Best of Bike Week: Willie’s Old School Chopper Show

February 27, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

If you’re in Daytona for Bike Week, stop by Willie’s Old School Chopper Show for a view of American iron art, a beer and a tattoo! Willie’s Tropical Tattoo, located in Ormond Beach, Fla., hosts Willie’s Old School Chopper Show twice a year at Daytona Bike Week and Biketoberfest.

Willies Bike ShowThe bi-annual bike show is a “major happening” in the Daytona area. Each event boasts a large crowd that shows up to participate and show their support for Willie’s Tropical Tattoo, Veterans and The ARNI Foundation. All proceeds go to the Veterans home and The ARNI Foundation, a local no-kill animal shelter.

When it comes to custom motorcycles, it’s not … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Awareness Education on the Rise?

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February 21, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

On Oct. 14, 2014, the State of Michigan approved the Nathan Bower Act, which requires that driver education courses in Michigan include instruction on bicycle and motorcycle awareness and safety.

Motorcycle SafetyThe law was proposed in memory of Bower, who died on May 6, 2009, at age 19 after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle in Brown City only a few miles from his Peck, Mich., home. The bill was signed on what would have been Bower’s 25th birthday.

Now, the State of Illinois is recognizing the need for motorcycle and bicycle awareness training in their driver’s education courses. Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City, … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles 36th Anniversary Open House Rally Location Moving Up the Road

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February 20, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Open House Rally utilizing the Jones County Fairgrounds, in Monticello, Iowa, 10 miles north of Anamosa.

Basic CMYKGrowing pains is something J&P Cycles knows all too well. From starting the business in a one room shop outside of Anamosa, Iowa, with no running water and no indoor plumbing to the many expansions at the current location just outside Anamosa, J&P hasn’t stopped growing.

Once again, J&P Cycles is experiencing growing pains. The 36th annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally, scheduled for June 27-28, is being moved to a different location than the usual J&P headquarters. This year, the rally is moving to the Jones County Fairgrounds, located in Monticello, Iowa, … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Must-Haves for Daytona Bike Week 2015

February 16, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

With the 74th annual Daytona Bike Week only weeks away, J&P Cycles is packing up the semis and getting ready to head south where we’ll have two locations full of the latest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories.

While you’re at Bike Week, stop by J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore to meet with representatives from nearly 50 different brands. Here, you’ll get the chance to meet with industry reps, get hands-on parts demonstrations and browse our 15,000 square foot showroom for the largest selection of motorcycle parts in one place.

Daytona Bike Week Mobile ShowroomBe sure to also cruise on down to the Daytona International Speedway and stop by the J&P Cycles mobile showroom, which … Continue Reading

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How to Buy the Right Tires for Your Motorcycle

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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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