Electric Motorcycles, the Beginning of a New Era!

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December 23, 2010 | By: Jason Hayes

Electric motorcycles aren’t just a futuristic idea that might someday take off. A voltage revolution is upon us right now and it promises to be exciting.

There are lots of companies out there that are taking on the challenge of making electric bikes practical for everyday use. And while you’d think some of the bigger manufacturers would be leading the charge for electric power, it’s really the smaller companies that are actually bringing these bikes to the market.

In doing a little bit of research I have found two companies that stand apart from the rest with what they have to offer a consumer. Zero Motorcycles out of Santa Cruz, … Continue Reading

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The Great Oil Debate – Synthetic or Conventional

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December 20, 2010 | By: Lowell Anderson

There’s been an ongoing debate for decades over what oil is best for your machine and my thinking tells me there’s no standard answer to that question. That’s because there are too many variables — the climate you live in, the amount of time you spend on the road, the type of bike you ride. A lot of folks will tell you that synthetic is the way to go, but that’s not always the case.

Where you live is an important consideration in your choice of oil because of climate considerations and oil flow rates. And synthetic oils definitely hold an advantage in the cold-weather department. High-viscosity conventional oils simply … Continue Reading

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Taking the Tuning Back to Your Own Garage

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December 7, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

In today’s world of fuel-injected motorcycles, there’s a lot of uncertainty about tuning your own bike. Like if and when you should add a FI controller to your motorcycle. And going a step further, how do you go about tuning said controller once you get it installed?

A lot of companies have the “set it and forget it” philosophy, whereby they do the legwork for you and build fuel-injection maps and pre-load them into a given unit. Then it’s up to you to select the map that’s closest to your setup. Others offer units that are more “tunable,” where custom maps can be written using dynamometers with air-fuel sniffers that … Continue Reading

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Keep Your Motorcycle Clean with the Air Force Blaster

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November 23, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

As the cold grasp of Old Man Winter gets tighter, those of us of the biker persuasion find ourselves either staring at our faithful steed sitting alone in the garage or using the down time to do something productive.

If you’ve finished up with the winterizing routine on your bike (see Preparing Your Motorcycle for Winter Hibernation), you might as well get off your duff and take the time to knock some of this summer’s leftover road grime off of the shiny parts. I know it’s hard to get started, because you’re already resigned to the fact that no matter how hard you scrub, unless you get all those … Continue Reading

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Roland Sands Sets His Sights on 200 MPH

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November 22, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

If you have a motorcycle and maybe a pulse, you’re probably familiar with the work of Roland Sands. He sets himself apart from the other bike builders by maintaining a certain quality in his builds that escapes most who seek a unique design. That quality is function. Maybe the functionality in his builds comes from his racing background. Or maybe it’s from growing up in the Performance Machine shop. Or maybe he just wants to ride them.

The latest offering from the crew at Roland Sand Designs reflects this fundamental for function, but what’s different this time is the platform they chose for the build and the goal … Continue Reading

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There Are Calendars and Then There Are J&P Calendars

November 19, 2010 | By: Angi Kearney

Most everyone uses a calendar in some way, shape or form. Some rely solely on the tiny digits on their watch faces, which are hard to read and not very exciting. Others rely on computer calendars, which give you the date with just a few keystrokes. Again, not very exciting, but it’s state-of-the-art and just flat out works.

Then there’s the old school calendar, the ones that feature exciting graphics, lots of color and a new look every month of the year. Truth is, a lot of us are still emotionally attached to the good ol’ wall calendar, a useful and productive work of art that can hang proudly from … Continue Reading

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Wicked Image Creates Sturdy iPhone Cases in Biker Billet

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November 16, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

One of the really great things about J&P Cycles is the fact that we have a long, long list of incredible vendors and great products. And every once in awhile, one of our manufacturers will take a step or two outside its comfort zone and develop a product with which they are not normally associated.

Such is the case with Wicked Image, which manufactures a full line of Harley aftermarket products and accessories. What we usually get from Arin and the boys is a collection of bad ass billet pieces in the form of mirrors, forward controls, shift linkages, brake and shifter arms and floorboards. … Continue Reading

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Harley-Davidson Forks – What’s Inside That Thing?

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November 12, 2010 | By: David Zemla

Editor’s Note: This post was written David Zemla who works at Progressive Suspension. This is our fifth guest blog post from David and we want to thank him for sharing some of his expertise with us. His earlier posts can be found here.

Motorcycle suspension tends to be something of a mystery, with forks being at the top of the “what the heck’s in there?” list.

Sure, there’s a spring and some oil, but did you know there are two springs in each fork? Is the oil just a lube or does it have a bigger job? And what exactly happens when I lower my forks? All good questions.… Continue Reading

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Get Up Off The Ground With a Little Help From K&L

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November 9, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Now that the cold weather has started to take hold of the Midwest I find myself trying to squeeze in riding time as long as the sun is still peeking out between the clouds. But deep down I know this is just a desperate attempt to hang on to early fall and the reality of winter in Iowa is setting in. Which is, in reality, a good thing because I need to give my poor bike a bit of a mechanical makeover.

The relentless wheelies ripping around corners, stoppies and interstate blasts have taken a toll this riding season. So I ponder how I can spin some routine maintenance into … Continue Reading

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2011 Models Hit the Street Running

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October 28, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but over the past year or so, motorcycle manufacturers haven’t exactly been giving us a whole lot of new models to get excited about. Just a quick look at the current models still sitting on the showroom floors should be evidence enough that some of last year’s offerings were bland.

Well this year it’s a different story. I don’t have the time and you probably don’t have the attention span for me to list every new change across the board, but there are a few notable new models that are definitely creating a buzz in the motorcycle community.

Rumors of the Ducati Diavel … Continue Reading

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