If It’s Fall in Florida, Then It’s Time for Biketoberfest

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October 8, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

Every year as the weather begins its subtle change to fall and the days get shorter, Daytona Beach residents pack up their beach gear and start thinking about Biketoberfest. Out come the leather riding jackets and chaps, as well as cleaning equipment for their bikes.

In fact, the whole Florida town starts getting ready for this annual event, creating new Biketoberfest banners, directional signs and stocking up store shelves with everything even faintly related to two-wheeling.

J&P Cycles is among the residents and businesses of Daytona Beach that plan ahead for this five-day event. Every year we’re prepared for literally thousands of customers and friends to waltz through our… Continue Reading

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A Windshield on Your Bike Keeps the Bugs Out of Your Teeth

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September 16, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

Editor’s note: Below is Part 2 in a two-part series that seeks perspectives from two types of riders discussing the pluses and minuses of installing a windshield on your motorcycle. Jake Herring wrote yesterday about in-your-face open road riding and the disadvantages of windshields. Today, Anthony Todd talks about the benefits and safety of using a windshield for protection and comfort. Here’s Anthony Todd:

In my view, Jake is 100 percent correct when he talks about the feeling you get when you’re on the open road. Riding a motorcycle is the ultimate stress reliever for me. Anytime I’m frustrated with life in general, I climb on my bike to clear … Continue Reading

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Daytona Beach: It’s Much More Than a Vacation Spot – It’s a Destination

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July 23, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

It’s an awfully big country for a biker and you couldn’t run out of places to visit if you tried. But if it’s a guaranteed successful vacation you seek, it would be hard to find any place in the contiguous United States more fun than Daytona Beach, Florida.

In fact, Daytona Beach is rated as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the United States, offering more than 23 miles of white sandy beaches with options for great fishing, surfing and night life. But what Daytona’s really known for is its status as one of the only beaches in the world where you can drive your vehicle onto … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Electrical System – Part I: Defining the Terminology

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June 28, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

Electricity and wiring are among the most complicated systems on today’s motorcycle. So what we thought we’d do is attempt to shed some light on this potentially complex topic by defining some of the common terms used when dealing with electricity. These terms are basic Electrical 101 that you’ll hear whenever you’re dealing with any motorcycle electrical system.

Ampere — The practical unit of electric current flow. If a one-ohm resistance is connected to a one-volt source, one ampere will flow.

Circuit — A complete path over which an electric current can flow.

Circuit Breaker — A device designed to open and close a circuit by non-automatic means and to … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Frame Geometry Made Simple: How your motorcycle handles

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June 21, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

Frame geometry, rake and trail are important components in how your motorcycle rides, but that doesn’t make them any less complicated or frustrating to understand. So today we’re going to simplify it for you and show you how rake and trail work hand-in-hand to enhance your motorcycle’s performance.

Let’s start by defining rake and trail:

  •  Rake is the angle of the steering head — measured in degrees — from a line 90 degrees to the ground.  
  •  Trail — measured in inches — is the distance between an imaginary line drawn through the steering head to the ground and a line straight down from the axle (See figure
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Riding Into History: Concours d’Elegance Motorcycle Show

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May 28, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

For the past three years J&P Cycles has attended the Riding into History, Concours d’Elegance Motorcycle show. Each spring, this world-class event is held at the beautiful World Golf Village in St Augustine, Fla. This year — the 11th annual event — enjoyed a great turnout. In fact, every time we attend this event we see more and more motorcycles and even more spectators.

Each year, we offer 10% off our merchandise and free shipping to people who show up at Concours d’Elegance and support the motorcycle community. Between 300 and 400 motorcycles from around the world were on display this year, including vintage, race, late model and … Continue Reading

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Upgrade Your Bike: Part 3 – Other Performance Options

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April 19, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

In Part I of this series, I told you everything you need to know about the basics of upgrading your motorcycle’s exhaust system.  In Part 2, we talked about how to select your camshaft, based on your performance needs. In this final post on upgrading your ride, I’ll walk you through other options to increase performance and complement your riding style.

Without going into extreme racing terms like superchargers, turbo charger, and nitrous, I’m going to tell you some options to consider when purchasing or upgrading your bike.

Hot Big Bore/Stroker Kits- The well-known adage, “no replacement for displacement,” comes to mind when people are considering the option of … Continue Reading

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Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Motorcycle

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April 8, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

Performing preventative maintenance on your motorcycle is a must, especially if you want to save money in the long run. Take a look at the following tips for maintaining your ride during and after your riding season.  As always, we recommend the purchase of a service manual to reference all specifications for your motorcycle.

The Battery: Check your battery and cables, making sure the connections are clean, tight and free of corrosion. If the battery is not a maintenance-free battery, inspect the fluid level and be sure to top off the battery with nothing but distilled water. Battery tenders will extend the life of your motorcycle battery.

Fluids: In … Continue Reading

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Upgrade Your Bike: Part 2 – Cam Selection

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April 7, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

In Part I of this series, I told you everything you needed to know about the basics of upgrading your motorcycle’s exhaust system. Today, I’m going to take you through basic considerations when upgrading your bike’s cams.

Cams are one of the top five performance parts that are incorrectly selected for motorcycles. Most people assume the bigger the cam the greater the power. That’s not always the case, as more power will not do you any good if it doesn’t match your riding style. A bad cam choice will result in a substantial decrease in real-world performance.

Riding style in relation to rpm is the key factor when selecting … Continue Reading

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Upgrade Your Bike: Part 1 – Exhaust Selection

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March 26, 2010 | By: Anthony Todd

At some point in time, almost every motorcyclist comes to the realization that their stock bike is just not enough. Often, the decision to customize boils down to one thing: We all want more power!

When it comes to generating more power, one of the hardest decision to make is where to start and then when to stop. In this series of blog posts, I’m going to review exhaust, cams, and other bolt-on performance upgrades, all of which will help you make a more informed decision surrounding how to get more from your existing bike. Here, I will review the differences in exhaust based on riding style, performance, and cost.  … Continue Reading

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