If speed is what you’re interested in, the Bonneville Salt Flats separates those that talk the talk from those that walk the walk. When it comes down to it, this dry salt lakebed — located in Utah adjacent to the Nevada border, in the sleepy little town of Wendover — is the destination of every gearhead worth his salt (I know, bad pun). Miles and miles of the flattest surface you can imagine — so brilliantly white, you think you’re on another planet. People have been coming here since 1912 with one goal in mind: to go as fast as they can. The land speed record was set here for … Continue Reading
The Chief Blackhawk chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America is hosting one of Iowa’s biggest antique motorcycle swap meets and vintage flat track races Sept.2-5 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.
This is one of the largest events of the year for the AMCA, and it takes place smack dab in the middle of the country, making it easier for enthusiasts to attend from both coasts and everywhere in between. Highlighting the event is a motorcycle parts swap meet, a concourse full of beautifully restored motorcycles, technical classes on many different subjects, and a dirt track for bar-to-bar vintage racing.
There’s going to be vendors, a … Continue Reading
Words like authentic, original and iconic describe Arlen Ness — arguably the king of motorcycle customizing. Never afraid to try something new and take the next step, Ness has had great success and a string of groundbreaking designs to his credit. Curated by renowned motorcycle photographer and author Michael Lichter, the AwesomeNess exhibit made its debut at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in the summer of 2008 and now you can see this awesome, one-of-a-kind Arlen Ness exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.
Ness may not have known it as he was customizing his own Harley Knucklehead and winning custom competitions in the 1960s, but he … Continue Reading
Today, Sturgis sits there like a bad hangover, the flash of chrome and rumble of bikes replaced by dusty parking lots and littered campgrounds. Another successful event is in the books, leaving me with a few thoughts about this year’s rally and a tremendous urge to get back home.
It was a record year, according to most accounts, with attendance numbers like 600,000 to 800,000 being tossed around by the folks who should know such things. Counting crowds is a nebulous business at best, with possibly the worst suggestion I ever heard requiring an accurate count of all the feet and then dividing by two. It’s like percentages. Nearly 74 … Continue Reading
After nearly a year of planning and preparation, the National Motorcycle Museum has finally relocated from its cramped quarters in downtown Anamosa, Iowa, to a larger, well-designed facility near the edge of town. The museum opened without fanfare on Friday, June 25 — a day before J&P Cycles’ successful Open House weekend.
And while construction isn’t quite completed at the museum (where are those “Pardon our Dust!” signs?), here’s a quick overview of what you’d see if you were to visit today:
Bursting with approximately 36,000-square-feet of interior space, the museum has ample room to expand the existing exhibits and add many new ones. Among the new displays is the … Continue Reading
Something like a small city moved into Anamosa, Iowa, last weekend as we again raised the bar with the annual J&P Open House! More than 20,000 J&P customers and friends visited us Saturday and Sunday as we celebrated our 31st anniversary!
It was nonstop fun for our guests who arrived from near and far. We had customers roll down from Canada, a nice couple who drove up from Georgia, and guests from Virginia and many other distant states. So, a big “Thank you” to one and all for making our Open House such a huge success. We owe it all to you!!
This year’s entertainment provided our guests with… Continue Reading
Located just off I-95 and US-1 in Ormond Beach, Fla., the 15,000-square-foot showroom features thousands of parts and accessories for your Harley-Davidson, Cruiser, and Gold Wing, along with a large selection of helmets and apparel.
Highlighted by the enormous J&P Cycles logo and a huge neon sign that reads, “Keeping the World on 2 Wheels,” the mezzanine demonstrates our co-founders’ – John and Jill Parham – love of antique motorcycles. There are gorgeous motorcycle canvas prints and huge wallpaper scenes … Continue Reading
Ah, the Wing Ding. And if you’re not a member of the “in” crowd — that, of course, being Gold Wing owners — then the term has absolutely no meaning to you. Nor should it. But if you are a proud member of the Gold Wing family, you know Wing Ding is the annual nationwide pilgrimage of Wing riders meeting up for a motorcycle rally specifically targeted for that touring machine of touring machines — the Gold Wing. The rally runs from Tuesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 3.
This year marks the 32nd installment of the Wing Ding, which, unlike most bike rallies, moves around the country … Continue Reading
Editor’s note: Today we present the second of two blog posts about the age-old motorcycle argument over “old school” versus “new school.” Yesterday we heard the advantages of the new bikes presented by Patrick Garvin. Today we’ll hear from Kody Wisner, who will serve up a bit of nostalgia and common sense in support of the old school bikes. Again, our purpose here isn’t to change anybody’s mind about this age-old issue. The intent is to add ammo to your argument, no matter which side of the road you reside.
Modern versus Classic Motorcycles (By Kody Wisner)
Editor’s note: Finally. The definitive discussion about the merits and myths of motorcycle bragging rights. OK, let’s get real. This two-part blog post is not going to bring these two opposing foes to any kind of accord. This isn’t the United Nations by any stretch of the imagination. But it promises to be fun and, and the very least, it enables our two protagonists to let off some steam. Patrick Garvin will present today’s “New” bike argument. Tomorrow’s “Old” bike counterpoint will be offered up by Kody Wisner. Gentlemen: Start your blog posts!
New school rules; old school drools (By Patrick Garvin)
The debate’s been raging since the dawn of … Continue Reading