Demise of the Metric Market

November 25, 2014 | By: Lowell Anderson

Star RaiderOne of the big issues we always have here at J&P Cycles is trying to make sure we have a good offering of parts for our customers to choose from. This may seem easy to some, but it usually turns out to be a real challenge. There are a lot of things to consider when adding parts into the product line. We want to make sure we offer parts that have a purpose and meet a need. We want to make sure they are of good quality and that they fit correctly. We want to make sure that the vendor stands behind their product and can deliver it in a … Continue Reading

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If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It. Right? Wrong.

November 19, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall

JP responsiveAs with anything, there’s always room for improvement. You may never see them, but behind the scenes at J&P Cycles, we have a collaborative team of product merchants, web developers, photographers, writers and designers, to name a few, who are constantly working to improve our website to make your life easier.

If you’ve been paying attention over the last year, or even the last six months, you may have noticed some subtle differences to our website, especially if you shop on a phone or tablet. Several years in the making, J&P Cycles finally launched its first responsive pages on the website this past March.

What is responsive? What does that … Continue Reading

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Guest Blogger Maddox Shares How He Spots a Motorcyclist

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November 15, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

Playful boy sitting in a box at homeIt goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – we are all bikers here. How do I know this? How can I tell if you’re a rider or a wannabe rider? It’s easy because it takes one to know one. Here are a few things that truly give it away.

1) Do you smell like a strange concoction of “outside” and exhaust? Of course you do. You either ride a motorcycle or you spend time on the back of one. If we could put this smell into a bottle and sell it, it would be called “Lifestyle.”

2) When was the last time you looked in a mirror? It’s … Continue Reading

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Biketoberfest 2014

November 14, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin

The leaves started to turn red and orange here in Iowa, so we took that as a sign that we needed to head south and visit our home away from home (otherwise known as the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore). Just so happened there was a bike rally going on; the biker version of the fall classic was in full swing as we rolled into the sunshine state. Since we figured this might be the last time we get to see the sun for a few months we took full advantage of our time Daytona to run the Biketoberfest gauntlet. We didn’t want to keep all the good times … Continue Reading

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Tropical Tattoo Chopper Time Show 2014 Biketoberfest Edition

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October 24, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin

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

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Phone, Mail, Web and Social Media – Lots of Ways to Keep in Touch with J&P Cycles

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October 20, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

Social Media CommunicationHey 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

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Whaddya Mean It’s Too Cold to Ride?

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October 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

125-997_AWinter 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.

126-066_AWinter is … Continue Reading

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Gentleman Ride Benefiting Waypoint Services Set for Oct. 11

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

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2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night Series Ends with Cedar Rapids Woman Winning Customized Bike

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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

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Cool Weather, Rainy Weather – We Ride Motorcycles, Right?

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September 10, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

RainFor 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

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