Describing a motorcycle tire as a round, black piece of rubber that’s about a two-foot diameter circle won’t give you the information you need to make a smart buying decision, will it? When it comes to tires, particularly the ones you plan to use on your motorcycle, information is a very handy thing to have. This is especially true if you’re interested in replacing those tires and even more so if you plan to replace them with something other than the OEM tires.
To make it a little easier, the tire manufacturers have come up with nomenclature that describes everything you need to know about your tire and printed it … Continue Reading
Motorcycle Jacket Buyers Guide
Here at J&P we’re passionate about riding and with that passion comes lots of knowledge surrounding gear, specifically jackets. Our team’s jacket collection includes everything from high-tech textile to traditional leather and vintage biker-wear (also known as jackets some have owned since the beginning of time).
We are firm believers that a biker can never have too many jackets and specific jackets for extreme riding conditions are a must! The motorcycle jacket is our second most prized possession and should be chosen carefully.
Since bikes first roamed the earth, the road ahead has been paved with leather, or at least it should have been. Ah, the … Continue Reading
June 5, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
This time of year always makes me smile when I think back to some of the motorcycles I’ve owned over the past 40 years. As the weather clears, my mind shifts from worrying about the unpredictability of weather to riding more miles on my bike. I love how these memories always put me back on the bikes I used to own. We all have these memories of motorcycles we used to ride, and over the years I’ve owned quite a few (some I would even like to have back and others not so much). Rest assured, every one of them got me to the place I am today. I love … Continue Reading
The merchandising team at J&P Cycles cumulatively have years and years of motorcycle riding and wrenching experience. Here, they provide a top 10 list of motorcycle-related tips.
The 2014 Vintage Torque Fest took place in Dubuque, Iowa, a mere 47 miles from the J&P Cycles World Headquarters outside Anamosa, so we sent a crew to check out the sights and sounds. For those who aren’t familiar with Vintage Torque Fest, it’s a festival that brings people from around the country together to share the past alive, and it’s not just about the cars and motorcycles, but the music, clothes and art, also.
If you’re interested in everything vintage, you’ll want to check this out.
Harley-Davidson announced a number of updates to its touring models, a cumulative result of a product development effort the company calls “Project Rushmore.” These enhancements cover several areas, addressing performance, comfort, style and infotainment needs, and will be implemented across eight 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring models: the Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Tri-Glide Ultra Classic trike and the CVO Road King and CVO Limited.
Per Harley, “Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” says Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not … Continue Reading
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it’s up to us to spread the word, and lead by example. We all ride, but we all drive too so when we are behind the wheel it is important to take extra care when driving. As you might know, the majority of car-motorcycle related accidents are caused by drivers pulling out in front of a rider. The resulting accidents are one of the leading causes of rider fatalities over the past decade, so make sure to take an extra moment before pulling into the street. We all expect drivers to be attentive, but as riders we cannot forget to give our fellow … Continue Reading
May 1, 2014 | By: Joe Cowan
Editor’s Note: Back in November, we introduced you to Joe Cowan, J&P Cycles Network Administrator. At the time of the blog being published, Joe was in transition from our Iowa headquarters to Daytona Superstore. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving in Florida, Joe was involved in an accident. He shared his story with readers. What follows is an update on how he’s been.
Since my motorcycle accident, back on November 20, 2013, I have come a long way. After wrist and shoulder surgeries, and the cable holding my clavicle slipping a week after surgery, my arm was strapped to my side for almost nine weeks. Now my clavicle looks like … Continue Reading
April 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
A few weeks back, the United Nations’ General Assembly passed a resolution titled, “Improving Global Road Safety.” The rationale behind it is pretty simple – to make all roadways safer regardless of if you’re in a cage or cruising on two wheels.
What does this resolution mean for you? Not much right now, but it’s possible that legislation at a state-level could be coming your way in the not too distant future.
The resolution urges all member states to pass legislation banning all forms of distracted driving – cell phone usage, including texting while driving. There’s also wording surrounding mandatory helmet law as well as harmonization of vehicle … Continue Reading
April 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Stock pipes are fine, but don’t always provide the look, sound or performance you want. Fortunately swapping them out for something that does suit your needs is an easy and inexpensive way to upgrade your ride, and it shouldn’t take more than a few hours at most, even if you’ve never done it before.
First up, here is a list of exactly what you’ll need:
- 3/8ths drive socket set (Fractional for HD’s, metric for everything else).
- Combination wrenches in the appropriate sizes.
- Any sockets or wrenches peculiar to your bike i.e. Torx or Allen wrenches.
- 3/8 drive torque wrench
- Aerosol lubricant (WD-40, CRC 556 etc.)
- Shop manual: Aftermarket is
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