There is a happening every year in Sturgis that might not be on your radar but probably should be. The AMD World Championships of custom bike building. The AMD Championship has continued to bring the best builders together from not only the United States but form all over the world. The bike’s that come to this show range from classic choppers and state of the art baggers to engineering marvels that steer through the swing arm or like this years overall winner Freddy “Krugger” Bertrand of Belgium’s entry. Freddy’s show stopper had a completely adjustable chassis that it allowed the VRod equipped machine to go from a super low raked … Continue Reading
It’s the current motorcycle land speed record holder and the owner’s already been approached to put a price on this sleek machine. But more on that later. Right now we’re going to share construction and competition details of this motorcycle with any of you who have a hankering for speed and performance.
As for me, I was hooked on this svelte streamliner the first time I laid eyes on it — in full song and on its record-setting run back in 2006. The owner of this bike is Denis Manning, CEO of BUB Enterprises, which manufactures aftermarket motorcycle exhaust systems. Denis has been in the motorcycle industry for more than … Continue Reading
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