October 4, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Trends in motorcycle culture are evolving. Lines are getting blurred. The clearly defined categories that once segregated bikers into their own niche have faded. Guys who build choppers are now wanting a bike that can race flat track or explore off-road trails. It’s not uncommon to see someone with a bobber and a café racer parked in their garage. Street riders are transforming their Sportsters and Triumphs into trackers and scramblers. There’s a whole generation of hipsters that just want to have fun and look cool doing it. Like it or not, this fad isn’t going away anytime soon. There’s a new generation who have found a love for motorcycles, … Continue Reading
Having personally traversed the 45th parallel all across the United States it was a real treat for me to visit the first monument ever dedicated to it in America. It was installed in the late 1800s and is about as far east as you can be in the states without getting your feet wet.
With little extra time off between the motorcycle rally’s that I work at its always a question for me of what to do and how to kill time between jobs. After 21 days straight working in Sturgis, South Dakota at the J&P Cycles retail store and 2 days of rest camping in the Black Hills National … Continue Reading
October 3, 2016 | By: Pauly White
Go, No-Go, for Launch…
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about how awesome the Hot Bike tour is. I’ve wanted to go since I heard of the first one, but it just never worked out. This year I put a lot of prep into making sure I got to go. It was the night before I planned to leave. I just finished getting my Dyna dialed in and was about to pull back in the shop to bolt the saddlebags on, when I heard a noise. It was that tell-tale sound of a blown head gasket. My heart sunk. I had invested a good bit of time and … Continue Reading
September 22, 2016 | By: Pauly White
Biketoberfest has always been one of my favorite rallies, for a few reasons. I like to call it “Bike Week Light,” simply because there are fewer people there during the four day run. This makes getting around to all the events easier and the events themselves more enjoyable. Another reason is because it is only four days. This makes it a quick getaway, and most people can stay for the entire rally. Lastly, the weather is usually amazing. With the Spring Rally, you never know if it’s going to be cold, moderate, or hot. The fall rally however, typically offers nice riding weather that is neither too hot or … Continue Reading
September 20, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Autumn is my favorite season to ride, hands down. There is something indescribably romantic about the cool, crisp air and the colorful trees. The combination of the wind in your face, the smells of fall, and the roar from your exhaust stimulate your senses. You can almost feel the electricity in the air as the season changes.
Every fall, I look forward to layering on my new riding gear. The heat of the summer has passed, and it’s now comfortable to ride in full face helmets, leathers, gloves, and boots. There’s no better time to ride than when you can be safe and comfortable at the same time.
Bikes run … Continue Reading
September 15, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Congratulations! You’ve decided to try something new – motorcycle riding.
Getting on a brand new bike is one of the most exhilarating things you’ll do. But, there are a few things novice riders must know before hitting the streets.
About the Bike
The more you ride, the more in tune you’ll become one with your bike. Here are a few tips to help you get there faster so you can have a safer, more enjoyable ride.
- Don’t make your dream bike your first bike.
As tempting as it is to go big with the bike of your dreams on day one, you will probably regret spending all that … Continue Reading
September 14, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
I am on the younger side of the new generation of Harley riders. This weekend, I got to tag along on a ride with some old school bikers. It was really awesome to experience riding with guys who grew up when chopper culture was in its prime.
I met the guys at East Bay American Cycles in Ennis, Texas. It’s a small shop in a country town about an hour south of Dallas. I just moved to Dallas a month ago, and I’ve been really missing the mountain roads of Utah and Northern California. Urban riding in Dallas just isn’t the same. The city is congested with 4-5 lane highways … Continue Reading
September 14, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Whether you’re ready for a fixer upper bike, or you need to clear out space in your garage for your next chopper, selling a motorcycle can seem like a daunting experience up front.
What should you say when you list it? Where should you list it? How much should you sell it for? Will anyone buy it at a fair price?
There is a lot going through your mind as you prepare your bike for sale. We’re here to help. Here are the top 10 things you must do before and during the sale of your old warrior.
- Head to the Car Wash Bays
Selling anything becomes a lot … Continue Reading
Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Leah Misch from LaCrosse, WI. Leah was selected among over 63 entries to this years contest from the story and photo she submitted.
Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 9th 2016. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Leah … Continue Reading
September 1, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Upgrading to an aftermarket motorcycle horn is an absolute necessity. There have been multiple occasions when I have needed to use my horn in traffic for safety. Distracted drivers will sit through green lights, back into me in parking lots, and merge into my lane without looking. I’ve tried getting their attention with my stock horn, but they just don’t hear it.
Let’s face it – riding a motorcycle is getting scary these days. Every day I ride on the freeway, and it seems like everywhere I look drivers are glued to their phones. Tech companies continue to pump out more and more apps to keep users addicted to staring … Continue Reading