November 13, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
by Rennie Scaysbrook – Cycle News
Photography by Kit Palmer
Have big country? Must tour! The American V-twin dream is alive and kicking with these two homegrown heroes.
It seems a prerequisite an American motorcycle need be a V-twin, almost as much as a big touring motorcycle need be American. Wherever you go in the world, if you want style, comfort and above all, road presence, there’s simply nothing to equal a big ol’ American twin. For generations Euro and Japanese manufacturers have tried and failed to replicate the charisma and big mile desire a Harley exudes. It must be intolerably frustrating for them, because in a few short years, … Continue Reading
November 9, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
J&P Cycles’ own Joe Sparrow A.K.A. Wandering Sparrow, recently rode from Billings, Montana to Reno, Nevada. What Joe encounters never ceases to amaze and inspire a future road trip. Until then, we continue to live vicariously through him. The following is a sample of what he saw and who he met along the way.
The Salmon are running on the lower cascades of the Columbia River
I haven’t worked a rally since Sturgis so I guess it’s time to clean up and get to work at Reno
The Pacific Coast in Oregon
Taking a history break at the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park in Fort Clatsop, Oregon
Vista view … Continue Reading
November 6, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Dumptruck is an emcee, voice over actor, bouncer and biker leather-model who loves roller derby, fast bikes and long rides. He’s committed to delivering a good time for all the participants in every event that he emcees. Some people have a party, but with the Dumptruck, he is the party. Being a gypsy biker is also about making friends and finding new adventures. At the conclusion of the 5 day, 1,000 mile 2015 Geico Hot Bike Tour, Dumptruck and his new friends Ben and Patrick, rode from the end of the tour in Billings, Montana to Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
Ten Sleep is located in the Big Horn Basin in the … Continue Reading
November 4, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Jessica Ruse of Urban Custom Bikes (TeamURBAN) rolled into the Portland Convention Center with an old-school trike and rolled out with 2nd place at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the Modified Harley class. Jessica and her son Jacob represented the Fife, WA firm at the competition with the highly modified Harley custom.
The build started with a customer that had a Sportster and couldn’t conquer two wheels so she brought it in to TeamURBAN for a trike conversion. The customer’s roots are in hot rodding, she is a cancer survivor, and her favorite color is chrome. So the color palette was simple, flat black, metal flake … Continue Reading
November 3, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
By Joe Sparrow
It is late August and I have wrapped up another Sturgis adventure when I find out from the J&P team that I am asked to cruise along with the Geico Motorcycle sponsored Hot Bike Tour. Up until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t even heard of the Hot Bike Tour so I was heading into a new adventure and not knowing what to expect. Leaving from the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, Nova Scotia a couple days early gave me four days to travel the 2,000 miles to get to the Hot Bike Tour kickoff point in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Spirit Lake is the home of the … Continue Reading
October 26, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
By Bryan Harley
Twisting the throttle on the 2016 Softail Slim S I feel I should be wearing a red, white and blue jumpsuit and carrying a star-spangled shield. Maybe it’s the big U.S. Army-style star emblazoned on the side of the tank that makes me want to channel my best Steve Rogers. Perhaps it’s the Olive Gold Denim paint that stirs up visions of World War II WLA’s. For sure it’s the way the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B pulls like a mule that makes me feel like a superhero every time I crack the throttle because my biceps have been getting a workout gripping the handlebars tight when … Continue Reading
September 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
The turn out was fantastic for the final Hot Rods & Harleys event of the 2015 series.
The 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy before undergoing a makeover.
The Fat Boy after a paint job and lots of new goodies.
Stephanie Lange, the winner of the 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy with J&P Staffer Angi Kearney.
The J&P Cycles 2015 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night Series, sponsored by Cassill Motors, Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery, Bud Light, KRNA and KHAK, was a huge success! The final event held on Thursday, Sept. 17, featured great music by Framing the Red, door prizes and cool drinks. A large group of bikers came together for … Continue Reading
September 22, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles
Photo courtesy of Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department.
An early morning fire on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, destroyed the Full Throttle Saloon just outside of Sturgis, South Dakota. The bar was known as “The World’s Largest Biker Bar,” and had been the subject of the truTV series “Full Throttle Saloon,” which aired for several seasons starting in 2009. The Sturgis area landmark bar was a popular destination for hundreds of thousands of bikers who show up yearly for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Full Throttle Saloon featured post-apocalyptic décor, zip lines above the amphitheater, and unique entertainment like freak shows, midget wrestling and burlesque-style dancers. The bar is owned by Michael … Continue Reading
September 10, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow
I usually look at the map about 10 minutes before leaving on a trip with very loose plans on how to get to where I’m going, but this adventure was different. Running into my Canadian friend Scott in Sturgis we decided to travel together to Nova Scotia, Canada and ultimately ended up in Digby for the Wharf Rat Rally (Canada’s largest motorcycle rally).
Scott collects Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts from all over the world, so we followed his plan and took an indirect route to eastern Canada. We stopped in St.Louis, Louisville, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh to enhance his collection which now totals 17 shirts. From there we crossed the border … Continue Reading