Whaddya Mean It’s Too Cold to Ride?

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October 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

125-997_AWinter can be a hard mistress for riders, and a down right bitch to your bike, especially if you’re the kind of rider that like’s to keep going no matter how crappy the weather. Short trips, low temperatures and roads covered in a toxic mix of salt, sand and snow can really tear up your bike if you’re not careful. But with a little extra care and a good preventive maintenance program, you can thumb your nose at old man winter, and keep riding when lesser men have tucked their bikes away until spring. Here are a few simple tips for making the season as painless as possible.

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Stay Dry With These Rain Gear Buying Tips

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May 21, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Rain Gear“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

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Are You Really Ready to Ride?

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March 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

Get Ready to Ride

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.

Are you prepared? The riding season is upon us and I for one need to get out and do a little back road traveling. But really, are you prepared? I know the first thing that comes to mind when presented with that question is usually a “yes!” New tires, oil changed, your bike is cleaned up with a full tank of fresh gas, of course your bike is ready. But the question is, are you prepared?

It’s been a long, cold winter. More snow in … Continue Reading

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Top 12 Historic Female Riders, Part II

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March 21, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.

Bessie StringfieldBessie Stringfield

Facts: Founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club, she fought through the barriers of being a black, female motorcycle rider and became an Army motorcycle dispatch rider in WWII. She became an AMA Hall of Fame Member in 2002.

As a teenager, Bessie made a name for herself by traveling around the United States on a perpetual quest for adventure. In 1929 she became the first African-American woman to travel across the US alone, on a motorcycle. According to the legend, Bessie started riding as a teen and would flip … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Class Brings New, Old Riders Together – Each with a Story to Tell

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February 24, 2014 | By: Kayleigh Pingel

Motorcycle CourseMotorcycle riders each have their own history of how they ended up in the saddle, where their bikes originated from, and what drives them to continue their journey on two wheels. If you read my personal story in my first blog post, you’ll know that nearly a year ago I started riding my own motorcycle after completing a basic motorcycle rider course. But I feel that my story is far from the most interesting out there, so I’d like to share the stories of some of the motorcyclists who learned to ride alongside me over those few days almost a year ago.

Gathering for a motorcycle course in … Continue Reading

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Changing Gears

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October 16, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

Fall SceneEditor’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

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Maddox Asks: ‘How Far is Too Far?’

July 26, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

Jeff Maddox SturgisEditor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

How far is too far? During peak riding season we all have these “big plans” to ride some great distance, and we often do. Distance is one thing, and in my opinion, one of the best things about riding is going further than you did on the last trip.

Like a kid on a sugar high, we need a little more each time and a few more miles to get us wound up, so we ride just a little further to satisfy our wandering soul. In … Continue Reading

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Guest Blogger Jeff Maddox Says, ‘Ride Today!’

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April 16, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

sean-winterEditor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

#ridetoday Sounds easy, doesn’t it? As we go through this transition of seasons (cold/cool mornings to warmer afternoons), it can be a little difficult to be motivated or even mentally prepared to ride. Some of us will wait for more consistent weather while I on the other hand will go ahead and bundle up in the morning in order to have that nice ride home after work.

I know not everyone has a job that allows them to come in smelling like exhaust fumes with … Continue Reading

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Tales From The Asphalt

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July 6, 2012 | By: J&P Cycles

Years ago during a different time and possibly a different state of mind, the hardcore American biker was defined as someone who traveled the country with just the bare necessities. No hotels and plush accommodations for this group!

A bike, a sense of adventure, and an attitude was all that was needed. In today’s go, go, go environment, this type of American biker doesn’t exist. Caught-up in the whirlwind of responsibilities, in a fast-paced world that demands more and more of our time, is where most of us fall just in order to survive….

Today’s bikers are more like weekend warriors packing up trailers and all sorts of pleasantries for … Continue Reading

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Rider Alert — Whitetail Deer

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October 19, 2011 | By: Troy Porter

Editor’s Note: This post was authored by Troy Porter, J&P Cycles’ Iowa showroom supervisor and a hunting enthusiast. What he writes here could save your life this fall.

Autumn isn’t the least bit subtle here in Anamosa, Iowa. It comes on strong with a change in temperature, darker skies for the commute both ways, and of course the unbelievable colors presented by fall leaves. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you know that few things are as beautiful as an autumn ride through the rolling hills in Iowa. And a lot of us are taking full advantage of it.

Unfortunately, fall also spells the end of the riding season — damn … Continue Reading

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