Recently it was announced that Jesse James is relaunching West Coast Choppers. To many fans and friends, this is great news. Personally, I have always had a certain amount of respect for anyone who can back up the talk. Love or hate his work, the simple fact remains, he knows how to build and create things with his hands that many of us only dream of.
Jesse James has done for the Harley-oriented motorcycle community, what Jeremy McGrath did for motocross. He put it on the map. His art form mixed with his attitude has made him entertaining to say the least. These are the traits that seem to … Continue Reading
Over the years I have worked on all kinds of bikes, street bikes, dirt bikes, mini bikes and everything else under the sun. I am happy to say that I have never had to pay a mechanic to work on my bike. I have always managed to take the challenge of working on my bike head-on whether I knew what I was doing or not. I use the resources around me to get the problems fixed. Sometimes this is really a frustrating endeavor, but in the end, it is worth it!
Last year I was working on an old street bike and pulled a real bonehead move! While I was … Continue Reading
Every year around January, people start asking me what my New Year’s resolution is. I am sure many of you get the same question. This simple question usually brings up some mixed feeling deep within me. Thoughts of guilt and failure simply self-inflicted by the fact that I committed to something I didn’t accomplish. My parents didn’t raise me that way. I have always tried to accomplish the goals I set for myself, but this one New Year’s tradition has always been something I fail at miserably. Even if I wasn’t considering any resolution at all, as soon as someone asks me about it, I manage to pull some kind … Continue Reading
Well it’s that time of year again, the time where we all scramble through the crowds to try and find that perfect gift for the loved ones in our life. I can remember a time when there was no internet at all, and going to the mall to fight the crowds was more of a tradition than anything else. I can remember getting a group of guys together and going to the local mall to make fun of each other while we tried to accomplish some shopping. It was usually a really good time. You would see plenty of people there who you normally would not run into throughout the … Continue Reading
As motorcyclists, we tend to be individuals and I would say more so than the “normal” public. We all have our own ways of enjoying motorcycles differently. You can see it in our style and in our actions. It always puzzles me how this translates all the way down to the clothing we wear and the bikes we ride. Sportbike guys tend to look like sportbike guys wearing flashy gear and helmets. Harley guys dress like Harley guys. They wear black leather vests, t-shirts, chaps and bandannas. BMW guys tend to have a different style altogether. Sort of like a mixture of uniform and space suit. Everyone prefers to … Continue Reading
Recently we made some internal changes here at J&P Cycles, and as a result, some of our job responsibilities got shuffled around. I used to handle a lot of the hard parts that you would find in the J&P catalog — things like handlebars, foot controls, suspensions and such. But with the new changes, I was asked to start handling the clothing end of our business. In a past life I used to oversee a clothing line, so I’m no stranger to this particular segment of our industry. Sure, the names are different, but the basis of the business remains the same.
One of the first things I wanted to … Continue Reading
I’m not in the habit of endorsing products, but every now and then I run across something that’s truly magnificent, and this is one of those times. I’m also not a big fan of trying out new stuff or gaining new experiences.
For example, I find that I order the same thing for breakfast almost every time I go out. I get up at the same time every day — weekends included. I tend to wear the same style of clothing at all times, and if I go to McDonald’s, I religiously order the same value meal.
I’m guessing I just know what I like, and to change things without … Continue Reading
Recently I received my copy of American Motorcyclist magazine in the mail, and it had a cover that really caught my eye. It had a picture of an older guy with a long gray beard wearing motocross gear. My initial thought was, “What’s that Harley dude doing wearing MSR gear?”
This is exactly the bias that I’d like to avoid! The theme of this particular issue of the magazine is to unite all motorcyclists in an effort to protect our right to ride and this cover hit the nail on the head!
This subject is something that I really hold close to my heart because when I first started working … Continue Reading
The motorcycle community lost a great mechanic, friend and enthusiast last week in Florida.
Mark “Tex” Adams was doing what came natural to him last week — helping out somebody in need. Mark stopped to help a woman who had run out of gas on Interstate 4 in Florida when another motorist veered onto the shoulder and struck him.
I had the opportunity to get to know Mark when we worked together at KTM. He was an excellent mechanic who loved to tinker on anything with a motor in an effort to get it to run perfectly. On more than one occasion, Mark helped me develop new products for the … Continue Reading
Everything’s packed up and put away, and the 2011 season is a distant memory as riders and teams in the AMA Outdoor Nationals begin to get ready for the 2012 Supercross season.
Ryan Villopoto put his Kawasaki on the podium enough times this year to win both the AMA Supercross and Motocross titles, while Ryan Dungey struggled through the tail end of the season, unable to retain his 2010 No. 1 plate.
Once the outdoor season ends, the teams and riders start negotiating for the upcoming season to decide what team they’ll be riding for. The contract negotiations usually start right after the last race and continue for a few … Continue Reading