Understanding Motorcycle Terms and Slang

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June 4, 2010 | By: Scott Holton

Like any other sport or activity, motorcycle riders have a language of their own, including terms that leave the “civilian” population scratching its head in confusion. One such phrase I often hear bandied about at J&P Cycles is the term “old school.” Another oft-used word is “bobber.” Where do these phrases come from? What do they mean? What’s the actual definition of a “chopper?” And what’s with all these motorcycle motor monikers? Today’s blog post deals with the origins of the slang used in the world of big bikes.

Let’s start with the term “chopper.” These days this word has come to mean any custom motorcycle. However, in its origins, … Continue Reading

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Gear Up and Stay Dry

June 1, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

We’ve all been there — a beautiful day, gorgeous countryside, the wind in your face. Cruising along in absolute admiration of the day and, splat, the first drop hits the face shield of your helmet. This leads to immediate denial — no, it can’t be — but it is, and all of a sudden the downpour begins.

Rain — the dreaded enemy of bikers. This necessary act of God always seems to happen at an inopportune time in the lives of all motorcyclists. And nothing is more miserable than soaking in your seat in the pouring rain.

The trick, of course is to be prepared, and the J&P Cycles Continue Reading

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Bagger Bling! Kuryakyn Strikes Again

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May 25, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Baggers are definitely the latest craze in the Harley-Davidson corner of the motorcycling world. Gone are the days of the 280 tires on 9-foot choppers (and good riddance if you ask me), but that’s another story. Nowadays everyone seems to have a big FL of some sort with all the amenities — stereos, GPS and endless communication devices. Not to mention tons of chrome dripping from these monsters. That sentiment alone has sparked many a debate on what motorcycling is or “should be.” But like it or not, the bagger era is in full swing and continues to gain momentum.

So just when you think you have maxed out the … Continue Reading

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Best Bagger Bolt-Ons

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May 24, 2010 | By: Kody Wisner

Baggers have always been known for their comfort, while choppers have always been about style. As the average age of motorcycle riders increased, people began looking for some style with their comfort, and the “Custom Bagger” trend was born. No longer was there a need to have two motorcycles in your garage, when a custom bagger could do it all. You could build yourself a cool custom bagger and ride in style, whether on a cross-country trip or a short blast out to your favorite watering hole.

There are many different companies producing parts that can take your late-model bagger from mild to full custom — and anywhere in between. … Continue Reading

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S&S Sidewinder Kits for Your Shovel

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May 18, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Seems like all I see nowadays are chromed-out baggers and stretched-out customs with tires so big it takes a parking lot and a 40-point turn to get them turned around. But the old school isn’t dead just yet. Let’s face it, Shovelheads are cool, and sometimes there just aren’t enough good parts available for the old school bikes. I know you hard-core guys are out there riding the wheels off these badass old bikes, and we here at J&P are doing our best to keep parts available for all those Knuckles, Pans and Shovels that are still out there on the road today.

One thing I hear consistently on my … Continue Reading

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GoPro Hero’s On-Board Video Cameras

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May 12, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

They tell us that a picture is worth a thousand words, which means a video must be like reading War and Peace.  Problem is, if you don’t have a camera or video when you head off for an adventure on your motorcycle, you’re pretty much restricted to describing the trip in words. You might illustrate your tale with a few pitiful gestures, but that also pales in comparison with a video of your trip.

There have been many rides in the past when I wasn’t able to share with my family and friends the places and adventures my bike has taken me. I’m sure we’ve all been there, talking … Continue Reading

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Two For Tuesday: National Cycle’s Gold Wing Windshield and Wind Deflectors

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May 4, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Let’s face it. When you buy a Gold Wing you’re purchasing one of the all-time great touring machines. These bikes are built for the long haul and they’re built for ultimate comfort. If you haven’t experienced one of these machines, you probably have no clue as to the number of innovations that Honda incorporates into the Gold Wing. Stereos, navigation systems, tire pressure monitoring systems and even an airbag — yes I said airbag. And even with all these technological and engineering goodies, the folks at National Cycle have come up with a few products to make the Gold Wing experience even more comfortable.

Take, for example, the Special Edition Continue Reading

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Kuryakyn Takes the Guess Work out of Performance with the Perfect Storm

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April 20, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

Kuryakyn Perfect Storm KitsWithin the first few months of owning a bike, most riders start thinking about a new air cleaner, aftermarket pipes, and even a fuel injection controller. If that sounds familiar, you may be left wondering which combination of the three will work best. With all the different manufactures boasting about what their particular unit will do, it can be overwhelming to sort though all the noise and get to some real world data on what actually works. Enter Kuryakyn and the Perform Storm.

Lucky for all of us, Kuryakyn has done all the heavy lifting for, putting together a combination of kits with actual research and development time behind them … Continue Reading

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Two for Tuesday: Daytona Twin Tec Makes Those Performance Mods Worthwhile

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April 13, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

With the inherent lean condition of bikes rolling out of the factory, combined with the propensity for us bikers to immediately add an aftermarket exhaust or air cleaner — most likely both — it becomes imperative to pick the correct fuel-injection controller for your particular bike set up. This in itself can be challenging, but the genius lurking down in Florida known as Daytona Twin Tec provides two solutions sure to fit into your tuning needs, no matter what end of the performance spectrum you come from.

The first is very possibly the best feature-for-dollar-value Twin Tuner 2 fuel-injection controller on the market today. The offers myriad functions — all … Continue Reading

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Tire Hieroglyphics: Understanding the Markings on a Motorcycle Tire

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April 9, 2010 | By: Bud Milza

Have you ever wondered what all those markings on your tires actually mean? There are a lot of letters, numbers and symbols on the sidewalls of your tires that translate to a lot of useful information. You’ll find it’s useful to be able to identify a few of these strange hieroglyphics when you’re selecting the proper tires for your motorcycle. Among other things, these markings indicate the size, construction, speed rating and load index of the tire.   

Size

There are three different designations used by manufacturers to indicate tire size: metric, the alpha numeric and inch. Most manufacturers prefer the metric and alpha numeric systems because they provide the most … Continue Reading

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