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About Patrick

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.

How to Properly Measure for Your Windshield

We generally gravitate to things that are aesthetically pleasing to us. And picking a windshield is no different. We tend to pick what we think looks cool, not necessarily what works the best. Which brings up the question, what does work best? There is a kind of magic height that works best for each person, [...]

By |2019-01-28T16:20:38+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

6 Things Every Motorcyclist Should Do in 2019

Ride More I know, this sounds cliche’ but it’s true. Spend more time on your motorcycle. You’ll become a better rider and undoubtedly enjoy yourself more than being in your cage. Don’t copp out on running errands or trips to the store because you have to haul stuff, if you don’t have saddlebags throw on [...]

By |2019-01-01T19:46:21+00:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles, Riding Tips, The Biker Guide|Tags: |5 Comments

Ten Bikes I Would Have Traded a Kidney for In 2018

Let me start off by saying I haven’t ridden all these bikes but I have lusted after them from afar. Hence the reason for them making this list. I think we could be witnessing some of the best times in motorcycle manufacturing history. Companies venturing out and building bikes that differ from their normal practices, [...]

By |2018-12-31T11:56:33+00:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Motorcycle Buyers Guides, Reviews, The Biker Guide, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Does Heated Gear Work? Off the Rack and On the Road

 Starting as early as October here in South Dakota you could be in danger of losing your precious riding season due to bad weather, namely snow and freezing temps. This winter the snow came a bit early, then it left. Leaving dry pavement and cold air. Generally if there’s at least semi-dry pavement (or dirt [...]

By |2018-12-26T15:49:17+00:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, Gear, Product Information, Reviews, Riding Tips|Comments Off on Does Heated Gear Work? Off the Rack and On the Road

106 Inches of Fury, S&S Cycle’s “Baby Stroker” Kit

This story starts like many others I’ve heard while standing behind J&P’s tech counter… “so I was just driving along”. So there I was, just cruising along on my trusty Dyna (and by cruising I mean thrashing it per usual) and I swear I hear a ticking sound. I can’t quite place it but it [...]

By |2018-12-11T21:05:54+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Bike Builds, Editorial/Commentary Articles, How-To Articles, Tech Tips, V-Twin|Tags: |1 Comment

Arai Defiant-X, Worth the Money

I have a problem….pretty sure I’m addicted to expensive helmets. So lucky for me I was invited to the launch of the Arai Defiant-X in Daytona. Now like I said, I have a helmet hoarding issue so I’m not new to Arai helmets (have around 10,000 miles on an XD-4) but getting the whole company backstory [...]

By |2018-06-28T16:11:15+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Gear, Helmet Reviews, Product Information|3 Comments

The Beards Come Off for Aidan

When the word “biker” is mentioned, images of tattooed, bearded, leather clad large gentlemen pop into mind…or possibly SOA cast members if you’re into that sort of thing. Either way, a lot of times “bikers” aren’t cast in the most flattering of lights.

MVI_0580.MOV.14_09_14_22.Still001The reality is that the people I know that love motorcycles that are labeled “bikers” are some of the most caring and generous people I know. And that was again apparent this year at Daytona Bike Week. On a warm Thursday night in Daytona, bikers gathered in front of the stage at the Cackleberry Campground to raise money for a very worthy cause. This particular fundraiser was … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T12:42:28+00:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|Comments Off on The Beards Come Off for Aidan

Top 10 Tips Before You Get Out and Ride

Are you ready to ride? Patrick from J&P Cycles walks you through the top ten things to check out before you get on your bike this spring.

  1. Check your fluids: oil, tranny and primary fluid—make sure you check them all. If you didn’t change them going into winter, now’s the perfect time. If you need help with that, we have videos to help you out.
    1. How to Change Transmission Fluid
    2. How to Change Motorcycle Primary Oil
    3. How to Change Motorcycle Oil
  2. Check your fuel. If you didn’t stabilize your fuel going into winter, something like Star Tron will rejuvenate that fuel, so when you go out and ride, you won’t
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By |2015-04-14T14:49:14+00:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: How-To Articles|1 Comment

Kuryakyn Lower Fork Cover Install

Towards the end of last year we added a Victory to the current stable of J&P motorcycles, a Cross Country to be exact. We immediately started modifying it starting with some Vance and Hines mufflers and then during Biketoberfest we did a series of Ness upgrades smack dab in the middle of the rally. The Ness installs were rather extensive, including a raked set of triple trees to accommodate our 23” wheel along with Ness modular handlebars, foot and hand controls and a whole slew of billet accessories. But we’re not done yet, while we sit snowbound here in Iowa we are going to continue with our modification.

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By |2015-04-14T13:29:09+00:00January 8th, 2015|Categories: How-To Articles|Comments Off on Kuryakyn Lower Fork Cover Install