Keeping The World On 2 Wheels

 

John Parham, the founder of J&P Cycles passed away on April 20, 2017, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  He was 62 years old.

Together with his wife Jill, John Parham turned his passion for riding into a business and created J&P Cycles in 1979 and thus helped thousands of motorcyclists worldwide enjoy two wheel adventures.

Enjoying motorcycles in action, John created events like swap meets, bike shows, drag races and first organized vintage motorcycle dirt track racing at the BlackHawk Antique Motorcycle Club swap meet at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa. Taking the store to the customer, John set up massive displays at events like Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, The Laughlin River Run and Daytona Bike Week. Unmatched drive helped John perfect product development, point of purchase and direct marketing through catalogs; John turned his motorcycling passion into successful retailing. DealerNews magazine named J&P Cycles the “World’s Largest Aftermarket Retailer”.

John also devoted his time and resources to amassing one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive personal collections of motorcycles, in excess of 300 machines, and shared them with the public via the National Motorcycle Museum, located in Anamosa, Iowa.

John was recognized for his passion when he was inducted into both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and also the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

John wanted people to enjoy motorcycling and was very conscious of customer service, always working for happy customers and, if asked, sharing what he’d learned. J&P Cycles was recognized as one of the best customer service retailers in the U.S. by StellaService.

As a result of the culture of passion, fun and service at J&P Cycles, many riders and friends became employees. One team member shares, “I walked up to John and said thank you for making J&P Cycles. This job has changed and saved my life. He looked at me and just simply said ‘thank you.’  After that every time I’d run into him throughout the years he remembered me and thanked me for working for J&P Cycles.  What a class act.”

Another team member remembersEvery year when John would introduce the employees to the new J&P catalog he would say “It’s the best one we’ve ever had.”  As years went by people started expecting him to say it and sometimes said it along with him.  He recognized the humor in that and played to it a little, even though I think he believed it every time he said it.”

A customer shares “So saddened to hear about your loss (J&P Cycles). Please know it is felt here in Canada and further.  Best wishes with his legacy.  A fine Company with finer people.”

The motorcycling community has lost one of its most passionate, innovative, considerate, entrepreneurial and successful people and he will be greatly missed. We encourage others to celebrate John’s legacy here…

Thank you John for putting and keeping us on two wheels, 

The J&P Cycles Family

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  1. Alan You g May 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you for John Parham for founding JP Cycles. Ive been a customer for over 20yrs and love the excellent service I’ve received every time I call. Sorry for your loss but keep up the quality and standard of speedy service as he would expect. Mahalo! Alan Young. Honolulu, Hawaii

  2. Selcuk Ozgur May 5, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Sorry for your loss. Rest in peace John.

  3. Steve Adams May 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    RIP Brother

  4. Raymond Zientarski May 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I only recently bought my first big motorcycle, a 2016 HD Fatbob. The next thing I did was go to J&P to get a catalog and to join the club. I also recently lost my Father to cancer, he loved J&P and instilled that great feeling in me for the company. I will always order my parts and accessories from y’all. Please accept my condolences and always remember to keep riding!!
    Ray a Zientarski

  5. Kim Kellogg April 30, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    He was my Mom’s 1st cousin. His dad was my G-pa Merrill’s brother. I wanted to drive up this summer and meet him. Sorry that I can’t do that now. Sorry for your loss. God bless

  6. Jeff April 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I’m grratful for jp cycles and would be lost w/o it , sorry to read this ,prayers for all family and friends.

  7. ronald l smith April 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    r I p ride forever I’m a fairly new customer but I shop with you like ive known you 30yrs thank for such a vast selection of motorcycle parts r I p ride forever

  8. Ironhead April 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Rest In Peace my bradah. Mahalo & Aloha

  9. Carroll W Allison April 30, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Somehow I had missed the earlier notification of John’s passing. So sorry to hear. John is one we should have been able to keep around for a while longer. Thoughts are with the Family and Friends

  10. Rick April 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    From another Canadian. Never had the opportunity to meet him but bought many parts from J&P. Was shocked when I keyed in to the site. Yes! thanks for keeping all of us in touch.

  11. Daisy Lee April 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    John, you’ve been promoted to Heaven, the highest honor that we know of. While yer finding your way around up there, give a shout out to Gary Nixon, Dick Mann, Joe Leonard, Cal Rayborn and McQueen (he’s around somewhere). If you look down thru the cracks in the floor, you can still see Jill.

  12. Tom April 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Rest in Peace. John, and family, our deepest condolences.

    I took my family to Anamosa in November, 2016. We visited the Museum and the JP store. Needless to say, we had a great time.

    John, you made a huge footprint in the History of Motorcycles.

  13. Elaine & Tom April 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Our hearts go out to the family, he will be greatly missed by many….ride the clouds

  14. Harry Esparza April 29, 2017 at 1:15 am

    My Deepest Condolences to the J & P Cycle Family.

  15. Dwight D. Fogelstrom April 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    So sad, you anx your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  17. Aaron (Jamie) Chenoweth April 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    ..just started with J & P on Ormond, Fl call center…saw John on American Pickers episode where he buys the Texaco sign for the museum from mike and frank…hoped I would get to meet John…sadly I will not….a great culture of fine people who treat everyone right and make us newbies feel welcome…hats off to Lisa and Bud for all their training efforts, and Jeff and Harley are great leaders and very warm and approachable…proud to be here, but so sad you are gone..rest in peace Mr. Parham…you have touched many more than you may have ever realized!!

