Let Those Who Ride Decide


March 26, 2015 | By: James Dean

South Dakota abolishes Ape Hanger restrictions

The 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 3-Aug. 9, 2015, will be a lot breezier under the arms. In February 2015, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 85. This abolished South Dakota’s codified law 32-20-3, which mandated a petty offense if the grips on motorcycle handlebars were at or higher than the shoulders while operating on public roads or highways.

South Dakota Handlebar Law AbolishedThese petty offense fines started at $20 and totals were upwards of $120.The new law becomes effective July 1, 2015.

Currently, only one-third of the states have no restrictions on handlebar height. The Federal motorcycle vehicle safety standard 49 CFR 571.123 has no reference … Continue Reading

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New H-D Campaign: There’s No One Way to Ride a Harley


March 4, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Harley-Davidson is hoping to break the stereotype with a new hashtag heavy campaign – “Roll Your Own.” The new campaign debuts today with a series of 60-second and 30-second broadcast ads, print ads, online advertising and social content.

“The new work shows there is no one way to ride a Harley,” said Dino Bernacchi, U.S. Marketing Director at Harley-Davidson. “The new creative is about each rider defining their independence and attitude, whether kicking up dirt on the track or sliding through the curves on ice.”

What do you think? Did Harley miss the mark or hit it head on? How do you roll?

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2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night Series Ends with Cedar Rapids Woman Winning Customized Bike


September 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Suspense filled the air as 60 finalists gathered around a customized 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King on Thursday night, Sept. 11, for a chance to choose a key and possibly start the giveaway machine as part of the final 2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night series. With 60 finalists, that meant there was one real key along with 59 fake ones. When No. 2 Liza Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, handed her key over to Jay Cassill of Cassill Motors, the grin on his face as he turned the key said it all – Liza was the lucky winner of the motorcycle.

This year, the Hot Rods & Harleys … Continue Reading

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SOA Stars Coming Back to Celebrate J&P’s 35th Anniversary Three-Day Open House Rally


September 17, 2013 | By: Angi Kearney

SOA Mark BooneSOA Tommy FlanaganIf you attended the J&P Cycles Open House Rally this year, but didn’t have the chance to meet Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan (who plays Filip “Chibs” Telford) and Ryan Hurst (who plays Harry “Opie” Winston), you will get a second chance at the 2014 35th Anniversary J&P Cycles Open House Rally. Well, you’ll get a second chance to meet with Filip who will be joined by Mark Boone, Jr. (who plays Bobby Munson).

In addition, to celebrate J&P’s 35th anniversary, the rally is going to be a three-day extravaganza held June 27-29.



The 2013 two-day event held June 29-30 surpassed the 30,000 mark for visitors, and more … Continue Reading

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J&P Founder John Parham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


February 17, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles

John Parham, founder and former president of J&P Cycles, picks up the Don J. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award today during ceremonies at the 2012 Dealer Expo and American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Doubtless you know that J&P Cycles is the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer online, and John will be recognized at a luncheon today for his lifetime of dedication to the motorcycle industry — most recently for his efforts in creating the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, which is also home to J&P’s headquarters. That main location, as well as our satellite location in Ormond Beach, Fla., has both won numerous Top Continue Reading

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Cycle News is Back in a BIG Way


November 14, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

A little over a year ago we reported that long time staple of motorcycle journalism Cycle News had decided to close up shop after 40 years of bringing motorcycle news to the masses on a regular basis. Well they didn’t stay away for long and they have returned to reporting on the motorcycle industry and motorcycle racing in a big way. Leaving behind the traditional print publication that they were known for and moving to a digital edition. The new and improved Cycle News is a once a week digital publication that you can not only read on your computer but on your smart phone or tablet.

Each issue covers … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Called Upon by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for Very Special Role in Special Cause


October 10, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

Every once in awhile you get a chance to make a difference in another person’s life. On October 4th we were called by a producer from the hit ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and given such a chance.  The weekly television show takes a deserving family and rebuilds their house in a single week.  Last week, the ABC crew found itself in West Union, Iowa (about an hour and half north of J&P Cycles’ World Headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa) to surprise Audrey Gibbs and her six children.

Seven months after her husband died, Audrey had a brain aneurism that affected a quarter of her brain – leaving her legally … Continue Reading

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September Readers’ Rides Winner

October 6, 2011 | By: Bud Milza

Editor’s Note: Before we formally introduce our September winner — and that would be Mario Delgado of Milwaukee, Wis. — we should tell you that he and all future Readers’ Rides winners get a one-year membership in our J&P Gold Club. And that’s on top of just the incredible honor of the whole thing. So double congrats, Mario!

And for you folks who don’t happen to possess an award-winning bike, no problemo, because you’re still entitled to join the club any time you want. J&P Gold Club winners get up to 10 percent savings on discountable parts each day. They get up to 15 percent off on sales Continue Reading

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Our 32nd Annual Open House Was a Smashing Hit – No Surprise There


July 6, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

No need to call Ripley’s Believe It or Not, because it was a given that J&P Cycles’ 32nd anniversary celebration and Open House would be an enormous success, drawing more than 25,000 visitors and loyal customers to the small town of Anamosa, Iowa, this past weekend. This two-day event was the largest party we’ve thrown to date, and we couldn’t be any more appreciative to our thousands of friends, fans and customers!

We had folks tell us they drove in from Canada, California, Florida, Washington State — and everywhere else — just to join in the two-wheel wonderfulness that is our open house. It was due to these multitudes … Continue Reading

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Oil Shortage? What Oil Shortage?


June 28, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

As a product specialist for J&P Cycles, one of the benefits of the job is that I get the opportunity to talk to many different vendors on a daily basis. Recently I was talking with a vendor who provides us with oil and lubricants, and during the conversation we got a little side-tracked. This guy has been in the oil business for many, many years, so I figured he might know something about oil production.

I told him I saw a recent news report that said the oil spilled from that one well in the Gulf amounted to between 17 and 39 million gallons. That’s from one well! My question … Continue Reading

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