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
April 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
A 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
April 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Stock 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.)
- Shop manual: Aftermarket is
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The 2014 Daytona Bike Week is in the books, but we had such a great time that we had to share just how awesome it was! Attendance was up at our J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore and despite the construction at the Speedway, we saw quite a few folks come through and check out the J&P Cycles mobile showroom.
Bike Week 2014 started off rainy and miserable, but then the skies cleared up and the sun came out. And so did the bikes! Main Street was packed as usual with vendors, bars, bikes and babes lining the fabled stretch of asphalt night-after-night and day-after-day. Anyone who knows Daytona will tell … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: The following is the fourth and final blog in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.
In Parts I, II and III we introduced you to the duos of Effie & Avis Hotchkiss and Adeline & Augusta van Buren as well as the first female to win an AMA event Dorothy “Dot” Robinson, Iron Horse Motorcycle Club Founder Bessie Stringfield, Motor Maids Founder Linda Dugeau, the First Lady of Sturgis Pearl Hoel, First Original Stunt Rider Terry Strong and First Female Member of the 200 Mph Club Marcia Holley.
Facts: Sturgis Hall of Fame Member, Custom Bike Builder and Land Speed Record … Continue Reading
March 28, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Editor’s Note: The following is the third in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.
In Part I and Part II we introduced you to the duos of Effie & Avis Hotchkiss and Adeline & Augusta van Buren as well as the first female to win an AMA event Dorothy “Dot” Robinson, Iron Horse Motorcycle Club Founder Bessie Stringfield, Motor Maids Founder Linda Dugeau and the First Lady of Sturgis Pearl Hoel.
Facts: Original Stunt Rider
Known as the ‘Blonde Cyclone’ this daredevil on two wheels made her name as part of stunt shows, performing in the motordome (often called the walls of death’ in … Continue Reading
March 27, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
The Harley-Davidson Low Rider was first introduced to the motorcycle community back in 1977. About that time you or your parents had really big hair bested only by their really big bell bottom pants and the disco movement was in full swing. Over 30 years may have passed us all by in a blur, but the folks at HD remember what was cool about that era (or at least what they think was cool about it).
For 2014 Harley has reintroduced the Low Rider and the Super Low 1200T. Both bikes are based on the idea of offering an easy to ride, retro-cool design that apparently you, the customers have … Continue Reading
March 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Bike Week and the Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show seem to go hand-in-hand. We say it every year, but honestly, we mean it – if your plans include a trip to Bike Week, this show is always a must-see! In case you missed this year’s show, J&P Cycles gives you an all-access pass, where the fun bikes are not only built to impress, but ride!… Continue Reading