One-on-One With J&P Sponsored Rider Joe Kopp on This Year’s Race Season

March 4, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

You probably already know that J&P Cycles is sponsoring Joe Kopp and Michael Beck in the Vance and Hines XR1200 Series for the 2011 race season — and we’re proud to be doing so. When an opportunity arose to chat with Joe about his upcoming race in Daytona, we took full advantage of it, and here’s what Smokin Joe had to say:

J&P: So Joe, your first race is right around the corner. What are you doing to prepare for the upcoming season?

Joe: Well, I’ve been getting in shape and riding as much as I can. Unfortunately, I live in Spokane, Washington, so I haven’t had great weather here Continue Reading

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Dealer Expo Turns Up a Treasure Chest of New Products


February 24, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

The annual Dealer Expo was held in Indianapolis last weekend and J&P was well represented. This is one of the top dealer shows each year and it offers an array of products that pretty well covers the spectrum when it comes to the motorcycle market. We found ourselves virtually surrounded by products for Harley-Davidsons, metric cruisers, scooters and off-road. And the J&P crew was everywhere, scouring the enormous show floor in a search for new innovative items to offer our customers.

We picked up so much new stuff that it’d be difficult to catalog it all here, but we’ve highlighted a couple of new products that you can purchase … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Trade Shows are as Varied as the Bikers Who Attend Them


February 5, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

One of the coolest things about being a motorcycle enthusiast is the ability to share that enthusiasm with other motorcycle enthusiasts. There are tons of different shows throughout the year that allow us to swap stories, exchange ideas and talk shop.

Some events are based on having a good time and others are centered on a specific ride, celebration or activity. There are benefit rides, poker runs, open houses (J&P has a good one if you’ve never been), and massive “happenings” like Sturgis and Bike Week.  There are specialized events that cater to specific groups of riders, such as the annual Vintage Days gathering in Ohio for those … Continue Reading

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Stereotyping the Rider Isn’t Going to Get the Job Done


January 26, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and by the same token, you certainly can’t judge a biker by his ride. And since our primary goal here at J&P Cycles is to help ALL our customers, that ability to define what people want and need is a real challenge. It requires a unique skill set.

Fortunately, we’re staffed with experts in everything motorcycle and, considering the mix of customers that rely on us for service and advice, we do a damned good job. And part of the reason for that is we try to avoid stereotyping our customers based on the bikes they ride — not an … Continue Reading

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Building a Cheap Metric Bobber for Fun and — Eventually — for Profit


January 9, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

A few years ago I was doing design work on some clothing with the guys at Icon. They have a facility in Portland, Ore., where they work on clothing designs. When they start to feel a little burned out, they head out to the attached garage and work on their bikes. This, of course, gets their “creative juices” flowing again and they march back inside, ready to, well, create. I’ve got several good memories from that trip, but one of the things that stuck in my head was the 1976 XS650 bobber that one of those guys built.

He had taken a bike that he’d only paid a few … Continue Reading

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The Great Oil Debate – Synthetic or Conventional


December 20, 2010 | By: Lowell Anderson

There’s been an ongoing debate for decades over what oil is best for your machine and my thinking tells me there’s no standard answer to that question. That’s because there are too many variables — the climate you live in, the amount of time you spend on the road, the type of bike you ride. A lot of folks will tell you that synthetic is the way to go, but that’s not always the case.

Where you live is an important consideration in your choice of oil because of climate considerations and oil flow rates. And synthetic oils definitely hold an advantage in the cold-weather department. High-viscosity conventional oils simply … Continue Reading

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Going From Dirt to Cruiser


November 29, 2010 | By: Lowell Anderson

When I was asked to write a blog post about my impressions of going from the dirt bike world to that shared by the Harley and cruiser market, I was pretty hesitant. I mean, look around. There are a lot of rather large and aggressive Harley riders out there who take the brand side of things very seriously. So believe me when I say I’m putting down my experiences for all to see with an arm twisted behind my back.

For the last dozen years, I’ve been immersed in the world of dirt bikes. I was a senior manager for KTM for 10 years and during that time I was … Continue Reading

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Just Owning A Bike Doesn’t Make You A Biker


November 17, 2010 | By: Lowell Anderson

As far as I’m concerned, the greatest thing you can do during your time on this planet is ride a motorcycle. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you’re on the road. And it matters not a bit what I’m riding or where I’m going. If it has two wheels, I’m a happy man.

I’ve been riding motorcycles for many, many years now, and it’s still one of my favorite things to do with my time. I currently own five bikes — each designed for a different type of riding. My wife doesn’t get it, but I’ve got the bug — real bad and I enjoy riding off-road as … Continue Reading

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