January 11, 2013 | 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. During that year’s Sturgis Rally, he worked in the showroom and after the event stayed there, moving onto to a sales tech. Prior to joining J&P, Merrill worked in the auto parts business for 25 years.
Merrill’s motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a couple of Suzukis, an Ironhead Sportster, Shovelhead, Electra Glide and 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 … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: Brett Koranda’s interest in motorcycles began as a toddler when he was perched on his dad’s gas tank in the back yard. Growing up, his idol was Evel Knievel. He moved from bicycles to mopeds to dirt bikes then onto street bikes growing up. Koranda joined J&P Cycles in 2007 as a sales and service supervisor in the Iowa call center. Recently, he joined the merchandising team as a product merchant. Koranda’s current ride is a 2001 Road King Classic. Married to Andrea, the two love taking in the beautiful Midwestern countryside via motorcycle. He has two daughters, a step-daughter and two step-sons and recently became a … Continue Reading
Well, how do I top that? My previous blog about the Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam chain tensioners was the most read blog in J&P Cycles’ blog history. We have been asked for permission to reprint or repost a number of times, and in general, I believe it accomplished exactly what I wanted it to. You can see we had numerous responses from riders sharing their personal experiences. This shows that education regarding how to handle and prevent this was needed. I’d like to thank our readers for taking the time to share with us exactly what they went through. Now, I’d like to address some of the responses.
The most prevalent question … Continue Reading
Here is the ignored elephant in the corner……
There is a potential major issue in the Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam engines. This is a statement of fact, not a bunch of wild guesses. I’m not here to bash Mother Harley, but you should be educated to its causes, and possible solutions.
Okay, what issue are we looking at? It’s a very serious one that is enough to alarm you. However, you can fix these defects and end up with a nice bike. Our objective today is to educate, and we are also going to outline some ways to fight back. Yes, even the new Harley’s have serious, potential problems. Even the expensive … Continue Reading
As motorcyclists, we tend to be individuals and I would say more so than the “normal” public. We all have our own ways of enjoying motorcycles differently. You can see it in our style and in our actions. It always puzzles me how this translates all the way down to the clothing we wear and the bikes we ride. Sportbike guys tend to look like sportbike guys wearing flashy gear and helmets. Harley guys dress like Harley guys. They wear black leather vests, t-shirts, chaps and bandannas. BMW guys tend to have a different style altogether. Sort of like a mixture of uniform and space suit. Everyone prefers to … Continue Reading
September 28, 2012 | By: Ryan Schwahl
Editor’s Note: Ryan Schwahl has been a part of the J&P Cycles team since January of 2011. As a chat tech in our Destination Daytona location, Ryan answers customers questions via phone, chats and e-mails. A graduate of MMI, his previous experience included working in custom motorcycle shops. He’s always been a motorcycle and hot rod enthusiast, and has a vast knowledge of high performance action and drag racing. His daily ride is a 2010 Road Glide, and when not working at J&P enjoys riding with his wife and friends.
2013 is the 110th anniversary year for the Motor Company. To commemorate this event no fewer than seven Harley-Davidson® models, … Continue Reading
The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run was set to come through Anamosa (where I live) on Monday with the National Motorcycle Museum as a scheduled stop. I was all fired up to see the parade of bad ass old bikes come through, so I decided to take the day off.
I made my way down to the Museum about 10 a.m., where I learned there was a broken down bike on its way here and I was asked if I would help. I quickly said yes and headed up to the J&P shop to meet up with fellow J&P volunteer wrench Sean Salger. Shortly after, a sprinter van pulled up … Continue Reading
August 17, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles
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 Harley … Continue Reading
June 13, 2012 | 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.
We ride motorcycles and we talk motorcycles. We tell stories and we listen to them as our friends tell them. Heck, sometimes we listen to stories from people we don’t even know, yet we can relate to every word. It’s almost as if we could stand around as a group of riders and just nod our heads in agreement without saying a word. We have that common thread that relates our experience of travel, breakdowns, close calls and group rides that can go without saying.… Continue Reading
October 6, 2011 | By: Bud Milza
Editor’s Note: Before we formally introduce our September winner — and that would be Mario Delgado of Milwaukee, Wis. — we should tell you that he and all future Readers’ Rides winners get a one-year membership in our J&P Gold Club. And that’s on top of just the incredible honor of the whole thing. So double congrats, Mario!
And for you folks who don’t happen to possess an award-winning bike, no problemo, because you’re still entitled to join the club any time you want. J&P Gold Club winners get up to 10 percent savings on discountable parts each day. They get up to 15 percent off on sales … Continue Reading