The leaves started to turn red and orange here in Iowa, so we took that as a sign that we needed to head south and visit our home away from home (otherwise known as the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore). Just so happened there was a bike rally going on; the biker version of the fall classic was in full swing as we rolled into the sunshine state. Since we figured this might be the last time we get to see the sun for a few months we took full advantage of our time Daytona to run the Biketoberfest gauntlet. We didn’t want to keep all the good times … Continue Reading
October 24, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin
You’ve seen us here before and you’re going to see us here again. Tropical Tattoo “Chopper Time” show in Daytona is without a doubt my favorite bike show to attend. And again this year, it didn’t disappoint us!
I’m not really big on bike shows – mainly because I really don’t care if someone else likes my bike or not, and I have never understood why you would roll your bike out for some random dude to “judge.” I mean it’s your bike, why would you care what someone else thinks of it? That being said, I love the Tropical Tattoo show that Willie and his crew put on because … Continue Reading
February 20, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin
Just about everywhere in the US has been touched by old man winter’s hand this year. Here in the midwest we have had a particularly brutal winter, and I’m pretty much fed up with it. The bitter cold, snow and blustering wind have run their course with most of us. I have a solution for you my fellow two wheel fanatics, even if spring isn’t on your horizon for another 6-8 weeks!
Daytona Bike Week is here to save us from our winter time misery! Strap your scooter in the back of your van and point it south. J&P Cycles will have two locations chocked full of the latest and … Continue Reading
My stock motor Dyna sporting a 88” BONE STOCK Twin Cam motor may be the toughest motor I have ever owned. That is a fairly strong statement coming from me considering that I have predominantly owned sportbikes for the past 10 years.
A brief background on my personal motorcycle lineage, I started off on HD’s then started modifying them (even winning a horsepower shootout at the old AMI in Daytona) quickly moved onto no bar drag racing with sportbikes. Big bore, turbo and nitrous. To say I was jaded by horsepower was an understatement. Fast forward to present day and my everyday rider is a 03 Dyna.
Over the winter … Continue Reading
December 24, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin
The second coming of Discovery Channel’s yearly popularity contest went off again and in a déjà vu moment, Paul Junior Designs came out on top. After watching both nights of this circus, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect and I’ve come to the realization that the whole thing was disingenuous on many levels.
The show had almost nothing to do with actually building motorcycles (something we’re very fond of). There was very little in the show about the fabrication involved in building any of the bikes. Instead it centered on trying to build drama around the builder’s relationships with each other. They wasted a ton of time on … Continue Reading
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Just about this same time last year we were playing this same record. We watched as Paul Jr. was triumphant over his old man, Paul Sr. (OCC) and Jesse James. I wrote about this travesty and stirred up quite a bit of dust. Now on the heels of Senior and Junior’s long-running American Chopper show being canceled, they are back at it again. This time it’s a four way affair with the addition of the Gas Monkey Garage guys. It all goes down Dec. 10 and 11. We’ll see if America recognizes some actual skill … Continue Reading
If you own a bike chances are you have modified it in some way, shape or form and if you haven’t, you will be shortly. Just the initial cost of chrome goodies, power adders, luggage or whatever else you deem necessary can hit your wallet pretty hard. But if you are going to a dealer to have the parts installed it’s likely the cost of upgrades has more than doubled once you receive your labor bill.
There is one sure fire way to lighten the load on your pocket book when it comes to tricking out your ride. Start wrenching; don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and … Continue Reading
The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run was set to come through Anamosa (where I live) on Monday with the National Motorcycle Museum as a scheduled stop. I was all fired up to see the parade of bad ass old bikes come through, so I decided to take the day off.
I made my way down to the Museum about 10 a.m., where I learned there was a broken down bike on its way here and I was asked if I would help. I quickly said yes and headed up to the J&P shop to meet up with fellow J&P volunteer wrench Sean Salger. Shortly after, a sprinter van pulled up … Continue Reading
August 24, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin
If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Michael Lichter, then welcome to biker land and congrats on the purchase of your first motorcycle. However, if you’re a fan of this famed photographer, then you’ve no doubt seen his amazing photos featured on the cover of practically every biker rag on the planet over the past three decades.
And that doesn’t even take into account his representation on countless Harley-Davidson publications. Why, his creative artistry has even graced the pages of our own “How J&P Changed the American Motorcycle Industry” book.
Round and black. That’s the extent of a lot of motorcyclists’ tire knowledge. Most people spend a majority of their time customizing their motorcycle by focusing on either making it look sharp by bolting on chrome or dropping large quantities of money on elaborate paint jobs. Or if you’re like some, you spend the majority of your hard-earned dollars on go-fast parts, strapping on the latest and greatest exhaust or air cleaner, or jamming oversized pistons and monster cams into the motor. All of those things are well and good, but they amount to nothing more than scrap metal without the right set of tires.