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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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From Laughlin to Myrtle Beach — We’re on the Road Again

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April 23, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin

Our tractor-trailer crew has just about enough time to wash the J&P rig, stock it to the bulkheads with new motorcycle gear and fill her up with diesel before hitting the road again. Rally season is underway, with the first scheduled stop at one of the largest biker events in the West — the 2012 Laughlin River Run in Laughlin, Nev., from April 25 through 29.

The massive 53-foot-long J&P trailer has been renovated in order to accommodate more vendors then ever before, all housed under a giant new awning. We’ve got vendors from the likes of Zox helmets and Rikki from Battisinis himself  – all on hand to answer … Continue Reading

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J&P Introduces Newest Guest Blogger

April 6, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles

You wouldn’t think a four-inch piece of lumber would be a highlight worthy of discussion in a blog post about someone’s trek to J&P Cycles’ annual open house, but then, you probably haven’t met Jeff Maddox.

Maddox is a veteran biker from White City, Kansas, who’s been astride a motorcycle since 1974 when he acquired his first ride. Since then, he’s owned more than 60 vehicles, ranging from motocross to ATVs. His current ride is a Heritage Softail with 70,000 miles on it.

New to the J&P Cycles blog as a guest blogger, Maddox has a blog of his own wherein he sounds off about his four decades of motorcycling … Continue Reading

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Live from Daytona Bike Week!

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March 15, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles

Bike week started a week later than normal this year, but the party started the weekend before. Things are really rocking here at Daytona Bike Week.

A few rain showers didn’t stop the bikes from rolling in, and even made for an exciting Supercross race. The J&P Cycles Destination Daytona location is loaded to the gills with new products; the parking lot is filled with vendors like Klock Werks, Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Bikers Choice and many more. Along with our clearance tent, giant luggage and seat tent and on site mechanics, there is no reason you shouldn’t be on your way here right now.

If traffic … Continue Reading

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J&P Founder John Parham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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February 17, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles

John Parham, founder and former president of J&P Cycles, picks up the Don J. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award today during ceremonies at the 2012 Dealer Expo and American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Doubtless you know that J&P Cycles is the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer online, and John will be recognized at a luncheon today for his lifetime of dedication to the motorcycle industry — most recently for his efforts in creating the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, which is also home to J&P’s headquarters. That main location, as well as our satellite location in Ormond Beach, Fla., has both won numerous Top Continue Reading

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V-Twin Expo 2012: A Behind the Scenes View

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February 10, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin

J&P Cycles flew a crew out to the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati this past weekend so everybody could get a first-hand and up-close look at what our vendors have in store for all of us this season. A good part of the reason we all even work here is so we can attend exclusive motorcycle industry shows where our vendors debut all the products they have been developing over the winter.

What that means is, everybody who’s lucky enough get inside the doors of this exclusive exposition are laying their eyes on literally thousands of new motorcycle products and accessories for the first time.

And because J&P Cycles is known … Continue Reading

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