November 15, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – we are all bikers here. How do I know this? How can I tell if you’re a rider or a wannabe rider? It’s easy because it takes one to know one. Here are a few things that truly give it away.
1) Do you smell like a strange concoction of “outside” and exhaust? Of course you do. You either ride a motorcycle or you spend time on the back of one. If we could put this smell into a bottle and sell it, it would be called “Lifestyle.”
2) When was the last time you looked in a mirror? It’s … Continue Reading
The leaves started to turn red and orange here in Iowa, so we took that as a sign that we needed to head south and visit our home away from home (otherwise known as the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore). Just so happened there was a bike rally going on; the biker version of the fall classic was in full swing as we rolled into the sunshine state. Since we figured this might be the last time we get to see the sun for a few months we took full advantage of our time Daytona to run the Biketoberfest gauntlet. We didn’t want to keep all the good times … Continue Reading
Scott here again, it’s the beginning of November…daylight savings time just reverted, it’s going from cool to downright cold and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Another thing November brings us is Veterans Day. In the past, I’ve blogged about the origins of this holiday. In posts, I have highlighted how I joined the service and became a veteran myself. Today I’m going to talk about what this day means to me, and why.
So I don’t cover the same ground I have in the past, I’ll just briefly say that joining the service was the single most important, and life shaping event that I have ever done. Every … Continue Reading
November 10, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall
On Nov. 11, we remember Veterans Day, a day for Americans to honor all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day to commemorate the end of World War I. It is a day to honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
It is not time for disrespect.
Sadly, hitting very close to home for J&P Cycles’ Anamosa headquarters, vandals destroyed a veteran’s memorial in front of the Jones County Courthouse on Nov. 4. Shortly before 6 a.m., county auditor Janine Sulzner discovered that 10 flags that stand around the war memorial had … Continue Reading
I’m a gearhead. 100% dyed in the wool lover of all things mechanical. Before me, my father was a gearhead, too. He owned and raced open cockpit, open wheel cars in the Midwest. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I have been fascinated with different configurations of the internal combustion engine my entire life. When my wife and I plan vacations, I look for places to go to feed my fix. When we went to Disney in Orlando, I made a point to spend a day at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. When we went to my wife’s childhood home near DC, the Smithsonian … Continue Reading
You’ve seen us here before and you’re going to see us here again. Tropical Tattoo “Chopper Time” show in Daytona is without a doubt my favorite bike show to attend. And again this year, it didn’t disappoint us!
I’m not really big on bike shows – mainly because I really don’t care if someone else likes my bike or not, and I have never understood why you would roll your bike out for some random dude to “judge.” I mean it’s your bike, why would you care what someone else thinks of it? That being said, I love the Tropical Tattoo show that Willie and his crew put on because … Continue Reading
Hey blog readers! Scott here again. If you’re an avid J&P blog reader, you know I’ve been around for a while. Thirty-five years ago when J&P Cycles started, we were strictly a mail-order catalog business with orders being taken via mail and the telephone (an actual land line). Today, you can order your parts, inquire about an order or get technical advice in a variety of different ways. Regarding our tech team, back in the early days just a few guys with Harley experience handled these questions. As the business has grown, we have hired additional staffers for their specific motorcycle knowledge in both Harley and Metric applications.
When the … Continue Reading
October 17, 2014 | By: Andrea Hall
J&P Cycles makes it easier for you to look great and ride protected with dozens of top gear brands and styles. Before your rubber hits the road, gear up with these great tips.
#1. How much should I spend on motorcycle gear?
The more important factor here is how much you want to invest in gear. Sure, you want to look great and be comfortable, whether you’re driving solo or two up, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice safety. Motorcycle gear has come a long way over the years, and now you can look stylish while protecting yourself from your lid to your toes.
If you ride ATGATT, … Continue Reading
October 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
J&P Cycles recently made donations to three local charities to show their support of local, ongoing efforts in the regional area.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, J&P Cycles Director of Human Resources Lori Madrick and J&P staff members Jade Helgens and Tammy Winders presented a $5,000 check to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa ALS Chapter just before the ALS Walk.
J&P Cycles and its staff members took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in early September to promote awareness of support of those living with ALS and researching this disease.
J&P Cycles also showed its support of Waypoint Services, a local shelter providing support for women and families in crisis due … Continue Reading
October 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Winter can be a hard mistress for riders, and a down right bitch to your bike, especially if you’re the kind of rider that like’s to keep going no matter how crappy the weather. Short trips, low temperatures and roads covered in a toxic mix of salt, sand and snow can really tear up your bike if you’re not careful. But with a little extra care and a good preventive maintenance program, you can thumb your nose at old man winter, and keep riding when lesser men have tucked their bikes away until spring. Here are a few simple tips for making the season as painless as possible.
Winter is … Continue Reading