Old School or New School Motorcycles? Where Do You Stand? Part I

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

The American Dream – A Letter From Our President, John Parham

UPDATE ON JOHN PARHAM: John ended up getting “the call” saying that the hospital had a lung for him. You can read more on John’s progress by reading “Thank You All For Your Prayers, Kind Words, and Support”, a blog post from the Parham Family.

The American Dream

J&P Cycles® truly is a business representative of the
American Dream. Jill and I started by selling motorcycle parts out of the back of a van from a small town in Iowa. Now, we are the world’s largest retailer of aftermarket parts for motorcycles. It took a lot of work, sacrifices, dedicated employees, a strong family and some luck to … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles sets up Father’s Day Web Page – You Can Thank Us Later

When you think about it, Mother’s Day is such an easy piece of business. Moms are easy to buy for and they’re so darned gushy over whatever you get them. But come Sunday, June 20, a lot of sons and daughters are going to be looking on with apprehension as their dads open their Father’s [...]

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Antique Motorcycle Club Sponsors Events in Minnesota and NY This Weekend

If you’re into antique motorcycles, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMÇA) has a pair of events going on this weekend that will make you wish you had access to the transporter room on the USS Enterprise. There’s an AMCA national event in St. Paul, Minn., and a Grand National event in Rhinebeck, N.Y. So, unless you have the above-mentioned teleportation machine from Star Trek or you own your own jet, you’re pretty much going to have to make a choice.

The Minnesota event runs Friday and Saturday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul and is being presented by the Viking Chapter of the AMCA. On hand will be … Continue Reading

Introducing Brand Pages on

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have read recent announcements about the new Vance & Hines and Kuryakyn parts pages on Since we often hear that you use our website to research brands — not just an individual part or a number of parts for a bike project — we’ve set out to redefine how you learn about brands via our website.

Brand pages on allow for quick navigation to top products, products by make (e.g., Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, etc.), and products by style. Since each page is built specifically with just one particular brand in mind, we’re able to … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles’ Open House Presents an Opportunity to Explore Jones County

If you’ve already marked your calendar and are making plans to attend J&P Cycles’ Open House in Anamosa, Iowa, June 26-27, you’re already guaranteed two days of motorcycle madness. This event draws 22,000 visitors and doubles the population of Jones County. That’s a given. What you might want to consider now is taking some extra time — before or after the Open House — to explore this gorgeous county, situated in the rolling hills and cornfields of eastern Iowa.

Jones County is just plain gorgeous. In fact, its pristine, country setting has been the subject of a number of famous artists’ paintbrushes, including Grant Wood, whose painting, “American Gothic,” … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Recommends: 61st Annual Anamosa Motorcycle Hill Climb

If your idea of fun is watching motorcycles rocket up the side of a near-vertical hill in hopes of getting over the top, then you’ve got to show up in Anamosa, Iowa (J&P Cycles’ hometown) on June 6. Even as we speak, members of the Midwest Hillclimbers are getting their bikes ready for the 61st Annual Anamosa Motorcycle Hill Climb and Swap Meet in Anamosa.

Riders from all over Iowa and surrounding states will attempt to conquer one of the area’s most difficult hills. We promise plenty of thrills and even more spills, because there just aren’t that many riders who can successfully take this hill and claim it … Continue Reading

Riding Into History: Concours d’Elegance Motorcycle Show

For the past three years J&P Cycles has attended the Riding into History, Concours d’Elegance Motorcycle show. Each spring, this world-class event is held at the beautiful World Golf Village in St Augustine, Fla. This year — the 11th annual event — enjoyed a great turnout. In fact, every time we attend this event we see more and more motorcycles and even more spectators.

Each year, we offer 10% off our merchandise and free shipping to people who show up at Concours d’Elegance and support the motorcycle community. Between 300 and 400 motorcycles from around the world were on display this year, including vintage, race, late model and … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Poker Run Benefiting Camp Courageous Set for June 5

Our 13th annual Poker Run for Camp Courageous of Iowa is scheduled Saturday, June 5, in the J&P parking lot, guaranteeing a fun-filled day with great riding, fun stops, the chance to win some cash and the opportunity to raise funds for a worthwhile cause. Whatever you’re riding, you’ll enjoy a 100-mile run with stops [...]

Hoppe and HogTunes are coming to the J&P Showrooms

Music. It has the power to evoke a variety of emotions and can even shape our lives. The folks who keep tabs on such things claim the average person listens to music about 18 hours per week. This might explain why motorcycle audio is a booming market. But it’s not for everyone.

Riders who support audio say that it is nice to have some tunes on the road and an audio system certainly helps pass the time on long rides.  In the case of our very own Kody Wisner, he says loves audio because if you play it loud enough you don’t have to listen to your partner. Can’t you … Continue Reading