October 24, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
When you are riding on two wheels, you have to be more aware of your surroundings than if you are driving a car. There are many hazards to look out for that could cause damage to you and your bike.
One of the most common road hazards is gravel. Loose rocks and dirt can easily make you slide out and lose control, especially when you are leaning into a turn. Pay close attention for gravel around construction sites, intersections, and around turns.
Littering isn’t just bad for the environment, but it can also cause dangerous debris for motorcycle riders. A crushed soda can at an … Continue Reading
October 21, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Ah, the desert. For nine months out of the year, it offers ideal weather free from rain (most of the time), snow (most of the time), and harsh cold temperatures. As idyllic as it sounds, riding your bike through the desert also comes with its own set of requirements.
Here’s everything you need to know to prepare yourself for a ride through the hot, arid open road.
Be Ready for Any Kind of Weather
In the desert, the weather can change in an instant. One minute you’re riding through sunshine and the next you’re in the midst of a monsoon downpour and surrounded by lightning.
The desert is tricky when … Continue Reading
October 12, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
It’s a change of season, and you don’t want to get caught out in the cold without proper gear. Riding your motorcycle in cold or wet weather can be an enjoyable or miserable experience, and it all depends on your gear.
Here’s a list of our most popular products for the season.
Allstate Leather Inc. Men’s Black Buffalo Leather Motorcycle Jacket
The Allstate Buffalo Leather Jacket is a classic-style motorcycle jacket featuring premium buffalo leather with 3 front zippered outside pockets, 1 snap outside pocket, 2 inside pockets, zippered sleeves, and a sewn in quilted lining. It includes a half belt with buckle to adjust to your fit comfort. The … Continue Reading
October 4, 2016 | By: Pauly White
Let There Be Light
I recently upgraded my Roadking with the J.W Speaker adaptive LED Headlight and LED Spot Lights. I’ve had them installed now for a few hundred miles and so far, so good. Installation was easy and the lights had a feel of quality to them. Since my bike is older and uses the screw in wiring on the spot lights, I had to add terminals to the wires. But, that was simple. The headlight requires a mounting kit for 1994-2014 models. With my bike being 20 years old, I was happy to use the kit, which replaced my old stripped out mounting bracket. Once the … Continue Reading
October 4, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Trends in motorcycle culture are evolving. Lines are getting blurred. The clearly defined categories that once segregated bikers into their own niche have faded. Guys who build choppers are now wanting a bike that can race flat track or explore off-road trails. It’s not uncommon to see someone with a bobber and a café racer parked in their garage. Street riders are transforming their Sportsters and Triumphs into trackers and scramblers. There’s a whole generation of hipsters that just want to have fun and look cool doing it. Like it or not, this fad isn’t going away anytime soon. There’s a new generation who have found a love for motorcycles, … Continue Reading
Having personally traversed the 45th parallel all across the United States it was a real treat for me to visit the first monument ever dedicated to it in America. It was installed in the late 1800s and is about as far east as you can be in the states without getting your feet wet.
With little extra time off between the motorcycle rally’s that I work at its always a question for me of what to do and how to kill time between jobs. After 21 days straight working in Sturgis, South Dakota at the J&P Cycles retail store and 2 days of rest camping in the Black Hills National … Continue Reading
October 3, 2016 | By: Pauly White
Go, No-Go, for Launch…
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about how awesome the Hot Bike tour is. I’ve wanted to go since I heard of the first one, but it just never worked out. This year I put a lot of prep into making sure I got to go. It was the night before I planned to leave. I just finished getting my Dyna dialed in and was about to pull back in the shop to bolt the saddlebags on, when I heard a noise. It was that tell-tale sound of a blown head gasket. My heart sunk. I had invested a good bit of time and … Continue Reading
September 22, 2016 | By: Pauly White
Biketoberfest has always been one of my favorite rallies, for a few reasons. I like to call it “Bike Week Light,” simply because there are fewer people there during the four day run. This makes getting around to all the events easier and the events themselves more enjoyable. Another reason is because it is only four days. This makes it a quick getaway, and most people can stay for the entire rally. Lastly, the weather is usually amazing. With the Spring Rally, you never know if it’s going to be cold, moderate, or hot. The fall rally however, typically offers nice riding weather that is neither too hot or … Continue Reading
September 20, 2016 | By: Mark Weaver
Autumn is my favorite season to ride, hands down. There is something indescribably romantic about the cool, crisp air and the colorful trees. The combination of the wind in your face, the smells of fall, and the roar from your exhaust stimulate your senses. You can almost feel the electricity in the air as the season changes.
Every fall, I look forward to layering on my new riding gear. The heat of the summer has passed, and it’s now comfortable to ride in full face helmets, leathers, gloves, and boots. There’s no better time to ride than when you can be safe and comfortable at the same time.
Bikes run … Continue Reading
September 15, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles
Congratulations! You’ve decided to try something new – motorcycle riding.
Getting on a brand new bike is one of the most exhilarating things you’ll do. But, there are a few things novice riders must know before hitting the streets.
About the Bike
The more you ride, the more in tune you’ll become one with your bike. Here are a few tips to help you get there faster so you can have a safer, more enjoyable ride.
- Don’t make your dream bike your first bike.
As tempting as it is to go big with the bike of your dreams on day one, you will probably regret spending all that … Continue Reading