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

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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

2015-04-15T14:43:21+00:00 By |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

2015-04-14T16:16:50+00:00 By |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

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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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Kuryakyn Lower Fork Cover Install

Towards the end of last year we added a Victory to the current stable of J&P motorcycles, a Cross Country to be exact. We immediately started modifying it starting with some Vance and Hines mufflers and then during Biketoberfest we did a series of Ness upgrades smack dab in the middle of the rally. The Ness installs were rather extensive, including a raked set of triple trees to accommodate our 23” wheel along with Ness modular handlebars, foot and hand controls and a whole slew of billet accessories. But we’re not done yet, while we sit snowbound here in Iowa we are going to continue with our modification.

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Do It Yourself! See How to Change Oil, Other Fluids

It’s an old adage, but it’s true – a few quarts of oil is cheaper than a new motor, transmission, etc. More often than not it’s not about the money. It’s about not having the time to do it, or maybe not having the knowledge, which leads to doubting yourself and worrying that you will possibly tear your beloved motorcycle up.

Have no fear, J&P Cycles is here to help. There is nothing we like more than our customers spinning wrenches and working on their own machines. We took a little time to walk you through the typical fluid changes on a late-model Harley bagger. For “most” Harleys this will … Continue Reading

2015-04-14T14:54:46+00:00 By |How-To Articles|22 Comments

Whaddya Mean It’s Too Cold to Ride?

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.

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How to Test Your Motorcycle Charging System

911-011_ARequired Tools: DC voltmeter or battery tester

As a general rule, modern charging systems are efficient, reliable and maintenance free; however, there are exceptions to every rule and few problems will leave you stranded as quickly as charging system that’s gone kaput. Fortunately keeping tabs on the system is relatively easy; all it takes is a simple DC voltmeter or battery tester.

To start, let’s clear up a fundamental misunderstanding about batteries. Batteries do not create electricity. At least no more than a refrigerator creates food. In both instances the devices are merely storage containers. Both accumulate and return what you put into them. If you use up … Continue Reading

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