November 10, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall
On Nov. 11, we remember Veterans Day, a day for Americans to honor all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day to commemorate the end of World War I. It is a day to honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
It is not time for disrespect.
Sadly, hitting very close to home for J&P Cycles’ Anamosa headquarters, vandals destroyed a veteran’s memorial in front of the Jones County Courthouse on Nov. 4. Shortly before 6 a.m., county auditor Janine Sulzner discovered that 10 flags that stand around the war memorial had … Continue Reading
I’m a gearhead. 100% dyed in the wool lover of all things mechanical. Before me, my father was a gearhead, too. He owned and raced open cockpit, open wheel cars in the Midwest. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I have been fascinated with different configurations of the internal combustion engine my entire life. When my wife and I plan vacations, I look for places to go to feed my fix. When we went to Disney in Orlando, I made a point to spend a day at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. When we went to my wife’s childhood home near DC, the Smithsonian … Continue Reading
You’ve seen us here before and you’re going to see us here again. Tropical Tattoo “Chopper Time” show in Daytona is without a doubt my favorite bike show to attend. And again this year, it didn’t disappoint us!
I’m not really big on bike shows – mainly because I really don’t care if someone else likes my bike or not, and I have never understood why you would roll your bike out for some random dude to “judge.” I mean it’s your bike, why would you care what someone else thinks of it? That being said, I love the Tropical Tattoo show that Willie and his crew put on because … Continue Reading
Hey blog readers! Scott here again. If you’re an avid J&P blog reader, you know I’ve been around for a while. Thirty-five years ago when J&P Cycles started, we were strictly a mail-order catalog business with orders being taken via mail and the telephone (an actual land line). Today, you can order your parts, inquire about an order or get technical advice in a variety of different ways. Regarding our tech team, back in the early days just a few guys with Harley experience handled these questions. As the business has grown, we have hired additional staffers for their specific motorcycle knowledge in both Harley and Metric applications.
When the … Continue Reading
October 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
J&P Cycles recently made donations to three local charities to show their support of local, ongoing efforts in the regional area.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, J&P Cycles Director of Human Resources Lori Madrick and J&P staff members Jade Helgens and Tammy Winders presented a $5,000 check to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa ALS Chapter just before the ALS Walk.
J&P Cycles and its staff members took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in early September to promote awareness of support of those living with ALS and researching this disease.
J&P Cycles also showed its support of Waypoint Services, a local shelter providing support for women and families in crisis due … Continue Reading
October 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Winter 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.
Winter is … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer by spreading the word about mammograms. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States, and 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.
A lesser known fact is that breast cancer is not limited to women. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 2,360 US men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 430 men will die from breast cancer. While men are 100 times less likely to … Continue Reading
August 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
If you weren’t able to make it to Sturgis this year for the 74th Sturgis Rally, don’t worry, we have a glimpse of what you missed. If you were pinching pennies saving for next year’s hugely awesome event, that’s good – it’s going to be huge and over the top. You can count on J&P Cycles to give you a preview of what to expect going into the 2015 75th Sturgis Rally.
Last year, after years of hosting the Cruise Night events at our J&P Cycles showroom outside Anamosa, Iowa, we decided to try something new. A local biker hot spot in Cedar Rapids (Chrome Horse Saloon) approached us regarding joining forces to host our event on their property. We held the newly named Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night events there last year on the second Tuesday of the month (May through September).
This year, we added additional sponsors (Bud Light, Cassill Motors and KRNA), a great giveaway and changed the date to the second Thursday of the month (May through September). Things were going along blissfully – … Continue Reading
The other day, I had something happen that I thought I would share with all of you. Last Monday was a usual busy morning. Mondays are typically our busiest day of the week here at J&P Cycles, and July is also one of our busiest months.
In addition to my duties as a blogger, I answer e-mails from all over the world, monitor and answer questions on our Facebook page, serve as the main moderator of the J&P Cycles Forum, and split time during the week as a chat technician on the J&P website Tech Chat feature. My plate is not only full, but satisfying as well. … Continue Reading