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Don’t Let the Small Details Ruin the Fun of Sturgis

Make Plans to Attend the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

I’m a few days from leaving for the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally and all I can think about is everything I need to do before I leave. I’m not just talking about packing and prepping—I’m talking about all the other things I do on a daily basis that won’t get done while I’m gone.

But vacations are like that and you know what? I need a vacation. So as the internal struggle of obligations and irresponsibility goes, I will force myself to forget about the lawn and … Continue Reading

Let Go of Your Baggage

Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

About this time every year I reach into the deep, dark recesses of my saddlebags and pull out all the stuff that has accumulated over the past 12 months. The weather is shaping up and rides are being planned, and when you ride a bike with bags stuff tends to collect. A changeover if you will, from ending the riding season last year to a new beginning. I’m talking transition, and I don’t mean gearbox.

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It is truly mind-blowing how much you can fit into a … Continue Reading

By | 2015-07-24T12:30:15+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Editorial/Commentary Articles|Comments Off on Let Go of Your Baggage

There is More to a Biker Than What Meets the Eye

Editor’s Note: Blogger Jeff Maddox, who has been contributing to the J&P Cycles blog for three years, lost his son-in-law Chanse Sanderson in a motorcycle/truck accident on April 13 in Colorado. Chanse left behind his wife Kelly, and three children, Kylie, 7, Casen, 4, and Corbin, 2 months.

Blogger Jeff Maddox lost his son-in-law Chanse Sanderson in a motorcycle/truck accident on April 13 in Colorado.

There is just something about the biker community that sets it apart from anything else I know. I’m sure there are similar communities of like-minded folks that have that same sense of camaraderie, but I can only speak of motorcyclists as I am one of them.

There are many rules of the road that can’t be found on the pages of any biker … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-30T11:43:49+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Editorial/Commentary Articles|5 Comments

It’s a Family Tradition

Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

We bikers are a close-knit family, wouldn’t you agree? It’s like we’re all motorcycle-related to one another through a passion for two wheels, a desire to be free from the confines of boring transportation and to reveal the rebel side that lives within us.

Good stuff. But if you look a little deeper through those sunglasses we have on, you might find there really is a lot more going on underneath this helmet.

Family TraditionWe share some very similar fears and satisfactions when we ride. Being invisible, … Continue Reading

By | 2015-07-24T12:31:11+00:00 April 10th, 2015|Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment

If I’m Riding, I’m Happy

Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

It’s all about change isn’t it? We bikers know a little about this subject as we live it every day we get out on our motorcycles. Seasons change, weather changes and people’s attitudes change as well.

BlogThis past month the weather here in my little world called the Midwest has given me the taste of spring mixed in with a reminder that we’re still in the middle of transition. Below freezing one day with a promise of mid 60s the next can give a guy like … Continue Reading

By | 2015-07-24T12:31:53+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment

Guest Blogger Maddox Asks, ‘When Did it Happen for You?’

Jeff MaddoxEditor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

So when did it happen for you? Do you remember that moment when motorcycles grabbed your attention changing the way food tastes, your clothes smelled and how you dress on a daily basis? Sure you do. For me it was 1974 when I got my first motorcycle; a Harley-Davidson X90. My life would never be the same.

From that summer on, my life revolved around spark plugs, gasoline and dirty socks. I rode that bike every chance I could, giving me a lifelong mark on my … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-30T08:46:25+00:00 February 10th, 2015|Editorial/Commentary Articles|3 Comments

Guest Blogger Maddox Shares How He Spots a Motorcyclist

Playful boy sitting in a box at homeEditor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – we are all bikers here. How do I know this? How can I tell if you’re a rider or a wannabe rider? It’s easy because it takes one to know one. Here are a few things that truly give it away.

1) Do you smell like a strange concoction of “outside” and exhaust? Of course you do. You either ride a motorcycle or you spend time on the back of one. If we could put this … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-30T08:45:21+00:00 November 15th, 2014|Editorial/Commentary Articles|1 Comment

Cool Weather, Rainy Weather – We Ride Motorcycles, Right?

RainFor some of us the riding season is winding down. That bit of a chill you feel in the morning ride isn’t a fluke, it’s more of a hint that cooler weather will be the norm. So are you a fair weather rider? Do you close the garage door at the first sign of cloudy and cool? Fear not my friends we ride motorcycles, remember? Sure, there are all sorts of cold-weather riding gear out there for those who want to hang on to the warm temps of summer. But for me I’ll stick to the more traditional gear of bikers past: a good pair of insulated gauntlet gloves, … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T14:57:58+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Editorial/Commentary Articles|14 Comments

The Smell of New Motorcycle Tires

TiresAh, the smell of new tires. If you’re like me, there isn’t anything better than knowing you have two new tires on your bike. I know it’s painful to the wallet to put them on, but it’s a necessary evil when you ride motorcycles. And when you really ride, putting a lot of miles on your bike it can be quite painful a couple of times a year.

Every year before I hit the road for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, I have new tires put on. I really struggle with it when I see I still have a few miles left on the old ones and it seems … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T15:03:13+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Editorial/Commentary Articles|2 Comments