October 16, 2013 | 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.
It’s time to change gears. You can feel change in the air right now as summer is slowly fading into fall, and as Mother Nature is telling those who ride to either dress warmer or put this bike away. We fight it like a kid being told to come in the house and eat supper. We want to play some more - and we’re not ready to give in. There are a lot of areas in this country where we as bikers can ride all year … Continue Reading
October 8, 2013 | By: Ryan Schwahl
It is ever so apparent that the Harley craze is currently turning from baggers to dynas. This is in part to television and YouTube. California clubs have traditionally used dynas and FXRS as their motorcycles of choice. This is due to the way they are set up – 600 pounds with a 29 degree rake angle. That is almost 250 pounds lighter than the baggers with the same motor, which is a huge power to weight ratio.
So, when it was time for me to find a new project I sought out a Dyna. The search ended up being a six month long hunt to find a solid, clean … Continue Reading
I’ve had this idea, along with a lot of dissociated thoughts, rattling around the ol’ bean for a while. These mostly occur to me as I ride, especially on longer runs. I thought it might be fun if not personally beneficial to share them from time-to-time. I’ll confess I’ve toned down the verbiage as some of my dialogue is a bit “saltier,” as my grandma would’ve put it, than is probably permissible on this blog. Hey, thanks for your indulgence! Feel free to contribute a few of your own.
• Not much is funnier than when you see a guy toss his leg over a pristine scoot, fires up, gooses … 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
September 10, 2013 | By: Scott Holton
Today we are going to talk about one of the most marketed debuts for an alternative to an American made motorcycle. Reported here two years ago, industry giant Polaris acquired the rights and intellectual properties to the Indian name brand. Since that acquisition, we have been hearing stories that the new Indians would be well engineered, attractive and not priced out of the market. Polaris has been very busy, and during Sturgis this year they unveiled the NEW INDIANS. All I have to say, is this was one of the most anticipated debuts in American motorcycle history. The actual coming out party was extremely well attended and the folks who … Continue Reading
My stock motor Dyna sporting a 88” BONE STOCK Twin Cam motor may be the toughest motor I have ever owned. That is a fairly strong statement coming from me considering that I have predominantly owned sportbikes for the past 10 years.
A brief background on my personal motorcycle lineage, I started off on HD’s then started modifying them (even winning a horsepower shootout at the old AMI in Daytona) quickly moved onto no bar drag racing with sportbikes. Big bore, turbo and nitrous. To say I was jaded by horsepower was an understatement. Fast forward to present day and my everyday rider is a 03 Dyna.
Over the winter … Continue Reading
For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer, but why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.
Labor unions celebrated the first Labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day … Continue Reading
Here a few weeks ago, Mother Harley brought out this year’s new models. Across the board there are relatively few surprises except on the new Ultra Classic and the new Tri-Glide. A few years ago, I saw where the Harley Davidson Motor Company applied for a patent for water cooled big twin heads. Well, this year they are putting those puppies to use. The top of the line Ultra Classic and the Tri-Glides are the first official “Waterhogs” sporting two small radiators mounted in the fairing lowers in the highway bars. An electric water pump is mounted where a conventional oil cooler used to mount. Adding water cooling does … Continue Reading
Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of kids interested in motocross. I have also met a ton of parents considering whether or not to let their kids pursue the sport. As a parent, I know this isn’t always the easiest decision. There are quite a few things to consider when getting your kids involved. If they do well and enjoy the sport, you will need to spend more than a few hundred dollars, so they can participate. Actually you can count on spending thousands of dollars. The gear alone is going to run you a few hundred bucks. Then, you need to consider a truck … 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