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
April 30, 2010 | By: Tim Barcz
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.
Online forums and message boards have been around for years, and J&P Cycles boasts one of the oldest motorcycle-related forums on the Web. One … Continue Reading
If you didn’t make it to the Laughlin River Run 2010 this past week, you missed out on a good time — oh, and by the way — the weather was spectacular!
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, so many safety requirements. Then there are the legal issues, with some states mandating helmets and others leaving it to the rider’s discretion. It’s mind-boggling.
But if you’re in the market for a helmet, you should research your options in order to make an educated purchasing decision. And my colleagues and I at J&P Cycles … Continue Reading
Last week we told you about the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. Today we want to tell about an opportunity to support the Museum and win an S&S 93″ KN-series-flathead power Knucklehead motorcycle.
Each year since 2002, the National Motorcycle Museum has held a raffle benefiting the Museum’s general fund. Now in its 8th year, the 2010 raffle offers anyone who ponies up $5.00 per ticket the chance to win a rare customized bike.
As you can see from the photos included in today’s post, style and class is what this year’s raffle is all about. With an S&S Knucklehead style engine powering this year’s raffle bike, gone … Continue Reading
March 27, 2010 | By: Tim Barcz
What’s your decision-making process whenever you choose where it is that you’re going to buy something? I’m not talking just about motorcycle parts, either; think for a moment about groceries, bath towels, luggage, books, and other items. What factors go into where you make your purchases? Do you look for a store with a long-standing name? Someplace where you know the floors are clean or where the prices are the lowest in town? Without really knowing it, we size up companies each and every day — from the restaurants we frequent to the grocery stores we buy from, and yes, even where we choose to buy aftermarket motorcycle parts… Continue Reading
If you have any interest in history and/or motorcycles, the National Motorcycle Museum is a great place to visit. Located a mere mile from our headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, this summer will be an especially exciting time for a visit (this June the Museum will unveil its new facilities, a move that will expand floor space from 16,000 square feet to an amazing 36,000 square feet).
Founded in 1989 by people who love motorcycling, including J&P Cycles Co-founder, John Parham, the National Motorcycle Museum features more than 225 bikes, some dating as far back as 1903. These pieces of motorcycle history range from Ariel to Zundapp and come from around … Continue Reading