Helmet or No Helmet? Whose Choice is it?

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May 26, 2014 | By: Brett Koranda

Staffers with helmetsThere’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics; as government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald Reagan

The merits of wearing a helmet while aboard a motorcycle are well-established. The disdain of wearing a helmet because it detracts from the riding experience is equally well-established. I’m not going to settle that argument; that’s not my place and I’m inevitably going step on someone’s toes in that process. In fact – whose call is that? Who is most qualified to make the decision on whether or not you are going to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?

Well, look out – … Continue Reading

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2014 Harley Improvements

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May 12, 2014 | By: Scott Holton

2014-Harley-Davidson-Ultra-Limited-3Harley-Davidson announced a number of updates to its touring models, a cumulative result of a product development effort the company calls “Project Rushmore.” These enhancements cover several areas, addressing performance, comfort, style and infotainment needs, and will be implemented across eight 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring models: the Road King, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Tri-Glide Ultra Classic trike and the CVO Road King and CVO Limited.

Per Harley, “Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” says Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not … Continue Reading

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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May 9, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Staffer with full helmetMay is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it’s up to us to spread the word, and lead by example. We all ride, but we all drive too so when we are behind the wheel it is important to take extra care when driving. As you might know, the majority of car-motorcycle related accidents are caused by drivers pulling out in front of a rider. The resulting accidents are one of the leading causes of rider fatalities over the past decade, so make sure to take an extra moment before pulling into the street. We all expect drivers to be attentive, but as riders we cannot forget to give our fellow … Continue Reading

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United Nations Passes Resolution on Global Road Rules

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April 23, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

curtA few weeks back, the United Nations’ General Assembly passed a resolution titled, “Improving Global Road Safety.” The rationale behind it is pretty simple – to make all roadways safer regardless of if you’re in a cage or cruising on two wheels.

What does this resolution mean for you? Not much right now, but it’s possible that legislation at a state-level could be coming your way in the not too distant future.

The resolution urges all member states to pass legislation banning all forms of distracted driving – cell phone usage, including texting while driving. There’s also wording surrounding mandatory helmet law as well as harmonization of vehicle … 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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Bell Introduces Two New Helmet Lines for 2014

December 23, 2013 | By: J&P Cycles

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

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Reminder: Pay Attention to your Surroundings

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October 25, 2013 | By: J&P Cycles

Ryan GendreauWe were saddened this week to learn that a husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend lost his life during a fourth annual motorcycle trip in Arkansas. Ryan Gendreau, of Sabula, Iowa, lost his life doing exactly what he loved – riding his motorcycle. Unfortunately his death occurred much too soon as Ryan was only 35, leaving behind a wife, two small children and many other family members.

A true motorcycle-enthusiast, in addition to spending quality time with his wife and children, Ryan loved hopping on his bike and going for a ride. Traveling to J&P from his home was not uncommon. In fact, right before his final trip, … Continue Reading

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Allstate Rider Risk Map Flags Risky Areas for Riders

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July 30, 2013 | By: J&P Cycles

allstate-rider-mapLast year, our friends at Allstate Motorcycle Insurance implemented the Once is Never Enough (ONE) Campaign bringing awareness of motorcycles and motorcyclists to the greater public. The sole purchase of ONE was to build awareness of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes – collisions with motorists at intersections – and to remind drivers that looking once at intersections is never enough.

Later that same year, Allstate asked its Facebook fans to help riders stay safe by identifying dangerous intersections they have encountered. Over 1,500 people answered that call giving them a wealth of use information to help prevent accidents.

Inspired by those very responses, Allstate has created the Rider Continue Reading

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