How to Buy the Right Tires for Your Motorcycle

January 30, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Replacing the old tread on your motorcycle tires isn’t always the hard part, but determining exactly what you need, can be. Here, Patrick from J&P Cycles shows you what to do look for when you’re in the market for some new tires.… Continue Reading

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How to Upgrade Your Motorcycle Braking System

January 29, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

This time of year is a great time to make some modifications to your ride. These modifications don’t have to be elaborate upgrades. Check out this video that provides a breakdown on upgrading your brake system.

 

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Do It Yourself! See How to Change Oil, Other Fluids

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December 29, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

It’s an old adage, but it’s true – a few quarts of oil is cheaper than a new motor, transmission, etc. More often than not it’s not about the money. It’s about not having the time to do it, or maybe not having the knowledge, which leads to doubting yourself and worrying that you will possibly tear your beloved motorcycle up.

Have no fear, J&P Cycles is here to help. There is nothing we like more than our customers spinning wrenches and working on their own machines. We took a little time to walk you through the typical fluid changes on a late-model Harley bagger. For “most” Harleys this will … Continue Reading

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2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

December 5, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Kawasaki Vulcan SKawasaki released a bad little cruiser called the Vulcan S recently. Powered by a 649cc Parallel Twin wrapped in cool-looking bodywork and a low-slung, sporty-chassis, it is aimed right at new riders, female riders and anyone else who is looking for a budget-friendly cruiser that looks great without breaking the bank. With an MSRP of $7399 for the base model and a few hundred bucks more for the optional ABS-equipped version, the Vulcan S should attract a few buyers who want a good looking bike to start on.

One of the primary selling points of the stock Vulcan S is that the riding position is fully adjustable. This is made … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Has You Covered this Holiday Season!

November 17, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Do you have a motorcyclist on your holiday shopping list? If so, you’re in luck – we just published the J&P Cycles Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. Here, J&P’s own Patrick Garvin rolls through gifts in a variety of price points: under $25, under $100, under $250, over $250 as well as gifts for him and gifts for her. You’re sure to find something for even the hardest to please biker. Happy shopping!… Continue Reading

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J&P Donates to Several Eastern Iowa Charities

October 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

IMG_2743J&P Cycles recently made donations to three local charities to show their support of local, ongoing efforts in the regional area.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, J&P Cycles Director of Human Resources Lori Madrick and J&P staff members Jade Helgens and Tammy Winders presented a $5,000 check to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa ALS Chapter just before the ALS Walk.

J&P Cycles and its staff members took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in early September to promote awareness of support of those living with ALS and researching this disease.

IMG_4308J&P Cycles also showed its support of Waypoint Services, a local shelter providing support for women and families in crisis due … Continue Reading

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Whaddya Mean It’s Too Cold to Ride?

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October 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

125-997_AWinter can be a hard mistress for riders, and a down right bitch to your bike, especially if you’re the kind of rider that like’s to keep going no matter how crappy the weather. Short trips, low temperatures and roads covered in a toxic mix of salt, sand and snow can really tear up your bike if you’re not careful. But with a little extra care and a good preventive maintenance program, you can thumb your nose at old man winter, and keep riding when lesser men have tucked their bikes away until spring. Here are a few simple tips for making the season as painless as possible.

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J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Giveaway Bike Will Handle Bumps, Potholes and Road Unevenness in Style

October 14, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Article2-image2-Adding barsWhen time constraints were  brought on by three Sturgis bikes, Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Choppers (BKC) rose to the occasion pulling all-nighters and crack-of-dawn mornings hustling to work on the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Giveaway Bike. The ground-up build was scheduled to be revealed at Biketoberfest this week, but due to logistics and acts of God (that were out of our hands), the parts have only been trickling in. Dubbed the “Heartland Hustle” by the J&P team, we’ve been busy getting things into place.

Article2-image3-newfrontendThis motorcycle will not be affected by bumps, potholes or even the unevenness of the road. In what follows, we’ll review some of the components … Continue Reading

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Dream in Your PM Garage, Make it a Reality with J&P Cycles

September 17, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Performance Machine Garage screenshot 2Introduced in early 2014, the PM Garage is a cool virtual garage for you to visit when you want to dream a little about making your bike unique with Performance Machine parts.

Created by Performance Machine, the PM Garage’s main focus is to inspire you to build the bike of your dreams – a true performance machine. To create your PM Garage, all you need to do is build a simple profile for you and your motorcycle.

PM Garage screenshotOnce that’s done, it’s time to put your favorite PM parts on the shelf. Throughout the PM website look for the “Add to PM Garage” tab on the product pages and click it … Continue Reading

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2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night Series Ends with Cedar Rapids Woman Winning Customized Bike

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September 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Suspense filled the air as 60 finalists gathered around a customized 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King on Thursday night, Sept. 11, for a chance to choose a key and possibly start the giveaway machine as part of the final 2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night series. With 60 finalists, that meant there was one real key along with 59 fake ones. When No. 2 Liza Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, handed her key over to Jay Cassill of Cassill Motors, the grin on his face as he turned the key said it all – Liza was the lucky winner of the motorcycle.

This year, the Hot Rods & Harleys … Continue Reading

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