Meet the Team – Shawn Stone, J&P’s Quality Control

January 23, 2013 | By: Scott Holton

Stone_Shawn-090715Today we are going to introduce you to Shawn Stone, head of our Quality Control department. In this capacity, he is responsible for a variety of duties at J&P Cycles. Shawn began his career at J&P Cycles  in 2000 (five weeks after me).

It has been a pleasure working with him over the past 12-½ years. A Des Moines, Iowa native this 48-year-old spent a portion of his early life in Southern California, Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas and Breckenridge, Colorado. A dirt biker since high school, he began riding on the street 30 years ago. Currently, he has a 1997 Custom Softail. On the side, he has a … Continue Reading

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A Lot of Work Goes into J&P’s Biketoberfest Preparations


October 5, 2012 | By: Don Bova

 Editor’s Note: Don Bova has been with J&P Cycles as an Inventory Specialist in the J&P Cycles SuperStore in Ormond Beach, FL. since May 2007   Originally from Michigan, Don attended Wayne State University and Detroit College of Business. He brings to J&P Cycles his experience with marketing, cost accounting and supervising staff at 15 Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Pageants in addition to retail supervising and training.  Don bought his first motorcycle in 1970 upon returning from Vietnam and has never looked back.  He spent the next 14 years riding from last snow to first snow in Michigan, then eight years of TRYING to ride 12 months a year in Dallas, Continue Reading

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Maddox Reflects on Sturgis 2012, Past Sturgis Trips


September 19, 2012 | 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.

Sturgis 2012 – wow, what a trip to make and memories to share! Coming home from this amazing rally, I had time to reflect on exactly the randomness of it all. Heading to Sturgis, as usual, there is excitement and anticipation of a long ride mixed with a few butterflies of what might happen along the way. I love the ride there and back as you meet so many people heading in the same direction and all of us are all going to share our love … Continue Reading

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Davenport Antique Swap Meet – A Must See for Antique Motorcycle Lovers


September 17, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles

Labor Day weekend in Eastern Iowa marks one of our favorite motorcycle events of the season, the AMCA Fall National hosted by the Chief Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA). A couple of J&P Cycles’ staff members spent the day there on Friday, Aug. 31, shooting video, taking photographs and talking with vintage riders and enthusiasts from across the country. The swap meet portion is a “Pickers Paradise” of sorts, where swap meet enthusiasts converge seeking out the rarest of rare motorcycle parts and memorabilia.

One of the highlights of this weekend is the half mile Antique Flat Track Races on Friday. With no clutch and … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Hosts Final Cruise Night of 2012 Season

September 7, 2012 | By: Angi Kearney

The summer sun is quickly fading here in Eastern Iowa. Anytime now the warm weather will be replaced with cooler days and brisk nights. This time of year not only means bon voyage to summer, but also the J&P Cycles Cruise Nights for the 2012 season.

This Tuesday, Sept. 11, marks the year’s final Cruise Night event. Make plans now for one last summer fun event before saying goodbye to the great season. The event begins at 5:15 at J&P’s headquarters just off Highway 151, one mile north of Anamosa, Iowa.  Enjoy great company, good food and awesome-looking cars and motorcycles.

 The date of the final event marks the 11th … Continue Reading

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Michael Lichter’s Sturgis Exhibition: A Display of Kick-ass Bikes


August 24, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Michael Lichter, then welcome to biker land and congrats on the purchase of your first motorcycle. However, if you’re a fan of this famed photographer, then you’ve no doubt seen his amazing photos featured on the cover of practically every biker rag on the planet over the past three decades.

And that doesn’t even take into account his representation on countless Harley-Davidson publications. Why, his creative artistry has even graced the pages of our own “How J&P Changed the American Motorcycle Industry” book.

Along with his photography skills, Michael organizes a reoccurring exhibit at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis every year, featuring … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles’ 2012 Open House Rally: Taking Entertainment to a Whole New Level


June 4, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin

There are lots of reasons to attend the two-day J&P Cycles Open House Rally June 23 and 24, and top among them is the opportunity to mingle with 25,000 of your closest biker friends. In addition, this year’s event features free food, sponsored by Allstate, hundreds of vendors, great deals on parts and spectacular bike shows.

Did I mention the bike shows? Two of my personal all-time favorites will be on hand that weekend and they’re looking forward to coming here just as much as we’re looking forward to them being here. We’re talking about 10-time AMA Trials champ Geoff Aaron and revolutionary V-Twin stunters 1Wheel Revolution.

If you’re … Continue Reading

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Rolling Thunder Ride Celebrates its 25th Year


May 25, 2012 | By: Scott Holton

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the POW/MIA run to the wall. This annual event has the goal of ensuring that Americans know many of our veterans from the Vietnam war have yet to be accounted for.

In the fall of 1987, a small group of Vietnam War veterans met to discuss their personal concerns about the POW/MIAs from that Southeast Asian conflict. Having honorably served their country and having taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies…” and to “bare true faith and allegiance to same,” these vets were deeply troubled by the lack of attention given to those who … Continue Reading

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Torque Fest 2012


May 23, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin

So for the past few years we have been hearing about a great rally called Torque Fest. And we’ve never been able to attend due to other events that were always conflicting. Well this year we were determined to go, so we loaded up and headed up to Maquoketa, Iowa.

The vibe at Torque Fest is all about pre-65 no billet traditional style hot rods and bikes. There is a real garage built feeling to the event that really shines through; there aren’t a lot of trailer queens rolling around.

If you participate in the show you get your chance to take laps on the dirt track, where you will … Continue Reading

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We’ve Added ‘Rally’ to Our Open House Handle


May 4, 2012 | By: Angi Kearney

J&P Cycles Open House Rally logo 2012It’s really no big deal, but we’ve gone ahead and tagged the word “rally” onto the back end of our 33rd annual J&P Cycles Open House – mainly because it best describes an event that promises to be the biggest and best in more than three decades.

You might be asking how we can justify a statement as grand as that, but here’s the deal: This extravaganza — now known as the J&P Cycles Open House Rally – is scheduled for June 23 & 24 at our headquarters outside Anamosa, Iowa. And this year’s event will feature representatives from an unprecedented 100 different motorcycle brands who will be on … Continue Reading

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