Required Tools: DC voltmeter or battery tester
As a general rule, modern charging systems are efficient, reliable and maintenance free; however, there are exceptions to every rule and few problems will leave you stranded as quickly as charging system that’s gone kaput. Fortunately keeping tabs on the system is relatively easy; all it takes is a simple DC voltmeter or battery tester.
To start, let’s clear up a fundamental misunderstanding about batteries. Batteries do not create electricity. At least no more than a refrigerator creates food. In both instances the devices are merely storage containers. Both accumulate and return what you put into them. If you use up … Continue Reading
Updated July 2, 2014:
Major storm damage cleanup began yesterday following 75 to 80 mph straight line winds that hit J&P Cycles’ Anamosa location on Monday. The retail showroom is temporarily closed due to debris in the parking lot, but the showroom will resume regular business hours on Thursday, July 3.
The warehouse distribution center is nearly back to full production and shipping delays are expected to decrease over the next couple of days. The call center is in full operation.
Security camera footage released following the storm that hit J&P Cycles:
Originally Posted July 1, 2014:
Cleanup was still in progress following J&P Cycles’ 35th Open House Rally when … Continue Reading
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
Describing 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
Motorcycle 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
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
“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
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
May 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
If 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