Twisting the throttle on the 2016 Softail Slim S I feel I should be wearing a red, white and blue jumpsuit and carrying a star-spangled shield. Maybe it’s the big U.S. Army-style star emblazoned on the side of the tank that makes me want to channel my best Steve Rogers. Perhaps it’s the Olive Gold Denim paint that stirs up visions of World War II WLA’s. For sure it’s the way the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B pulls like a mule that makes me feel like a superhero every time I crack the throttle because my biceps have been getting a workout gripping the handlebars tight when … Continue Reading
Sometimes three fingers of Jack Daniels will give you a different perspective, and honestly, I was working nine fingers of Jack when Bandit, the editor/owner of the online custom bike magazine bikernet.com, called and asked what I was good for, as he hadn’t seen an article from me since 2014?
Dr. Jack Tequila (a hobbyist chiropractor) and I were sitting beachside in Wilmington, NC, watching the sun go down.
I got caught up on the question, “What good was I?” I’d been working pretty hard since getting off the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series. I’ve started a new business, All … Continue Reading
The turn out was fantastic for the final Hot Rods & Harleys event of the 2015 series.
The 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy before undergoing a makeover.
The Fat Boy after a paint job and lots of new goodies.
Stephanie Lange, the winner of the 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy with J&P Staffer Angi Kearney.
The J&P Cycles 2015 Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night Series, sponsored by Cassill Motors, Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery, Bud Light, KRNA and KHAK, was a huge success! The final event held on Thursday, Sept. 17, featured great music by Framing the Red, door prizes and cool drinks. A large group of bikers came together for … Continue Reading
Photo courtesy of Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department.
An early morning fire on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, destroyed the Full Throttle Saloon just outside of Sturgis, South Dakota. The bar was known as “The World’s Largest Biker Bar,” and had been the subject of the truTV series “Full Throttle Saloon,” which aired for several seasons starting in 2009. The Sturgis area landmark bar was a popular destination for hundreds of thousands of bikers who show up yearly for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Full Throttle Saloon featured post-apocalyptic décor, zip lines above the amphitheater, and unique entertainment like freak shows, midget wrestling and burlesque-style dancers. The bar is owned by Michael … Continue Reading
I usually look at the map about 10 minutes before leaving on a trip with very loose plans on how to get to where I’m going, but this adventure was different. Running into my Canadian friend Scott in Sturgis we decided to travel together to Nova Scotia, Canada and ultimately ended up in Digby for the Wharf Rat Rally (Canada’s largest motorcycle rally).
Scott collects Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts from all over the world, so we followed his plan and took an indirect route to eastern Canada. We stopped in St.Louis, Louisville, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh to enhance his collection which now totals 17 shirts. From there we crossed the border … Continue Reading
Not being in a rush when on a two wheeled trip is my ideal of the perfect adventure. With a few weeks before I had to be in Sturgis for the 75th Rally I had plenty of time to seek out the hidden treasures found only on the Blue Highways of America. Heading out of Anamosa, Iowa, I pointed the front wheel towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin, toward the Wild Ones Weekend/KnuckleHead Reunion hosted at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not only is it attended by possibly the largest KnuckleHead (1936/1947 overhead valve models) in the world, but is also a vintage style rally complete with field events. If that wasn’t enough, a trip … Continue Reading
Life is sort of a funny thing, you know? And you have the choice every day to decide what you’re going to do with this life you’ve been given.
As spoken by American actress and playwright Mae West, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” But it has also been said that you don’t live once, you live every day. So why not make the most of it while you can?
On April 15, 2015, Avery Starkey, Tom Solymosi and Brad Franssen, three friends from New Jersey, set out on a journey of a lifetime. Their expedition, appropriately named The Full Ride, started out … Continue Reading
Clean, waterproof and protect your leather with this great new product found at J&P Cycles, Riders Leather Seal. Made from three, all-natural ingredients, beeswax, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil, Riders Leather Seal cleans, protects, conditions, inhibits mold, repels water and provides natural protection from UV rays.
Riders Leather Seal is perfect for conditioning your leather boots, jackets, chaps, seats and luggage, and also works great on canvas, vinyl and other exotic coverings.
Sized to take anywhere, an eight-ounce can of Riders Leather Seal can last you from two to three years on average and never expires. Apply Riders Leather Seal once every three months to keep your leather healthy … Continue Reading
If you attended this year’s 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, we hope you had the chance to stop by the Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center to feast your eyes on the Naked Truth Motorcycles As Art™ Exhibition.
The Naked Truth Exhibit, curated by famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter, was on display at the Buffalo Chip during the rally from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7. On display without the distraction of paint and graphics, the bare beauty of these motorcycles was revealed in every detail from the bodywork to the frame.
If you didn’t get a chance to get to this year’s show, here’s what you missed:
The Holy Grail of Motorcycle Rallies is without a doubt “Sturgis,” and this year’s event, being the 75th anniversary, brought the attendance numbers to a record high. This is my personal favorite rally of the year, not only because of the fun canyon roads to ride, but the energy level in the attendees it produces.
People come from all over the world from your vagabond gypsy motorcyclists that camp in the national forest to your doctors and lawyers in million dollar RVs with matching trailers. But no matter how they arrived, there is an upbeat vibe and a positive attitude that’s infectious.