The 35th J&P Cycles Open House Rally is Almost Here!

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June 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

It’s showtime! For months we’ve been working overtime putting the details together for J&P’s 35th Annual Open House Rally. We had to go all out this year since 2014 marks our 35th year in business! A year ago, we decided this event would turn into a three-day extravaganza.

The FREE Open House Rally will open to the public at noon on Friday, June 27, and be open until 7 p.m. Be the first to see all the latest parts from manufacturers like: Kuryakyn, Mustang, Progressive Suspension, Roland Sands Design and Vance & Hines, to name a few. Installations are available onsite for all parts and … Continue Reading

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How to Read a Motorcycle Tire

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June 20, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

IMG_1539Describing a motorcycle tire as a round, black piece of rubber that’s about a two-foot diameter circle won’t give you the information you need to make a smart buying decision, will it? When it comes to tires, particularly the ones you plan to use on your motorcycle, information is a very handy thing to have. This is especially true if you’re interested in replacing those tires and even more so if you plan to replace them with something other than the OEM tires.

To make it a little easier, the tire manufacturers have come up with nomenclature that describes everything you need to know about your tire and printed it … Continue Reading

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Follow These Tips to Find the Right Motorcycle Jacket for You

June 6, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

308-699Motorcycle Jacket Buyers Guide

Here at J&P we’re passionate about riding and with that passion comes lots of knowledge surrounding gear, specifically jackets. Our team’s jacket collection includes everything from high-tech textile to traditional leather and vintage biker-wear (also known as jackets some have owned since the beginning of time).

We are firm believers that a biker can never have too many jackets and specific jackets for extreme riding conditions are a must! The motorcycle jacket is our second most prized possession and should be chosen carefully.

Since bikes first roamed the earth, the road ahead has been paved with leather, or at least it should have been. Ah, the … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles’ Staffers Provide Top 10 Motorcycle Tips

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May 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

The merchandising team at J&P Cycles cumulatively have years and years of motorcycle riding and wrenching experience. Here, they provide a top 10 list of motorcycle-related tips.… Continue Reading

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Stay Dry With These Rain Gear Buying Tips

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May 21, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Rain Gear“Into each life some rain must fall. Some days must be dark and dreary.” So says Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, though he probably wasn’t thinking of motorcyclists when he wrote it. Rain and winter weather will always be a part of motorcycle riding and it is up to us to protect ourselves from those exasperating elements. Fortunately, these days, there are a lot of waterproof options available to help us stay dry during those dark and dreary days in the saddle.

Now, there is more than one way to stay dry. You can make sure your primary riding gear is weather resistant by choosing products that are designed to keep the … Continue Reading

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Vintage Torque Fest 2014

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May 14, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

The 2014 Vintage Torque Fest took place in Dubuque, Iowa, a mere 47 miles from the J&P Cycles World Headquarters outside Anamosa, so we sent a crew to check out the sights and sounds. For those who aren’t familiar with Vintage Torque Fest, it’s a festival that brings people from around the country together to share the past alive, and it’s not just about the cars and motorcycles, but the music, clothes and art, also.

If you’re interested in everything vintage, you’ll want to check this out. … Continue Reading

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May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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May 9, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Staffer with full helmetMay is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it’s up to us to spread the word, and lead by example. We all ride, but we all drive too so when we are behind the wheel it is important to take extra care when driving. As you might know, the majority of car-motorcycle related accidents are caused by drivers pulling out in front of a rider. The resulting accidents are one of the leading causes of rider fatalities over the past decade, so make sure to take an extra moment before pulling into the street. We all expect drivers to be attentive, but as riders we cannot forget to give our fellow … Continue Reading

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Tubeless Motorcycle Tire Repair

May 2, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Tubeless Tire Repair KitIf there’s anything that is worse than being stranded with a flat tire, it’s being stranded with no way to repair it. Picture it: you’re out on a beautiful Sunday morning, the bikes purring like Tony Bennett crooning I left my heart, and all of sudden the tire loses pressure. What moments ago was a pristine example of motorcycle design in motion is now about as awesome as a hobo pushing a shopping cart. Worse yet, there’s no help in sight. This pretty much defines a “this friggin’ sucks moment,” doesn’t it?

Unfortunately motorcycle tires rarely go flat at convenient times and even fewer bikes pack a spare, which … Continue Reading

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United Nations Passes Resolution on Global Road Rules

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April 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

curtA few weeks back, the United Nations’ General Assembly passed a resolution titled, “Improving Global Road Safety.” The rationale behind it is pretty simple – to make all roadways safer regardless of if you’re in a cage or cruising on two wheels.

What does this resolution mean for you? Not much right now, but it’s possible that legislation at a state-level could be coming your way in the not too distant future.

The resolution urges all member states to pass legislation banning all forms of distracted driving – cell phone usage, including texting while driving. There’s also wording surrounding mandatory helmet law as well as harmonization of vehicle … Continue Reading

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How to Install a Motorcycle Exhaust System

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April 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

ExhaustStock pipes are fine, but don’t always provide the look, sound or performance you want. Fortunately swapping them out for something that does suit your needs is an easy and inexpensive way to upgrade your ride, and it shouldn’t take more than a few hours at most, even if you’ve never done it before.

First up, here is a list of exactly what you’ll need:

  • 3/8ths drive socket set (Fractional for HD’s, metric for everything else).
  • Combination wrenches in the appropriate sizes.
  • Any sockets or wrenches peculiar to your bike i.e. Torx or Allen wrenches.
  • 3/8 drive torque wrench
  • Aerosol lubricant (WD-40, CRC 556 etc.)
  • Anti-seize
  • Shop manual: Aftermarket is
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