Product Spotlight: UltraCool Oil Cooling System

March 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

An overheated engine is a problem you should never have to face, but it’s a common problem on every air-cooled engine. UltraCool provides an excellent oil cooling system with easy installation. This new generation of oil coolers provides a high powered dual fan system that can drop engine temperature up to 50 degrees.

The system starts by moving filtered oil through a solid aluminum oil adapter with oil temperature switch through pre-fitted braided hoses into a 17 row heavy duty heat exchanger. Located over the heat exchanger are dual high powered fans with an output of 90 cubic feet per minute each, cooling the oil as the built in thermal … Continue Reading

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Harley Engines: Overview of Upcoming Series

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March 19, 2015 | By: Jay Borowy

As a new riding season is getting started, we will be rolling out a new series of blogs focusing on Harley Engines. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll provide you with a focused series describing personal experiences with the soul of these iron horses.

Panhead EngineSome of the things we’ll dive into are what makes these engines so iconic—there is certain feeling you get when you ignite a motor you’ve stripped down, be it from a dead-in-the-water wasted afternoon, or a complete overhaul to turn a once stock engine into a fire breathing beast.

We will be covering all the motors from 1936 to present and encourage you to send us … Continue Reading

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If I’m Riding, I’m Happy

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March 16, 2015 | By: Jeff Maddox

It’s all about change isn’t it? We bikers know a little about this subject as we live it every day we get out on our motorcycles. Seasons change, weather changes and people’s attitudes change as well.

BlogThis past month the weather here in my little world called the Midwest has given me the taste of spring mixed in with a reminder that we’re still in the middle of transition. Below freezing one day with a promise of mid 60s the next can give a guy like me hope that warmer weather will prevail. At least for the next nine months or so that is.

I’ve taken a few rides this … Continue Reading

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Taking the Open House Rally to the Next Level

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March 13, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

J&P Cycles 2015 Open House Rally Concert LineupStarting as a small Customer Appreciation Day held by co-founders John and Jill Parham to thank customers for their business throughout the year, the J&P Cycles Open House Rally has grown into one of the largest weekend events in the Midwest. More than 35,000 visitors attended the 35th annual event last year.

This year, we’re upping the ante: Along with moving to a new, larger location just up the road from our Anamosa, Iowa, retail store, we’re excited to announce that we’ll also be offering two great days of free concerts by national acts!

The first concert will take place on Saturday night, June 27, featuring Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, The Voice … Continue Reading

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We’re Here to Stay! Permanent Storefront Coming to Sturgis

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March 11, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Bikes fill the lot at J&P Cycles' temporary Sturgis location.After years of holding down the fort in Sturgis, S.D., in the weeks before, during and after the yearly Sturgis Rally, J&P Cycles is excited to announce that we will be opening a permanent, year-round retail center in June.

Our current facility, located at 1650 Lazelle Street, will be undergoing a facelift prior to our opening and while the square footage will not increase, the building will have a fresh look on the outside as well as inside. Our new Sturgis retail center will permanently house a wide assortment of motorcycle parts and accessories, including exhausts, seats, windshields and saddlebags, as well as leathers and other apparel items, just to … Continue Reading

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The Calm Before the Storm

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March 9, 2015 | By: Ina Postel

Bike Week PreperationEditor’s Note: Here’s a quick, behind-the-scenes sneak peek from Ina Postel, a returns clerk at J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore.

It’s finally here and in full swing: The 74th Annual Official Bike Week 2015 in beautiful Daytona Beach! We are expecting over a million people to come to our beachy city this week and all through the event to check out the latest and greatest from vendors, try the best street food, and most importantly, see all kinds of custom and modded bikes!

Before the streets are filled with bikers, bikes and babes, there’s a much different scene. Leading up to Bike Week, staff members at J&P Cycles … Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Helmet Guide: How to Choose the Right Helmet

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March 5, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

With such a wide variety of motorcycle helmets on the market, how do you decide which is right for you? Before you start looking, take some of the following details into account. In the following video, Patrick walks you through different types and styles of motorcycle helmets available at J&P Cycles.

First, your riding style and type of motorcycle are a couple of factors that can help determine the style and look you’re going for in a helmet.

Open face helmets, or ¾ helmets, come in a variety of options like the Biltwell Bonanza or the Bell 500, which are great choices for “old school” riders who like the … Continue Reading

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Best of Bike Week: Willie’s Old School Chopper Show

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February 27, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

If you’re in Daytona for Bike Week, stop by Willie’s Old School Chopper Show for a view of American iron art, a beer and a tattoo! Willie’s Tropical Tattoo, located in Ormond Beach, Fla., hosts Willie’s Old School Chopper Show twice a year at Daytona Bike Week and Biketoberfest.

Willies Bike ShowThe bi-annual bike show is a “major happening” in the Daytona area. Each event boasts a large crowd that shows up to participate and show their support for Willie’s Tropical Tattoo, Veterans and The ARNI Foundation. All proceeds go to the Veterans home and The ARNI Foundation, a local no-kill animal shelter.

When it comes to custom motorcycles, it’s not … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Tips Before You Get Out and Ride

February 25, 2015 | By: Patrick Garvin

Are you ready to ride? Patrick from J&P Cycles walks you through the top ten things to check out before you get on your bike this spring.

  1. Check your fluids: oil, tranny and primary fluid—make sure you check them all. If you didn’t change them going into winter, now’s the perfect time. If you need help with that, we have videos to help you out.
    1. How to Change Transmission Fluid
    2. How to Change Motorcycle Primary Oil
    3. How to Change Motorcycle Oil
  2. Check your fuel. If you didn’t stabilize your fuel going into winter, something like Star Tron will rejuvenate that fuel, so when you go out and ride, you won’t
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Motorcycle Awareness Education on the Rise?

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February 21, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

On Oct. 14, 2014, the State of Michigan approved the Nathan Bower Act, which requires that driver education courses in Michigan include instruction on bicycle and motorcycle awareness and safety.

Motorcycle SafetyThe law was proposed in memory of Bower, who died on May 6, 2009, at age 19 after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle in Brown City only a few miles from his Peck, Mich., home. The bill was signed on what would have been Bower’s 25th birthday.

Now, the State of Illinois is recognizing the need for motorcycle and bicycle awareness training in their driver’s education courses. Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City, … Continue Reading

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