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
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
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
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
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
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
Last year Harley-Davidson went all out and released an astounding nine new model motorcycles. This year the company was less flamboyant, debuting only three new models. I don’t know whether this was because of hard economic times or if HD is just giving last year’s stable of bikes a chance to gain a foothold on the market. Whatever the reason, it gives me the opportunity to introduce you to these three new rides in the Harley lineup.
First up is the Super Low, featuring an 883-cubic-centimeter engine and a five-speed transmission. Nothing new here, but what is new about this machine is the lower seat height, redesigned front end, 18-inch … Continue Reading
In my travels from bike event to bike event I seem to get bombarded by the same questions over and over again. Because of their frequency, I think that means they’re good questions. And one of the questions I get a lot is from folks putting ape hangers on their bike. They want to know how long the brake and clutch cables need to be.
To tell the truth, that’s not exactly an easy question to answer and it usually entails me asking a barrage of my own questions. This leads to the customer and myself chasing down a multitude of part numbers before landing on a viable solution.
Well … Continue Reading
Every fall as the weather starts to cool off here in the Midwest the leaves start to change my favorite spots to go and break the speed limits start to take on a whole new look. Which makes me want to go and ride them even more. But along with the colorful changing of the season comes a change in temperature that isn’t as suitable for riding as the scenery. Especially as we get deeper into the fall and winter, the stinging cold starts to seep in through your fingers and toes and finally reaches up in your chest until you feel like you’re standing in an icebox with an … Continue Reading
Let’s face it, finding custom parts for a metric cruiser can be a challenge. And it’s not for a lack of trying on our part. J&P’s product specialists relentlessly scour the earth for the latest and greatest parts. And recently, we found a company that’s not necessarily new to the motorcycle industry but new to us. Low and Mean is an Arizona-based company that specializes in metric cruisers. And not just your run-of-the-mill chrome covers. These guys have the actual “custom” parts that the metric cruiser market has been missing. This is the stuff we love to find — well thought-out, quality parts that fill a need. Not just some … Continue Reading