  18. Mike Jaggers April 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Jill, I’m so very Sorry for your loss. John was a great man and i’m sure a great husband. This is a huge loss for the Motorcycle community, but a bigger loss for his Family. God Bless all of you at JP Cycles……..

  19. Steve and Linda Sigman April 27, 2017 at 10:21 am

    My husband always looks for the J&P tent when we go to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week. He has the same 1987 Harley Softail that he has ridden since 1988! J&P Cycles has always been able to help him with his parts. Thank you, John, for providing such an excellent company for motorcycle riders! Condolences to your immediate family and extended family throughout! R.I.P. Ride on!

  20. Harold Little April 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Rest In Peace sir. Condolences to the family.

  21. Brenda J Davis April 26, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve been a loyal customer to J&P Cycles since 2012 or so. I just happened to find the website during a search for a part. Because my first experience with J&P was such a great one and they offered everything I could imagine for my bike at competitive prices, I felt no need to shop anywhere else.
    Reading the article about the founder of this company, his ethics, personality, love of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts, made me realize that he built J&P to be what it is today because of his aforementioned attributes.
    My condolences to Mr. Parham’s immediate family and his extended family members that are employed at J&P Cycles.

  22. Michael R Manga April 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    The sadness & heart felt condolences to the family for the loss of John cannot be found in the words. I was lucky to meet John at the motorcycle show up in Detroit years ago and I love doing business with his motorcycle parts company. R.I.P. John

  23. Billy Martin April 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Godspeed John Parham……

  24. George Limberis April 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Rest In Peace John

  25. John Greeni April 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    So very sorry for your loss as well as the biking community’s loss as well. He will be greatly missed. The original iconic biker well known to all of us. Once again the legend passes. May God let him ride in spirit and soul…

  26. PIPES THE VOICE April 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    My sincere condolences to his wife and family. Motorcycling would not be the same without his efforts over the years. May his memory Live on forever through the National Motorcycle Museum.

  27. brian brophy April 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My condolences to the family. R.I.P. John

  28. Steve Rush April 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you John and your family. God bless!!!

  29. Frank Seay April 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing. I have been a customer since i got back into cruiser biking 10 years ago. I could always find what I needed when I would visit the website. If not, a few minutes with a friendly chat agent could point me in the right direction. As a sevice professional myself, John got the secret to success. It was all about the customer, say it again, THE CUSTOMER!!. It was apparent in his organization. I met many of the employees when they came to the Gulf Coast rally in Galveston last year and they set up their tables on the Seawall Blvd. along with the other vendors in attendance. My prayers to his family and all those who grieve along with them. Ride on brother…….

  30. CNR April 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Condolences to the Parham & J&P Cycle family. God Bless!

  31. Ray Paine April 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I always look forward to seeing the Big J&P Cycles tent at the events. Thank You, and enjoy the ride in the heavens above.

  32. JA Burney April 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for building a great company that I have enjoyed doing business with for several years godbless you and your family RIP John

  33. Mike Merder April 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    God speed John, ride with the Angels

  34. kamal BASKOU April 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Ride in Peace my brother , May the Lord bless your soul as you blessed us by your help to keep us riding

  35. Erock April 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Great man,great visionary and left a great legacy.
    Thanks for all your contributions to the motorcycle world,with many thanks.
    R.I.P.

  36. Bryan Smith April 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I wish I could have half the life you had brother.

    Thanks again.

  37. Joe April 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    God bless thanks John for all the years of great service, ride free to the wonderful heaven’s

  38. ron wozniak April 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    May your family enjoy great comfort with knowing what friends and accomplishments you have made in the time you shared with us. Roll on down that eternal hiway to the other side. Woz

  39. Donovan Hall April 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for always having excellent customer service.JP cycles is a great group of people.Ride to live,live to ride.R. I.P. JP

  40. Jeff Popowich April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Sorry for the loss!

  41. Ira April 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    J & P Cycles, now and forever!!!! RIP John

  42. william April 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I found this beautiful piece of written love and I’m posting again because I don’t dare to write something with my broken English. I’m sorry.

    May The wind be in your face.May The Sun Always be on your back.May the roads be smooth and curvy & plenty.
    Ride on Brother!
    I will see you in the next life!
    Ride on in the forever chapter.
    Pleasant Travel the highway of the fallen.
    Be at rest,your legacy will live on!
    Hippy

  43. Gearhead April 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    God bless you bro!!

  44. Dave Altman April 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

    R.I.P. John. You built a great company with great customer service. 2 wheels down, brother.

  45. Birdman April 24, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I met John in Sturgis and had a good conversation with him about his business and what an outstanding job he and his family had done. The fact that he gave me the time to talk showed what a down to earth person he must have been. Condolences to the family, admiration for John.

  46. Michael April 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Bought a used Super Glide Custom in 2013 after a riding hiatus of almost 11 years – had a bike accident back then and woke up in the hospital with my wife next to me saying there won’t be a repeat. She finally relented in July 2013 and I found J&P at the same time. I have ordered parts from them many times, got great information from the techs there, talked to customer service often and they were beyond outstanding – all this was and is a testament to John and how he personally conducted business. All great leaders lead from the front and take responsibility for the actions of their people – John did this on a daily basis because he really was a class act. Take care my friend – bikes, parts and maintenance are now free where you are.

