Recall Affects More Than 60,000 ABS-Equipped Harleys

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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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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

J&P Cycles Founder John Parham Doing Well Nearly Four Years After Lung Transplant

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April 11, 2014 | By: Angi Kearney

John and Jill (1)April is National Donate Life Month, and today happens to be Donate Life Blue and Green Day, a day set aside specifically to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

J&P Cycles has a special connection to this effort as our founder John Parham received a life-saving lung transplant almost four years ago. As you may recall, we shared John’s story from waiting for a lung to his recovery just a week after his lung transplant and his last update, a year post-surgery, here on the J&P blog.

In the nearly three years since that last post, John has been busy promoting his love of antique … Continue Reading

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The Great Motor Company Introduces Two New Models

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March 27, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

2014-Harley-Davidson-Low-Rider (2)The Harley-Davidson Low Rider was first introduced to the motorcycle community back in 1977. About that time you or your parents had really big hair bested only by their really big bell bottom pants and the disco movement was in full swing. Over 30 years may have passed us all by in a blur, but the folks at HD remember what was cool about that era (or at least what they think was cool about it).

For 2014 Harley has reintroduced the Low Rider and the Super Low 1200T. Both bikes are based on the idea of offering an easy to ride, retro-cool design that apparently you, the customers have … Continue Reading

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Winter Weather Didn’t Hamper J&P 2014 Winter Workshop

March 11, 2014 | By: Merrill Bonney

Winter workshopEditor’s Note: J&P Cycles Iowa Showroom Sales Tech Merrill Bonney started with J&P back in May of 1999 as a phone sales representative. He worked the showroom during that year’s Sturgis Rally, and stayed there after the event, moving onto a sales tech position. His motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a number of bikes. Today his current ride is a 1997 FLHRFI fuel-injected Road King. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys tinkering on his motorcycle. He has done most of the work on all his motorcycles and vehicles.  

On a cold, blustery and snowy Saturday on the first day of March here at J&P Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Releases Two New Catalogs

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February 24, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

BLUEFLAME BAGGERYear-in and year-out, J&P Cycles produces one of the largest aftermarket parts and accessories catalogs specifically for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. 2014 is no different. A few weeks ago, the 912-page big book became available to the public.

Inside, find what you’re looking for when it comes to 1985 to 2014 HD models, and parts from the following manufacturers: S&S, Bell Helmets, Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Custom Chrome and Biker’s Choice. Each of the product lines and pages has been refined, so only the best in selection is offered. This catalog is your one-stop place to shop.

If you haven’t received yours in the mail, now is … Continue Reading

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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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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