Here 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
Well, 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
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
For 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
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
Today 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
Today’s blog is to introduce the J&P Cycles returns department to you. This group is made up of six ladies who truly are the muscle behind the scenes at J&P Cycles. Their contributions keep our business running smoothly. Let’s start with the department head, Jessie.
She has been part of the J&P Cycles team since June 2005. Initially a data entry clerk, she moved into our purchasing department where she was the point of contact for vendor returns (which she still does today). She was promoted to the team lead in the returns department almost five years ago, and this past August she became the quality control/returns supervisor. Outside of … Continue Reading
I was a little surprised the other day, when the person who oversees the blog asked me to write a little something about my hobby. I’ve been in the motorcycle industry since the late 80’s, and it has been cool working in a field that has also been exciting! However, after 35 years of non-stop immersion in all things motorcycle, I needed to find an interest that allowed me to relax in my free time.
Enter my son, 15-year-old Jack Holton, who is the best kid a dad could ask for! You know, with all the sinning I’ve done in my life, I deserved the kid from he**. Fortunately, … Continue Reading
Today we are going to introduce you to Shawn Stone, head of our Quality Control department. In this capacity, he is responsible for a variety of duties at J&P Cycles. Shawn began his career at J&P Cycles in 2000 (five weeks after me).
It has been a pleasure working with him over the past 12-½ years. A Des Moines, Iowa native this 48-year-old spent a portion of his early life in Southern California, Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas and Breckenridge, Colorado. A dirt biker since high school, he began riding on the street 30 years ago. Currently, he has a 1997 Custom Softail. On the side, he has a … Continue Reading
Scott here… I’m usually the tech editor type guy at J&P Cycles, but I have a few comments to bring in the New Year. Patrick Garvin (host) and Scott Abing (videographer) recently put out our annual New Year’s resolution video and did a fine job with it. Shawn not talking to them cracks me up! As we bring in 2013 we have a lot ahead of us and hopefully, we will all have positive experiences as we move through the year.
My blog today; however, is not joyful nor pleasant. As a father, the horror of what occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut haunts me. I am … Continue Reading