Remedy the Recall and Secure Your Saddlebags


July 20, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Harley-Davidson Saddlebag RecallHarley-Davidson issued a saddlebag recall last week on all 2014-2015 Project Rushmore Saddlebags. The recall stated that the saddlebag mounting receptacle part no. 10900009 on some 2014 and 2015 Touring motorcycles may not adequately secure the saddlebag to the motorcycle during use.

Owners of the affected motorcycles are being asked to seek assistance from their local Harley-Davidson dealer to confirm that the motorcycle is covered by the recall. If covered, an updated receptacle will be installed free of charge. However, Harley-Davidson also says that some product campaigns may have expired, and you may to have to pay for the service.

Reda Innovations Saddlebag LockRecall or no recall, riders have the option to replace … Continue Reading

Carpe Every Chance to Ride

July 15, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

Most everyone likes to light fuses and blow things up, but this July 4th, I was just going to dog-sit for my good friends in Iowa while they rode down to the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri.

Now I do get to ride more than most and less than some, but I never get tired of it. So when they found an alternative sitter, I was ready to roll.

Looking for adventure.

Four bikes, four riders and about 300 miles on both interstate and back roads turned into the perfect overnight trip. Six hours, two gas stops and an ice cream break was all it took to get to our hosts’ … Continue Reading

For Those Who Believe We Shouldn’t be Forced to Do Anything, This Lid’s for You!


July 14, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Helmets Suck! HelmetChances are, if you don’t live in Iowa, Illinois or New Hampshire, your state requires you to wear a motorcycle helmet when riding. If you think that’s a load of bull, check out J&P Cycles limited edition Helmets Suck! motorcycle helmet.

The Helmets Suck! helmet was designed with the pro-choice rider in mind. This half helmet is comfortable, lightweight and affordable; you might actually decide you like it (but your secret is safe with us.) This limited edition helmet will be available beginning in late August and will only be available for a limited time.

So, which side are you on? Maybe you’re not on either, but not surprisingly, there are … Continue Reading

Make Each Mile Worth the Ride

July 9, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

1,200 miles in three days is what I gave myself to ride from Motorcycle Week in Laconia, N.H., to our Open House Rally Event in Monticello, Iowa.

Quaint New England town

Now, 400 miles a day seems quite easy, but it was raining when I departed Laconia and it looked like I was going to stay in it for quite a while. What I thought was going to be an uneventful ride started to improve about an hour east after the rain ceased and the twisty two lane roads increased.

Free food at the Bikers Stop for anyone that pulled in

FREE FOOD BIKERS WELCOME signs started popping up along the road and peaked my interest. I wasn’t hungry but stopping to see what was … Continue Reading

Download App to Support the Iowa PVA Chapter


July 8, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America Donation AppIn 2013, the Cedar Rapids Eagle Riders first held their annual fundraiser for the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (IPVA).

Almost one year ago, the Eagle Riders decided to expand its fundraising efforts by publishing a mobile app that can be used as a year round tool to educate the public on what the IPVA does to help and support veterans as well as increase donations.

By downloading this app, at a cost of $2.99, you will be donating to the Iowa Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from every download is donated to Iowa PVA.

The app will keep you informed … Continue Reading

Laconia Motorcycle Week: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes


July 1, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

Laconia Motorcycle Week was established in 1916, making it the longest running bike rally in the world. As with all of the long standing rallies around the country, motorcycle racing has been the backbone that defined the rally and kept cyclists coming back year after year. The rally took place from June 13-21 in Laconia, New Hampshire.

SuperBike and Vintage Road Racing can be seen at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with Pro Hill-Climbs in Canaan not far away. For enthusiasts, there are dozens of guided tours along with charity rides and poker runs throughout the week.

One of my favorite rides is to the top of Mount Washington … Continue Reading

ArtByDirt Live Welding at J&P Cycles Open House Rally

June 19, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Motorcycle Art Dog DonationEleven years ago, ArtByDirt started in a garage with leftover parts from a 1978 FLH bike build. What came out of that, no one could have ever imagined.

With his first creation, an angel welded together out of scrap motorcycle parts, James “Dirt” Dorner, owner of ArtByDirt, has been able to raise over $11,000. The angel was first auctioned off at a local toy run, and was returned and auctioned several times over since then.

When the community Dirt lives in saw the great things he was able to accomplish with his scrap metal statues, friends and local business started to contribute their leftover motorcycle parts. Over the years, Dirt’s … Continue Reading

John Parham to be Inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame


June 17, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

PICKERINGTON, Ohio—On Oct. 17 in Orlando, the American Motorcyclist Association will welcome the Class of 2015 into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Two of those motorcycling greats will be racer Rodney Smith and entrepreneur and patron John Parham.

John Parham AMA Hall of Fame Inductee

“It’s my pleasure to announce the first two members of the Class of 2015,” said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA and American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation boards of directors. “Rodney Smith was one of the most versatile motorcycle racers of the 1990s, excelling in both motocross and off-road at the highest levels. John Parham created one of the most-successful motorcycle accessory businesses and later became one of the greatest benefactors … Continue Reading

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Tornado Destroys Bare Knuckle Choppers Motorcycle Shop

June 15, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Heartland Hustle Custom FXR Giveaway MotorcycleJust before 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, a tornado struck and destroyed homes and businesses in Hawk Point, Mo., including Bare Knuckle Choppers motorcycle shop, owned by Paul Wideman, the winner of the 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and the builder of J&P Cycles’ 2015 Heartland Hustle Custom FXR giveaway bike.

J&P Cycles 2014 Storm DamageThis news came as a shock and hit far too close to home as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tornado that hit J&P Cycles one day after our 35th annual Open House Rally. While the majority of our building stayed intact, damage throughout the building and leaks in the roof temporarily halted … Continue Reading

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Ride to Work Day 2015: Commuting 101


June 14, 2015 | By: Jay Borowy

At one point in your life, you’re going to have to commute to work. It’s going to happen. You can try to control travel time and the miles, but you are going to have to wake up one morning, slug down a cup of coffee, run out of the house and, well, here’s the interesting point:

Ride to Work 2015You can take the monotonous route and jump in a car or truck, continue the creature comforts that you work for each day, or maybe take a minute or two longer and take the bike to work.

International Ride to Work Day is tomorrow, June 15, always the third Monday in June, and it’s … Continue Reading