  47. Todd Dew April 24, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Met John one time in Daytona Beach. Good man! He will be missed. I hope his family knows there is a world of people supporting them.

  48. Mark Dustman April 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    R.I.P. John

  49. Wm. Pat Dokken April 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I worked the parking lot 2016 Sturgis Rally. Was fed breakfast, lunch and a couple dinners. All the water I could drink and had a good time. I didn’t meet John, but heard good things. He ran a class act.

  50. Bryan kron April 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Ride safe John you will be missed.

  51. Rob April 23, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    May Mr Parham rest in peace! He built an amazing co!

  52. Hector M Cortes April 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    God bless !!!bro

  53. Hector April 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    God Bless !!!

  54. Ronn Critter Boland April 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of John. J&P helped me through 4 bikes so far thanks to John. At least we’ll have a great man to ride with on the other side. You’ll be sorely missed John.

  55. Danny Mendoza April 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Sad news for the biker world . Rip John and thanks for all your accomplishments.

  56. Chuck Pothier April 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Very sad news. May God bless his family and his extended family at J&P Cycles. Ride in Peace, John.

  57. Jeff A Wittman April 23, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I’m John’s exact age. My sympathy for all John’s family and friends. He now rides where an angel glides!

  58. Jane Mock April 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Thank you John for keeping the Lady Riders on two wheels as well! God’s Speed Dear Jonn♡
    Jane in Idaho!

  59. Gary McClure Sr April 23, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Always loved helping him and Monk set up for the swap meets in the early days! John always was a ball to be around! RIP John until we ride together again!

  60. Hippy April 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

    From : Me & mine
    – Sending a very big,heart felt condolence of your pain & loss.We could only imagine how he has left such a huge hole in thought lives.As he was only Spot on our path in the world.since I was young,I had been touched with the Bug! He had such a plethora of ideas, Dreams,advice, experience, cherished memories,a adventure and avenue on journeyed lanes, connecting people & parts & Tutorials on a life long passion to stay rolling.As His Readiness and Resilience in Helping People find the right parts or items.Giving them the means to fix,or customize their sleds any way they wanted!.The world is filled with a great many of us out There.It’s masses that depended on his passion,to help us, be able to count on his Baby to help us, & find a way that sometimes is all that keeps us rolling.As to the many like myself, that was their only way around.His dream was helping many of us keep our jobs and our lively-hood, to keep feeding our family’s.Even helping to make sure we we’re able to make it to the next rally Together putting it all out there,all on the line,With his marketing! A way for many like us,to keep on being able too live the same dream he loved so much.Marketing research an analysis that founded new ways for us to keep on without putting the fear of the dream crashing down around us.To the risk,of to much of a dent into our wallets.Putting hard earned paychecks,such as ours,into our sleds.For the money to go farther,with more, able to fix, or restore any scooter with period correct parts.not many people went around,Specializing in the hard to strech budgets and bills.For us to fix the sled and still do the responsible family thing.To be able to putter to work, school, Swap-meets,Rally Runs, or just blast down the High-ways & by-ways. Just To blow off some steam,or ramble on.Driving off the day.Sharing the same exhilarating feeling,that makes all equal,Putting on the big smile.Helping us newBe,able to maintain our own ride.With the correct parts,& with affordable parts.The good skill in instructional articles or video’s.So we could connect with our machine! Even better,Becoming even better connected symbioticly & symbolically,and all the while saving a few bucks for a young starter on his path to living his version of motorcycling life.Or the seasoned vet maintain our customize his lifestyle.either way straddling the classes without prejudice.Making all equal that ride on two wheels! Our Hats go off tho him.he will be sorely missed.
    Yet I feel the next person would have some incredibly large shoes to fill.
    May The wind be in your face.May The Sun Always be on your back.May the roads be smooth and curvy & plenty.
    Ride on Brother!
    I will see you in the next life!
    Ride on in the forever chapter.
    Pleasant Travel the highway of the fallen.
    Be at rest,your legacy will live on!
    Hippy

  61. Sevenfootdoofus April 23, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is a sad day indeed for the world of motorcycling. To have lost a man with so much drive and love of our culture and sport is a blow to the entire riders’ landscape. As we thank him for his tireless involvement in all aspects of riding and wrenching, we wish him well on the long smooth roads to come. We also look to the future in hope that everything he built will carry on with respect and gratitude for his touch.

    As a man who faced the loss of his brother to pulmonary fibrosis in recent years, I share the pain of the fear and the dread of the inexorable march to the end. My brother was one of the fortunate ones, to have received donor lungs that saved his life 3 years ago, and as the spring comes on in Ontario, he will be returning to riding the bikes he and I love so much, many of which have parts purchased from J&P. I thank the man who signed his organ donor card for saving the life of my brother.

  62. Carson April 23, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Ride In Paradise

  63. Cindy S April 23, 2017 at 6:24 am

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing from IPF. I know firsthand this devastating disease as my mother, her sister and father were slowly taken by it. His legacy will live on in this fine company he built. Had the chance to visit both the museum and swap meet at the store many years ago. We buy all our parts and accessories from J&P with fabulous customer service and easy returns. Hats off to their business model! Rest In Peace Mr John.

