The Man behind the Men:

Bandit is an Industry Icon


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.Bandit with Chris Richardson

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

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Indian Motorcycles Teams up with Roland Sands Design Flat Track Team

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

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Lone Star Rally 2015

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

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American As Apple Pie


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.

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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

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Have Cocktail, Will Travel:
Dumptruck Rides the Good
Times Biker Party Circuit


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

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Jessica’s Pink, Flat Black & Chrome Trike

November 4, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

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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.

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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

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Cruising Along on the
2015 Hot Bike Tour

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

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Andrew Ursich & Imogen Collide @ 5-Ball Leathers Shoot


October 30, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

By K. Randall Ball with photos by Markus Cuff

This story is about two young upstarts in the motorcycle industry, Andrew Ursich & Imogen. They didn’t stumble into each other until the website tossed them together for a photo shoot in the Port of Los Angeles ghetto for 5-Ball Leathers.

Actually, Imogen, who runs the Great Frog wild skull jewelry outlet on Melrose in Hollywood, was first discovered by the Bikernet feature photographer, Markus Cuff, while looking cute at a Born Free Show. Her slender form and dramatic tattoos attracted his attention.

“I need to shoot you for Tattoo Magazine,” Markus spouted to Imogen, a Born Free 2 girl.… Continue Reading

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2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S Review


October 26, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

By Bryan Harley

Twisting the throttle on the 2016 Softail Slim S I feel I should be wearing a red, white and blue jumpsuit and carrying a star-spangled shield. Maybe it’s the big U.S. Army-style star emblazoned on the side of the tank that makes me want to channel my best Steve Rogers. Perhaps it’s the Olive Gold Denim paint that stirs up visions of World War II WLA’s. For sure it’s the way the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B pulls like a mule that makes me feel like a superhero every time I crack the throttle because my biceps have been getting a workout gripping the handlebars tight when … Continue Reading

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Pat Jansen uncovers an unusual hybrid: A Bobber / Bagger in Daytona built by Bill Dodge


October 22, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Sometimes three fingers of Jack Daniels will give you a different perspective, and honestly, I was working nine fingers of Jack when Bandit, the editor/owner of the online custom bike magazine, called and asked what I was good for, as he hadn’t seen an article from me since 2014?

Blings Cycle-Bagger

Dr. Jack Tequila (a hobbyist chiropractor) and I were sitting beachside in Wilmington, NC, watching the sun go down.

I got caught up on the question, “What good was I?” I’d been working pretty hard since getting off the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series. I’ve started a new business, All … Continue Reading

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