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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April is National Donate Life Month, and today happens to be Donate Life Blue and Green Day, a day set aside specifically to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.
J&P Cycles has a special connection to this effort as our founder John Parham received a life-saving lung transplant almost four years ago. As you may recall, we shared John’s story from waiting for a lung to his recovery just a week after his lung transplant and his last update, a year post-surgery, here on the J&P blog.
In the nearly three years since that last post, John has been busy promoting his love of antique … Continue Reading
The 2014 Daytona Bike Week is in the books, but we had such a great time that we had to share just how awesome it was! Attendance was up at our J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore and despite the construction at the Speedway, we saw quite a few folks come through and check out the J&P Cycles mobile showroom.
Bike Week 2014 started off rainy and miserable, but then the skies cleared up and the sun came out. And so did the bikes! Main Street was packed as usual with vendors, bars, bikes and babes lining the fabled stretch of asphalt night-after-night and day-after-day. Anyone who knows Daytona will tell … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: The following is the fourth and final blog in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.
In Parts I, II and III we introduced you to the duos of Effie & Avis Hotchkiss and Adeline & Augusta van Buren as well as the first female to win an AMA event Dorothy “Dot” Robinson, Iron Horse Motorcycle Club Founder Bessie Stringfield, Motor Maids Founder Linda Dugeau, the First Lady of Sturgis Pearl Hoel, First Original Stunt Rider Terry Strong and First Female Member of the 200 Mph Club Marcia Holley.
Facts: Sturgis Hall of Fame Member, Custom Bike Builder and Land Speed Record … Continue Reading
March 28, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Editor’s Note: The following is the third in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.
In Part I and Part II we introduced you to the duos of Effie & Avis Hotchkiss and Adeline & Augusta van Buren as well as the first female to win an AMA event Dorothy “Dot” Robinson, Iron Horse Motorcycle Club Founder Bessie Stringfield, Motor Maids Founder Linda Dugeau and the First Lady of Sturgis Pearl Hoel.
Facts: Original Stunt Rider
Known as the ‘Blonde Cyclone’ this daredevil on two wheels made her name as part of stunt shows, performing in the motordome (often called the walls of death’ in … Continue Reading
March 27, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
The Harley-Davidson Low Rider was first introduced to the motorcycle community back in 1977. About that time you or your parents had really big hair bested only by their really big bell bottom pants and the disco movement was in full swing. Over 30 years may have passed us all by in a blur, but the folks at HD remember what was cool about that era (or at least what they think was cool about it).
For 2014 Harley has reintroduced the Low Rider and the Super Low 1200T. Both bikes are based on the idea of offering an easy to ride, retro-cool design that apparently you, the customers have … Continue Reading
March 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
Editor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.
Are you prepared? The riding season is upon us and I for one need to get out and do a little back road traveling. But really, are you prepared? I know the first thing that comes to mind when presented with that question is usually a “yes!” New tires, oil changed, your bike is cleaned up with a full tank of fresh gas, of course your bike is ready. But the question is, are you prepared?
It’s been a long, cold winter. More snow in … Continue Reading
March 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
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
March 11, 2014 | By: Merrill Bonney
Editor’s Note: J&P Cycles Iowa Showroom Sales Tech Merrill Bonney started with J&P back in May of 1999 as a phone sales representative. He worked the showroom during that year’s Sturgis Rally, and stayed there after the event, moving onto a sales tech position. His motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a number of bikes. Today his current ride is a 1997 FLHRFI fuel-injected Road King. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys tinkering on his motorcycle. He has done most of the work on all his motorcycles and vehicles.
On a cold, blustery and snowy Saturday on the first day of March here at J&P … Continue Reading