Be a Part of I AM STURGIS: The Movie

May 8, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

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

Reflecting on the Road to Laughlin

May 7, 2015 | By: Patrick Garvin

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.

The Road to Laughlin

Outside of Sturgis, I really don’t ride to that many events. I’ve ridden to Sturgis for … Continue Reading

The Garage is My Place of Solace


May 7, 2015 | By: Lowell Anderson

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

Steel Horse Rally Will Ride Again

May 6, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

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 and for good reason.
One of my favorite states to ride in is Arkansas … Continue Reading

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Bound: Route 66 and Beyond in Photos


May 6, 2015 | By: Joe Sparrow

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

There is More to a Biker Than What Meets the Eye


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.

Blogger Jeff Maddox lost his son-in-law Chanse Sanderson in a motorcycle/truck accident on April 13 in Colorado.

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

Iowa Governor and Lt. Governor Visit J&P Cycles


April 28, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds toured the J&P Cycles headquarters, outside Anamosa, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 15. The tour consisted of the showroom and warehouse facility, led by J&P Cycles own Rich Brecht, J&P’s director of contact center operations.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds toured the J&P Cycles headquartersThey walked through the warehouse, with its concrete floors, rows of products organized on metal shelves, motorized conveyer belts, stacks of palletized merchandise and employees boxing and unboxing motorcycle accessories.

Governor Branstad was impressed with the size of J&P Cycles’ warehouse and the volume of orders placed.

Branstad and Reynolds tour businesses throughout the state on a regular basis. “It’s important to know the businesses you have … Continue Reading

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Do You Deserve a Makeover?


April 28, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Entries Now Being Accepted

Entering its seventh consecutive year, Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, sponsored by GEICO Motorcycle, is at it again! You could score a huge list of parts and accessories for you and your motorcycle just by describing why you are most in need of a Biker Makeover.

“The idea behind this contest came from personal experiences of being involved in larger charity bike giveaways. Those events always targeted larger groups and organizations. I never got to see the impact it had on an individual. That was why this contest came about, to lift someone up directly, to meet new people and share experiences,” says Sara … Continue Reading

How to Change the Oil in an H-D Sportster


April 26, 2015 | By: J&P Cycles

Why pay someone to do something when you can do it yourself? Follow along as Patrick walks you though the basic steps you need to follow when changing the oil on your Harley. This oil change was performed on a 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster, and would be similar on other rubber mount Sportsters from 2004 and up. Enjoy!… Continue Reading

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Roughnecks Ride for a Cause


April 24, 2015 | By: Andrea Hall

Here at J&P Cycles’ headquarters in Anamosa Iowa, we’re used to hearing (and feeling) the rumbling of motorcycles pulling into our retail showroom lot. It’s music to our ears.

Roughnecks Motorcycle ClubHowever, on one sunny Saturday, I happened to be driving by the office on my day off when I couldn’t help but notice a fairly long line of motorcycles taking a left at J&P Cycles. I had passed the turn into our parking lot but didn’t hesitate to make my next available U-turn.

It was as if they had done it dozens of times before. The bikes were perfectly choreographed as they parked two-by-two. As the bikers dismounted, the camaraderie … Continue Reading