Water-Cooled, 2014 Indian Follow Up

14_Harley-CVO-Ultra-ClassicWell, we managed to find another hot button topic when we asked about your opinions of the new “Wet-heads”. We received 274 responses to that blog. This is a follow up to that and a few other things we have discussed lately.

I’m an HD bulletin board junkie, and while I haven’t seen a lot of feedback about the “wet-heads”, I have seen a couple of posts describing coolant overflow issues. As with any new (did I really say that?) technology, there may be some initial issues to work out. Doing an internet search for 2014 Harley water-cooling issues does not bring back much by way of results, so … Continue Reading

Reminder: Pay Attention to your Surroundings

Ryan GendreauWe were saddened this week to learn that a husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend lost his life during a fourth annual motorcycle trip in Arkansas. Ryan Gendreau, of Sabula, Iowa, lost his life doing exactly what he loved – riding his motorcycle. Unfortunately his death occurred much too soon as Ryan was only 35, leaving behind a wife, two small children and many other family members.

A true motorcycle-enthusiast, in addition to spending quality time with his wife and children, Ryan loved hopping on his bike and going for a ride. Traveling to J&P from his home was not uncommon. In fact, right before his final trip, … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:36:09+00:00 October 25th, 2013|Editorial/Commentary Articles|9 Comments

J&P Cycles’ Team Members Go Pink to Promote Cancer Awareness

Iowa Team Members

Iowa Team Members

J&P Cycles’ team members, men and woman alike in Florida and Iowa, joined forces to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and do their part to promote cancer awareness, in general.

The month of October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.

Florida Team Members

Florida Team Members

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
• About 232,340 women in the US will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer
• About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
• 1 in … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:58:14+00:00 October 25th, 2013|Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on J&P Cycles’ Team Members Go Pink to Promote Cancer Awareness

E15: What are Your Thoughts?

Guys getting gasPlenty of debate surrounds E15, an ethanol fuel blend made up of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol.

Earlier this week, the American Motorcyclist Association took their stance against this further supporting U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) and the RFS Reform Act of 2013 via a press release. According to the release, the bipartisan bill would amend the previously approved Renewable Fuel Standard prohibiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from allowing gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol content into the marketplace. If the amendment is approved, E15 would no longer be permitted.

Many motorcyclists and motorcycle activists, have continually expressed their concerns about possible damage to motorcycle … Continue Reading

Meet the Team: April Ludeke, J&P’s Product Merchant Support

AprilInstead of playing with baby dolls like other little girls her age, J&P Cycles Product Merchant Support April Ludeke spent her childhood days riding go-carts and playing in the dirt with her older siblings. A self-proclaimed Tomboy, there wasn’t much a Band-Aid couldn’t fix.

As a toddler, April rode around her hometown on the gas tank of her dad’s Honda Gold Wing. He always told her, “If you can reach you can ride.” To this day, she takes that expression to heart as she grips the ape hangers on her 2006 Dyna Wide Glide, which she named Walter, because it sounded like a reliable old man that would … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T17:00:21+00:00 October 22nd, 2013|J&P Team Members|Comments Off on Meet the Team: April Ludeke, J&P’s Product Merchant Support

Changing Gears

Fall SceneEditor’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’s time to change gears. You can feel change in the air right now as summer is slowly fading into fall, and as Mother Nature is telling those who ride to either dress warmer or put this bike away. We fight it like a kid being told to come in the house and eat supper. We want to play some more – and we’re not ready to give in. There are a lot of areas in this country where we as bikers can ride all year … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:14:27+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Editorial/Commentary Articles|13 Comments

Look What Followed Me Home

Ryan's DynaIt is ever so apparent that the Harley craze is currently turning from baggers to dynas. This is in part to television and YouTube.  California clubs have traditionally used dynas and FXRS as their motorcycles of choice. This is due to the way they are set up – 600 pounds with a 29 degree rake angle. That is almost 250 pounds lighter than the baggers with the same motor, which is a huge power to weight ratio.

So, when it was time for me to find a new project I sought out a Dyna. The search ended up being a six month long hunt to find a solid, clean … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:25:48+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment