The first of four fun-filled summertime swap meets is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 23, on the sprawling J&P Cycles world headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa. 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 [...]
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.
Door prizes are … Continue Reading
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 [...]
You’ve got questions about what motorcycle parts best fit your bike, or how one part performs over another. Where do you turn for such information? Or maybe you’re planning a trip and looking for a great route through a state you’ve never been to. Where do you find that information? A lot of us turn to our friends or the local motorcycle shop. Or we take advantage of the online forum, a valuable source of information used on a daily basis by thousands of motorcycle riders.
After five days in Laughlin, it became apparent to us that a lot of motorcycle riders don’t have a clue that there’s a recession in this country. Nearly every motorcycle vendor we spoke to claimed sales were up over last year, and some of them said the 2010 edition of River Run was their best ever. There were fewer vendors at this year’s event, but the ones who showed up said they were very happy with the way … Continue Reading
Happy Earth Day! While you may not think retailers like J&P Cycles have the ability to be “green,” we’ve recycled more than 125 tons of paper and other items over the last year alone, causing a local recycling company to label us “Mother Nature Approved”.
Just one ton of recycled paper saves 2,147 trees, 884,170 gallons of water, 58,482 gallons of oil, provides power to 63 homes for one year, and saves 387 cubic yards of landfill space. WOW – that’s a lot!
Internally, we ask all employees to limit printing paper. Thanks to technology, most of us rely on e-mail and hand-held mobile devices, where we have most of … Continue Reading
Our road crew is at it again. This time they’re off to beautiful Laughlin, Nevada, for the 28th Annual Laughlin River Run along the Colorado River, April 21-25.
River Run attracts motorcycle riders from across the country for a five-day motorcycle rally unlike any other. There is a lot of everything at the Run, including the top names in bike building, the top aftermarket parts and accessory vendors, a custom bike show, an Early Bird Poker Run with $1,500 in prizes, the annual Ms. Laughlin River Run Contest, and lots more. Plus, we’ll be there! Make sure to stop by the J&P Cycles Semi — located at the Edgewater … Continue Reading
Buying a motorcycle helmet is such a personal decision, and that’s mostly because there are so many factors toconsider before making a commitment. Just google the words “motorcycle helmets” and you’ll be presented with more than two million search results. That’s pretty overwhelming — so many shapes and sizes, so many styles, so many colors, [...]