  64. Frank Catena April 23, 2017 at 6:03 am

    One of the nicest people I have ever met in the antique motorcycle world. A true gentleman. He will be missed.

  65. Walter Hopkins April 23, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Thanks for all you have done for so many, my condolences to your family

  66. Roger Rowland April 23, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Sorry for your loss of such a great leader for J&P Cycles. My buddies and I have truly enjoyed the customer service and great pricing on parts for our Harleys and Honda motorcycles for the last 20 years.

  67. Larry Gaubatz April 23, 2017 at 1:04 am

    God Bless John Parnahm an his loved ones. From Larry Gaubatz and family Harlingen,Texas.

  68. Kevin King April 23, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Sad when a person with such a passion in life is lost so young. I shop all the time on-line at JP. It is beyond a doubt the best site for seeing what is out there for my bike. So thank you John, for your creativity, your energy, and your effort. Your life’s work has improved my riding experience, a big part of my life, something I am certain I share countless others. My heartfelt condolences to his family’s, both personal and professional.

  69. Gene Huenefeldt April 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Very sad news. RIP John.

  70. Neil Livermore April 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of our brother John. My sincerest condolences to Jill and your family in this time of loss. He will be dearly remembered. We will be here to support the legacy you all built together and make sure it continues on indefinitely. JP will always be riding with us.

  71. Dave & Char Vandenheuvel April 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    SYMPATHY TO ALL THE J AND P CYCLE FAMILY, HAVE BOUGHT PARTS ONLINE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS,STILL ON MY BUCKET LIST TO COME AND SEE JOHNS MUSEUM,HE WILL BE MISSED BY THE ENTIRE CYCLE COMMUNITY.

  72. Ed Buckner April 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you John and J&P Cycles for keeping the “Thrill” in motorcycling for me and my family. We went out to Milwaukee for Harley’s 100th all the way from Washington State in 2003. One of the places we knew we had to stop on the way back was the museum in Anamosa. As expected, it was Awesome. We went again a few years later with our friends from Clinton, IA. Same thing… spectacular! We will miss you, but never forget you. Thanks for being someone I and the motorcycle industry can always look up to.

  73. Jose W April 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Jose W : RIP , larger than life , an icon for all of that love to ride , my prayers for him and his family

  74. David Sjoberg April 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I can’t begin to tell you how much J&P has meant to me and my wife. We are not “big money” people and John’s legacy will live on every time my sweet wife and I take our old Harleys on the back roads of this beautiful country. The aftermarket parts through J&P made it possible. We are always so appreciative of the wonderful, courteous, quick, service John has given us. We are both truly saddened by the news of his death, and our thoughts and prayers are with the J&P family. We love you guys- We truly do.

  75. Dave April 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    John was smart enough to build a good business doing what he loved, a fortunate accomplishment that few can achieve… RIP John, ride that highway in the sky.

  76. Neil April 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you John, God Bless.

  77. dan leffler April 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    so sorry to hear this.hope j&p cycles stays the same.by far the best and most preferred parts suppier ive dealt with.my condolences to johns family and team. thank you

  78. Jonny Blaster April 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    John will always be riding in 2 wheeled Heaven !

  79. curly dave April 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    my heart goes out for the family, both immediate and extended, God bless all.

  80. Lannes Lambert April 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Rest in Peace John and God Bless his Family.
    May the wind always be with you, the sun on your face and the angels riding with you always.

  81. Jerry tolliver April 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Sorry for the loss.but sure glad he was here.i hope his legacy lives on at j and p.cycle

  82. Greg April 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    J&P has always been great for guys like me. I have an old bike and I work on it myself most of the time. Thanks John

  83. Mario Monteiro April 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Jhon, I hope – as a Brazilian customer, since 2007 – that God gives you a nice ride! Thanks for all.

  84. Paul Harrison April 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Wow the motorcycle community world wide has lost a great man. His legacy will remain to benefit. We all send our best wishes to his family ……… Goodluck to the future. Paul Harrison. Allendale Nth. South Australia Australia.

  85. Peter Tzortzatos (Tortoise) April 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Such a great person such a great company. Such a greater loss. From a true believer in your company.
    Peter (Tortoise) from Australia.

  86. Fred April 22, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. John Parham…I love what he did with JP Cycles…he made it the best motorcycle parts store of the U.S.A. Thank you! I pray the family find strength in this moment of grieving.

  87. Denis April 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    that sucks … keep riding on the other side man

  88. Perry G. Bryant April 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    It’s sad to hear that a great loss has happened to the wife and family of a man that has built with the help of all employees. Seems that he has a very large family that all of you have lived as one. He will be missed by a lot of people that were glad all of you were there for us over the years. God bless all and remember smile because he wouldn’t you to be sad. Just remember the happy times. Perry G. Bryant 🕊

  89. Dan Wineinger April 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    RIP John. I know your family will be there for me and my Indians, harleys, with the best tech advise and customer service in the business. I look forward to visiting your museum at Animosa one day and thank you for helping to preserve our motorcycle heritage for future generations. You will be missed.
    Dan

  90. Rich Sherwood April 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you, John for all you have done in the motorcycle community.
    You are truly a legend and will be missed by all that know you and a few of us that never had the pleasure of meeting you.
    RIP John.

