I grew up in a very small town in eastern Iowa with a population of 700 people. Each year my family would attend the town’s Memorial Day parade, and, as a young girl, I walked in the parade with my Camp Fire group. We walked through main street and finished our route at the cemetery for a commemorative service.
As I got older and entered high school, I had the honor of marching through the streets with the marching band and was able to continue to honor our heroes in one way or another.
Fast forward a few more years: I’m now an adult with children of my own and … Continue Reading
The roar of motorcycles traveling down Lazelle Street, in Sturgis, S.D., will take place a little earlier this year than in previous years.
J&P Cycles will open our newly remodeled, year-round retail center on Monday, June 1, at 1650 Lazelle St. in Sturgis, the home of our temporary retail location during previous years of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and will be attended by the Mayor of Sturgis, city council members, area business leaders and members of the J&P Cycles senior management.
“We are extremely pleased to open our doors year-round to Sturgis and the surrounding communities as well … Continue Reading
As the weather gurus peered into their Magic 8 Ball, the long term forecast did not look good for Myrtle Beach Bike Week, but hurricane Ana was soon downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression. No lives were lost and no vendor tents were blown down, but it was enough to keep the J&P Cycles crew from opening one day at the beginning of the rally.
No matter how bad the weather is people are still going to come to bike rallies, because there’s a certain electricity in the air that’s hard to describe, be it the camaraderie of likeminded individuals, the party atmosphere, the ability … Continue Reading
J&P Cycles’ Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night has moved to a new night and location, but with the same great entertainment!
Cruise on down to Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery in Walford, Iowa, on the third Thursday of the month, May through September, for sweet rides and a rockin’ good time! Enjoy Bud Light specials and live music while chatting with fellow motorcycle and hot rod enthusiasts!
Be sure to stop by the J&P Cycles Booth to sign up for great door prizes, AND to enter to win our newest giveaway this year – a 2008 Harley-Davidson Fatboy customized by J&P Cycles, courtesy of Cassill Motors and Bud Light!… Continue Reading
The team that created “Why We Ride,” the #1 motorcycle movie in America, needs your support to preserve the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for generations to come with a new film titled “I AM STURGIS: The Movie.”
I AM STURGIS will capture the true essence of Sturgis, S.D., and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, not what you see on reality TV and in the tabloids. The heart of Sturgis is in the riders—the riders who come together every year for one week to celebrate life, freedom and individuality. If you’ve ever been through South Dakota, you know that the beauty of Sturgis and the Black Hills of South Dakota is … Continue Reading
Rewind to last fall: my buddy Tom calls me up from San Diego and says, “Hey, man. A few of us are getting together in April and riding up to Zion National Park for a few days. Wanna come?” I responded, “Sound like fun. Count me in.” I left out the part where I am located in Iowa…
I’ve always wanted to ride cross country, and being in the motorcycle industry and traveling to hundreds of events over the years (mostly via plane), you would think I would have ridden to more of them.
Outside of Sturgis, I really don’t ride to that many events. I’ve ridden to Sturgis for … Continue Reading
There is not much I enjoy more in life than spending some quiet time in the garage wrenching on a project. Like many other mechanics out there, my shop is my place of solace. It is where I go to unwind and to stop the thoughts that are running through my head throughout the day.
Working on a bike is something I have always enjoyed even when things don’t go the way I want. It is also the place where I find myself coming up with ideas for unique products, some of which have been selling in the motorcycle industry for years.
Every year I like to go find a … Continue Reading
The inaugural Steel Horse Rally kicked off on May 1 in Fort Smith, Ark. An estimated more than 15,000 people attended the first annual Steel Horse Rally, blowing the goal of 5,000 riders out of the water. Our very own Joe Sparrow happened to be on his way through, traveling from Laughlin, Nev., to Myrtle Beach Bike Week.
In typical Joe fashion, he captured the essence of the event through his camera lens. If you like what you see, be sure to make the trip next year! The 2nd annual Steel Horse Rally is scheduled for April 29 and 30.
One of my favorite states to ride in is Arkansas … Continue Reading
With the Laughlin River Run all wrapped up and the J&P Cycles mobile showroom packed up, Joe Sparrow and the J&P event crew have hit the road for Myrtle Beach Bike Week.
As with each major motorcycle rally that J&P Cycles attends, Joe takes the long way from rally to rally, meeting the truck on location just in time to get set up for the event. Joe assists customers at the truck during the event, and then after the show’s over, he’s off again.
He took off from Laughlin and headed east on historic Route 66, the Mother Road. His trip included stops in Oatman, Winslow, and Holbrook, Ariz., through … Continue Reading
April 30, 2015 | By: Jeff Maddox
Editor’s Note: Blogger Jeff Maddox, who has been contributing to the J&P Cycles blog for three years, lost his son-in-law Chanse Sanderson in a motorcycle/truck accident on April 13 in Colorado. Chanse left behind his wife Kelly, and three children, Kylie, 7, Casen, 4, and Corbin, 2 months.
There is just something about the biker community that sets it apart from anything else I know. I’m sure there are similar communities of like-minded folks that have that same sense of camaraderie, but I can only speak of motorcyclists as I am one of them.
There are many rules of the road that can’t be found on the pages of any biker … Continue Reading