How to Set the Suspension Sag on Your Motorcycle

April 8, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Are your shocks set up correctly? Do you know to check? Because your sag will vary based on your riding conditions and the weight on your bike, it’s important to check your sag and reset it as needed.

In this video, J&P Cycles merchant Patrick Garvin walks you through how to check and set your motorcycle suspension sag. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to chat with one of our techs or give us a call.… Continue Reading

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Different. Electric. Real.

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April 6, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

That is the definition of Switzerland-based Sine Cycles’ electric chopper.

Using a Tha Heist frame from Cleveland Cyclewerks and a 2013 Zero Motorcycles engine and drivetrain, bike builder Bruno Forcella created a one-of-a-kind bike that performs like no other.

Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle
Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle
Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle

“I always had the idea to build a chopper different from anything else. It was quite hard to find a way to differentiate from all those amazing custom bikes already out there and built by so talented people.

“At last I found a way to do so,” said Forecella. “An electric drivetrain in an open frame style chopper pointing out the main components: the heatsink, the battery housing and a good … Continue Reading

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You Could be the Winner of a 2015 Indian Chieftain

April 3, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

What’s the most exciting prize you’ve ever won?

Well, starting with only a $5 donation, you could be the proud owner of a new 2015 Indian Chieftain. And why not increase your chances to win and show even more support for the National Motorcycle Museum by purchasing 6 tickets for $25 or even more?

National Motorcycle Museum 2015 Indian Chieftain FundraiserSounds easy, right? You could join the likes of long-time J&P Cycles’ customer Thomas Lock of Bern, Kan., who won the National Motorcycle Museum 2014 Fundraiser Bike, a beautiful 2014 Indian Chief Vintage.

By now I’m sure you’re itching to know how to enter. You can visit the National Motorcycle Museum’s website for complete details and … Continue Reading

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How to Adjust the Clutch Cable on Your Harley-Davidson

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March 31, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Why would I need to adjust my clutch? There are several important reasons why including wear and excessive movement. Or on the other hand, something known as “clutch creep,” meaning you have the clutch pulled all of the way in and the bike is trying to pull its way through.

In the above video, Patrick walks you through the tools and steps needed to adjust your clutch cable. Our clutch adjustment was performed on a 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide and would be similar for all late model Big Twins.… Continue Reading

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Product Spotlight: UltraCool Oil Cooling System

March 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

An overheated engine is a problem you should never have to face, but it’s a common problem on every air-cooled engine. UltraCool provides an excellent oil cooling system with easy installation. This new generation of oil coolers provides a high powered dual fan system that can drop engine temperature up to 50 degrees.

The system starts by moving filtered oil through a solid aluminum oil adapter with oil temperature switch through pre-fitted braided hoses into a 17 row heavy duty heat exchanger. Located over the heat exchanger are dual high powered fans with an output of 90 cubic feet per minute each, cooling the oil as the built in thermal … Continue Reading

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Taking the Open House Rally to the Next Level

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March 13, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

J&P Cycles 2015 Open House Rally Concert LineupStarting as a small Customer Appreciation Day held by co-founders John and Jill Parham to thank customers for their business throughout the year, the J&P Cycles Open House Rally has grown into one of the largest weekend events in the Midwest. More than 35,000 visitors attended the 35th annual event last year.

This year, we’re upping the ante: Along with moving to a new, larger location just up the road from our Anamosa, Iowa, retail store, we’re excited to announce that we’ll also be offering two great days of free concerts by national acts!

The first concert will take place on Saturday night, June 27, featuring Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, The … Continue Reading

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We’re Here to Stay! Permanent Storefront Coming to Sturgis

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March 11, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Bikes fill the lot at J&P Cycles' temporary Sturgis location.After years of holding down the fort in Sturgis, S.D., in the weeks before, during and after the yearly Sturgis Rally, J&P Cycles is excited to announce that we will be opening a permanent, year-round retail center in June.

Our current facility, located at 1650 Lazelle Street, will be undergoing a facelift prior to our opening and while the square footage will not increase, the building will have a fresh look on the outside as well as inside. Our new Sturgis retail center will permanently house a wide assortment of motorcycle parts and accessories, including exhausts, seats, windshields and saddlebags, as well as leathers and other apparel items, just to … Continue Reading

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How to Install Slip-On Mufflers

March 9, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

J&P Cycles’ merchant Patrick Garvin demonstrates how to install slip-on mufflers from Vance & Hines. The installation was performed on a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and would be similar for muffler installs on most late model touring motorcycles.… Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Helmet Guide: How to Choose the Right Helmet

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March 5, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

With such a wide variety of motorcycle helmets on the market, how do you decide which is right for you? Before you start looking, take some of the following details into account. In the following video, Patrick walks you through different types and styles of motorcycle helmets available at J&P Cycles.

First, your riding style and type of motorcycle are a couple of factors that can help determine the style and look you’re going for in a helmet.

Open face helmets, or ¾ helmets, come in a variety of options like the Biltwell Bonanza or the Bell 500, which are great choices for “old school” riders who like the … Continue Reading

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New H-D Campaign: There’s No One Way to Ride a Harley

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March 4, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Harley-Davidson is hoping to break the stereotype with a new hashtag heavy campaign – “Roll Your Own.” The new campaign debuts today with a series of 60-second and 30-second broadcast ads, print ads, online advertising and social content.

“The new work shows there is no one way to ride a Harley,” said Dino Bernacchi, U.S. Marketing Director at Harley-Davidson. “The new creative is about each rider defining their independence and attitude, whether kicking up dirt on the track or sliding through the curves on ice.”

What do you think? Did Harley miss the mark or hit it head on? How do you roll?… Continue Reading

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