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. During that year’s Sturgis Rally, he worked in the showroom and after the event stayed there, moving onto to a sales tech. Prior to joining J&P, Merrill worked in the auto parts business for 25 years.
Merrill’s motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a couple of Suzukis, an Ironhead Sportster, Shovelhead, Electra Glide and 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 of his motorcycles and vehicles), riding with his wife, daughters and now granddaughter, who had her first ride last summer. He also enjoys hunting and fishing when he can find the time.
For a number of years J&P Cycles has been putting on workshop classes for anyone wanting to learn more about their motorcycle, and what makes it go. Our class options range from a Girls Garage, held in the spring as an entry level class for the ladies to a Gold Wing workshop that acclimates Gold Wingers to add-on accessories available, and how to do it themselves. In the late fall, a Winterize Your Bike workshop provides storage options and suggestions for preparing the bike for its winter slumber and emergence in the spring. The final workshop option is the one we are currently preparing for, the Winter Workshop. This workshop provides advice and choices for winter projects during the cooler time of year. This year’s Winter workshop is scheduled for Jan. 19, at the Iowa headquarters, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Winter is the time to do repairs, makeovers and/or reconstruct your ride. The workshop will cover general maintenance, suspension, accessories, and tuning you bike and adding horsepower. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome regardless of skill level. During the workshop, we allow for open discussion and welcome all questions!
In general maintenance the class will explore the options available in filters, tires, tools and other goodies, in addition to maintenance schedules, and of course our annul debate on non-synthetic vs. synthetic oils.
When talking suspension, a representative from Progressive Suspension will be on hand to review how to pick the correct suspension and adjust it for the type of riding you will be doing. He will also highlight new products, how to use them and their advantages. The focus will not only be on the rear suspension and airtails, but also the front end kits available and the touring link for the chassis.
Accessories are also a big part of riding these days and more options are available than ever before. Some of us old timers remember when you could maybe find a seat, set of drag pipes, handlebars and grips to make your bike “yours.” Anything else was dependent on your own skill level or that of a buddy, or guy down the road who was a wiz with metal. Hence the term “custom.”
Today anything and everything you could want or imagine is produced and hangs on the wall somewhere (including at J&P Cycles) ready to be installed on your bike. J&P Cycles and our staff of knowledgeable experts have solutions for problems you haven’t even heard of yet. A representative from Kuryakyn will also be on hand to show off some of these items and answer questions about their use and value when riding.
Last, but now least, the workshop will touch on performance builds during the winter. J&P Cycles Senior Technician Scott Holton will share his thoughts and expertise on making horsepower come out of your bike and to the rear wheel. He will be talking about tuning your carbureted or fuel injected bike to get the most out of it, and how to make a plan for the work you want to do.
As always there is no charge for the workshop and some snacks will be served and drawings for door prizes will be held. As a bonus, all participants will receive a 10% discount the day of the class (15% for Gold Club members) and a gift bag of goodies. If you wish to attend, you can register here or by calling 319-462-4819. Please keep in mind, the class size is limited.