Recall Affects More Than 60,000 ABS-Equipped Harleys

July 17, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

H-D-RoadKing-2014Last week Harley-Davidson issued a recall for ABS-equipped 2014 touring models. The recall notice affects 66,421 motorcycles and the issue is placement of the bike’s front brake line, which may become pinched between the fuel tank and frame, potentially locking up the front wheel.

Owners affected will be notified by H-D, and be offered a free fix at a dealer near them. Dealers will inspect the brake line for damage and replace as necessary. Additionally, the dealer will install cable straps to ensure the brake line will not become compromised in the future.

Recall documentation published at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) details the defect as follows: “Some … Continue Reading

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Project Livewire: Harley’s New Electric Motorcycle

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June 23, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

Harley Live WireI’m sure most of you have heard the bombshell that Mother Harley has introduced their first electric powered motorcycle. What a shocker (pun intended)! Today, we are going to look at this new, interesting design and share what we have been able to glean from the information available. I’m fortunate enough to know someone who has intimate knowledge of this fascinating project from whom I can get real, accurate answers to my questions.

First things first, let’s establish that HD has not gone into production on this. They have produced a number of initial offerings to trek across the country to gauge customer interest.  There will be no loaners and … Continue Reading

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2014 Harley Improvements

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May 12, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

2014-Harley-Davidson-Ultra-Limited-3Harley-Davidson announced a number of updates to its touring models, a cumulative result of a product development effort the company calls “Project Rushmore.” These enhancements cover several areas, addressing performance, comfort, style and infotainment needs, and will be implemented across eight 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring models: the Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Tri-Glide Ultra Classic trike and the CVO Road King and CVO Limited.

Per Harley, “Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” says Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving 2013

November 27, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

ThanksWow, what a wake-up call. It’s the time old adage – you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone, or in my case, almost gone. No lie, earlier this month, my life virtually passed before my eyes.

In early November while on my post at work, I was having difficulty breathing. A couple of the supervisors were concerned and asked if I wanted to go home. Being the hardhead I am, I refused to leave and finished my shift. I had been a little more tired than usual, and with the next day off, I figured I’d recover and be fine.

The following day, my wife came home and … Continue Reading

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Veterans Day 2013

November 11, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

FlagsHere it is, time for what seems to be my annual essay on Veterans Day. Having been a blogger since the inception of the J&P Cycles Blog, a pattern has emerged regarding national holidays with any military connection. Give it to Scott, he’s a vet, he can do it. As a United States Marine Corps veteran, I’m honored to be given the challenge to write about these holidays. I’ve just re-read the past offerings that have been posted, so I don’t repeat my ramblings.  Today, I’m going to examine the reasons I chose to enter military service.

As a young man, I came from a family whose father and numerous … Continue Reading

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Water-Cooled, 2014 Indian Follow Up

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October 28, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

14_Harley-CVO-Ultra-ClassicWell, we managed to find another hot button topic when we asked about your opinions of the new “Wet-heads”. We received 274 responses to that blog. This is a follow up to that and a few other things we have discussed lately.

I’m an HD bulletin board junkie, and while I haven’t seen a lot of feedback about the “wet-heads”, I have seen a couple of posts describing coolant overflow issues. As with any new (did I really say that?) technology, there may be some initial issues to work out. Doing an internet search for 2014 Harley water-cooling issues does not bring back much by way of results, so … Continue Reading

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Indians – 2014 Edition

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September 10, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

Today we are going to talk about one of the most marketed debuts for an alternative to an American made motorcycle. Reported here two years ago, industry giant Polaris acquired the rights and intellectual properties to the Indian name brand. Since that acquisition, we have been hearing stories that the new Indians would be well engineered, attractive and not priced out of the market. Polaris has been very busy, and during Sturgis this year they unveiled the NEW INDIANS. All I have to say, is this was one of the most anticipated debuts in American motorcycle history. The actual coming out party was extremely well attended and the folks who … Continue Reading

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Labor Day 2013

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September 2, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

Labor DayFor a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer, but why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor unions celebrated the first Labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day … Continue Reading

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Water Cooled!

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August 28, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

Here a few weeks ago, Mother Harley brought out this year’s new models.  Across the board there are relatively few surprises except on the new Ultra Classic and the new Tri-Glide. A few years ago, I saw where the Harley Davidson Motor Company applied for a patent for water cooled big twin heads. Well, this year they are putting those puppies to use. The top of the line Ultra Classic and the Tri-Glides are the first official “Waterhogs” sporting two small radiators mounted in the fairing lowers in the highway bars. An electric water pump is mounted where a conventional oil cooler used to mount. Adding water cooling does … Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

Fourth of JulyToday I want to wish our United States Happy 237th Birthday!

It sure is great to be an American and have the freedom to ride motorcycles and attend great events like this past weekend’s Open House Rally. There are many places in our world under tyranny and people don’t have the freedom attend an event like the J&P Cycles rally. Heck, in those places, a rally like ours could never happen.

On our country’s birthday, we should celebrate the ideals our founding fathers put forth in establishing a fledgling country. I’m pleased and proud to be an American and am glad for the freedoms that I have been granted. … Continue Reading

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