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.
The 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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