The Smell of New Motorcycle Tires

July 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

TiresAh, the smell of new tires. If you’re like me, there isn’t anything better than knowing you have two new tires on your bike. I know it’s painful to the wallet to put them on, but it’s a necessary evil when you ride motorcycles. And when you really ride, putting a lot of miles on your bike it can be quite painful a couple of times a year.

Every year before I hit the road for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, I have new tires put on. I really struggle with it when I see I still have a few miles left on the old ones and it seems … Continue Reading

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Join J&P Cycles at the 74th Sturgis Rally

July 23, 2014 | By: Angi Kearney

The 74th Annual Sturgis Rally is just around the corner, and here at J&P Cycles our event crew is on the ground in Sturgis preparing for this colossal event!  We’re gearing up for our lot at 1650 Lazelle Street to not only be in the heart of all the Sturgis action, but have everything you need for you and your ride while in town. You’ll find us open Tuesday, July 29 through Saturday, Aug. 9.

See the latest and newest product wares from some of the hottest vendors in the industry: Kuryakyn, Mustang, Vance & Hines, and plenty of others. Plus, take advantage of free installs on … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Rally Destinations for 2014

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March 7, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

The start of Daytona Bike Week got those of us up north us thinking that this event is the start of event season!  It also made us think about all the other motorcycle events/rallies across the country and we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Rally Destinations for 2014. While you wait to thaw out this might be a great list to get your vacation juices flowing. Enjoy!

1. Sturgis, Aug. 4-10, Sturgis, South Dakota

The granddaddy of all the destinations you should have on your calendar is the Sturgis Rally. The Black Hills provide a perfect backdrop for day rides, from Mt. Rushmore to Spearfish Canyon. Lazelle and … Continue Reading

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Meet the Team: April Ludeke, J&P’s Product Merchant Support

October 22, 2013 | By: Andrea Hall

AprilInstead of playing with baby dolls like other little girls her age, J&P Cycles Product Merchant Support April Ludeke spent her childhood days riding go-carts and playing in the dirt with her older siblings. A self-proclaimed Tomboy, there wasn’t much a Band-Aid couldn’t fix.

As a toddler, April rode around her hometown on the gas tank of her dad’s Honda Gold Wing. He always told her, “If you can reach you can ride.” To this day, she takes that expression to heart as she grips the ape hangers on her 2006 Dyna Wide Glide, which she named Walter, because it sounded like a reliable old man that would … 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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Maddox Asks: ‘How Far is Too Far?’

July 26, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

Jeff Maddox SturgisEditor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

How far is too far? During peak riding season we all have these “big plans” to ride some great distance, and we often do. Distance is one thing, and in my opinion, one of the best things about riding is going further than you did on the last trip.

Like a kid on a sugar high, we need a little more each time and a few more miles to get us wound up, so we ride just a little further to satisfy our wandering soul. In … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles is Ready for Sturgis 2013

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July 15, 2013 | By: Angi Kearney

Sturgis 1Sturgis 2013 is quickly approaching and now is the time to get those trip plans finalized! While the official dates of this year’s rally are Aug. 5-11, J&P Cycles has you covered by setting up and opening the week prior to the event’s kick off.

That’s right from Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 11, the two stores and two lots that J&P Cycles completely take over will be ready to assist you! Not only can you buy parts and ship them home (with 10% off most items and free shipping to your home), but you can also buy parts and have them installed on your motorcycle while you wait.… Continue Reading

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Riding Season is Here – Time to Plan those Trips

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May 17, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

Get out rideEditor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

Winter was a long one – for sure! For those of you who have had to sit and look at your motorcycle from the shop stool in the garage, you may have been taking mental notes of the spring and summer to come: where to go, when to go and who might be coming with you have crossed your mind while patiently waiting to pull the bike back onto the highway. It will be a great summer if you just let it. Be patient, relax when you … Continue Reading

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Maddox Reflects on Sturgis 2012, Past Sturgis Trips

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September 19, 2012 | By: Jeff Maddox

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.

Sturgis 2012 – wow, what a trip to make and memories to share! Coming home from this amazing rally, I had time to reflect on exactly the randomness of it all. Heading to Sturgis, as usual, there is excitement and anticipation of a long ride mixed with a few butterflies of what might happen along the way. I love the ride there and back as you meet so many people heading in the same direction and all of us are all going to share our love … Continue Reading

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Michael Lichter’s Sturgis Exhibition: A Display of Kick-ass Bikes

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August 24, 2012 | By: Patrick Garvin


If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Michael Lichter, then welcome to biker land and congrats on the purchase of your first motorcycle. However, if you’re a fan of this famed photographer, then you’ve no doubt seen his amazing photos featured on the cover of practically every biker rag on the planet over the past three decades.

And that doesn’t even take into account his representation on countless Harley-Davidson publications. Why, his creative artistry has even graced the pages of our own “How J&P Changed the American Motorcycle Industry” book.

Along with his photography skills, Michael organizes a reoccurring exhibit at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis every year, featuring … Continue Reading

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