The annual J&P Cycles Open House is on for the weekend of June 26-27, and we have one word of advice for the expected 22,000 visitors — bring a camera. OK, that’s three words, but the point is, this year’s Open House includes, among other things, world-renowned motorcycle celebrities, motorcycles on a high wire, a 25-foot-long stretch cycle with seven motors, a stunt show and a pair of ride-in bike shows.
Each of those events could be considered a photo opportunity on its own, but there’s so much more. For one thing, the 2010 J&P Open House promises to double the population of Jones County — in the heart of Eastern Iowa we have our world headquarters. That’s a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts in one spot.
In fact, other than the Sturgis Rally, there’s really no other place in the Midwest to see this many motorcycle vendors/manufacturers – more than 75 at last count! Not only is this a great place to find the latest gadgets and goodies for your ride, it’s also a one-stop destination for fun, food and a chance to see some of the motorcycle world’s celebrities up close and personal. Yet another reason to bring a camera.
A real treat this year is having Arlen Ness, his son, Cory and grandson, Zach in attendance. Arlen will be here to assist in the grand opening of the newly renovated National Motorcycle Museum, which will debut the “AwesomeNess” exhibit during the Open House. Get autographs from all three.
See the high-flying entertainment act of Circus Una, featuring two women on a motorcycle — rider and dancer — who perform on a high wire suspended in mid-air. The ILL Conduct Motorcycle Stunt Show will perform some stunning maneuvers and the Teresi Dyno Drag will be here, too. Plus, you don’t want to miss the Motorcycle Timeline, a 24½-foot motorcycle that seats 10 passengers and is powered by seven unique motors.
Two more great attractions this year are a pair of ride-in bike shows. Saturday’s show will feature motorcycles of
all makes and models and is sponsored by American Iron and RoadBike magazines. Sunday’s show focuses on vintage and retro bobbers. This show is sponsored by IronWorks magazine.
Sign up to win more than $5,000 in door prizes and a chance to ride away on the 2010 J&P Cycles/Easyriders Build-A-Bike Sweepstakes Bike. A silent auction benefiting the National Motorcycle Museum will also be held.
This is definitely an attraction you don’t want to miss! There’s still plenty of time to plan your trip whether you live in the area or out of state. See you in a month and a half in Anamosa Iowa!