Helmet or No Helmet? Whose Choice is it?

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May 26, 2014 | By: Brett Koranda

Staffers with helmetsThere’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics; as government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald Reagan

The merits of wearing a helmet while aboard a motorcycle are well-established. The disdain of wearing a helmet because it detracts from the riding experience is equally well-established. I’m not going to settle that argument; that’s not my place and I’m inevitably going step on someone’s toes in that process. In fact – whose call is that? Who is most qualified to make the decision on whether or not you are going to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?

Well, look out – … Continue Reading

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Product Reviews – Help Your Brothers and Sisters Out

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November 8, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Product reviewThe migration to online commerce is a phenomenon that has transformed the marketplace over the last decade and has become a permanent fixture in the world of retailing. Like any change, there are disadvantages. Often times, in an effort to offer the widest variety of product choices, it can become a challenge as a buyer to make up your mind which way to go.  Most customers, particularly in our world, historically had enough familiarity with their bikes and their preferences to make a sound decision between the OEM brand and maybe two or three options offered at a local dealer.  Love it or hate it, we’re not in that world … Continue Reading

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My Internal Dialogue

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September 24, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Internal DialogueI’ve had this idea, along with a lot of dissociated thoughts, rattling around the ol’ bean for a while. These mostly occur to me as I ride, especially on longer runs. I thought it might be fun if not personally beneficial to share them from time-to-time. I’ll confess I’ve toned down the verbiage as some of my dialogue is a bit “saltier,” as my grandma would’ve put it, than is probably permissible on this blog. Hey, thanks for your indulgence! Feel free to contribute a few of your own.

• Not much is funnier than when you see a guy toss his leg over a pristine scoot, fires up, gooses … Continue Reading

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The Ride Here or Home

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June 19, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Brett Koranda and his wife, just outside GuttenbergPreparations for the 2013 Open House Rally are hitting serious “ramp-up” mode around here. We’re not quite at “fever pitch” yet, but that’s just around the corner. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it. I’m looking forward to being able to interact face-to-face with our customers as are our vendors. It’s a great time – I hope to see a bunch of you there. I’ll be primarily in the Showroom and Extended Showroom areas. Stop by and say “hey.”

One of the great things about the continued expansion of the Open House Rally in Anamosa is our location. Just the riding alone makes Anamosa, Jones County and … Continue Reading

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J&P Customizes Four Bikes – Part III – Working on the Slim

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April 12, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Slim 1Editor’s Note: In January we introduced you to our most recent project of updating four bikes: a 2012 Sportster® XL1200V (72), a 2013 Softail® FLS (Slim), a 2012 FLHTCUTG Tri-Glide® and a 2012 Goldwing GL1800P, here. Well since then we’ve shared the work on the Sportster 72 and now we’re showcasing the Slim. Here is the low down on the work done.

Ok, ok, I’m sorry, ok?  I offered Scout’s honor that my blog entries on the build projects would be more timely.  Well, let that be no reflection on Scouts of any kind.  The dishonor is mine.  My humblest apologies – now – … Continue Reading

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J&P Customizes Four Bikes – Part II – Working on the Sportster 72

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February 26, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Sportster completeEditor’s Note: Last month we introduced you to our most recent project of updating four bikes: a 2012 Sportster® XL1200V (72), a 2013 Softail® FLS (Slim), a 2012 FLHTCUTG Tri-Glide® and a 2012 Goldwing GL1800P, here. We have been busy in the last month! Here is a low down on the work done.

To characterize the work surrounding the projects as hectic would be like referring to LeBron James as a forward for the Miami Heat.  While true, it just doesn’t tell the whole story.

Progress has been incredible, especially when you consider there are four bikes in the process at the same time.  … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Gears Up to Customize Four Bikes

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January 29, 2013 | By: Brett Koranda

Sean SalgerGreetings everyone and welcome to 2013!  First off, thank you for the support and comment posts on my last blog entries.  It’s great to hear from you!  Believe it or not, I read each and every comment and had a blast doing it.  Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?  We’re going to leave the worlds of motorcycling philosophy and needling popular culture behind for a while and get down to why you’re here, and I have a job…BIKES!

If you have been a customer of J&P Cycles over the years you have seen some killer custom machines grace our catalog covers and displayed in our showrooms.  It’s been … Continue Reading

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This Wasn’t the End, Beautiful Friend

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December 27, 2012 | By: Brett Koranda

That’s great it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane, Lenny Bruce is not afraid…. – R.E.M.

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black biscuits with cream…nor was I and I truly hope you weren’t either.  So, beyond a bump in rotation and downloads for a 25 year old tune by erstwhile college-circuit sensations, R.E.M., what about all this nonsense?

In case you missed it, the Mayan “long” calendar ended on 12/21/12, thus prophesying the end of days in some peoples’ eyes.  Yes, the calendar stopped and though these ancient Mayans couldn’t foresee their own downfall at the hands of the Spanish or even develop the wheel, some people in the 21st Century placed serious stock … Continue Reading

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Why We Ride

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December 6, 2012 | By: Brett Koranda

Editor’s Note: Brett Koranda’s interest in motorcycles began as a toddler when he was perched on his dad’s gas tank in the back yard. Growing up, his idol was Evel Knievel. He moved from bicycles to mopeds to dirt bikes then onto street bikes growing up. Koranda joined J&P Cycles in 2007 as a sales and service supervisor in the Iowa call center. Recently, he joined the merchandising team as a product merchant. Koranda’s current ride is a 2001 Road King Classic. Married to Andrea, the two love taking in the beautiful Midwestern countryside via motorcycle. He has two daughters, a step-daughter and two step-sons and recently became a Continue Reading

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