me).
It has been a pleasure working with him over the past 12-½ years. A Des Moines, Iowa native this 48-year-old spent a portion of his early life in Southern California, Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas and Breckenridge, Colorado. A dirt biker since high school, he began riding on the street 30 years ago. Currently, he has a 1997 Custom Softail. On the side, he has a … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.
I was recently asked how many miles I have on my ’02 Road King. After explaining that I just traded for it and because of that have only put about 7,000 miles on it since July, I got the usual “7,000 miles since July?” look. You’ve seen it too. It is the wide-eyed, mouth open, step back look. The follow up question to that is usually “how in the world do you ride that many miles in just a few months?”
For me it’s not … Continue Reading
Another year in the books! As I sit here at my desk wishing I could go for a ride to release the stresses of the day, I remember that it is only 15 degrees out. For me that is just a little too cold even with the heated jacket liner I picked up last fall. Extending the riding season into late fall was great, but January is just a little too extreme for this biker. Between the frigid temps and ice/extra dirt on the road, I think that waiting until it gets nicer out is the smart thing for me to do.
On the other hand, I know there are … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: Rick Jessen joined the Daytona J&P Cycles staff in May of 2005 as a phone technician (prior to the opening of the Destination Daytona SuperStore). In mid-2008, he transferred to the then-new Destination Daytona SuperStore showroom to hold a showroom sales/tech position. A below the knee amputee, Rick loves giving back and does so by assisting the disabled with their disability applications. When not working or helping others, Rick and his wife, love riding their Shovelhead.
This first blog in a series from Rick is to show you what can be done to personalize your motorcycle with a little imagination and a J&P Cycles catalog. A plus, one … Continue Reading
January 11, 2013 | By: Merrill Bonney
Editor’s Note: J&P Cycles Iowa Showroom Sales Tech Merrill Bonney started with J&P back in May of 1999 as a phone sales representative. During that year’s Sturgis Rally, he worked in the showroom and after the event stayed there, moving onto to a sales tech. Prior to joining J&P, Merrill worked in the auto parts business for 25 years.
Merrill’s motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a couple of Suzukis, an Ironhead Sportster, Shovelhead, Electra Glide and his current ride is a 1997 FLHRFI fuel-injected Road King. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys tinkering on his motorcycle (he has done most of … Continue Reading
Now that we’re eight days into the new year, I find myself wondering just how many little road trips I will be able to squeeze in this year. It all started with watching the Food Network’s show starring Guy Fieri called “Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives.” I was instantly hooked and thought to myself – wow I need to go visit some of these places.
Last year I probably went on anywhere from 12 to 20 little weekend getaways, and although I may not remember every small detail of those trips, I do remember the new food I tried vividly. Honestly that’s my favorite part about traveling to a new place; … Continue Reading
January 7, 2013 | By: Scott Holton
Scott here… I’m usually the tech editor type guy at J&P Cycles, but I have a few comments to bring in the New Year. Patrick Garvin (host) and Scott Abing (videographer) recently put out our annual New Year’s resolution video and did a fine job with it. Shawn not talking to them cracks me up! As we bring in 2013 we have a lot ahead of us and hopefully, we will all have positive experiences as we move through the year.
My blog today; however, is not joyful nor pleasant. As a father, the horror of what occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut haunts me. I am … Continue Reading