Helmet or No Helmet? Whose Choice is it?

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May 26, 2014 | By: Brett Koranda

Staffers with helmetsThere’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics; as government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald Reagan

The merits of wearing a helmet while aboard a motorcycle are well-established. The disdain of wearing a helmet because it detracts from the riding experience is equally well-established. I’m not going to settle that argument; that’s not my place and I’m inevitably going step on someone’s toes in that process. In fact – whose call is that? Who is most qualified to make the decision on whether or not you are going to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?

Well, look out – … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles’ Staffers Provide Top 10 Motorcycle Tips

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May 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

The merchandising team at J&P Cycles cumulatively have years and years of motorcycle riding and wrenching experience. Here, they provide a top 10 list of motorcycle-related tips.

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J&P Staffer Provides Update on Condition After Accident

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May 1, 2014 | By: Joe Cowan

Editor’s Note: Back in November, we introduced you to Joe Cowan, J&P Cycles Network Administrator. At the time of the blog being published, Joe was in transition from our Iowa headquarters to Daytona Superstore. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving in Florida, Joe was involved in an accident. He shared his story with readers. What follows is an update on how he’s been.

Joe's ArmSince my motorcycle accident, back on November 20, 2013, I have come a long way. After wrist and shoulder surgeries, and the cable holding my clavicle slipping a week after surgery, my arm was strapped to my side for almost nine weeks. Now my clavicle looks like … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Founder John Parham Doing Well Nearly Four Years After Lung Transplant

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April 11, 2014 | By: Angi Kearney

John and Jill (1)April is National Donate Life Month, and today happens to be Donate Life Blue and Green Day, a day set aside specifically to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

J&P Cycles has a special connection to this effort as our founder John Parham received a life-saving lung transplant almost four years ago. As you may recall, we shared John’s story from waiting for a lung to his recovery just a week after his lung transplant and his last update, a year post-surgery, here on the J&P blog.

In the nearly three years since that last post, John has been busy promoting his love of antique … Continue Reading

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Top 12 Historic Female Riders, Part II

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March 21, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.

Bessie StringfieldBessie Stringfield

Facts: Founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club, she fought through the barriers of being a black, female motorcycle rider and became an Army motorcycle dispatch rider in WWII. She became an AMA Hall of Fame Member in 2002.

As a teenager, Bessie made a name for herself by traveling around the United States on a perpetual quest for adventure. In 1929 she became the first African-American woman to travel across the US alone, on a motorcycle. According to the legend, Bessie started riding as a teen and would flip … Continue Reading

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Winter Weather Didn’t Hamper J&P 2014 Winter Workshop

March 11, 2014 | By: Merrill Bonney

Winter workshopEditor’s Note: J&P Cycles Iowa Showroom Sales Tech Merrill Bonney started with J&P back in May of 1999 as a phone sales representative. He worked the showroom during that year’s Sturgis Rally, and stayed there after the event, moving onto a sales tech position. His motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a number of bikes. Today his current ride is a 1997 FLHRFI fuel-injected Road King. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys tinkering on his motorcycle. He has done most of the work on all his motorcycles and vehicles.  

On a cold, blustery and snowy Saturday on the first day of March here at J&P Continue Reading

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Top 10 Rally Destinations for 2014

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March 7, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

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

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Bike Week 2014 – What’s There to do at Night?

March 4, 2014 | By: Ina Postel

14 Bike WeekWhat’s that rumbling sound? In addition to the pounding of tools as tents are being set up, colorful 18-wheelers are rolling into the surrounding parking lots, and there are bikes – lots of bikes!

It’s time for the 73rd Bike Week, a time when people from all around the world flock to the Daytona Beach, FL area. Tourists come here to not only meet with and speak to all kinds of motorcycle vendors, and fellow riders, but those in cooler climates like to head south to also escape winter’s fury. During the day there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, but what exactly is there to do … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Class Brings New, Old Riders Together – Each with a Story to Tell

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February 24, 2014 | By: Kayleigh Pingel

Motorcycle CourseMotorcycle riders each have their own history of how they ended up in the saddle, where their bikes originated from, and what drives them to continue their journey on two wheels. If you read my personal story in my first blog post, you’ll know that nearly a year ago I started riding my own motorcycle after completing a basic motorcycle rider course. But I feel that my story is far from the most interesting out there, so I’d like to share the stories of some of the motorcyclists who learned to ride alongside me over those few days almost a year ago.

Gathering for a motorcycle course in … Continue Reading

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Let Daytona Bike Week Take Away Those Winter Blues

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February 20, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin

Bike Week 1Just about everywhere in the US has been touched by old man winter’s hand this year. Here in the midwest we have had a particularly brutal winter, and I’m pretty much fed up with it. The bitter cold, snow and blustering wind have run their course with most of us. I have a solution for you my fellow two wheel fanatics, even if spring isn’t on your horizon for another 6-8 weeks!

Daytona Bike Week is here to save us from our winter time misery! Strap your scooter in the back of your van and point it south. J&P Cycles will have two locations chocked full of the latest and … Continue Reading

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