Motorcycle Helmet Care

Helmets are arguably the single most important piece of safety gear. Much like your bike your helmet needs to be taken care of for it to perform at its full capability, which in unfortunate events can be the difference between a concussion and walking away safe. Taking care of your helmet will also keep it [...]

By | 2017-05-10T11:59:48+00:00 January 21st, 2016|How-To Articles, Motorcycle Buyers Guides|Comments Off on Motorcycle Helmet Care

How to Remove an H-D Road Glide Fairing

Patrick shows you how to remove the outer fairing from a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. If you’re planning on doing audio, dash or gauge upgrades on your bagger, this is the first step you’ll want to take.

Tools needed:
• 3/16” allen wrench
• t27 torx
• t25 torx
• Phillips screwdriver

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to chat with one of our techs or give us a call.… Continue Reading

By | 2017-01-13T12:24:48+00:00 June 9th, 2015|How-To Articles|Comments Off on How to Remove an H-D Road Glide Fairing

How to Set the Suspension Sag on Your Motorcycle

Are your shocks set up correctly? Do you know to check? Because your sag will vary based on your riding conditions and the weight on your bike, it’s important to check your sag and reset it as needed.

In this video, J&P Cycles merchant Patrick Garvin walks you through how to check and set your motorcycle suspension sag. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to chat with one of our techs or give us a call.… Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:37:55+00:00 April 8th, 2015|How-To Articles|2 Comments

Harley Engines: Don’t Get Bored With Bores Ever Again

Man, oh man. The weather turned beautiful here in Anamosa—70 degrees, sunshine and just a touch of wind. Bikes are starting to come out from winter storage, and more and more people are itching to get out on the road. As we begin April, let’s dive into what makes up these engines.

Eastwood Engine Bore GaugeThere are so many things happening these days when it comes to engines, it’s hard to keep up. The standard engine rolling off the H-D line is the 103 cubic inch (ci) Twin Cam, with the CVO line getting a 110 ci Twin Cam.

This is not news; the 103 ci became standard in almost all Big Twins … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:41:32+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|How-To Articles|3 Comments

How to Adjust the Clutch Cable on Your Harley-Davidson

Why would I need to adjust my clutch? There are several important reasons why including wear and excessive movement. Or on the other hand, something known as “clutch creep,” meaning you have the clutch pulled all of the way in and the bike is trying to pull its way through.

In the above video, Patrick walks you through the tools and steps needed to adjust your clutch cable. Our clutch adjustment was performed on a 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide and would be similar for all late model Big Twins.… Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T14:43:21+00:00 March 31st, 2015|How-To Articles|41 Comments

Harley Engines: Overview of Upcoming Series

As a new riding season is getting started, we will be rolling out a new series of blogs focusing on Harley Engines. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll provide you with a focused series describing personal experiences with the soul of these iron horses.

Panhead EngineSome of the things we’ll dive into are what makes these engines so iconic—there is certain feeling you get when you ignite a motor you’ve stripped down, be it from a dead-in-the-water wasted afternoon, or a complete overhaul to turn a once stock engine into a fire breathing beast.

We will be covering all the motors from 1936 to present and encourage you to send us … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:16:50+00:00 March 19th, 2015|How-To Articles|3 Comments

How to Install Slip-On Mufflers

J&P Cycles’ merchant Patrick Garvin demonstrates how to install slip-on mufflers from Vance & Hines. The installation was performed on a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and would be similar for muffler installs on most late model touring motorcycles.… Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-14T16:38:34+00:00 March 9th, 2015|How-To Articles|Comments Off on How to Install Slip-On Mufflers

Top 10 Tips Before You Get Out and Ride

Are you ready to ride? Patrick from J&P Cycles walks you through the top ten things to check out before you get on your bike this spring.

  1. Check your fluids: oil, tranny and primary fluid—make sure you check them all. If you didn’t change them going into winter, now’s the perfect time. If you need help with that, we have videos to help you out.
    1. How to Change Transmission Fluid
    2. How to Change Motorcycle Primary Oil
    3. How to Change Motorcycle Oil
  2. Check your fuel. If you didn’t stabilize your fuel going into winter, something like Star Tron will rejuvenate that fuel, so when you go out and ride, you won’t
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By | 2015-04-14T14:49:14+00:00 February 25th, 2015|How-To Articles|1 Comment