Motorcycle Jacket Buyers Guide
Here at J&P we’re passionate about riding and with that passion comes lots of knowledge surrounding gear, specifically jackets. Our team’s jacket collection includes everything from high-tech textile to traditional leather and vintage biker-wear (also known as jackets some have owned since the beginning of time).
We are firm believers that a biker can never have too many jackets and specific jackets for extreme riding conditions are a must! The motorcycle jacket is our second most prized possession and should be chosen carefully.
Since bikes first roamed the earth, the road ahead has been paved with leather, or at least it should have been. Ah, the … Continue Reading
Celebrating 35 years in business this year, our founder John Parham set the bar high from the start. Top-notch customer service in addition to the best selection of parts and accessories were key. Today, J&P is the leader in the motorcycle aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel business.
In addition to highly trained customer service representatives, we take pride in the fact that we have trained motorcycle technicians on staff to answer our customers’ questions (a service no one else offers). Here’s what else makes J&P different from everyone else.
December 10, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox
Editor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.
This is the time of year when the majority of riders have an internal struggle regarding whether or not to ride. For the most part, we are in the grips of ever-changing weather, colder temperatures and nasty roads. We always have our eyes on the weather for the sliver of hope that “today, we will ride.” We are cursed with this and I would argue that we think more about our bikes when we can’t ride, because when the weather is consistently good, we ride without … Continue Reading
February 5, 2013 | By: J&P Cycles
J&P Cycles’ Iowa showroom underwent some noticeable layout changes in the last few weeks with the restructuring of the soft goods and metric areas of the store. A major reason for restructuring was to give the ever expanding metric parts area a bigger footprint. This redesign provided an opportunity to not only remerchandise existing parts, but to eliminate slow moving and discontinued parts and add a selection of some of the newest parts on the market.
An added bonus of the redesign is the better traffic flow provided. Previously with the clothing located directly in front of the middle counter, the main counter where purchases are made, congestion was frequently … Continue Reading
October 17, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles
In the midst of the excitement surrounding the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest set up, an associate at J&P Cycles’ Iowa headquarters received a phone call from an editor at the Daytona Beach News Journal. The newspaper wanted to send a straight-laced reporter into the store to be outfitted as a biker and do so the following day.
Always up for any challenge, we reached out to staff in Florida who jumped at the opportunity. Andrew (the reporter) came into the store as a typical reporter and came out of the dressing room very different.
Check out the article and video here.
Recently we made some internal changes here at J&P Cycles, and as a result, some of our job responsibilities got shuffled around. I used to handle a lot of the hard parts that you would find in the J&P catalog — things like handlebars, foot controls, suspensions and such. But with the new changes, I was asked to start handling the clothing end of our business. In a past life I used to oversee a clothing line, so I’m no stranger to this particular segment of our industry. Sure, the names are different, but the basis of the business remains the same.
One of the first things I wanted to … Continue Reading
When you talk about motorcycle technology, most of us think of electronics of some sort, fuel-injection controllers or a navigation system — or maybe even the latest high-powered exhaust. As a rule, motorcycle jackets don’t usually fall under the category of innovative, high-tech gear. Until now.
We first told you about d3o technology in February of 2010 (see “What We Saw at Indianapolis Dealer Expo”). Today, we’re pleased to share that J&P Cycles now sells the new Firstgear Rainier jacket that employs d3o T3 intelligent shock absorption armor in the shoulders and elbows, providing incredible protection for riders who fall off their bikes. How much … Continue Reading
Climbing on my bike in the early weeks of spring is something I look forward to every year. It’s nice to get out and do some riding after a long winter of sitting around waiting for the weather to break. If you’re like me and you have a busy lifestyle, you might find yourself doing most of your two-wheel riding in your commute to and from work.
Unfortunately, the change to spring weather can bring a whole new set of problems to that morning ride. My day usually starts at 6 a.m., so when I get on the road, I find myself confronted by quite a few challenges. For one … Continue Reading
As this most terrible of winters in a century thankfully draws to a close, a lot of us are venturing out, getting back in the saddle and hitting the road. But temps remain a bit cool, and we’ve got the perfect apparel to make it easy to stay geared up and still be comfortable.
It’s not quite time for a t-shirt and a cool breeze, but the folks at Alpinestars offer motorcycle clothing and gear for everyone from road racers to NASCAR drivers. They walk that fine line between keeping you in good shape in the event of a “get off” and saving you from boiling in your jacket.
One … Continue Reading