The Historic Timeline of Big Twin Motors

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June 3, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

The art of the motorcycle engine has evolved dramatically since the days of the F-Head. In 1921, a Harley-Davidson became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of 100 miles per hour.

The engine — and motorcycles engines in general — have changed dramatically since the early days. Time and technology have taken their toll in both good and bad ways, some would say. During a recent staff meeting here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, our resident motorcycle experts and enthusiasts thought it would be interesting to highlight the history of the v-twin engine. From the F-Head, to its evolution as a … Continue Reading

J&P Cycles Open House Rally is Heading Home

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June 1, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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The J&P Cycles Open House Rally started as a small customer appreciation event hosted by John & Jill Parham, it was their way to give back to everyone who enjoys a life on two wheels. Today it has grown into a full-blown, free 2-day motorcycle rally attended by over 35,000 riders. To keep up with the rapid growth, the event was moved to the Jones County Fairgrounds last year. For 2016, we are proud to say that we are bringing the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest back to the original stomping grounds in Anamosa.

anamosa-mapScheduled for June 25th and 26th, the 2016 Open House Rally will take place once … Continue Reading

Do Loud Pipes Save Lives?

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May 23, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

12_Harley_PipeShootout-VH2The ongoing battle between motorcyclists and the activists against “noise pollution” has put motorcycle exhausts under the microscope. Every day, motorcycle riders fight to gain attention from distracted drivers. With methods like high visibility gear, upgraded horns and loud pipes, riders have been quite successful in avoiding major accidents. Today, the saying “loud pipes save lives” is being dissected by the public, law enforcement and even motorcycle riders themselves.

The truth is, statistically speaking, nobody knows if loud pipes save lives. There isn’t any hard data to support either side of the argument. Physics argues that the direction of travel and the flow of exhaust noise makes this theory questionable. … Continue Reading

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Join Victory Motorcycles in “The Road Home Challenge” to Support the IAVA

May 20, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

Victory Motorcycles is challenging everyone to take “The Road Home Challenge” to support the IAVA – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America- the largest support network for the newest generations of U.S. military veterans. You can help the IAVA and Victory reach their goal of raising at least $100,000 by donating between now and the end of May. The first 500 people who contribute a donation will receive exclusive co-branded Victory and IAVA merchandise. Click here to donate today!Continue Reading

Be Safe, Be Seen

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May 16, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

On the road motorcycles are nearly invisible to drivers. This inevitable psychological phenomenon baffles many who try to understand how a driver can look directly at a motorcycle, yet pull out in front of that motorcycle without even mentally registering their presence. On top of this, the technology of today amplifies the effect, leaving drivers with more distractions than ever before. It is paramount that a motorcyclist is able to draw attention to the cars around them. With this in mind, here are some things you can do to make yourself more visible so you can stay safe on the road.

Flashing your brakes

You can turn your brake light … Continue Reading

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Deer Avoidance by the Wandering Sparrow

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May 16, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

Mom was right…… motorcycles are dangerous but her warnings went in one ear and out the other. I didn’t listen at a young age because they were just too much fun and exhilarating. Now that I’m my mother’s age (rest her soul) I’ve come to realize that the best way to handle danger is not to fear it but to respect it.

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Everyone knows someone who has had a dangerous encounter with a deer and it’s bad enough to hit one while in a car but worse to do it on a motorcycle. Knowing when and where deer will be and their natural patterns is key to deer avoidance. It’s … Continue Reading

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How To Order Motorcycle Cables

May 12, 2016 | By: Scott Holton

After our previous blog posts about extending your motorcycle cables and brake lines, and another about measuring for comfortable bars, we thought it’s about time to take on the topic of cables all by themselves.

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Let’s start with HD throttle cables. In this modern era we use a two-cable system, something that was mandated by the government to preclude sticking throttles. In case the throttle does stick, the two-cable system has a positive action when the handgrip is closed, closing the throttle.

Through the decades, we’ve experimented with three types of cables. The first cable was used on “butterfly” type Keihin carbs that were common on … Continue Reading

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The Wandering Sparrow: Bell Pit Boss Helmet Review

May 10, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

With over 100,000 miles in 3 years of personal use, I’ve found that the Bell Pit Boss helmet has served me well but it’s time to retire it and move on to another helmet.

My “well worn” Bell Pit Boss helmet with over 100,000 miles of everyday use.

My “well worn” Bell Pit Boss helmet with over 100,000 miles of everyday use.

When I went looking for a helmet 3 years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted and was lucky enough to find the Pit Boss.  At just under 2 pounds, it was light enough to not fatigue my neck on 500+ mile days and had a micro-fiber type perimeter liner that proved to be quite comfortable (a mesh top liner with comfort … Continue Reading

The Truth about Helmets

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May 9, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about motorcycle riders. People often say we have a death wish or they misconstrue us as careless adrenaline junkies with no thought of consequence. The truth is most riders are very aware of how we put our lives on the line every time we ride. In fact I could argue that motorcycle riders are more aware of the consequences of a high speed crash than the general public. Although despite this knowledge, many riders still choose to ride without a helmet and the statistics are showing the consequences of it. Before you get angry with me I’m not here to … Continue Reading

Women’s Gear Buyer’s Guide by J&P Cycles

May 6, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

Women are the fastest growing minority segment of motorcycle riders and the industry is starting to catch on. In fact female motorcycle ownership for 2016 raised the bar with an all-time high taking 14% of the U.S. motorcycle ownership pie.

Women’s riding gear has also come a long way over the past few years. The sad selection that used to be women’s motorcycle gear was compromised of men’s gear shrunken down to size and with a pink sticker slapped on it. While there isn’t anything wrong with pink gear, it’s a big assumption to say that all women want to wear pink. Additionally our bodies aren’t just smaller than the … Continue Reading

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