  91. Chris Pitrakkos April 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Rest In Peace John Parham, you are always be inside our engines.

  92. Randel Fuller April 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    The high point of my year isn’t Stutgis or Daytona, it’s going to the open house and bike rally EVERY year in Anamosa Ia. At J&P… the event never fails to impress and always feels like coming home, John took great pride in making it the best event, he always had time for every brother and sister that wanted to talk bikes, new ride ideas, roads travelled and always had the best stories about wrenching, riding and living life to the full on 2 wheels… He was both humble and Legendary, a hard combination to carry off.

  93. Richard Campot April 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Im sadden by the family and employees loss.Its a great loss to all in the motorcycle world if they realize or not.A great passion to help his biker community.

  94. Lloyd Braham April 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I’m so sadden to hear of John Parham passing. Please know that Jill and family have my prayers .

  95. Brian McConnell April 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    ~ Rest In Peace, What a Great help You have been to the Motorcycling public. Thank You Kind Sir..

  96. John Paskey April 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    To Jill and the family, I pray that our Lord will comfort and heal your hearts, also that He will have mercy on John’s soul. I personally thank you all for a great business. I have been ordering parts from you for 3 different motorcycles over the last 13 years. Take care and God bless.

  97. Joe redlin April 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    God bless u and your family and ride on jp cycles we love u in Wisconsin.

  98. john fisher April 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    godspeed mr.parham…

  99. Scott wheeler April 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Thanks for many years of helping fellow motorcyclist.

  100. Francois Ientile April 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Sincères condoleances

    Mr F Ientile

  101. Don Trinen April 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Wonderful company.Wonderful man.Godspeed-and thanks.

  102. Pete Best April 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Pete B..,I want to thank Mr. John Parham for all he accomplished for all the world of 2 wheel riders.He leaves a enduring legacy in US and beyond. Deepest sympathy to his Wife, family, many friends, and employees. Ride on Good brother!

  103. Ted B.. April 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Fare well my friend on your next journey…

  104. Rafael E. Maduro April 22, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    John you will always be in our good memories. God will have a good place for him. May he rest in peace. And to his family kindly receive my deep sympathy. He will be missed. Best wishes from Aruba DWI.

  105. John Hulbert aka Grizz April 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I am shocked and saddened by John Parham’s passing. My heart goes out to his family and the J & P Cycle family as well. God Bless, John, and may the road never end.

  106. David B Gier April 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Rest easy John, you’ve been a part in every bike I’ve owned. Condolences to Jill and your whole family!
    bigDave

  107. Billy April 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    John’s not gone, he just went on ahead to prepare. God bless, and God speed

  108. Barry April 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Bought my 1st leather jacket from John back in the 70’s when we both worked @ P&H here in CR when he started the business out of his basement, RIP John, condolences for the family

  109. William Schleicher April 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    So sorry for the loss
    God bless him and the family. Continue keeping the world on two wheels.

  110. John Westenhaver April 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Deepest sympathies to the J&P Cycle Family. Truly a 2 wheel pioneer has left us. Thanks for your company and my prayers go out to your family and friends.

  111. Barb McClain April 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Sorrowful for everyones loss. 🙁 R.I.P.

  112. chip perez April 22, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    RIP JOHN SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE>>> RIDE ON !

  113. Michael Savage April 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Rest in Peace John !

  114. Ben Helton April 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    R.I.P. John. Thank you so much for all you did in the motorcycling world.

  115. Jeanne hallett April 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to John’s Family and Friends from Albany, Oregon. May happy memories comfort you thru these sad times.
    Picture him riding his Harley free of pain.

  116. Dave April 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Sorry to hear of this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

  117. Ihor April 22, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    The phrase “Living the Dream” comes to mind when I think of John, too bad it ended much too soon!

  118. Jeanne Hallett April 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to John’s family and friends from Albany, OR. Love your products and the dedication you have to your customers.

  119. William Culbertson April 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    My condolences to Jill, family and friends for their loss. The motorcycle industry has lost an icon

  120. Maureen Macisaac April 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Parham family, RIP John Parham

  121. Mark Killacky April 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I met John at the Museum one day when I was driving my semi thru Anamosa and decided to stop in. I told him I attended the swap meet three yrs. in a row and got to meet Tommy Flanagan , Ryan Hurst & Mark Boone Jr. from Sons Of Anarchy and thanked him for that . He asked me what I thought about how he could make my experience better . I said ” John if you can top that , your an incredible human being ! ” God bless John and his family !

  122. Lee Jackson April 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    So sad, such a loss to all who knew him and all business associates. A great guy that will be missed but not forgotten, farewell John. Rest in peace.

  123. Al Hamor April 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Rest in Peace John. Condolences to his close family and friends. John is an icon in the motorcycle industry. You will be missed by many here in Colorado.

  124. Mark April 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    It is a sad day when a good man goes so young. J&P has made my life more enjoyable by allowing me to relax at home and take my time choosing the right parts to build a few motorcycles. Thanks to John

  125. Michael April 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Sorry to hear about John the JP cycles family are great people.John keep riding on in Heaven.

