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The Full Ride Adventure

Life is sort of a funny thing, you know? And you have the choice every day to decide what you’re going to do with this life you’ve been given.

As spoken by American actress and playwright Mae West, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” But it has also been said that you don’t live once, you live every day. So why not make the most of it while you can?

The Full RideOn April 15, 2015, Avery Starkey, Tom Solymosi and Brad Franssen, three friends from New Jersey, set out on a journey of a lifetime. Their expedition, appropriately named The Full Ride, started out … Continue Reading

By |2015-08-18T16:22:27+00:00August 18th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on The Full Ride Adventure

How Will You Remember This Memorial Day?

Gravestones decorated with U.S. flags to commemorate Memorial DaI grew up in a very small town in eastern Iowa with a population of 700 people. Each year my family would attend the town’s Memorial Day parade, and, as a young girl, I walked in the parade with my Camp Fire group. We walked through main street and finished our route at the cemetery for a commemorative service.

As I got older and entered high school, I had the honor of marching through the streets with the marching band and was able to continue to honor our heroes in one way or another.

Fast forward a few more years: I’m now an adult with children of my own and … Continue Reading

By |2015-05-21T15:29:19+00:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment

Roughnecks Ride for a Cause

Here at J&P Cycles’ headquarters in Anamosa Iowa, we’re used to hearing (and feeling) the rumbling of motorcycles pulling into our retail showroom lot. It’s music to our ears.

Roughnecks Motorcycle ClubHowever, on one sunny Saturday, I happened to be driving by the office on my day off when I couldn’t help but notice a fairly long line of motorcycles taking a left at J&P Cycles. I had passed the turn into our parking lot but didn’t hesitate to make my next available U-turn.

It was as if they had done it dozens of times before. The bikes were perfectly choreographed as they parked two-by-two. As the bikers dismounted, the camaraderie … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-25T14:41:05+00:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|5 Comments

Who Is the Doggie Behind Those Doggles?

About a month ago we introduced you to our new friends Sweets the English Bulldog and her moms Christine and Kacey. Sweets, who turned two years old on Jan. 18, has won the heart of millions on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Her first 15 minutes of fame were in this Petco commercial.

The first time we saw Sweets she was riding as cool as could be on the front of her mom Christine’s bike, waved to an oncoming biker and stole our hearts. The rest is history.

Even though she’s only two years old, Sweets looks like she’s been riding much longer. She took her first ride at 10 weeks … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-23T15:55:59+00:00April 19th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on Who Is the Doggie Behind Those Doggles?

Meet Joe, the Wandering Sparrow

The large majority of Americans “live to work,” spending a large part of our days at a job we don’t love and often times putting that job before our families, desires and dreams. Very few of us are lucky enough to make a living doing what we love most.

How does that old adage go? “Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Here at J&P Cycles, our team members get to live and breathe motorcycles every day. For many, that would be a perk in and of itself.

But for one lucky and well-deserved team member, putting 50,000 miles on his bike … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-16T15:01:46+00:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, J&P Team Members|8 Comments

If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It. Right? Wrong.

JP responsiveAs with anything, there’s always room for improvement. You may never see them, but behind the scenes at J&P Cycles, we have a collaborative team of product merchants, web developers, photographers, writers and designers, to name a few, who are constantly working to improve our website to make your life easier.

If you’ve been paying attention over the last year, or even the last six months, you may have noticed some subtle differences to our website, especially if you shop on a phone or tablet. Several years in the making, J&P Cycles finally launched its first responsive pages on the website this past March.

What is responsive? What does that … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T13:21:05+00:00November 19th, 2014|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It. Right? Wrong.

Your Guide to Women’s Motorcycle Gear

Biker girl sits on a motorcycleJ&P Cycles makes it easier for you to look great and ride protected with dozens of top gear brands and styles. Before your rubber hits the road, gear up with these great tips.

#1. How much should I spend on motorcycle gear?

The more important factor here is how much you want to invest in gear. Sure, you want to look great and be comfortable, whether you’re driving solo or two up, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice safety. Motorcycle gear has come a long way over the years, and now you can look stylish while protecting yourself from your lid to your toes.

If you ride ATGATT, … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-14T13:24:00+00:00October 17th, 2014|Categories: Motorcycle Buyers Guides|1 Comment

Breast Cancer Doesn’t Just Affect Women

Marlowe BaconEditor’s Note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer by spreading the word about mammograms. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States, and 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.

A lesser known fact is that breast cancer is not limited to women.  In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 2,360 US men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 430 men will die from breast cancer. While men are 100 times less likely to Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T13:54:21+00:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on Breast Cancer Doesn’t Just Affect Women

Meet the Team: Joe Cowan, J&P Network Administrator

Joe Cowan, who started at J&P Cycles in Anamosa, Iowa, as a network administrator in September 2012, recently got the opportunity of a lifetime.

As a Florida native, Joe spent the last 16 years living in Iowa with his wife and children. With winter quickly approaching and both of their children nearly out of the house, Joe sent a request to the company to be transferred back to Florida to J&P Cycles’ Destination Daytona Superstore.

The move also meant more time on his 1976 Kawasaki KZ750, which Joe traded for a laptop computer 13 years ago.

Despite being limited by Iowa’s winters and cooler temperatures, Joe logged more than 7,000 … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T13:55:40+00:00November 19th, 2013|Categories: J&P Team Members|1 Comment