I Love Harley-Davidson, But You Must Know This

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November 7, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

Here is the ignored elephant in the corner……

There is a potential major issue in the Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam engines. This is a statement of fact, not a bunch of wild guesses.  I’m not here to bash Mother Harley, but you should be educated to its causes, and possible solutions. 

Okay, what issue are we looking at? It’s a very serious one that is enough to alarm you.   However, you can fix these defects and end up with a nice bike. Our objective today is to educate, and we are also going to outline some ways to fight back.   Yes, even the new Harley’s have serious, potential problems.  Even the expensive … Continue Reading

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Fall Riding, Enjoying the Weather

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October 9, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

Here in eastern Iowa, the weather is turning cooler, bringing us into one of my favorite times of the year to ride a motorcycle. The weather is not desperately hot and is great for a relaxing ride. It’s not desperately cold, so you don’t have to bundle up like Nanook of the North to enjoy. Other parts of the country may have already passed the peak color turning season (you northern brothers and sisters), and you southern brethren may still have this to look forward to. Anyway, seeing the leaves change color is great and everyone should treat themselves to a “leaf run.”

Fortunately we are close to the Mississippi … Continue Reading

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A Serious Theme Bike to Memorialize a Serious Time, by Paul Jr. Designs

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September 11, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

As the 11th anniversary of the diabolical attacks on America arrives, I have been asked to essay on the 9/11 memorial bike put together by Paul Jr. Designs. As someone who has made his living since the early 80’s in the motorcycle field, I have enjoyed watching the Discovery Channel’s Orange County Chopper’s bring much needed exposure to motorcycling.

I have been a little reluctant to fully embrace the Sr. vs. Jr. phenomenon. I have been very fortunate to have met a number of talented builders, who in my opinion, could build circles around the Orange County/PJ Designs crew.

These guys were in the right place at the … Continue Reading

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Labor Day 2012: Celebrating the American and Canadian Worker for 118 Years

September 3, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

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

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Musings From the 2012 J&P Open House Rally

July 2, 2012 | By: Scott Holton


Editor’s Note: Scott Holton, a 1987 graduate of Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and a senior technician at J&P Cycles, wrote today’s blog post during the second day of this year’s Open House Rally here in Anamosa, Iowa.

I’m typing this on a Sunday morning smack dab in the middle of the 2012 J&P Cycles Open House Rally. Saturday was a crowded day that kept me tied up fulltime at the back tech counter. I’ve been working with a couple of sharp characters from our Florida store who were flown up especially for this event, and of course, we’ve got Merrill, our regular back-counter guru.

We had a steady stream of folks … Continue Reading

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Memorial Day is So Much More Than a Hotdog in a Bun

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May 28, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

No doubt about it — we all love Memorial Day. I mean, what’s not to like? This day officially kicks off the summer season and nobody can find fault with that! Then there are the picnics with family and friends, outdoor games, and hunting for the best sales at malls, discount stores and big box retailers.

But like we say every year in this spot, Memorial Day is so much more than overeating, having fun and seeing how much money you can save on the newest technology.

Memorial Day started as a holiday to remember the fallen during the Civil War. It was enacted as an honorable day of remembrance … Continue Reading

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Rolling Thunder Ride Celebrates its 25th Year

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May 25, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the POW/MIA run to the wall. This annual event has the goal of ensuring that Americans know many of our veterans from the Vietnam war have yet to be accounted for.

In the fall of 1987, a small group of Vietnam War veterans met to discuss their personal concerns about the POW/MIAs from that Southeast Asian conflict. Having honorably served their country and having taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies…” and to “bare true faith and allegiance to same,” these vets were deeply troubled by the lack of attention given to those who … Continue Reading

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Reflections on the Loss of a Good Motorcycle Buddy

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March 29, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

I write this blog post with a heavy heart. I just came from the funeral services for my friend Charlie Ganoe. Charlie was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. Quick with a smile, genuinely friendly, hardworking, a wonderful father and grandfather, Charlie lost his life as the result of a motorcycle accident almost two weeks ago.

The Saturday night of St. Patrick’s Day during the celebrations here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a young couple on a motorcycle also lost their lives in a grisly wreck. And during this month’s Daytona Bike Week, seven fellow motorcycling souls where lost.

As motorcyclists, we have to consider the possible consequences of … Continue Reading

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Lighting Your Bike Up Without Increasing the Load

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March 26, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

Today I’m going to be covering motorcycle light bulbs on your ride, how to see things better — and more important — how to be seen better. But in order to do that, I’m going to have to toss around a few electrical terms. You know, like watts and volts and amperage.

Wait! Don’t hit the Back button, because I’m going to try and make this as easy to comprehend as possible.

A watt is a unit of measure that takes into consideration the mathematical relationship of volts and amperage. What it looks like is this: Watts = Volts X Amps.

The standard motorcycle headlight that comes attached to … Continue Reading

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J&P and Daytona Bike Week Have a Long History Together

March 9, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

Our participation in Daytona Bike Week began back in 1989 when we started selling parts out of a storefront building on Main Street. We’ve been an active part of this motorcycle extravaganza ever since, opening a superstore in nearby Ormond Beach in 2007 and sending our fully stocked semi-trailer down to Florida each year since 1995.

So we’ve got a long history with this event that began way back in January of 1937. The first Bike Week was highlighted by the inaugural running of the Daytona 200, a motorcycle competition that took place on a 3.2-mile course just south of Daytona Beach. The winner of that race was Ed Kretz … Continue Reading

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