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
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
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
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 at Camp Courageous, Olin, Mechanicsville, Solon, Stone City and then back to Anamosa, Iowa. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at J&P Cycles, just off Highway 151 in Anamosa, with the first group of riders heading out at 10:00 a.m. and the last group out at 11:00 a.m. The last group of riders … Continue Reading
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
In fact, J&P Cycles and “motorcycle swap meet” are pretty much synonymous, because J&P has a rich history with such events. It’s how our founders — John and Jill Parham — got their business off the ground more than three decades ago. Simple flyers stating parts J&P had available for sale at their makeshift swap meets is what led to the first J&P catalog. Today, the company is headquartered on a parcel the size of a good city block … Continue Reading
The connection between motorcyclists and the Armed Forces has always been strong for motorcycle riders — and in particular, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The American military started using motorcycles for transportation back in 1913, and three years later, Harley-Davidson motorcycles became a sought-after vehicle by top brass for use in military operations. In fact, by the beginning of World War I, a third of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles produced were earmarked for military use. So it comes as no surprise that admiration for this powerful, two-wheeled vehicle continues for those who served in the military.
This bond continues today and is one reason why we at J&P Cycles join the rest of … Continue Reading
J&P Cycles plays host to lots of events in the summer months and we’re kicking off the 2010 season on Tuesday, May 18, with our Cruise Night Series. This is our seventh annual Cruise Night event and over the years it’s turned out to be a favorite forum for both motorcycle and car enthusiasts in the Anamosa, Iowa area.
Each year, more and more two- and four-wheel enthusiasts have converged onto the sprawling J&P Cycles grounds for this event. The festivities are free of charge, which explains why you’ll see so many families attending each year. Things get underway at 5:15 p.m. and run until dusk.
No longer are women perceived as an accessory on the back of a motorcycle. Female riders across the nation have climbed onto the driver’s seat and have held their own with the men on excursions ranging from short runs to the desert to cross-country adventures. It’s the 21st Century and women are a big part of the motorcycle world, and J&P Cycles was among the first to recognize this fact.
About three years ago, we introduced the Girls Garage, a program where female participants can take an active role in customizing and maintaining their bikes. The Girls Garage is designed with the female rider in mind, whether she’s … Continue Reading
The annual J&P Cycles Open House is on for the weekend of June 26-27, and we have one word of advice for the expected 22,000 visitors — bring a camera. OK, that’s three words, but the point is, this year’s Open House includes, among other things, world-renowned motorcycle celebrities, motorcycles on a high wire, a 25-foot-long stretch cycle with seven motors, a stunt show and a pair of ride-in bike shows.
Each of those events could be considered a photo opportunity on its own, but there’s so much more. For one thing, the 2010 J&P Open House promises to double the population of Jones County — in the heart of … Continue Reading