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

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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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