Weighing the Advantages of Buying a New Motorcycle

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May 4, 2011 | By: Jake Herring

Depending on whether or not you’ve done the homework, purchasing a new motorcycle can be just about the most fun you ever had with your clothes on, or it can be a confusing, overwhelming experience. And probably the first question you must ask yourself before you even darken the door of the dealership is this: What am I going to be using the bike for?

I’ve purchased a few new motorcycles over the years and a whole lot of used bikes. And I ask myself if I’m going to be doing a lot of touring on the bike, or just some around town cruising. This helps narrow down the search, … Continue Reading

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Refusing to Cave in to the Bitter Bite of Winter

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December 13, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

As I was eating lunch this afternoon, I happened to catch tomorrow’s weather forecast on the tube. The 30-mile morning commute promises to be a brisk 37 degrees! Some of us are fortunate enough to not be forced into winter hibernation, and some of us simply refuse to comply with the edicts of winter.

Since Scott Holton recently went over — in fine detail, I might add — how to prepare your bike for winter lockup, I figured it was time to give you a heads up on a few ways to resist Old Man Winter and keep riding year-round.

I personally don’t go to great pains to prepare for … Continue Reading

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Reading Your Spark Plugs Provides a Wealth of Information

December 10, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

Have you ever actually taken the time to read your spark plugs? I’m not talking about the gibberish scribbled on the side of the plugs. I’m saying you can read the plug by inspecting the business end. Identifying the condition of the plug will help you to troubleshoot and cure your ailing motorcycle.

Here’s what to look for when checking out the bottom of your plugs:

A grayish-tan color tells you that your spark plug is operating in the normal heat range. It also lets you know that your air-fuel mixture is correct. Check it out. This is what you want your plugs to look like.

Let’s say you pull … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Has all Your Holiday Gifts in Store

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November 26, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

Here we go again. The holidays. That time of year when we agonize over what to get our loved ones for Christmas and Hanukkah. As you’d expect us to tell you, J&P Cycles is a great place to shop this holiday season for that motorcycle man or woman in your life. Personally, my wish list consists of parts for my bike and maybe some more parts for my bike. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I can count on my wife to figure out exactly what I need.

That’s why we have techs on the phone lines and via web chat who can assure you get the right part for that … Continue Reading

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Grappling With A Decision Over Handlebars

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November 18, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

As I sit here at my desk waiting for the next tech chat to pop up on my screen, I find myself tasked to write something that will grab your interest. But to tell you the truth, all I can think about is what kind of motorcycle handlebars I want to put on my new bike. It’s not like I need new bars or that mine are uncomfortable. Like most Harley riders, I just want my bike to be different from the other two-dozen Street Bobs rolling around town.

Customizing your motorcycle shouldn’t be a stressful or complicated task. The deal is to make decisions that make sense and that you’re … Continue Reading

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Harley-Davidson Brings Sport and Comfort to 2011

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October 28, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

Last year Harley-Davidson went all out and released an astounding nine new model motorcycles. This year the company was less flamboyant, debuting only three new models. I don’t know whether this was because of hard economic times or if HD is just giving last year’s stable of bikes a chance to gain a foothold on the market. Whatever the reason, it gives me the opportunity to introduce you to these three new rides in the Harley lineup.

First up is the Super Low, featuring an 883-cubic-centimeter engine and a five-speed transmission. Nothing new here, but what is new about this machine is the lower seat height, redesigned front end, 18-inch … Continue Reading

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What Is The Skinny on Fat Tires?

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October 13, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

Is the fat tire craze over? I think not — but it’s definitely showing signs of slowing down. I’d be the first to admit that fat tires look cool on some bikes, but for the most part those bikes are only displayed in shows where they’re taken off the trailer and put back on after the show.

I remember back before this tire craze started that if you had a 150mm tire on your bike, it was considered fat.  Did you know there are manufacturers out there today making tires for motorcycles that measure more than 330mm? Unbelievable! My personal opinion is anything over 200mm is overkill — especially if … Continue Reading

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Windshields: Ride Free or Stay Protected?

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September 16, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

Editor’s note: What we have here is Part 1 in a two-part series that’s intended to share perspectives from two types of riders on the necessity for a windshield on your motorcycle. In today’s offering, Jake Herring talks about the wind in your face and the benefits of riding the open road without a windshield. Tomorrow, we’ll hear from Anthony Todd, who will talk about the safety and protection issues involved in having a windshield above your handlebars. First up, Jake Herring:

Let me put this as simply as I can: No windshield! Sure, it might protect you from the elements, but a windshield also protects you from one of … Continue Reading

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Swap Meets: The Great American Parking Lot Treasure Hunt

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August 17, 2010 | By: Jake Herring

If you’re looking to save some serious change, motorcycle swap meets are the perfect place to buy, sell or trade parts and accessories — and have a blast while you’re at it. Let’s face it, not everyone has deep pockets or can afford to throw a bunch of dough into customizing their bike. However, most of us have a goal of owning a bike that gives us optimum performance and looks as good as can be.

Over the years I’ve been able to drape my ride with the latest gear and still afford to put food on the table for my family. How, you ask? I sell my old, unwanted … Continue Reading

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