The start of Daytona Bike Week got those of us up north us thinking that this event is the start of event season! It also made us think about all the other motorcycle events/rallies across the country and we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Rally Destinations for 2014. While you wait to thaw out this might be a great list to get your vacation juices flowing. Enjoy!
1. Sturgis, Aug. 4-10, Sturgis, South Dakota
The granddaddy of all the destinations you should have on your calendar is the Sturgis Rally. The Black Hills provide a perfect backdrop for day rides, from Mt. Rushmore to Spearfish Canyon. Lazelle and … Continue Reading
February 18, 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.
When in doubt, dig deeper. I know what you’re thinking; how can digging deeper relieve any doubt? For those of us in the Midwest who are currently buried in over a foot of snow, digging can’t hurt. But, it goes deeper than that. We motorcyclists ride our bikes for many reasons – ranging from transportation to recreation, and somewhere along the way we find something else. Something deep down inside of us that only a motorcycle can bring to the surface. Freedom. That feeling you get … Continue Reading
It’s not too early to start thinking about this year’s J&P Cycles Open House Rally! In fact, while most of the country is in a deep freeze, it’s the perfect time to start planning that trip to the heartland of eastern Iowa this June (when it’s almost guaranteed to be much warmer).
Since 2014 is our 35th anniversary, we’re going all out! You may remember back in 2009 when we celebrated our 30th anniversary, we turned the one-day event into two days. Well, for this monumental occasion, we’re extending the rally to 3 days! The rally will kick off on Friday, June 27 and continue through Sunday, June 29. That’s … Continue Reading
October 22, 2013 | By: Andrea Hall
Instead of playing with baby dolls like other little girls her age, J&P Cycles Product Merchant Support April Ludeke spent her childhood days riding go-carts and playing in the dirt with her older siblings. A self-proclaimed Tomboy, there wasn’t much a Band-Aid couldn’t fix.
As a toddler, April rode around her hometown on the gas tank of her dad’s Honda Gold Wing. He always told her, “If you can reach you can ride.” To this day, she takes that expression to heart as she grips the ape hangers on her 2006 Dyna Wide Glide, which she named Walter, because it sounded like a reliable old man that would … Continue Reading
September 17, 2013 | By: Angi Kearney
If you attended the J&P Cycles Open House Rally this year, but didn’t have the chance to meet Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan (who plays Filip “Chibs” Telford) and Ryan Hurst (who plays Harry “Opie” Winston), you will get a second chance at the 2014 35th Anniversary J&P Cycles Open House Rally. Well, you’ll get a second chance to meet with Filip who will be joined by Mark Boone, Jr. (who plays Bobby Munson).
In addition, to celebrate J&P’s 35th anniversary, the rally is going to be a three-day extravaganza held June 27-29.
The 2013 two-day event held June 29-30 surpassed the 30,000 mark for visitors, and more … Continue Reading
August 21, 2013 | By: Craig Johnson
Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from AirHawk’s own Craig Johnson and his journey to get to this year’s J&P’s Open House Rally. For those who reside in the Midwest, the Great River Road is a fantastic and scenic option for a nice motorcycle ride. Johnson notes what you can see on that route in Eastern Iowa/Western Wisconsin.
The day started around 6:15 with the push of the garage door opener, and the good mood began. Another push of a button and the office thundered to life rumbling with anticipation. The work day was about to begin.
Like any day in the office, my desk started … Continue Reading
For 11 years, J&P Cycles has incorporated an industry golf outing into their Open House Rally festivities. This year, more than 40 representatives from 29 of J&P Cycles® exhibitors and industry media participated in the tournament on Friday, June 28, that raised a whopping $35,000 for Camp Courageous of Iowa.
To date, the outing has raised more than $160,000 for the camp, a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities, located a mere 12 miles from J&P Cycles, outside Monticello, Iowa.
A big thank you to this year’s Golf Tournament sponsors. Hole sponsors included: Airhawk Inc., Avon Tyres, Bell Helmets, BikeMaster, COBRA USA, Danny … Continue Reading
The 34th annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally is in the books and we’re excited about what a great event it was! More than 30,000 people attending this year’s rally!
In case you weren’t able to make the trek to Anamosa, Iowa for this year’s event, here’s a video showing some of the highlights and what you can expect to see if you decide to attend the 35th Anniversary Open House Rally on June 28-29, 2014.
Motorcycles, motorcycles and more motorcycles! If you will be in Eastern Iowa this weekend, plan on seeing plenty of people on two wheels (three wheels, too) as J&P Cycles is hosting their 34th annual Open House Rally.
For those not familiar, J&P is known for hosting a huge customer appreciation event each June. Last year’s event brought in more than 30,000 spectators from across the United States. This year will be no exception!
More than 110 motorcycle vendors will be onsite displaying the latest and greatest motorcycle merchandise, including 20 semis! See two of the stars from the hit television show Sons of Anarchy. Tommy Flanagan who plays Filip “Chibs” … Continue Reading
Preparations for the 2013 Open House Rally are hitting serious “ramp-up” mode around here. We’re not quite at “fever pitch” yet, but that’s just around the corner. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it. I’m looking forward to being able to interact face-to-face with our customers as are our vendors. It’s a great time – I hope to see a bunch of you there. I’ll be primarily in the Showroom and Extended Showroom areas. Stop by and say “hey.”
One of the great things about the continued expansion of the Open House Rally in Anamosa is our location. Just the riding alone makes Anamosa, Jones County and … Continue Reading