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. He worked the showroom during that year’s Sturgis Rally, and stayed there after the event, moving onto a sales tech position. His motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a number of bikes. Today 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 the work on all his motorcycles and vehicles.
On a cold, blustery and snowy Saturday on the first day of March here at J&P Cycles we had our Winter Workshop. Forty-five hearty souls braved the roads and weather to attend the workshop. The day started with Progressive Suspension’s Frank Van Es talking about shock absorbers and what they do. He went on to show how the Progressive shocks are built and offered the science behind their construction. He also discussed the parts and working principals of the front end spring and baffle system in addition to the Progressive Monotube Fork Cartridge Kit.
The workshops are kept informal and participation is encouraged whether it be questions (or even answers to questions for that matter). After Frank was done, I talked about general maintenance, the reasons for it, and the intervals to be observed. Of course the subject of synthetic vs. petroleum oil came up. In my opinion, this has to be a personal call. There are a lot of facts to weigh in and each individual must decide for him or herself which oil has the most to offer him or her.
After lunch Chris Hash and his father Gary came in to show off their new muffler, The Hash Pipe. This muffler is currently in production and not available yet, but it does have the promise of a good deal of horse power and torque built by only a muffler change. The reason for this boost is a new and patented baffle design. We wish the Hash duo well and look forward to the release of their exhaust.
To top off the day, we looked at some of the new products that came out over the winter. Most of these items can be found in the front and back few pages of our 2014 Harley catalog. One of the items that brought the most interest is the Micro-Start battery system. This unit is a power supply and jump starter unit all in one. The pack is 5 1/8” X 3 3/8” X 1” and will start a full size pickup repeatedly. It will also recharge a cell phone, tablet, camera, MP3 player and more.
To end the workshop we held the door prize drawings then headed back out to the cold and blowing wind warmed with fresh ideas of changes and updates to be made during our winter rest because we know the summer heat will soon be here to start the entire cycle over again.