Demise of the Metric Market

November 25, 2014 | By: Lowell Anderson

Star RaiderOne of the big issues we always have here at J&P Cycles is trying to make sure we have a good offering of parts for our customers to choose from. This may seem easy to some, but it usually turns out to be a real challenge. There are a lot of things to consider when adding parts into the product line. We want to make sure we offer parts that have a purpose and meet a need. We want to make sure they are of good quality and that they fit correctly. We want to make sure that the vendor stands behind their product and can deliver it in a … Continue Reading

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If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It. Right? Wrong.

November 19, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall

JP responsiveAs with anything, there’s always room for improvement. You may never see them, but behind the scenes at J&P Cycles, we have a collaborative team of product merchants, web developers, photographers, writers and designers, to name a few, who are constantly working to improve our website to make your life easier.

If you’ve been paying attention over the last year, or even the last six months, you may have noticed some subtle differences to our website, especially if you shop on a phone or tablet. Several years in the making, J&P Cycles finally launched its first responsive pages on the website this past March.

What is responsive? What does that … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Has You Covered this Holiday Season!

November 17, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Do you have a motorcyclist on your holiday shopping list? If so, you’re in luck – we just published the J&P Cycles Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. Here, J&P’s own Patrick Garvin rolls through gifts in a variety of price points: under $25, under $100, under $250, over $250 as well as gifts for him and gifts for her. You’re sure to find something for even the hardest to please biker. Happy shopping!

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Guest Blogger Maddox Shares How He Spots a Motorcyclist

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November 15, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

Playful boy sitting in a box at homeIt goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – we are all bikers here. How do I know this? How can I tell if you’re a rider or a wannabe rider? It’s easy because it takes one to know one. Here are a few things that truly give it away.

1) Do you smell like a strange concoction of “outside” and exhaust? Of course you do. You either ride a motorcycle or you spend time on the back of one. If we could put this smell into a bottle and sell it, it would be called “Lifestyle.”

2) When was the last time you looked in a mirror? It’s … Continue Reading

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Biketoberfest 2014

November 14, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin

The leaves started to turn red and orange here in Iowa, so we took that as a sign that we needed to head south and visit our home away from home (otherwise known as the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore). Just so happened there was a bike rally going on; the biker version of the fall classic was in full swing as we rolled into the sunshine state. Since we figured this might be the last time we get to see the sun for a few months we took full advantage of our time Daytona to run the Biketoberfest gauntlet. We didn’t want to keep all the good times … Continue Reading

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Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

Military Veterans Holding Flags in ParadeScott here again, it’s the beginning of November…daylight savings time just reverted, it’s going from cool to downright cold and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Another thing November brings us is Veterans Day. In the past, I’ve blogged about the origins of this holiday. In posts, I have highlighted how I joined the service and became a veteran myself. Today I’m going to talk about what this day means to me, and why.

So I don’t cover the same ground I have in the past, I’ll just briefly say that joining the service was the single most important, and life shaping event that I have ever done. Every … Continue Reading

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Vandals Destroy Veterans Memorial Near J&P Headquarters

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November 10, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall

Old Glory FlagOn 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

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Introducing the 1000 CC Kawasaki H2

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November 6, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

KawasakiH2R4I’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

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Tropical Tattoo Chopper Time Show 2014 Biketoberfest Edition

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October 24, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin

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

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Phone, Mail, Web and Social Media – Lots of Ways to Keep in Touch with J&P Cycles

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October 20, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

Social Media CommunicationHey 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

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