April is National Donate Life Month, and today happens to be Donate Life Blue and Green Day, a day set aside specifically to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.
J&P Cycles has a special connection to this effort as our founder John Parham received a life-saving lung transplant almost four years ago. As you may recall, we shared John’s story from waiting for a lung to his recovery just a week after his lung transplant and his last update, a year post-surgery, here on the J&P blog.
In the nearly three years since that last post, John has been busy promoting his love of antique … Continue Reading
The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run was set to come through Anamosa (where I live) on Monday with the National Motorcycle Museum as a scheduled stop. I was all fired up to see the parade of bad ass old bikes come through, so I decided to take the day off.
I made my way down to the Museum about 10 a.m., where I learned there was a broken down bike on its way here and I was asked if I would help. I quickly said yes and headed up to the J&P shop to meet up with fellow J&P volunteer wrench Sean Salger. Shortly after, a sprinter van pulled up … Continue Reading
If you call Eastern Iowa home, you are likely aware of the big annual motorcycle weekends around Anamosa: the National Motorcycle Museum’s Vintage Rally and Midwest Hillclimbers Association Hillclimb the first weekend in June; J&P’s annual Open House the last weekend in June and the Museum’s Sidecar Rally and Midwest Hillclimbers Association Hillclimb the weekend after Labor Day.
This Saturday, Sept. 8, the Museum is hosting the 9th Annual East Central Iowa Sidecar Rally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Catch sidecars from around the Midwest, enjoy food, vendors and raffle prizes.
Sunday, Sept. 9 is the Hillclimb and Swap Meet. Swap Meet kicks off the festivities at 10 … Continue Reading
Synergy is a good thing when you are a motorcycle museum in a small town in eastern Iowa. But in addition to the National Motorcycle Museum, J&P Cycles is headquartered in Anamosa, Iowa, and though completely separate corporations the two companies continue to work together, sharing ideas and involving customers.
Not a day goes by without J&P Cycles, and its customers giving financial and marketing support to the National Motorcycle Museum. “When you call to place an order at J&P Cycles, your customer service rep typically asks, ‘Would you like to round up your order dollar amount and make a donation to the National Motorcycle Museum?’ and those … Continue Reading
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
September 1, 2011 | By: J&P Cycles
More than 200 automobiles graced the 18th fairway at the 61st Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance near coastal Carmel, California, on a recent Sunday, dwarfing the 18 shiny Italian motorcycles on display. But when it came time for the presentation of awards for these two-wheelers, it was the machines from the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, that took center stage.
The results of the Italian Touring Motorcycles class competition saw a first-place award going to a 1957 Aermacchi Chimera — a strikingly beautiful blue and yellow “streamlined” machine. Second-place honors went to a bright red 1956 Maserati 160 LM, also a motorcycle museum resident.
Two years ago, the producers of … Continue Reading
Do you have an interest in vintage motorcycles? If so, you can also support a motorcycle museum’s mission to preserve the history of motorcycling simply by requesting a quote on your motorcycle insurance . The Allstate Corporation — known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan — now supports the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, through Cash for Quotes, a no obligation program that rewards participating non-profit organizations whose supporters ask for an insurance quote from Allstate.
Cash for Quotes is very simple. For every new motorcycle insurance quote requested by a National Motorcycle Museum supporter, Allstate will donate $5 to the Museum. Cash for Quotes … Continue Reading
Eastern Iowa may not be at the top of anyone’s list for vacation spots, but if your enthusiasm leans toward moveable vehicles on two wheels, Anamosa, Iowa, is your Midwest Mecca.
Not only is Anamosa the home of J&P Cycles, it’s also just up the road apiece from the National Motorcycle Museum. And we celebrated the museum’s first-ever Vintage Rally event the first weekend of June, with more than 1,600 in attendance. And all those folks weren’t Eastern Iowa natives, either. We had people rolling in from all over the country, including Texas, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Sixty-six bikes were registered for Saturday’s Vintage Bike Show and awards … Continue Reading
It’s not too late to make plans to visit Anamosa, Iowa, the weekend after next– June 3 through 5 — to take part in the first-ever National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally. A swap meet, vintage bike show and dedication of the museum’s new Motorcycles at Work exhibit are just a few of the happenings on the informal agenda for this event. And since you’re going to be in the area anyway, you might as well check out progress on the 1930 gas station restoration project.
The Vintage Bike Show, sponsored by Motorcycle Classics magazine, will focus on bikes 1985 and older. Bring out your American, British, Japanese … Continue Reading
Anamosa, Iowa, might be considered small potatoes when it comes to municipalities, but we more than make up for it in style and attitude. While this portion of Eastern Iowa is called Grant Wood Country after the famous artist, Anamosa is more like motorcycle country. The home of J&P Cycles headquarters, people from across the United States and foreign countries make the trip to Anamosa to see where John and Jill Parham’s dream all began. Snuggled in the cornfields, J&P Cycles is 150,000-square-feet of two-wheel splendor.
Adjacent to J&P Cycles is the motorcycle-themed AmericInn Hotel that opened in June of 2009 with 50 guestrooms, including suites offering whirlpools, fireplaces, microwave … Continue Reading