September 16, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Suspense filled the air as 60 finalists gathered around a customized 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King on Thursday night, Sept. 11, for a chance to choose a key and possibly start the giveaway machine as part of the final 2014 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night series. With 60 finalists, that meant there was one real key along with 59 fake ones. When No. 2 Liza Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, handed her key over to Jay Cassill of Cassill Motors, the grin on his face as he turned the key said it all – Liza was the lucky winner of the motorcycle.
This year, the Hot Rods & Harleys … Continue Reading
September 11, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
Chris Gibbany, Harrison, Arkansas, was “the chosen one,” for the 2014 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. The contest asked contestants to submit an essay with a maximum of 600 words describing why they were in the most need of a motorcycle makeover.
Chris compelled the judges writing about cutting as many corners as possible in order to put herself through school and provide for the things needed most. Here is Chris’ submission to the contest in its entirety:
My brother and I were given the option of a candy bar a day or the equivalent in money, I ALWAYS took the money, he took the candy. I took care of all … Continue Reading
September 10, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
For some of us the riding season is winding down. That bit of a chill you feel in the morning ride isn’t a fluke, it’s more of a hint that cooler weather will be the norm. So are you a fair weather rider? Do you close the garage door at the first sign of cloudy and cool? Fear not my friends we ride motorcycles, remember? Sure, there are all sorts of cold-weather riding gear out there for those who want to hang on to the warm temps of summer. But for me I’ll stick to the more traditional gear of bikers past: a good pair of insulated gauntlet gloves, … Continue Reading
September 2, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
After being nominated by Motorcycle Superstore, J&P Cycles’ staffers took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS themselves, in turn nominating Kuryakyn, Vance & Hines and Performance Machine. J&P Cycles is contributing $5,000 toward ALS research and treatment to a local eastern Iowa chapter.… Continue Reading
August 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
If you weren’t able to make it to Sturgis this year for the 74th Sturgis Rally, don’t worry, we have a glimpse of what you missed. If you were pinching pennies saving for next year’s hugely awesome event, that’s good – it’s going to be huge and over the top. You can count on J&P Cycles to give you a preview of what to expect going into the 2015 75th Sturgis Rally.
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August 20, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
J&P Cycles has teamed up with Bare Knuckle Choppers to create the “Heartland Hustle,” the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Championship Giveaway Bike. ”The Heartland Hustle” features an S&S X-Wedge engine, S&S transmission, Rivera Primo belt drive, Rolling Thunder FXR style chassis, Ride Wright wheels, Metzeler tires, a set of 8″ StrongArm risers and stainless steel Moto-S bars.
The motorcycle will travel the Progressive International Motorcycle Show circuit, where those in attendance can sign up for a chance to win this sizzling hot machine! The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows kick offs in San Mateo, Calif. on Oct. 31 and conclude on Feb. 15 in Chicago, Ill. The winner of the bike … Continue Reading
August 19, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles
The third annual Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run for pre-1937 bikes will start at Daytona Beach, Florida on Sept 5, 2014 and conclude in Tacoma, Washington on Sept 21. This 17-day, 4,150 ride is scheduled to take riders through 10 states with a limited number of interstate miles with designated stops at five motorcycle museums along the way, and over a dozen hosted stops at motorcycle dealers. These organized stops will allow classic bike enthusiasts, motorcycle fans and anyone interested in these amazing machines and their riders an opportunity to check them out in person.
The Motorcycle Cannonball is not as much of a race as a test of rider endurance … Continue Reading
Last year, after years of hosting the Cruise Night events at our J&P Cycles showroom outside Anamosa, Iowa, we decided to try something new. A local biker hot spot in Cedar Rapids (Chrome Horse Saloon) approached us regarding joining forces to host our event on their property. We held the newly named Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night events there last year on the second Tuesday of the month (May through September).
This year, we added additional sponsors (Bud Light, Cassill Motors and KRNA), a great giveaway and changed the date to the second Thursday of the month (May through September). Things were going along blissfully – … Continue Reading
The other day, I had something happen that I thought I would share with all of you. Last Monday was a usual busy morning. Mondays are typically our busiest day of the week here at J&P Cycles, and July is also one of our busiest months.
In addition to my duties as a blogger, I answer e-mails from all over the world, monitor and answer questions on our Facebook page, serve as the main moderator of the J&P Cycles Forum, and split time during the week as a chat technician on the J&P website Tech Chat feature. My plate is not only full, but satisfying as well. … Continue Reading
July 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox
Ah, the smell of new tires. If you’re like me, there isn’t anything better than knowing you have two new tires on your bike. I know it’s painful to the wallet to put them on, but it’s a necessary evil when you ride motorcycles. And when you really ride, putting a lot of miles on your bike it can be quite painful a couple of times a year.
Every year before I hit the road for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, I have new tires put on. I really struggle with it when I see I still have a few miles left on the old ones and it seems … Continue Reading