A Summer Chock Full of Cruise Nights at J&P Cycles


May 14, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

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.

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At J&P Cycles, Girls Just Want To Have Fun


May 13, 2010 | By: Kim Brislawn

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

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J&P Cycles’ Annual Open House Doubles the Population of Jones County Overnight


May 10, 2010 | By: J&P Cycles

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

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Motorcycle Forums – Where Motorcycle Enthusiasts Gather Online


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

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Rally Report: 2010 Laughlin River Run


April 29, 2010 | By: Kody Wisner

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

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Happy Earth Day from J&P Cycles

April 22, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

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

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On The Road Again: Laughlin River Run


April 21, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

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

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The ‘Heads Up’ on Purchasing a New Motorcycle Helmet


April 15, 2010 | By: Kim Brislawn

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

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Enter Now to Win the 2010 National Motorcycle Museum Raffle Bike


March 29, 2010 | By: Kody Wisner

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

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Who do you trust? Tips When Buying Motorcycle Parts and Accessories


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 partsContinue Reading

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