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
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.
Scheduled for June 25th and 26th, the 2016 Open House Rally will take place once … Continue Reading
The 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
May 20, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft
Victory Motorcycles is challenging everyone to take “The Road Home Challenge” to support the IAVA – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America- the largest support network for the newest generations of U.S. military veterans. You can help the IAVA and Victory reach their goal of raising at least $100,000 by donating between now and the end of May. The first 500 people who contribute a donation will receive exclusive co-branded Victory and IAVA merchandise. Click here to donate today!… Continue Reading
On the road motorcycles are nearly invisible to drivers. This inevitable psychological phenomenon baffles many who try to understand how a driver can look directly at a motorcycle, yet pull out in front of that motorcycle without even mentally registering their presence. On top of this, the technology of today amplifies the effect, leaving drivers with more distractions than ever before. It is paramount that a motorcyclist is able to draw attention to the cars around them. With this in mind, here are some things you can do to make yourself more visible so you can stay safe on the road.
Flashing your brakes
You can turn your brake light … Continue Reading
Mom was right…… motorcycles are dangerous but her warnings went in one ear and out the other. I didn’t listen at a young age because they were just too much fun and exhilarating. Now that I’m my mother’s age (rest her soul) I’ve come to realize that the best way to handle danger is not to fear it but to respect it.
Everyone knows someone who has had a dangerous encounter with a deer and it’s bad enough to hit one while in a car but worse to do it on a motorcycle. Knowing when and where deer will be and their natural patterns is key to deer avoidance. It’s … Continue Reading
May 10, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow
With over 100,000 miles in 3 years of personal use, I’ve found that the Bell Pit Boss helmet has served me well but it’s time to retire it and move on to another helmet.
When I went looking for a helmet 3 years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted and was lucky enough to find the Pit Boss. At just under 2 pounds, it was light enough to not fatigue my neck on 500+ mile days and had a micro-fiber type perimeter liner that proved to be quite comfortable (a mesh top liner with comfort … Continue Reading
May 6, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft
Women are the fastest growing minority segment of motorcycle riders and the industry is starting to catch on. In fact female motorcycle ownership for 2016 raised the bar with an all-time high taking 14% of the U.S. motorcycle ownership pie.
Women’s riding gear has also come a long way over the past few years. The sad selection that used to be women’s motorcycle gear was compromised of men’s gear shrunken down to size and with a pink sticker slapped on it. While there isn’t anything wrong with pink gear, it’s a big assumption to say that all women want to wear pink. Additionally our bodies aren’t just smaller than the … Continue Reading
There are few things in life as humbling as not being able to take care of yourself. Not being able to do things as simple as getting a plate from the kitchen cabinets will show you how lucky we are to get around and do all the little things that we take for granted. Well thanks to a recent accident I have been humbled. I have ridden hundreds of thousands of miles on many bikes. I’ve been down a few times, but was always able to get back up and keep on keepin on, even if I had a few broken bones and some road rash. This time I wasn’t … Continue Reading
The 75th running of Daytona, Florida’s Bike Week was rumored to be the biggest one to date with upwards of a half million attendees and rightfully so. Sturgis, South Dakota just had their 75th Bike Week Rally a mere seven months earlier and experienced record numbers in attendance (anniversary years tend to do that).
The rally officially runs for 10 days during the beginning of March each spring so most people have had all winter to prepare their bikes be it for show or go. The long winter wait for the first major bike rally … Continue Reading