Mark Your Calendars for J&P Cycles 32nd Annual Open House

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April 7, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

As long as you’ve got your calendar off the kitchen wall, you might as well mark down June 25 and 26, because those are the dates for the 32nd annual J&P Cycles Open House. This two-day weekend event is an annual tradition for thousands of our friends and customers, and it remains popular after more than three decades because of all the activities we put on.

Take, for example, the Daytona Harley-Davidson Drill Team, the ILLConduct Motorcycle Stunt Show and Extreme Gravity Defying Entertainment. In between the action shows, we’ll have more than 80 of the top motorcycle manufacturers showcasing their latest wares on our expansive grounds. And there … Continue Reading

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This Month’s Readers’ Rides Winner

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April 5, 2011 | By: Bud Milza

Editor’s Note: What you’re about to read is the third installment of our online series, Readers Ride of the Month, which highlights what our judges term the most original-looking bike in the bunch for the April 2011. The judges (whom are J&P staffers, select the best bike from photographs submitted by you, the owners.. If you’re of the opinion that your ride is righteous, send us some pix — preferably in focus and at least 300 dpi. And by the way, for those of you who think it’d be nice to see a metric bike featured here once in awhile, we’d love to. But we’re not receiving anywhere near Continue Reading

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Industry Icons, the Ness Family [VIDEO]

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March 22, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Our Industry Icon Series continues with The Family Ness — three generations of bike builders headed by Arlen Ness, who is widely considered the godfather of custom bike building. Arlen Ness Enterprises manufactures and markets incredible custom parts that enable enthusiasts to build their own bike from the ground up. Each year sees this family business introducing new parts for Harley-Davidsons as well as Victory bikes and metrics.

As a result of good genes and heredity, son Cory and grandson Zach are recipients of Arlen’s incredible talents. All three of them share their thoughts on bike building, the state of the industry and Ness history. Enjoy the video below … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Gets Up Close With XR1200 Riders [VIDEO]

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March 18, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

The Vance and Hines/Harley Davidson XR1200 series kicked off its second season with a bang in Daytona with lots of new faces on the grid. Five time Daytona 200 winner Scott Russel, 2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp were among those to join the exiting class in 2011 along with J&P riders former dirt track superstar Joe Kopp and young gun Michael Beck. We had a chance to catch up with some of the riders during qualifying, here’s how the race unfolded.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011 | By: Jason Hayes

With spring almost here, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day brings food, friends, and a few pints together to reflect Irish heritage. There are almost 37 million Americans that have Irish roots but this holiday is not only celebrated by the Irish.  Anybody that likes a good time and a little green beer can partake in the party.

On this holiday, unfortunately, there is an increase in alcohol related accidents and deaths. On St. Patrick’s Day 2008, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each … Continue Reading

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How Do You Get a Two-wheel License on a Three-wheel Vehicle?

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March 16, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

I was spending my Sunday afternoon doing what I normally do on Sundays —watching the supercross race — when a commercial came on the screen. The ad was for the Can-Am Roadster, also commonly referred to as a Can-Am Spyder. If you’re not familiar with the Can-Am Roadster, it’s a three-wheeled vehicle that features two wheels in front and a drive wheel in the back. The vehicle is made by BRP.

Personally, I don’t have a real issue with this vehicle, other than I’d just as soon drive an ice cream truck with music blaring and kiddy signs all over it before I’d throw a leg over one of … Continue Reading

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Paul Jr. Designs Unveils a New Chopper at J&P in Florida – [VIDEO]

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March 14, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

Paul Teutul Jr., co-star of the Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper: Sr. Versus Jr.”, rolled onto a stage at our Ormond Beach, Fla., store last Friday with one of two custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles he designed for CrankyApe.com.

The long-touted unveiling occurred in the middle of Bike Week at our Destination Daytona store with thousands of Paul Jr. fans on hand to get a first-hand look at the blue custom-made motorcycle created especially for CrankyApe.com, the online powersport auction company. Paul Jr., his brother, Mikey, and other Paul Jr. Designs employee/stars signed autographs and chatted with J&P visitors after the unveiling. The popularity of Paul Jr.’s TV series was evident, with hundreds … Continue Reading

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J&P Interviews Our First ‘Industry Icon’

March 10, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

We are an industry filled with interesting people. And in our recent travels to dealer shows and industry events in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, we have had the opportunity to chat with some of the motorcycle industry’s true innovators. These folks were here in the beginning, or they greatly improved what was introduced in the beginning.

Their designs and improvements to every part on our bikes have resulted in standards that continue to make motorcycle riding the highlight of many of our lives. As a result of these industry giants, we decided it was time to formally interview some of them. So welcome to the first of a series of videos … Continue Reading

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Take a Look at Our Second Readers’ Rides Winner!

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March 9, 2011 | By: Bud Milza

Editor’s Note: Here is the second installment of our new monthly online series called “Readers Rides of the Month,” spotlighting the best-looking bike selected from photographs submitted by you to our eagle-eyed J&P staffers. Shown here is the February 2011 winning entry, and you’ll discover why we favored this particular bike in the commentary below. If you think your ride should have its own special month in this spot, send us an in-focus, crisp photograph. And we want to thank all of you folks who submitted photos for consideration. There were a lot of great looking bikes in those photographs.

This month’s ride is a 1980 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide belonging … Continue Reading

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Stay Safe! Sign Up Now for This Popular Bike Forum

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March 7, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles

At one point or another, all motorcycle riders experience genuine concern for their own safety on the roadway. It’s the nature of the beast that the potential for real tragedy is just an intersection away.

Maybe it’s an inattentive four-wheeler chitchatting on his cell phone while merging into your lane, or some other idiot who pulls out in front of you. Maybe your quick reaction time has averted a disaster so far. But nothing gets your heart rate up and your serenity down faster than a near mishap on the highway.

Because biking isn’t table tennis. It’s a dangerous undertaking. That’s why the Iowa Traffic Safety Alliance is sponsoring its … Continue Reading

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