So when did it happen for you? Do you remember that moment when motorcycles grabbed your attention changing the way food tastes, your clothes smelled and how you dress on a daily basis? Sure you do. For me it was 1974 when I got my first motorcycle; a Harley-Davidson X90. My life would never be the same.
From that summer on, my life revolved around spark plugs, gasoline and dirty socks. I rode that bike every chance I could, giving me a lifelong mark on my left boot and disheveled helmet hair. Calluses on my hands? Why yes, thank you. But there is so much more to this journey…
When J&P Cycles management learned that five-year-old Austin Smith, the grandson of Human Resources Administrator Kris Weers, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, they immediately started considering ideas for a benefit in support of the family. The result: purchase tickets for $2 a piece or 6 for $10 and have the opportunity to throw a “pie” of whipped cream at a member of the J&P Cycles upper management team. Additionally, a soup luncheon with a free will offering was held along with a 50-50 raffle.
Austin, a super hero loving little boy, is the son of Britt and Mikinzie Smith and grandson of Jeff and Kris Weers and Kevin and … Continue Reading
Replacing the old tread on your motorcycle tires isn’t always the hard part, but determining exactly what you need, can be. Here, Patrick from J&P Cycles shows you what to do look for when you’re in the market for some new tires.
This time of year is a great time to make some modifications to your ride. These modifications don’t have to be elaborate upgrades. Check out this video that provides a breakdown on upgrading your brake system.
Towards the end of last year we added a Victory to the current stable of J&P motorcycles, a Cross Country to be exact. We immediately started modifying it starting with some Vance and Hines mufflers and then during Biketoberfest we did a series of Ness upgrades smack dab in the middle of the rally. The Ness installs were rather extensive, including a raked set of triple trees to accommodate our 23” wheel along with Ness modular handlebars, foot and hand controls and a whole slew of billet accessories. But we’re not done yet, while we sit snowbound here in Iowa we are going to continue with our modification.
It’s an old adage, but it’s true – a few quarts of oil is cheaper than a new motor, transmission, etc. More often than not it’s not about the money. It’s about not having the time to do it, or maybe not having the knowledge, which leads to doubting yourself and worrying that you will possibly tear your beloved motorcycle up.
Have no fear, J&P Cycles is here to help. There is nothing we like more than our customers spinning wrenches and working on their own machines. We took a little time to walk you through the typical fluid changes on a late-model Harley bagger. For “most” Harleys this will … Continue Reading
A couple weeks ago, I blogged about the new mechanized two wheeled marvel coming down the line from Kawasaki. Last week, I saw where they are actually at the point of taking orders. Here, you can pre-order an H2 or the monstrous H2R here. The first thing that jumps out at me on both bikes is the MSRP. Holy Buckets!!
I shared these two links with a number of my co-workers here at J&P Cycles, and asked for some input and feedback. Understand, a number of those polled are Harley enthusiasts, some Metric specialists, and some general motorcycle enthusiasts.
Kawasaki released a bad little cruiser called the Vulcan S recently. Powered by a 649cc Parallel Twin wrapped in cool-looking bodywork and a low-slung, sporty-chassis, it is aimed right at new riders, female riders and anyone else who is looking for a budget-friendly cruiser that looks great without breaking the bank. With an MSRP of $7399 for the base model and a few hundred bucks more for the optional ABS-equipped version, the Vulcan S should attract a few buyers who want a good looking bike to start on.
One of the primary selling points of the stock Vulcan S is that the riding position is fully adjustable. This is made … Continue Reading
One 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
As 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.
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