Editorial/Commentary Articles

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Protect Your Motorcycle and Yourself From Theft

It’s what keeps motorcycle owners up at night - theft. The idea of having your bike stolen is heart wrenching. Not only would you miss riding the open road for a few months, but you’d lose the motorcycle you’ve invested so much into. The hassle and pain of reporting the theft only adds insult to [...]

Roland Sands Design: The Making of the Brand

Roland Sands Design: The Making of the Brand I remember the very moment when I first wanted a Harley-Davidson Sportster. I was scrolling through #motorcycles on Instagram when I came across a photo of an Iron 883 equipped with a Roland Sands Design (RSD) Slant 2 into 1 Exhaust. I spent days obsessing over the [...]

The Myth of Multitasking

When did we lose our ability to focus on one thing at a time? Everywhere you look, you see people trying to do two or more things at once. Despite evidence to the contrary, 70 percent of people think of themselves as good at multitasking. Yet numerous studies tell us this simply is not true. [...]

The Harley Brake Investigation

Average riders put more thought into louder pipes than the maintenance of their motorcycle braking system. Loud pipes save lives. We published a post  about this controversy not too long ago. True or not, one thing about loud pipes is certain – the Feds aren’t interested in pipes that aren’t loud enough. The Harley Brake [...]

Top 12 Historic Female Riders, Part I

Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.

The 19th Amendment guaranteed Women would receive the same right to vote as men. The era between 1878 and when it was finally ratified in 1920 were tough on women everywhere, but for those who stood up for what they believed in and help prove, reveal or otherwise convince the majority of the citizens of the United States that women kick ass and deserve to have the same rights as men: We want to say thank you. As you read through this brief overview of important women in motorcycle history, some … Continue Reading

By |2016-07-12T15:06:45+00:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|4 Comments

What Do Helmets Have To Do With Lane Splitting?

Courtesy Mercury News   Me: I think you guys in LA are crazy to lane split on these packed highways. Colleague: I think Texas bikers are crazy to not wear helmets. That was the beginning of an hour-long conversation, at the end of which we simply had to agree to disagree. And to [...]

The Historic Timeline of Big Twin Motors

The art of the motorcycle engine has evolved dramatically since the days of the F-Head. In 1921, a Harley-Davidson became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of 100 miles per hour.

The engine — and motorcycles engines in general — have changed dramatically since the early days. Time and technology have taken their toll in both good and bad ways, some would say. During a recent staff meeting here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, our resident motorcycle experts and enthusiasts thought it would be interesting to highlight the history of the v-twin engine. From the F-Head, to its evolution as a … Continue Reading

By |2016-06-03T14:00:11+00:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , |11 Comments

The Truth about Helmets

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about motorcycle riders. People often say we have a death wish or they misconstrue us as careless adrenaline junkies with no thought of consequence. The truth is most riders are very aware of how we put our lives on the line every time we ride. [...]

By |2016-05-12T13:43:29+00:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|15 Comments