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
July 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
Ah, the smell of new tires. If you’re like me, there isn’t anything better than knowing you have two new tires on your bike. I know it’s painful to the wallet to put them on, but it’s a necessary evil when you ride motorcycles. And when you really ride, putting a lot of miles on your bike it can be quite painful a couple of times a year.
Every year before I hit the road for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, I have new tires put on. I really struggle with it when I see I still have a few miles left on the old ones and it seems … Continue Reading
The 74th Annual Sturgis Rally is just around the corner, and here at J&P Cycles our event crew is on the ground in Sturgis preparing for this colossal event! We’re gearing up for our lot at 1650 Lazelle Street to not only be in the heart of all the Sturgis action, but have everything you need for you and your ride while in town. You’ll find us open Tuesday, July 29 through Saturday, Aug. 9.
See the latest and newest product wares from some of the hottest vendors in the industry: Kuryakyn, Mustang, Vance & Hines, and plenty of others. Plus, take advantage of free installs on … Continue Reading
Last week Harley-Davidson issued a recall for ABS-equipped 2014 touring models. The recall notice affects 66,421 motorcycles and the issue is placement of the bike’s front brake line, which may become pinched between the fuel tank and frame, potentially locking up the front wheel.
Owners affected will be notified by H-D, and be offered a free fix at a dealer near them. Dealers will inspect the brake line for damage and replace as necessary. Additionally, the dealer will install cable straps to ensure the brake line will not become compromised in the future.
Recall documentation published at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) details the defect as follows: “Some … Continue Reading
The three-day 2014 J&P Cycles Open House Rally is in the books! In case you weren’t able to attend this year’s colossal event, here’s a little preview of what you missed! The dates for next year are June 27-28, 2015!
Required Tools: DC voltmeter or battery tester
As a general rule, modern charging systems are efficient, reliable and maintenance free; however, there are exceptions to every rule and few problems will leave you stranded as quickly as charging system that’s gone kaput. Fortunately keeping tabs on the system is relatively easy; all it takes is a simple DC voltmeter or battery tester.
To start, let’s clear up a fundamental misunderstanding about batteries. Batteries do not create electricity. At least no more than a refrigerator creates food. In both instances the devices are merely storage containers. Both accumulate and return what you put into them. If you use up … Continue Reading
It’s showtime! For months we’ve been working overtime putting the details together for J&P’s 35th Annual Open House Rally. We had to go all out this year since 2014 marks our 35th year in business! A year ago, we decided this event would turn into a three-day extravaganza.
The FREE Open House Rally will open to the public at noon on Friday, June 27, and be open until 7 p.m. Be the first to see all the latest parts from manufacturers like: Kuryakyn, Mustang, Progressive Suspension, Roland Sands Design and Vance & Hines, to name a few. Installations are available onsite for all parts and … Continue Reading
I’m sure most of you have heard the bombshell that Mother Harley has introduced their first electric powered motorcycle. What a shocker (pun intended)! Today, we are going to look at this new, interesting design and share what we have been able to glean from the information available. I’m fortunate enough to know someone who has intimate knowledge of this fascinating project from whom I can get real, accurate answers to my questions.
First things first, let’s establish that HD has not gone into production on this. They have produced a number of initial offerings to trek across the country to gauge customer interest. There will be no loaners and … Continue Reading
Describing a motorcycle tire as a round, black piece of rubber that’s about a two-foot diameter circle won’t give you the information you need to make a smart buying decision, will it? When it comes to tires, particularly the ones you plan to use on your motorcycle, information is a very handy thing to have. This is especially true if you’re interested in replacing those tires and even more so if you plan to replace them with something other than the OEM tires.
To make it a little easier, the tire manufacturers have come up with nomenclature that describes everything you need to know about your tire and printed it … Continue Reading