It’s the middle of February. The freaking temp outside of J&P Cycles this morning was 1° F, and I’m jonesing for a motorcycle ride. Now mind you, I get to do a great deal of yacking about motorcycles here at my job; however, nothing quite replaces the adrenaline surge I get when I twist the throttle and hit the open road.
I started riding at age 13 when my dad bought me a Montgomery Wards Riverside 250. I suppose these days that not many remember the retail giant that used to go toe-to-toe with Sears Roebuck. Heck, how many remember that name? The Riverside 250 was a single cylinder street … Continue Reading
A couple weeks ago, I blogged about the new mechanized two wheeled marvel coming down the line from Kawasaki. Last week, I saw where they are actually at the point of taking orders. Here, you can pre-order an H2 or the monstrous H2R here. The first thing that jumps out at me on both bikes is the MSRP. Holy Buckets!!
I shared these two links with a number of my co-workers here at J&P Cycles, and asked for some input and feedback. Understand, a number of those polled are Harley enthusiasts, some Metric specialists, and some general motorcycle enthusiasts.
I think I laid out my own drooling thoughts … Continue Reading
Scott here again, it’s the beginning of November…daylight savings time just reverted, it’s going from cool to downright cold and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Another thing November brings us is Veterans Day. In the past, I’ve blogged about the origins of this holiday. In posts, I have highlighted how I joined the service and became a veteran myself. Today I’m going to talk about what this day means to me, and why.
So I don’t cover the same ground I have in the past, I’ll just briefly say that joining the service was the single most important, and life shaping event that I have ever done. Every … Continue Reading
I’m a gearhead. 100% dyed in the wool lover of all things mechanical. Before me, my father was a gearhead, too. He owned and raced open cockpit, open wheel cars in the Midwest. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I have been fascinated with different configurations of the internal combustion engine my entire life. When my wife and I plan vacations, I look for places to go to feed my fix. When we went to Disney in Orlando, I made a point to spend a day at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. When we went to my wife’s childhood home near DC, the Smithsonian … Continue Reading
Hey blog readers! Scott here again. If you’re an avid J&P blog reader, you know I’ve been around for a while. Thirty-five years ago when J&P Cycles started, we were strictly a mail-order catalog business with orders being taken via mail and the telephone (an actual land line). Today, you can order your parts, inquire about an order or get technical advice in a variety of different ways. Regarding our tech team, back in the early days just a few guys with Harley experience handled these questions. As the business has grown, we have hired additional staffers for their specific motorcycle knowledge in both Harley and Metric applications.
When the … Continue Reading
The other day, I had something happen that I thought I would share with all of you. Last Monday was a usual busy morning. Mondays are typically our busiest day of the week here at J&P Cycles, and July is also one of our busiest months.
In addition to my duties as a blogger, I answer e-mails from all over the world, monitor and answer questions on our Facebook page, serve as the main moderator of the J&P Cycles Forum, and split time during the week as a chat technician on the J&P website Tech Chat feature. My plate is not only full, but satisfying as well. … Continue Reading
Last 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
I’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
Harley-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
Wow, 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