Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Leah Misch from LaCrosse, WI. Leah was selected among over 63 entries to this years contest from the story and photo she submitted.
Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 9th 2016. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Leah … Continue Reading
August 29, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
It’s what keeps motorcycle owners up at night – theft.
The idea of having your bike stolen is heart wrenching. Not only would you miss riding the open road for a few months, but you’d lose the motorcycle you’ve invested so much into. The hassle and pain of reporting the theft only adds insult to the injury.
What can you do?
Here are a few tips to prevent your motorcycle from getting stolen, and what to do if you’re a victim of theft.
Preventing Your Motorcycle from Theft
Motorcycles are hot on the list of what to steal. Thieves can get a lot of money for the right parts or … Continue Reading
August 5, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
There’s a reason several of our country’s oldest songs celebrate natural wonders—from mountains majesty to shining sea, America’s best features are the ones that often get buried by the habitual daily grind. Making the time to take in this natural splendor, though, is a worthy endeavor and one everyone should aspire to.
Crossing America on a motorcycle is one way people can capture this experience.
Keep in mind, though, it’s a trip that requires a good deal of preparation, and a bit more enthusiasm from the rider, if he or she plans on making it across in one pleasing pass. But it’s well worth the effort, and if you keep … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.
The 19th Amendment guaranteed Women would receive the same right to vote as men. The era between 1878 and when it was finally ratified in 1920 were tough on women everywhere, but for those who stood up for what they believed in and help prove, reveal or otherwise convince the majority of the citizens of the United States that women kick ass and deserve to have the same rights as men: We want to say thank you. As you read through this brief overview of important women in motorcycle history, some … Continue Reading
The art of the motorcycle engine has evolved dramatically since the days of the F-Head. In 1921, a Harley-Davidson became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of 100 miles per hour.
The engine — and motorcycles engines in general — have changed dramatically since the early days. Time and technology have taken their toll in both good and bad ways, some would say. During a recent staff meeting here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, our resident motorcycle experts and enthusiasts thought it would be interesting to highlight the history of the v-twin engine. From the F-Head, to its evolution as a … Continue Reading
The J&P Cycles Open House Rally started as a small customer appreciation event hosted by John & Jill Parham, it was their way to give back to everyone who enjoys a life on two wheels. Today it has grown into a full-blown, free 2-day motorcycle rally attended by over 35,000 riders. To keep up with the rapid growth, the event was moved to the Jones County Fairgrounds last year. For 2016, we are proud to say that we are bringing the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest back to the original stomping grounds in Anamosa.
Scheduled for June 25th and 26th, the 2016 Open House Rally will take place once … Continue Reading
April 15, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder US Championship winner builds family values and show-stopping bikes.
By Tyler Ludlow, Shop photos by Harleigh Cupp, “Seven” bike photography by Michael Allen
For the winners, The J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Championship has been well known to come with a certain set of… side effects. When builders win this event, they are instantly in-demand: the bikes, the parts, and most importantly, their time. Jeremy Cupp, the winner of the 2016 J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Championship, refers to it as the “Michael Jordan Effect”.
Ever since his J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder win in 2012, LC Fabrications custom part line has been flourishing. “There are highs and lows, … Continue Reading
March 29, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
How do you sum up a time warp? The Giddy Up show was a true throwback to the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s from the vintage motorcycles to the look and feel of the attendees. This grassroots bike rally was born when five friends got together with the same mindset, to create the best vintage chopper show in Texas. Giddy Up first kicked off in 2014 and from the looks it has already outgrown its current venue, River Road Ice House. Last year there were 6500 attendees, and this year I would say it might have been topping 8,500.
The River Road Ice House is about 2 miles off of a … Continue Reading
March 25, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer
I met up with Greg “Edge” Scheuer, Producer of the Smoke Out Rally in Rockingham, NC, at his house in South Carolina and motored down to Daytona, FL for the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week.
Edge is the mad ringmaster of the chopper world and produces wild entertainment at the Smoke Out like mini bike races where you are disqualified if you don’t wear a super hero costume.
If you are into custom Choppers and Bobbers then the place to be in Daytona Beach is at Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Chopper Show, which is sponsored by the Horse Backstreet Chopper Magazine team. Willie’s … Continue Reading
February 29, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the leading traveling motorcycle builder competition in the U.S. featuring the largest tour wide offering of cash and prizes and attracting nearly 400 custom motorcycles from coast-to-coast. It’s the custom show inside the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® awarding over $100,000 in cash and product prizes during the 2016 IMS Tour.
The 2016 U.S. Championship Round featured a total cash and prize package of more than $51,000 and drew the largest crowd in the series at Chicago IMS on Valentine’s Day. Builders from New York, Florida, NorCal and the Midwest all made their way through … Continue Reading