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
Back in 2005, the Energy Policy Act penned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put into place ensuring that gasoline sold in the United States has a minimum volume of renewable fuel. Ethanol is considered a renewable fuel.
After 2005, many automotive manufacturers complained to the EPA about the damage caused by adding ethanol to fuel, but to no avail. The EPA plans on doubling the amount of ethanol in fuel by 2012, yet it doesn’t appear they’re too concerned about the problems ethanol can cause to your engine. More than 16 billion gallons of ethanol were mandated for use under the guise of a Clean Air Act last … Continue Reading
As a product specialist for J&P Cycles, one of the benefits of the job is that I get the opportunity to talk to many different vendors on a daily basis. Recently I was talking with a vendor who provides us with oil and lubricants, and during the conversation we got a little side-tracked. This guy has been in the oil business for many, many years, so I figured he might know something about oil production.
I told him I saw a recent news report that said the oil spilled from that one well in the Gulf amounted to between 17 and 39 million gallons. That’s from one well! My question … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: The Vance & Hines XR1200 series continues this weekend, and Joe Kopp and Michael Beck will be carrying the J&P banner for the entire series. Joe put together a blow-by-blow account of his last race and we thought it would be nice to post it here so you can see how a racer of his caliber processes the race experience. Joe had a nasty high-side during practice and we pick up the story the day following his get-off. Here is Joe’s account of the first event.
Road racing is a way different sport than dirt track as far as the appearance from the outside goes. The media is … Continue Reading
Each year, a bunch of us here at J&P Cycles spend a few months putting together the Cruiser catalog so you’ll have an idea of what’s new and what’s best for the upcoming riding season. We chat with vendors and search industry wide for the best products to include in our catalogs. Our customers say they look forward to our books each year, and that’s due in part to the fact that we’ve been producing these primo product publications for three decades now.
We just now wrapped up production on our new Cruiser catalog for the 2011 season and you should find it on your doorstep within days. That’s assuming, … Continue Reading
Climbing on my bike in the early weeks of spring is something I look forward to every year. It’s nice to get out and do some riding after a long winter of sitting around waiting for the weather to break. If you’re like me and you have a busy lifestyle, you might find yourself doing most of your two-wheel riding in your commute to and from work.
Unfortunately, the change to spring weather can bring a whole new set of problems to that morning ride. My day usually starts at 6 a.m., so when I get on the road, I find myself confronted by quite a few challenges. For one … Continue Reading
I was spending my Sunday afternoon doing what I normally do on Sundays —watching the supercross race — when a commercial came on the screen. The ad was for the Can-Am Roadster, also commonly referred to as a Can-Am Spyder. If you’re not familiar with the Can-Am Roadster, it’s a three-wheeled vehicle that features two wheels in front and a drive wheel in the back. The vehicle is made by BRP.
Personally, I don’t have a real issue with this vehicle, other than I’d just as soon drive an ice cream truck with music blaring and kiddy signs all over it before I’d throw a leg over one of … Continue Reading