  126. Jerry judge April 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Sorry to hear about John. I had pulmonary fibrosis, it is terminal without the gift of a lung transplant which I received in 2006. Please remember to be a donor, you can save lives! RIP

  127. Mike Cox April 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Took the last ride John gods speed . Sorry for your loss Family.

  128. Olga April 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Best customer service! RIP and Ride on.

  129. Mark April 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting John a few years ago in Sturgis. He was the nicest guy you could ever meet and talked to me like we were old friends. To Jill and all his family you have my deepest condolences. Just know he is riding in the clouds watching down on all of us. RIP John

  130. Richard Wilczynski April 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Brought many parts for my sportster any dyna from jp great company thanks to a wonderful bike loving man

  131. JOEY April 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    TY JOHN, PRAYERS SENT FORWARD FOR UR FAMILY.

  132. Greg Coyle April 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    On my thoughts and prayers for John and his wife Jill and family, he did so much for motorcycling Industry and motorcycling history. I had the great honor and privilege of knowing John working with him at events coming to my annual dinner at Wauseon he was truly such a great guy rest in peace my friend.

  133. Greg Coyle April 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    On my thoughts and prayers for John and his wife Jill and family, he did so much for motorcycling Industry and motorcycling history. I had the great honor and privilege of knowing John working with him at events coming to my annual dinner at Wauseon he was truly such a great guy rest in peace my friend

  134. Lou Luzzi April 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    RIP JP

  135. Jon April 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    May God bless the family of John. It sure was great to have JPcycles.

  136. Joseph Cuccia April 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Sorry to hear about John. I know he had an illness for a long time. Rest in peace now John. Condolences to the family, thank you John for all you did for the motorcycle community and God bless your family as well. Ride forever brother.

  137. Barry April 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Remarkable human being with vision and a lot of heart. His catalog and web distribution have been the “go to” source for parts and service! Thank you and RIP John 😔

  138. Robert Taubman April 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Sorry John, that you had to leave us so soon. Now that you have entered into the Empire Invisible you will be riding on the Eternal Highway with all your other riding friends that have gone before you. This is your time Brother John to enjoy the entire Universe with GOD for all Eternity………..farewell and hope some day that I can make the same journey as you have accomplished, so that I too, can enjoy that Heavenly Eternal Highway……Bob ACK NH

  139. Todd Mercer April 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Fair Winds & Following Seas, may your soul forever ride free in God’s Kingdom.

  140. Phillip J Brandhuber April 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

    sorry to hear about your loss prayer to you and your family R.I.P John

  141. David Latchaw April 22, 2017 at 11:24 am

    R.i.p. You were a true biker now I can look up and see you riding in the sky .

  142. James Sullivan April 22, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Good journey John

  143. Mike Davis April 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    So sorry for your loss, keep up the great work in John’s memory,
    From
    Mike Davis
    North Wales
    UK

  144. Jay Cannon April 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Sorry for your , and all of us , loss . RIP

  145. Ross S. Mortensen April 22, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Good speed and ride with the angles!

  146. Al April 22, 2017 at 10:57 am

    R.I.P. my friend, my condolences to the Parham family.

  147. Todd April 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

    What a Huge Loss to the Motorcycling world. Sincere Condolences to all of John’s Friends and Family. RIP John

  148. Paul Graham April 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    My condolences to John’s family, friends and the J & P employees

  149. Jim Tholen April 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    May the peace and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus be with the Parham family and friends!!!

  150. Larry (Eyes) Novak April 22, 2017 at 10:45 am

    You were a real inspiration and mentor to anyone who loves the motorcycle world both the new and vintage you will be missed dearly. When riding down the heavenly highway please say hi to another motorcycle legend we lost up here in Canada old Walt Healy. My prayers go out to the whole Parham family and also the J&P family RIP John from the Canadian motorcycle world.

  151. Jay April 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

    John, you will be missed; Godspeed ..

  152. Aaron j Mcpeak jr April 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I’d be willing to bet that even though John is New to Heaven – that he’s got the Man Up there already on two wheels passing on his passion !!!! To many of our friends go Home way to soon as John did. Our Love & Sympathy goes out for John & Family & The J&P Cycles Family.

  153. David Latchaw April 22, 2017 at 10:25 am

    R.i.p. now we have a jp cycles in the sky. Thank you. John

  154. John lunden April 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

    To johns family im so sorry to here about john. Ive been buyin frm john for 25 yrs. he was and still is the best at what he did. Will miss him greatly. God bless your family and most of all john.

  155. Bill McGee April 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

    All of us bikers have lost a great brother, ours prayers for John and his family.

  156. Scott C.Trost April 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

    RIP BROTHER GOD BLESS NOW IS THE TIME YOU RIDE IN HEAVEN !

  157. Rich Weigel April 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

    My heartfelt condolences to all of the J&P family. John’s vision for the motorcycling community has been an inspiration to me and all of my riding buddies. Not only did he build a store where I can find anything I need for my Harley (at an always affordable cost) he also built the most amazing museum for cycling I have been to. His contributions to the industry are priceless and much appreciated. God Speed John and thanks for a great ride!

  158. Ed Garren April 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Good people do good things, and John was one of the best. My condolence to his family. He will be missed by all.

  159. Dennis April 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Go in peace John, hold the throttle wide open from now on.

