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
One 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
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
Well 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
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
Over 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
Here at J&P, we are always looking for new, innovative ways to interact with our customers. Over the years we have come to the realization that getting to know our customers is not only fun, but it’s important, too. There are so many companies out there who provide a variety of services, but never really take the time to get to know their customers. We don’t ever want to become one of those companies, so finding new ways to interact is something we get excited about.
Recently the J&P marketing department sat down and held a brainstorming session to come up with a program that would benefit our customers, … Continue Reading
Once in a while you buy something only to realize later that the purchase was a really good decision. I bought a John Deere Zero turn lawn mower a few years back. That thing has a 62-inch cut and makes mowing the lawn a piece of cake. Every time I walk in the garage and look at that thing I think, “that was the best money I ever spent!” It’s a great feeling to know that your hard-earned dollars went to something that actually paid for itself.
Recently I purchased an item from J&P that gives me that feeling every time I see it; an Eastwood Powder Coating Kit.… Continue Reading
Bike Week signifies the beginning of the riding season for many riders across the nation. Attending the event stirs up the senses and resurrects the feeling of freedom that can only be obtained on a motorcycle traveling the open road. One of the only things that can make that feeling better is sharing the road with fellow riders and enthusiasts who share the passion for anything on two wheels!
This year’s Bike Week did not fail to satisfy. Thousands of riders made their way to Daytona Beach, Florida to celebrate their love of motorcycles. The J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore lot was filled with vendors eager to meet the crowds … Continue Reading
If you have never seen a flat track race, this might be the year for you to do so. Coming from a racing background, I have seen and participated in all forms of motorcycle racing in my time. I started riding real aggressive on the street when I was younger and after a plethora of speeding tickets, one of my friends convinced me to get certified for road racing, which I did, and I loved it!
Later in my 30s I decided to learn how to ride off road. That led to me participating in GNCC races, Motocross races, and even some Supermoto races.
A year ago I managed to … Continue Reading