As the weather starts to change, we all get the bug to get out on the road and start riding again. I know as soon as it gets slightly warm I start to think about riding. I find myself out in the garage going over my bikes and considering all the things I need to do to get ready to go. Some of the hard core guys at J&P Cycles (Jasper, for example) start riding before the snow has even melted off the roads, then they use the opportunity to make fun of us guys waiting for the weather to get just a bit warmer. I say more power to … Continue Reading
March 11, 2014 | By: Merrill Bonney
Editor’s Note: J&P Cycles Iowa Showroom Sales Tech Merrill Bonney started with J&P back in May of 1999 as a phone sales representative. He worked the showroom during that year’s Sturgis Rally, and stayed there after the event, moving onto a sales tech position. His motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a number of bikes. Today his current ride is a 1997 FLHRFI fuel-injected Road King. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys tinkering on his motorcycle. He has done most of the work on all his motorcycles and vehicles.
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
March 4, 2014 | By: Ina Postel
It’s time for the 73rd Bike Week, a time when people from all around the world flock to the Daytona Beach, FL area. Tourists come here to not only meet with and speak to all kinds of motorcycle vendors, and fellow riders, but those in cooler climates like to head south to also escape winter’s fury. During the day there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, but what exactly is there to do … Continue Reading
February 24, 2014 | By: Kayleigh Pingel
Motorcycle riders each have their own history of how they ended up in the saddle, where their bikes originated from, and what drives them to continue their journey on two wheels. If you read my personal story in my first blog post, you’ll know that nearly a year ago I started riding my own motorcycle after completing a basic motorcycle rider course. But I feel that my story is far from the most interesting out there, so I’d like to share the stories of some of the motorcyclists who learned to ride alongside me over those few days almost a year ago.
Gathering for a motorcycle course in … Continue Reading
Year-in and year-out, J&P Cycles produces one of the largest aftermarket parts and accessories catalogs specifically for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. 2014 is no different. A few weeks ago, the 912-page big book became available to the public.
Inside, find what you’re looking for when it comes to 1985 to 2014 HD models, and parts from the following manufacturers: S&S, Bell Helmets, Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Custom Chrome and Biker’s Choice. Each of the product lines and pages has been refined, so only the best in selection is offered. This catalog is your one-stop place to shop.
If you haven’t received yours in the mail, now is … Continue Reading
February 20, 2014 | By: Patrick Garvin
Just about everywhere in the US has been touched by old man winter’s hand this year. Here in the midwest we have had a particularly brutal winter, and I’m pretty much fed up with it. The bitter cold, snow and blustering wind have run their course with most of us. I have a solution for you my fellow two wheel fanatics, even if spring isn’t on your horizon for another 6-8 weeks!
Daytona Bike Week is here to save us from our winter time misery! Strap your scooter in the back of your van and point it south. J&P Cycles will have two locations chocked full of the latest and … Continue Reading
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.
When in doubt, dig deeper. I know what you’re thinking; how can digging deeper relieve any doubt? For those of us in the Midwest who are currently buried in over a foot of snow, digging can’t hurt. But, it goes deeper than that. We motorcyclists ride our bikes for many reasons – ranging from transportation to recreation, and somewhere along the way we find something else. Something deep down inside of us that only a motorcycle can bring to the surface. Freedom. That feeling you get … Continue Reading
February 11, 2014 | By: Angi Kearney
Celebrating 35 years in business this year, our founder John Parham set the bar high from the start. Top-notch customer service in addition to the best selection of parts and accessories were key. Today, J&P is the leader in the motorcycle aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel business.
In addition to highly trained customer service representatives, we take pride in the fact that we have trained motorcycle technicians on staff to answer our customers’ questions (a service no one else offers). Here’s what else makes J&P different from everyone else.