  160. Luc Smith April 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

    RIP……… Ride in Peace
    From the Great White North

  161. George April 22, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hate to hear about the parham and jandp cycles family loss dont know any of yall but my respect goes out to you all keep up the good work my sympathy and prayer goes out to you all

  162. Miguel A Gandia April 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

    RIP

  163. Gary Dicky April 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Rip john you made the world a better place

  164. Joe Rossi April 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Everything I purchased from J&P Cycles always arrived on time and “wrapped” and shipped properly.
    Mr. John Parham will surely be missed !

  165. Edward McInnis April 22, 2017 at 9:36 am

    A fine man who built a fine company . I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with J & P for years and never had a problem . All companies could learn a lot from John and J & P Cycle about respect and customer service .

  166. Jeff April 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Godspeed John, your family and friends are in my prayers.

  167. Brian fronek April 22, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Sorry to hear about the passing of the founder of the company and wish success of the company on whomever takes his place and follows his attention to detail

  168. Larry Easley April 22, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Sorry for your , and all of us , loss . RIP

  169. Todd Skaarvold April 22, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Sure glad John started J&P it is where I get the vast majority of my parts. R.I.P. Prayers for his family and all who worked for him. He will be missed.

  170. Mike Brankert April 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Very sorry to hear about John, I have been a customer for a long time, and appreciate all the interaction,
    and parts I have received over the years.

  171. John April 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

    My condolences to Jill, family and friends for their loss.

  172. David Taylor April 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of John. I never met him, but his catalogs,especially the vintage one, helped me along the way for decades and still do. Ride on in Heaven John!

  173. Michael Kelly April 22, 2017 at 8:44 am

    R.I.P. John. Thanks for your business and motorcycle passions.

  174. Robert April 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Sad news about John Parham. He created a great retail business with JP Cycles. The employees show their devotion to the man by their outstanding work ethic and customer service. Your service to the motorcycle community will never be forgotten.

  175. Toxie L. Hall April 22, 2017 at 8:41 am

    It saddens my heart to learn of this, I met Mr. John at Daytona. My condolences and prayers go out to the family from Alabama……..

  176. Ron Jackson April 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I’ve delt with J&P for several years since I got back into bikes after raising a family. Never had a problem with their service, products, or employees. Been in the Amamosa store several times and always felt welcome there.
    My sympathies to the entire J&P company and the Parham family.

  177. Dennis Denton April 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Rest in Peace John. GOD Bless You. Thanks for all you have done for the motorcycling community.

  178. G.L. Stadler April 22, 2017 at 8:29 am

    John Parham, truly a Legend in the MC world. An inspiration for riders everywhere.

  179. Cindy Gildea April 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Deepest sympathy to the J&P family and to the world. Thank you John for your visions into the motorcycle world. As we thumb thru the best aftermarket catalog, you will always remain in our heart,souls and motorcycles. You will be truly missed!

  180. William Yocum April 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    John was a friend in legendary proportion,bought my first part from him in October, 1979, and he helped install it in his own driveway so I could get home myself, and asked for nothing in return. Prayers go out to his family, and all at J & P Cycles

  181. Billy Adams April 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Sorry for the loss of John. I know the people at J&P cycles will keep his legacy alive and well. To his family,so sorry for your loss. Another ghost rider is with us on the road.

  182. Ted Kettler April 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The best aftermarket “Go-To” there is and John made it that way. His legacy is the result of the passion we all share. Thanks John, we miss you.

  183. Reggie A8 April 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    RIP.

  184. Nick Alden April 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Rest in Peace Brother thanks for helping me keep my Bikes on the road I rode my bike to Annamosa from Start Louisiana about 4 years ago I loved the museum and J&P was was cool also
    Prayers for your family
    Nick Alden
    Sterlington Louisiana

  185. Paul Mahoney April 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I met John in Sturgis many years ago. We talked motor cycles and he was interested in where I was from. “I’m from Colorado Springs” I said. “Oh, we have a lot of customers there” he said with a wink. I have a picture of us together hanging on my wall along with other motorcycle greats. A true legend has passed. Ride on , John…ride on.

  186. Ken Melser April 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

    RIP John

  187. John Murray April 22, 2017 at 8:03 am

    R.I.P. John, you managed to leave your mark and do good, thank you.

  188. Steven Domalik April 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    My sincerest condolences on your loss. Our prayers go out to all the family and friends at J&P Cycles.

  189. Shawn Cawley April 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

    My deepest sympathies to John’s immediate family & friends,truly a legend here in Canada,my continued support towards J & P Cycles and sincere condolences

  190. William H Gray April 22, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I have been a customer for about 15 years; and have been in the Daytona and Sturgis stores on several occasions. Both stores are amazing with associates that are obviously very content with their jobs. My sympathy and prayers go out to the family.

  191. Ralph Lindsey April 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

    RIP Thank you for being the man who created a company that has helped me create my passion and focus on a life that has brought me to meet new friends who I would have never met….

  192. Robert April 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Very sad. May John Rest In Peace. He had such a positive impact on the motorcycle community and his J&P family. Thanks for everything John.

  193. Marc Dent April 22, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I had read articles about John, his wife , and how the company developed over the years. Visiting his motorcycle museum and meeting John was also on my bucket list. I was sad to hear about John leaving us too early. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. The motorcycle world has lost a great man.

