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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We’re Offering Up to 50% Off Name-Brand Tires!

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March 2, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

Need a new set of treads for your ride? Look no further than J&P Cycles for these must-haves! Not only do we have the hottest and newest motorcycle tires available in the marketplace, but we have some of the lowest prices, too.

Go to www.jpcycles.com/tires and check out these new, awesome and low-priced tires. In some cases, we’ve marked them 50 percent below retail prices! These savings aren’t just limited to one brand. Discounts are available for most of the popular brands, including Avon, Dunlop, Metzeler and Michelin, among others. ATV, Scooter and dirt bike tires are also available.

Whether you need tires right now or … Continue Reading

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Gearing Up For Daytona Bike Week March 3-13

March 1, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

The weather’s cool here at our headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, but we can guarantee things will be a lot hotter March 3 through 13 at our Destination Daytona Superstore in Florida. It’s Bike Week and the only thing that could make it hotter is having thousands of J&P Cycles’ closest friends come out and visit us!

Sunny Florida is the perfect mid-winter getaway. You can soak up the sun and get out and ride on the open road! The J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore is THE place to be for this year’s Bike Week. See Flat Track Racer Joe Kopp who will be signing autographs March 9 from 1-3 p.m. … Continue Reading

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Dealer Expo Turns Up a Treasure Chest of New Products

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February 24, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

The annual Dealer Expo was held in Indianapolis last weekend and J&P was well represented. This is one of the top dealer shows each year and it offers an array of products that pretty well covers the spectrum when it comes to the motorcycle market. We found ourselves virtually surrounded by products for Harley-Davidsons, metric cruisers, scooters and off-road. And the J&P crew was everywhere, scouring the enormous show floor in a search for new innovative items to offer our customers.

We picked up so much new stuff that it’d be difficult to catalog it all here, but we’ve highlighted a couple of new products that you can purchase … Continue Reading

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‘Easy Rider’ has Starring Role at Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum

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February 18, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

The National Motorcycle Museum is planning to kick start summer 2011 by hosting its first-ever Vintage Rally June 3 and 4 in Anamosa, Iowa. And headlining the event is Dan Haggerty who will talk about building the bikes for the 1969 cult classic film, Easy Rider.

Dan will also inspect and discuss the film’s only remaining movie bike — the Captain America chopper — on permanent display at the museum.

Bring your 1985 or earlier vintage bikes for the bike show. You can pick up some must-have goodies as you explore the swap meet, then relax and listen to a panel discussion on motorcycle collecting. Join in as we … Continue Reading

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Show Your Support and Stop the Ban

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February 17, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Back in December we posted an article about the ongoing fight to end the ban on youth ATV’s and motorcycles. After two years of efforts by dealers and enthusiast Congress has taken notice. Tomorrow the House of Representatives Subcommittee On Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will have a hearing to review the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, otherwise known as the “Lead law”. The MIC has submitted a letter to direct attention to the unintended ban on youth ATV’s and motorcycles that has resulted from the CPSIA lead content provision.

MIC issued a video prodding motorcyclists to show their support and make a push for Congress to amend the CPSIA and … Continue Reading

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It’s a Snow Day at J&P – Only This Time You Go to Class!

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February 11, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

It’s winter here in Iowa and we just received a foot or more of snow. We’re all dreaming about getting our bikes out and enjoying the open road, but that dream’s still a few months away. What to do in the meantime?

How about taking advantage of an informative, fun and free workshop? Our J&P Cycles Winter Workshop gets underway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at our headquarters outside Anamosa, Iowa.

This particular workshop is geared toward anybody who owns a motorcycle of any kind – and that’s a pretty broad brushstroke. All we ask is that you register beforehand (http://www2.jpcycles.com/WinterWorkshop) and jot … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Trade Shows are as Varied as the Bikers Who Attend Them

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February 5, 2011 | By: Lowell Anderson

One of the coolest things about being a motorcycle enthusiast is the ability to share that enthusiasm with other motorcycle enthusiasts. There are tons of different shows throughout the year that allow us to swap stories, exchange ideas and talk shop.

Some events are based on having a good time and others are centered on a specific ride, celebration or activity. There are benefit rides, poker runs, open houses (J&P has a good one if you’ve never been), and massive “happenings” like Sturgis and Bike Week.  There are specialized events that cater to specific groups of riders, such as the annual Vintage Days gathering in Ohio for those … Continue Reading

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