Let Those Who Ride Decide

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March 26, 2015 | By: James Dean

South Dakota abolishes Ape Hanger restrictions

The 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 3-Aug. 9, 2015, will be a lot breezier under the arms. In February 2015, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 85. This abolished South Dakota’s codified law 32-20-3, which mandated a petty offense if the grips on motorcycle handlebars were at or higher than the shoulders while operating on public roads or highways.

South Dakota Handlebar Law AbolishedThese petty offense fines started at $20 and totals were upwards of $120.The new law becomes effective July 1, 2015.

Currently, only one-third of the states have no restrictions on handlebar height. The Federal motorcycle vehicle safety standard 49 CFR 571.123 has no reference … Continue Reading

Product Spotlight: UltraCool Oil Cooling System

March 23, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

An overheated engine is a problem you should never have to face, but it’s a common problem on every air-cooled engine. UltraCool provides an excellent oil cooling system with easy installation. This new generation of oil coolers provides a high powered dual fan system that can drop engine temperature up to 50 degrees.

The system starts by moving filtered oil through a solid aluminum oil adapter with oil temperature switch through pre-fitted braided hoses into a 17 row heavy duty heat exchanger. Located over the heat exchanger are dual high powered fans with an output of 90 cubic feet per minute each, cooling the oil as the built in thermal … Continue Reading

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Harley Engines: Overview of Upcoming Series

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March 19, 2015 | By: Jay Borowy

As a new riding season is getting started, we will be rolling out a new series of blogs focusing on Harley Engines. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll provide you with a focused series describing personal experiences with the soul of these iron horses.

Panhead EngineSome of the things we’ll dive into are what makes these engines so iconic—there is certain feeling you get when you ignite a motor you’ve stripped down, be it from a dead-in-the-water wasted afternoon, or a complete overhaul to turn a once stock engine into a fire breathing beast.

We will be covering all the motors from 1936 to present and encourage you to send us … Continue Reading

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The Beards Come Off for Aidan

March 18, 2015 | By: Patrick Garvin

When the word “biker” is mentioned, images of tattooed, bearded, leather clad large gentlemen pop into mind…or possibly SOA cast members if you’re into that sort of thing. Either way, a lot of times “bikers” aren’t cast in the most flattering of lights.

MVI_0580.MOV.14_09_14_22.Still001The reality is that the people I know that love motorcycles that are labeled “bikers” are some of the most caring and generous people I know. And that was again apparent this year at Daytona Bike Week. On a warm Thursday night in Daytona, bikers gathered in front of the stage at the Cackleberry Campground to raise money for a very worthy cause. This particular fundraiser was … Continue Reading

If I’m Riding, I’m Happy

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March 16, 2015 | By: Jeff Maddox

It’s all about change isn’t it? We bikers know a little about this subject as we live it every day we get out on our motorcycles. Seasons change, weather changes and people’s attitudes change as well.

BlogThis past month the weather here in my little world called the Midwest has given me the taste of spring mixed in with a reminder that we’re still in the middle of transition. Below freezing one day with a promise of mid 60s the next can give a guy like me hope that warmer weather will prevail. At least for the next nine months or so that is.

I’ve taken a few rides this … Continue Reading

Taking the Open House Rally to the Next Level

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March 13, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

J&P Cycles 2015 Open House Rally Concert LineupStarting as a small Customer Appreciation Day held by co-founders John and Jill Parham to thank customers for their business throughout the year, the J&P Cycles Open House Rally has grown into one of the largest weekend events in the Midwest. More than 35,000 visitors attended the 35th annual event last year.

This year, we’re upping the ante: Along with moving to a new, larger location just up the road from our Anamosa, Iowa, retail store, we’re excited to announce that we’ll also be offering two great days of free concerts by national acts!

The first concert will take place on Saturday night, June 27, featuring Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, The … Continue Reading

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We’re Here to Stay! Permanent Storefront Coming to Sturgis

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March 11, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Bikes fill the lot at J&P Cycles' temporary Sturgis location.After years of holding down the fort in Sturgis, S.D., in the weeks before, during and after the yearly Sturgis Rally, J&P Cycles is excited to announce that we will be opening a permanent, year-round retail center in June.

Our current facility, located at 1650 Lazelle Street, will be undergoing a facelift prior to our opening and while the square footage will not increase, the building will have a fresh look on the outside as well as inside. Our new Sturgis retail center will permanently house a wide assortment of motorcycle parts and accessories, including exhausts, seats, windshields and saddlebags, as well as leathers and other apparel items, just to … Continue Reading

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The Calm Before the Storm

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March 9, 2015 | By: Ina Postel

Bike Week PreperationEditor’s Note: Here’s a quick, behind-the-scenes sneak peek from Ina Postel, a returns clerk at J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore.

It’s finally here and in full swing: The 74th Annual Official Bike Week 2015 in beautiful Daytona Beach! We are expecting over a million people to come to our beachy city this week and all through the event to check out the latest and greatest from vendors, try the best street food, and most importantly, see all kinds of custom and modded bikes!

Before the streets are filled with bikers, bikes and babes, there’s a much different scene. Leading up to Bike Week, staff members at J&P Cycles … Continue Reading

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How to Install Slip-On Mufflers

March 9, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

J&P Cycles’ merchant Patrick Garvin demonstrates how to install slip-on mufflers from Vance & Hines. The installation was performed on a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and would be similar for muffler installs on most late model touring motorcycles.… Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Helmet Guide: How to Choose the Right Helmet

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March 5, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

With such a wide variety of motorcycle helmets on the market, how do you decide which is right for you? Before you start looking, take some of the following details into account. In the following video, Patrick walks you through different types and styles of motorcycle helmets available at J&P Cycles.

First, your riding style and type of motorcycle are a couple of factors that can help determine the style and look you’re going for in a helmet.

Open face helmets, or ¾ helmets, come in a variety of options like the Biltwell Bonanza or the Bell 500, which are great choices for “old school” riders who like the … Continue Reading

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