How to Change Motorcycle Handlebars

July 20, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


One of the fastest ways to add some comfort and style to your bike is to change out your handlebars. This simple job along with a few other minor changes can change the look and feel of your entire bike and it is something you can do in a couple of hours with basic tools.

If you have never attempted to change out your handlebars, it really is not a difficult job and is relatively the same procedure on all different style bikes. Like any job proper preparation is key to being successful with little frustration.

The first part of the job is to determine what the look and … Continue Reading

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Evolution: The Art of Darren McKeag

July 15, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson

pic1Over the past 20+ years working in the motorcycle industry I have had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people. Unlike some of the other industries, the motorcycle industry is really quite small. Over the years I have seen so many people come in and go out of the industry, but there is also a core group of people that remain constant. You see them at the events or at the rallies and they are always there doing something in the industry. From time to time you will see someone working with one company and then later that year you will see them working for someone else in the … Continue Reading

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Around The News – July 15 2016

July 15, 2016 | By: Joe Peek


Here are five things that appeared this week in the clutter of information overload that I found worthy of sharing with our readers:

  1. Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita set a new around-the-world record on a Victory motorcycle – Victory Endurance Race Team
  2. Progressive released the list of cities for the 36th Annual IMS Tour – Progressive Press Release
  3. At least 27 states have started “unpaving” small town roads? WTH??? – Wired Magazine
  4. Survey finds bikers are more attractive than drivers! – Fox News
  5. Screaming Banshee air horn delivers a whopping 123 db to alert even the most distracted of drivers! –
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Saddlebag Essentials for the Road

July 14, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


When you are headed out on a long trip, having the right stuff in your saddlebag can mean the difference between a good time and a bad time. Being out on the road alone can be daunting and having someone to stop and “help” you can even be scary. Being properly prepared is key to make sure you have an enjoyable trip and reach your destination. We spoke to our riders here at J&P and asked them to tell us the key items they carry and why. Some of these items can change depending on the style of riding you do, or even what type of bike you ride. Someone … Continue Reading

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Invest an Hour, Ride for Days

July 1, 2016 | By: Jay Borowy

Everyone wants to spend as much time as possible on their ride, and Summer time is perfect prime riding.  Even in the heat, there is nothing better than taking off for roads unknown, the local watering hole, or just the evening commute that takes you a different way just to spend a bit more time on the bike.  With all that riding, regular maintenance is needed.  The best things you can do are simple easy to check, easy to do tasks.  Watch as Pauly goes over a few of them and should be checked every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and should take about an hour of your time.

Oil change

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Harley Vs. Indian


June 9, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


There has been a lot of discussion and speculation over the last few years about the new Indians and how they would be accepted in the market. It seems pretty evident now that the Indians are being accepted well and are here to stay, at least for a while.

This brings up an interesting point. When Indian and Victory stepped into the market they inadvertently did something amazing. They gave the American V-Twin buyer a choice! Comparing the Indian Chieftain and the HD Street Glide the question is, which bike is better for you?

There are quite a few things to consider when you are looking into buying a new … Continue Reading

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Republic of Texas Rally 2016

June 7, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

12814355_1116428385055434_5928407796285058755_nJoin J&P Cycles at the 21st Annual ROT Rally in Austin, TX. The Republic of Texas Rally is the largest “turnstile” motorcycle rally in the U.S. with thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country each year. Join the party with us and enjoy incredible motorcycles, Austin nightlife, and of course the beauty of Texas Hill Country.

The main location of the ROT Rally will be the Travis Co. Expo Center which is approximately 11 miles east of downtown Austin. We will be set up inside the Thunder Dome next to the bike show area. Stop by and meet our merchandise team and grab a shop towel or Big … Continue Reading

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Tips for the Road From the Wandering Sparrow

June 6, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

When it comes to riding I’ve found that if you’re not comfortable you are not happy. When you’re not happy it’s no fun to ride. Motorcycle manufacturers have designed bikes to be One Size Fits All and that’s where the problem lies. To be comfortable on your bike you must make the three points of contact work with the shape and size of your body to be more ergonomically comfortable. The three points of contact are of course your hands, feet and rear end. If the handlebar height and position is too low or forward you will soon experience pain in the lower neck. Highway pegs will make or break … Continue Reading

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J&P Cycles Open House Rally is Heading Home


June 1, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles


The J&P Cycles Open House Rally started as a small customer appreciation event hosted by John & Jill Parham, it was their way to give back to everyone who enjoys a life on two wheels. Today it has grown into a full-blown, free 2-day motorcycle rally attended by over 35,000 riders. To keep up with the rapid growth, the event was moved to the Jones County Fairgrounds last year. For 2016, we are proud to say that we are bringing the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest back to the original stomping grounds in Anamosa.

anamosa-mapScheduled for June 25th and 26th, the 2016 Open House Rally will take place once … Continue Reading

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Do Loud Pipes Save Lives?


May 23, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

12_Harley_PipeShootout-VH2The ongoing battle between motorcyclists and the activists against “noise pollution” has put motorcycle exhausts under the microscope. Every day, motorcycle riders fight to gain attention from distracted drivers. With methods like high visibility gear, upgraded horns and loud pipes, riders have been quite successful in avoiding major accidents. Today, the saying “loud pipes save lives” is being dissected by the public, law enforcement and even motorcycle riders themselves.

The truth is, statistically speaking, nobody knows if loud pipes save lives. There isn’t any hard data to support either side of the argument. Physics argues that the direction of travel and the flow of exhaust noise makes this theory questionable. … Continue Reading

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