PICKERINGTON, Ohio—On Oct. 17 in Orlando, the American Motorcyclist Association will welcome the Class of 2015 into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Two of those motorcycling greats will be racer Rodney Smith and entrepreneur and patron John Parham.
“It’s my pleasure to announce the first two members of the Class of 2015,” said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA and American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation boards of directors. “Rodney Smith was one of the most versatile motorcycle racers of the 1990s, excelling in both motocross and off-road at the highest levels. John Parham created one of the most-successful motorcycle accessory businesses and later became one of the greatest benefactors … Continue Reading
Just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, a tornado struck and destroyed homes and businesses in Hawk Point, Mo., including Bare Knuckle Choppers motorcycle shop, owned by Paul Wideman, the winner of the 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and the builder of J&P Cycles’ 2015 Heartland Hustle Custom FXR giveaway bike.
This news came as a shock and hit far too close to home as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tornado that hit J&P Cycles one day after our 35th annual Open House Rally. While the majority of our building stayed intact, damage throughout the building and leaks in the roof temporarily halted … Continue Reading
At one point in your life, you’re going to have to commute to work. It’s going to happen. You can try to control travel time and the miles, but you are going to have to wake up one morning, slug down a cup of coffee, run out of the house and, well, here’s the interesting point:
You can take the monotonous route and jump in a car or truck, continue the creature comforts that you work for each day, or maybe take a minute or two longer and take the bike to work.
International Ride to Work Day is tomorrow, June 15, always the third Monday in June, and it’s … Continue Reading
Traveling from rally to rally sometimes requires me to cross the country in five days or less, but this time, I had the luxury of three weeks to get from Myrtle Beach to Laconia.
I bee-lined it straight to western North Carolina for some of the best motorcycle roads east of the Mississippi River. The plan was to camp at my favorite campground for two nights while waiting for the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum to open in nearby Maggie Vally, visit with my old friend Dale the owner, and be on my way.
Well after five visits and two weeks later, I was finally on my way.
Patrick shows you how to remove the outer fairing from a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. If you’re planning on doing audio, dash or gauge upgrades on your bagger, this is the first step you’ll want to take.
In just two days, riders around the globe will log millions of miles in the biggest demonstration of freedom the world has ever seen.
While you’re hitting the highway, be sure to stop by J&P Cycles Annual Open House Rally, which just happens to also take place June 27-28 for two excitement-packed days. Coincidence? I think not.
Check out the bike shows, hundreds of the industry’s top vendors, Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo and free concert entertainment including Great White, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Stephen Pearcy, … Continue Reading
The smoke was rolling as Carl Fay, J&P Cycles’ Sturgis Retail Manager, and Patrick Garvin, Video Merchant, started their burnouts and sped away to break the ribbon commemorating the official opening of the J&P Cycles Sturgis store.
Over 150 local Sturgis community members joined us for our ribbon cutting on Monday, June 1, including Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen, Sturgis City Council members, the Sturgis rally event team and area business leaders.
Since the store opened, we’ve had nearly 1,400 customers come through the door. Nearly 800 of those customers walked through the doors the first day. “Yesterday (Thursday) has been our best day yet, and we only expect to continue … Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.
About this time every year I reach into the deep, dark recesses of my saddlebags and pull out all the stuff that has accumulated over the past 12 months. The weather is shaping up and rides are being planned, and when you ride a bike with bags stuff tends to collect. A changeover if you will, from ending the riding season last year to a new beginning. I’m talking transition, and I don’t mean gearbox.
Things are starting to come together for the National Motorcycle Museum’s upcoming exhibit, The Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story presented by J&P Cycles. It is the first-ever motorcycle exhibit comprehensively documenting the evolution of the American Custom Motorcycle: the cut-downs, bob-jobs, show bikes and choppers, from the late 1920s to the early 1980s.
The exhibit will open June 20, 2015, just in time for the 2015 Vintage Rally. The Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story exhibit will include only period-built bikes, plus related artwork, memorabilia, film posters and photos, plus contemporary artwork commissioned for the show.
“The bikes in the show are Honda, Harley and Triumph powered, even BSA, built by regular … Continue Reading
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