The Great Motor Company Introduces Two New Models

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March 27, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

2014-Harley-Davidson-Low-Rider (2)The Harley-Davidson Low Rider was first introduced to the motorcycle community back in 1977. About that time you or your parents had really big hair bested only by their really big bell bottom pants and the disco movement was in full swing. Over 30 years may have passed us all by in a blur, but the folks at HD remember what was cool about that era (or at least what they think was cool about it).

For 2014 Harley has reintroduced the Low Rider and the Super Low 1200T. Both bikes are based on the idea of offering an easy to ride, retro-cool design that apparently you, the customers have … Continue Reading

Bike Week 2014 Willie’s Tattoo Old School Chopper Show

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March 25, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Bike Week and the Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show seem to go hand-in-hand. We say it every year, but honestly, we mean it – if your plans include a trip to Bike Week, this show is always a must-see! In case you missed this year’s show, J&P Cycles gives you an all-access pass, where the fun bikes are not only built to impress, but ride!… Continue Reading

Are You Really Ready to Ride?

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March 24, 2014 | By: Jeff Maddox

Get Ready to Ride

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.

Are you prepared? The riding season is upon us and I for one need to get out and do a little back road traveling. But really, are you prepared? I know the first thing that comes to mind when presented with that question is usually a “yes!” New tires, oil changed, your bike is cleaned up with a full tank of fresh gas, of course your bike is ready. But the question is, are you prepared?

It’s been a long, cold winter. More snow in … Continue Reading

Top 12 Historic Female Riders, Part II

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March 21, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.

Bessie StringfieldBessie Stringfield

Facts: Founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club, she fought through the barriers of being a black, female motorcycle rider and became an Army motorcycle dispatch rider in WWII. She became an AMA Hall of Fame Member in 2002.

As a teenager, Bessie made a name for herself by traveling around the United States on a perpetual quest for adventure. In 1929 she became the first African-American woman to travel across the US alone, on a motorcycle. According to the legend, Bessie started riding as a teen and would flip … Continue Reading

Top 12 Historic Female Riders, Part I

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March 15, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a four-part series showcasing 12 female riders with historic significance.

The 19th Amendment guaranteed Women would receive the same right to vote as men. The era between 1878 and when it was finally ratified in 1920 were tough on women everywhere, but for those who stood up for what they believed in and help prove, reveal or otherwise convince the majority of the citizens of the United States that women kick ass and deserve to have the same rights as men: We want to say thank you. As you read through this brief overview of important women in motorcycle history, some … Continue Reading

Considering a New Bike? Think Twice!

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March 14, 2014 | By: Lowell Anderson

Honda Recall Bikes

As the weather starts to change, we all get the bug to get out on the road and start riding again. I know as soon as it gets slightly warm I start to think about riding. I find myself out in the garage going over my bikes and considering all the things I need to do to get ready to go. Some of the hard core guys at J&P Cycles (Jasper, for example) start riding before the snow has even melted off the roads, then they use the opportunity to make fun of us guys waiting for the weather to get just a bit warmer. I say more power to … Continue Reading

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Winter Weather Didn’t Hamper J&P 2014 Winter Workshop

March 11, 2014 | By: Merrill Bonney

Winter workshopEditor’s Note: J&P Cycles Iowa Showroom Sales Tech Merrill Bonney started with J&P back in May of 1999 as a phone sales representative. He worked the showroom during that year’s Sturgis Rally, and stayed there after the event, moving onto a sales tech position. His motorcycle riding journey began in 1975 and since he has owned a number of bikes. Today his current ride is a 1997 FLHRFI fuel-injected Road King. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys tinkering on his motorcycle. He has done most of the work on all his motorcycles and vehicles.  

On a cold, blustery and snowy Saturday on the first day of March here at J&P Continue Reading

Top 10 Rally Destinations for 2014

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March 7, 2014 | By: J&P Cycles

The start of Daytona Bike Week got those of us up north us thinking that this event is the start of event season!  It also made us think about all the other motorcycle events/rallies across the country and we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Rally Destinations for 2014. While you wait to thaw out this might be a great list to get your vacation juices flowing. Enjoy!

1. Sturgis, Aug. 4-10, Sturgis, South Dakota

The granddaddy of all the destinations you should have on your calendar is the Sturgis Rally. The Black Hills provide a perfect backdrop for day rides, from Mt. Rushmore to Spearfish Canyon. Lazelle and … Continue Reading

Bike Week 2014 – What’s There to do at Night?

March 4, 2014 | By: Ina Postel

14 Bike WeekWhat’s that rumbling sound? In addition to the pounding of tools as tents are being set up, colorful 18-wheelers are rolling into the surrounding parking lots, and there are bikes – lots of bikes!

It’s time for the 73rd Bike Week, a time when people from all around the world flock to the Daytona Beach, FL area. Tourists come here to not only meet with and speak to all kinds of motorcycle vendors, and fellow riders, but those in cooler climates like to head south to also escape winter’s fury. During the day there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, but what exactly is there to do … Continue Reading

Motorcycle Class Brings New, Old Riders Together – Each with a Story to Tell

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February 24, 2014 | By: Kayleigh Pingel

Motorcycle CourseMotorcycle riders each have their own history of how they ended up in the saddle, where their bikes originated from, and what drives them to continue their journey on two wheels. If you read my personal story in my first blog post, you’ll know that nearly a year ago I started riding my own motorcycle after completing a basic motorcycle rider course. But I feel that my story is far from the most interesting out there, so I’d like to share the stories of some of the motorcyclists who learned to ride alongside me over those few days almost a year ago.

Gathering for a motorcycle course in … Continue Reading