How to Change Motorcycle Handlebars


July 20, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


One of the fastest ways to add some comfort and style to your bike is to change out your handlebars. This simple job along with a few other minor changes can change the look and feel of your entire bike and it is something you can do in a couple of hours with basic tools.

If you have never attempted to change out your handlebars, it really is not a difficult job and is relatively the same procedure on all different style bikes. Like any job proper preparation is key to being successful with little frustration.

The first part of the job is to determine what the look and … Continue Reading

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Evolution: The Art of Darren McKeag

July 15, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson

pic1Over the past 20+ years working in the motorcycle industry I have had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people. Unlike some of the other industries, the motorcycle industry is really quite small. Over the years I have seen so many people come in and go out of the industry, but there is also a core group of people that remain constant. You see them at the events or at the rallies and they are always there doing something in the industry. From time to time you will see someone working with one company and then later that year you will see them working for someone else in the … Continue Reading

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Saddlebag Essentials for the Road

July 14, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


When you are headed out on a long trip, having the right stuff in your saddlebag can mean the difference between a good time and a bad time. Being out on the road alone can be daunting and having someone to stop and “help” you can even be scary. Being properly prepared is key to make sure you have an enjoyable trip and reach your destination. We spoke to our riders here at J&P and asked them to tell us the key items they carry and why. Some of these items can change depending on the style of riding you do, or even what type of bike you ride. Someone … Continue Reading

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Harley Vs. Indian


June 9, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


There has been a lot of discussion and speculation over the last few years about the new Indians and how they would be accepted in the market. It seems pretty evident now that the Indians are being accepted well and are here to stay, at least for a while.

This brings up an interesting point. When Indian and Victory stepped into the market they inadvertently did something amazing. They gave the American V-Twin buyer a choice! Comparing the Indian Chieftain and the HD Street Glide the question is, which bike is better for you?

There are quite a few things to consider when you are looking into buying a new … Continue Reading

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The Garage is My Place of Solace


May 7, 2015 | By: Lowell Anderson

There is not much I enjoy more in life than spending some quiet time in the garage wrenching on a project. Like many other mechanics out there, my shop is my place of solace. It is where I go to unwind and to stop the thoughts that are running through my head throughout the day.

Working on a bike is something I have always enjoyed even when things don’t go the way I want. It is also the place where I find myself coming up with ideas for unique products, some of which have been selling in the motorcycle industry for years.

Every year I like to go find a … Continue Reading

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Demise of the Metric Market


November 25, 2014 | By: Lowell Anderson

Star RaiderOne of the big issues we always have here at J&P Cycles is trying to make sure we have a good offering of parts for our customers to choose from. This may seem easy to some, but it usually turns out to be a real challenge. There are a lot of things to consider when adding parts into the product line. We want to make sure we offer parts that have a purpose and meet a need. We want to make sure they are of good quality and that they fit correctly. We want to make sure that the vendor stands behind their product and can deliver it in a … Continue Reading

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Considering a New Bike? Think Twice!


March 14, 2014 | By: Lowell Anderson

Honda Recall Bikes

As the weather starts to change, we all get the bug to get out on the road and start riding again. I know as soon as it gets slightly warm I start to think about riding. I find myself out in the garage going over my bikes and considering all the things I need to do to get ready to go. Some of the hard core guys at J&P Cycles (Jasper, for example) start riding before the snow has even melted off the roads, then they use the opportunity to make fun of us guys waiting for the weather to get just a bit warmer. I say more power to … Continue Reading

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Approaching Holidays are About More than Gifts


November 20, 2013 | By: Lowell Anderson

Christmas GreetingsWell the holidays are here, and it’s that time of the year to start thinking about gifts, cards, and spending time with family and friends. Now while that may sound alright, in my opinion, we have lost the whole meaning of the holiday. To me the holidays have become a time of immense pressure and stress. Walking into my local big-box retailer starts to become a real adventure this time of the year. It’s always  packed with more people than I care to be around – all wandering the aisles aimlessly trying to find those perfect gifts. Every year, it seems like the stores are trying to push you into … Continue Reading

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Harley Unveils New V-Twin Liquid Cooled Engine Models


November 5, 2013 | By: Lowell Anderson

Earlier this month Mother Harley released its new additions to the HD product line. The new Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 feature the new Revolution X V-Twin liquid cooled engines. They are entry level bikes with a lower stance and are built to be nimble and easy to ride. These bikes were released to the public at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy earlier this month.

Not sure how people will accept this new adventure for Harley. First introducing a liquid cooled platform and now introducing smaller “urban” version liquid cooled bikes is quite a change. Styling of the bikes is meant to be in your face and fresh, but … Continue Reading

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Why Motocross is Good for Kids


August 23, 2013 | By: Lowell Anderson

MotocrossingOver the years I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of kids interested in motocross. I have also met a ton of parents considering whether or not to let their kids pursue the sport. As a parent, I know this isn’t always the easiest decision. There are quite a few things to consider when getting your kids involved. If they do well and enjoy the sport, you will need to spend more than a few hundred dollars, so they can participate. Actually you can count on spending thousands of dollars. The gear alone is going to run you a few hundred bucks. Then, you need to consider a truck … Continue Reading

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