January 12, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Miami with a pronounced Latin beat. The energy was high inside the Miami Convention Center with Cartel Baggers making their presence known by displaying 26 custom Baggers in the Modified Harley Davidson and FreeStyle classes. And if you like killer Baggers, then the Miami show is a “can’t miss” on the schedule. During the awards ceremony hundreds of Cartel Baggers’ enthusiasts came out to support the competitors and the custom bike lifestyle.
The award for the hardest working shop went to the Chairman of the Board, Ralph of Cartel Baggers. He took … Continue Reading
December 18, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
I met Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors a few years ago when he was 21 and had just started his custom bike and Hot Rod company. He was working 16 hour days and building the business from the ground up.
1981 Yamaha XS650 donor bike
He started learning his craft at 14 when he bought himself a welder and used it to weld a chain into a steering wheel for a go kart he built with a buddy, and the rest, as they say, is history. At 15 he built his first chopper and at 17 he started an apprenticeship at a local motorcycle shop, working full time during high … Continue Reading
December 11, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Have you had a hard time filling up your motorcycle or ATV due to the lack of the proper fuel available? It doesn’t sound like it’s going to get better any time soon.
The American Motorcyclist Association reported this week that the EPA has released its updated Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements.
This new standard is going to require widespread availability of higher ethanol fuel blends which include E15. The higher ethanol will continue to increase the risk of misfueling motorcycles and ATVs which lead to a long list of performance issues and mechanical issues.
In 2015, the EPA set that RFS at 16.93 billion gallons and will be raising … Continue Reading
December 1, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Keith “Bandit” Ball is the Godfather of the Custom Bike industry and acts like a human switch as calls start early in the morning and often runs late into the night as he puts people together and keeps his thumb on the pulse of the custom motorcycle industry.
Recently he put a $100,000 restoration build deal together for Billy Lane. Back in the day Hugh King, producer of Biker Build off series, called and wanted a fresh face for a new show called Monster Garage. Bandit gave the nod to Jesse James and he made TV history.
A couple of weeks ago Bandit called about a new young builder, … Continue Reading
November 24, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Indian Motorcycles have announced it has partnered with Roland Sands Design to build and race five custom Hooligan racers based on the Indian Scout. The custom Hooligan Scouts will race in the RSD Super Hooligan event in Las Vegas, with a world-class team of riders that includes Roland Sands himself, Red Bull/KTM stunt rider Aaron Colton, plus some surprise guest riders.
With the recent introduction of the new Indian Scout Sixty, no one in North American who wasn’t in Italy had been able to see them until a high speed chase broke out with squealing tires, growling exhaust, sirens and flashing lights coming up from behind. Thankfully, the black and … Continue Reading
November 17, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
by: Pauly White
During the week leading up to my ride to Galveston, it seemed like the weather forecast changed a hundred times. I knew that the Lone Star Rally is the last big rally of the year, and that I was going regardless. I left Dallas around 11 am Friday and the weather seemed like I may have timed it perfectly, but after about two and a half hours on the road, I realized that I was wrong. I pulled in a rest area and got geared up in my rain suit and boots just before it started coming down hard. I was happy to only go through about … Continue Reading
November 13, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
by Rennie Scaysbrook – Cycle News
Photography by Kit Palmer
Have big country? Must tour! The American V-twin dream is alive and kicking with these two homegrown heroes.
It seems a prerequisite an American motorcycle need be a V-twin, almost as much as a big touring motorcycle need be American. Wherever you go in the world, if you want style, comfort and above all, road presence, there’s simply nothing to equal a big ol’ American twin. For generations Euro and Japanese manufacturers have tried and failed to replicate the charisma and big mile desire a Harley exudes. It must be intolerably frustrating for them, because in a few short years, … Continue Reading
November 6, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Dumptruck is an emcee, voice over actor, bouncer and biker leather-model who loves roller derby, fast bikes and long rides. He’s committed to delivering a good time for all the participants in every event that he emcees. Some people have a party, but with the Dumptruck, he is the party. Being a gypsy biker is also about making friends and finding new adventures. At the conclusion of the 5 day, 1,000 mile 2015 Geico Hot Bike Tour, Dumptruck and his new friends Ben and Patrick, rode from the end of the tour in Billings, Montana to Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
Ten Sleep is located in the Big Horn Basin in the … Continue Reading
November 4, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Jessica Ruse of Urban Custom Bikes (TeamURBAN) rolled into the Portland Convention Center with an old-school trike and rolled out with 2nd place at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the Modified Harley class. Jessica and her son Jacob represented the Fife, WA firm at the competition with the highly modified Harley custom.
The build started with a customer that had a Sportster and couldn’t conquer two wheels so she brought it in to TeamURBAN for a trike conversion. The customer’s roots are in hot rodding, she is a cancer survivor, and her favorite color is chrome. So the color palette was simple, flat black, metal flake … Continue Reading
November 3, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
By Joe Sparrow
It is late August and I have wrapped up another Sturgis adventure when I find out from the J&P team that I am asked to cruise along with the Geico Motorcycle sponsored Hot Bike Tour. Up until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t even heard of the Hot Bike Tour so I was heading into a new adventure and not knowing what to expect. Leaving from the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, Nova Scotia a couple days early gave me four days to travel the 2,000 miles to get to the Hot Bike Tour kickoff point in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Spirit Lake is the home of the … Continue Reading