Do you have a motorcyclist on your holiday shopping list? If so, you’re in luck – we just published the J&P Cycles Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. Here, J&P’s own Patrick Garvin rolls through gifts in a variety of price points: under $25, under $100, under $250, over $250 as well as gifts for him and gifts for her. You’re sure to find something for even the hardest to please biker. Happy shopping!
I’m a gearhead. 100% dyed in the wool lover of all things mechanical. Before me, my father was a gearhead, too. He owned and raced open cockpit, open wheel cars in the Midwest. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I have been fascinated with different configurations of the internal combustion engine my entire life. When my wife and I plan vacations, I look for places to go to feed my fix. When we went to Disney in Orlando, I made a point to spend a day at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. When we went to my wife’s childhood home near DC, the Smithsonian … Continue Reading
#1. How much should I spend on motorcycle gear?
The more important factor here is how much you want to invest in gear. Sure, you want to look great and be comfortable, whether you’re driving solo or two up, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice safety. Motorcycle gear has come a long way over the years, and now you can look stylish while protecting yourself from your lid to your toes.
If you ride ATGATT, … Continue Reading
September 10, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
For some of us the riding season is winding down. That bit of a chill you feel in the morning ride isn’t a fluke, it’s more of a hint that cooler weather will be the norm. So are you a fair weather rider? Do you close the garage door at the first sign of cloudy and cool? Fear not my friends we ride motorcycles, remember? Sure, there are all sorts of cold-weather riding gear out there for those who want to hang on to the warm temps of summer. But for me I’ll stick to the more traditional gear of bikers past: a good pair of insulated gauntlet gloves, … Continue Reading
“Into each life some rain must fall. Some days must be dark and dreary.” So says Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, though he probably wasn’t thinking of motorcyclists when he wrote it. Rain and winter weather will always be a part of motorcycle riding and it is up to us to protect ourselves from those exasperating elements. Fortunately, these days, there are a lot of waterproof options available to help us stay dry during those dark and dreary days in the saddle.
Now, there is more than one way to stay dry. You can make sure your primary riding gear is weather resistant by choosing products that are designed to keep the … Continue Reading
Bell Helmets is leading the way for the 2014 riding season by continuing to release cutting-edge style lids for all types of riders. Unlike some of the other helmet manufactures out there, Bell is doing more than just releasing bold new graphics; they are releasing new styles and designs that push the envelope while staying loyal to their heritage of safety and style. Earlier this year Bell released the Rogue helmet which was innovative and new. Bell reinvented the half helmet and marketed it to the hard core cruiser market. This year Bell is at it again with the Qualifier line and the new retro Bullitt!
The Qualifier has many … Continue Reading
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.
It’s time to change gears. You can feel change in the air right now as summer is slowly fading into fall, and as Mother Nature is telling those who ride to either dress warmer or put this bike away. We fight it like a kid being told to come in the house and eat supper. We want to play some more - and we’re not ready to give in. There are a lot of areas in this country where we as bikers can ride all year … 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
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.
April 15, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin
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