You’ve seen us here before and you’re going to see us here again. Tropical Tattoo “Chopper Time” show in Daytona is without a doubt my favorite bike show to attend. And again this year, it didn’t disappoint us!
I’m not really big on bike shows – mainly because I really don’t care if someone else likes my bike or not, and I have never understood why you would roll your bike out for some random dude to “judge.” I mean it’s your bike, why would you care what someone else thinks of it? That being said, I love the Tropical Tattoo show that Willie and his crew put on because … Continue Reading
Hey blog readers! Scott here again. If you’re an avid J&P blog reader, you know I’ve been around for a while. Thirty-five years ago when J&P Cycles started, we were strictly a mail-order catalog business with orders being taken via mail and the telephone (an actual land line). Today, you can order your parts, inquire about an order or get technical advice in a variety of different ways. Regarding our tech team, back in the early days just a few guys with Harley experience handled these questions. As the business has grown, we have hired additional staffers for their specific motorcycle knowledge in both Harley and Metric applications.
When the … Continue Reading
October 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Winter can be a hard mistress for riders, and a down right bitch to your bike, especially if you’re the kind of rider that like’s to keep going no matter how crappy the weather. Short trips, low temperatures and roads covered in a toxic mix of salt, sand and snow can really tear up your bike if you’re not careful. But with a little extra care and a good preventive maintenance program, you can thumb your nose at old man winter, and keep riding when lesser men have tucked their bikes away until spring. Here are a few simple tips for making the season as painless as possible.
Winter is … Continue Reading
September 22, 2014 | By: Angi Kearney
Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provides shelter and support for women and families in crisis due to homelessness, poverty, domestic violence or sexual assault. It also provides quality, affordable child care.
The organization holds various events throughout the year to raise awareness to end domestic violence. One of these is the Gentleman Ride. This year’s Gentleman Ride will start directly from the J&P Cycles Showroom in Anamosa, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with kickstands up at 11 a.m. For those coming from the Cedar Rapids and Dubuque areas, pre-start rides will take place from both of those locations to J&P Cycles. Participants close to … Continue Reading
September 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Suspense filled the air as 60 finalists gathered around a customized 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King on Thursday night, Sept. 11, for a chance to choose a key and possibly start the giveaway machine as part of the final 2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night series. With 60 finalists, that meant there was one real key along with 59 fake ones. When No. 2 Liza Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, handed her key over to Jay Cassill of Cassill Motors, the grin on his face as he turned the key said it all – Liza was the lucky winner of the motorcycle.
This year, the Hot Rods & Harleys … Continue Reading
September 10, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
For some of us the riding season is winding down. That bit of a chill you feel in the morning ride isn’t a fluke, it’s more of a hint that cooler weather will be the norm. So are you a fair weather rider? Do you close the garage door at the first sign of cloudy and cool? Fear not my friends we ride motorcycles, remember? Sure, there are all sorts of cold-weather riding gear out there for those who want to hang on to the warm temps of summer. But for me I’ll stick to the more traditional gear of bikers past: a good pair of insulated gauntlet gloves, … Continue Reading
August 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
If you weren’t able to make it to Sturgis this year for the 74th Sturgis Rally, don’t worry, we have a glimpse of what you missed. If you were pinching pennies saving for next year’s hugely awesome event, that’s good – it’s going to be huge and over the top. You can count on J&P Cycles to give you a preview of what to expect going into the 2015 75th Sturgis Rally.
August 19, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
The third annual Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run for pre-1937 bikes will start at Daytona Beach, Florida on Sept 5, 2014 and conclude in Tacoma, Washington on Sept 21. This 17-day, 4,150 ride is scheduled to take riders through 10 states with a limited number of interstate miles with designated stops at five motorcycle museums along the way, and over a dozen hosted stops at motorcycle dealers. These organized stops will allow classic bike enthusiasts, motorcycle fans and anyone interested in these amazing machines and their riders an opportunity to check them out in person.
The Motorcycle Cannonball is not as much of a race as a test of rider endurance … Continue Reading
The other day, I had something happen that I thought I would share with all of you. Last Monday was a usual busy morning. Mondays are typically our busiest day of the week here at J&P Cycles, and July is also one of our busiest months.
In addition to my duties as a blogger, I answer e-mails from all over the world, monitor and answer questions on our Facebook page, serve as the main moderator of the J&P Cycles Forum, and split time during the week as a chat technician on the J&P website Tech Chat feature. My plate is not only full, but satisfying as well. … Continue Reading
July 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
Ah, the smell of new tires. If you’re like me, there isn’t anything better than knowing you have two new tires on your bike. I know it’s painful to the wallet to put them on, but it’s a necessary evil when you ride motorcycles. And when you really ride, putting a lot of miles on your bike it can be quite painful a couple of times a year.
Every year before I hit the road for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, I have new tires put on. I really struggle with it when I see I still have a few miles left on the old ones and it seems … Continue Reading