  194. kurt wahtera April 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

    May he rest in Peace.

  195. Scott Simon April 22, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Very sad news, a huge loss to the riding community. Definitely one of the best companies I have ever dealt with.

  196. youngdae woo April 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Thank you John. Rest in peace…
    from ydwoo in Korea.

  197. William R. Morton April 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

    The Body wears out – But the SPIRIT moves on – Death is Not the End – it’s the Ultimate Birth – John is Still With Us – GOD BLESS JOHN – who is Now TRULY FREE — Snortin’ Morton

  198. Mark Bergasse April 22, 2017 at 7:20 am

    My condolences to the family,

  199. Stew Boysen April 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

    At Christmas I received the book “Keeping The World on Two Wheels”. It has helped me especially when things are hard, to keep on pushing toward my goals. John was a true visionary and even more to pass this true quality onto others. I believe he did that for others and especially within his own organization. I wrote a reply only the day before his passing called Lights On because of the superb customer service I received from JP Cycle. John will be missed but I know his people will carry on the torch. My condolences to John’s family.

  200. Dean April 22, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Awesome legacy and thanks for such a great company to do business with. Condolences to family and friends, RIP John

  201. Jerry Johnson April 22, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Sorry to hear of Mr. Parham’s passing. I have bought a few things from J&P cycles over the years and had good service. I have seen him on tv on the American Pickers show and saw some of his collection. He was a true motorcycle enthusiast. I am truly sorry for your loss and may the entire family be blessed. May he Rest In Peace.

  202. Michael Bricault April 22, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Sorry for the loss of John. Keep his legend alive with the yearly celebration, the bike museum and his passions. He was one who was part of the motorcycle culture who understood riders and their passion and needs for there bikes.

  203. Alan April 22, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Thank you John and JPcycles family for keeping me and my HD on the road, God Bless.

  204. William April 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Sorry to hear about our lost, I’ve shopped J&P for thirty plus years and preached their customers service for that long, He’ll be missed and I hope to see something in his memory in Daytona, William

  205. Michael April 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Sorry for your loss everyone at jp cycles. I know you lost the best one we ever had. How many people count on jp cycles, the staple it has become… keep the honor and make sure jp cycles stays the best one we’ve ever had…

  206. Tom Amann April 22, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Always a terrible thing to hear of a person full of life, loose life too soon. My heart goes out to John’s family in this time of their bereavement. His family should honor him by carrying on with his museum and what ever charitable foundations he supported.

  207. Bobby R. Ruth Jr. April 22, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Condolences and best wishes for his family and his extended family at J&P. I’ve never had anything bad to say about the products and services I’ve received over the years dealing with you. You have always been and will continue to be the first place I go to look for parts for my ride. Thank you.

  208. Donald Rouze April 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I buy almost all my A/M gear from you guys.. this is a very sad day in the world of two wheels… 🙁

  209. Geoff Davidson April 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Sad news. I was a customer from Scotland and have to say that J&P are the most professional and helpful H-D merchants I have ever used and under JP’s tutelage are an internationally known standard of excellence. I never met the man but I admire him for his dedication and input. Another good Brother down.Respect.

  210. Chris Wooten April 22, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I just want to say that i am grieving with you. I hope that you all find peace during this time of loss. To carry on John’s legacy is to honor him which I’ve no doubt shall be done.
    God Bless,
    CW

  211. Doug & Susan Linderman April 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Condolences to John’s family. Thank you for so much. Riding is our passion. J&P always enhances our passion.

  212. CPT Ramey Grafton April 22, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I have ordered many parts for my bikes from J&P Cycles over the years. I have never had an issue. Sales personnel are very knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you John Parham for your passion dedication to the motorcycle community. R.I.P. my friend and may God bless and comfort your family during this time.

  213. Barry Moore April 22, 2017 at 6:38 am

    He put on a fantastic show.
    RIP

  214. Maurice "moose" Rice April 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

    A great company, a great motorcycle lover, and a great man. My sympathy to the family.

  215. Bill Welsh April 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

    God Bless and love you all.

  216. Valerie April 22, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I am so sorry to hear this!

  217. Thomas lin April 22, 2017 at 6:27 am

    RIP

  218. Shawn E Vickers April 22, 2017 at 6:23 am

    So sad to hear of Mr. Parhams passing. I never met Mr. Parham, but his passion for motorcycle has allowed me and millions to be able to customize Harley’s and show your personality through your bike.
    R.I.P. Mr. Parham

  219. Brett Willcockson April 22, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Awesome man sorry for the loss sincerely yours willco

  220. Michael Welych April 22, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I have dealt with JP Cycles for years and have never been disappointed. Thank you John for getting this company going, and my condolences to his wire Jill. He was a good man.

  221. Richard Davis April 22, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Sorry for the loss….his kind of devotion to passion is uncommon at least and honorable at best. Ride on John!

  222. pete mandeville April 22, 2017 at 2:23 am

    may he rest in Paradise,,, sad day,,, from our family to yours our heart felt condolences!

  223. Ron Sindric April 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    John Thank You for Everything you did. You will NEVER be forgotten.

    I can only hope that a bronze monument will be raised in Anamosa for all to see.

  224. Donnie Starr April 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    thank you John for providing me with everything I needed through your catalogs, forever ride free, you earned your wings !!

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