Around The News – July 22 2016

July 22, 2016 | By: Joe Peek



Here are five things that appeared this week in the clutter of information overload that I found worthy of sharing with our readers:

  1. Polaris continues to give Harley stiff competition – they just made #2 on Industry Week’s list of Top 50 Manufacturers – Industry Week
  2. Triumph Bonneville T120 named Motorcycle of the Year by Rider Magazine – Powersports Business
  3. BMW i Ventures invested in the ride tracking and navigation app REVER (worth checking out) –
  4. A tequila car? Ford and Jose Cuervo explore use of agave byproducts to create bioplastics – Powersports Business
  5. Yep, Joe’s Indian Chief Vintage is one of those 18,367 motorcycles under recall –
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How to Change Motorcycle Handlebars


July 20, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


One of the fastest ways to add some comfort and style to your bike is to change out your handlebars. This simple job along with a few other minor changes can change the look and feel of your entire bike and it is something you can do in a couple of hours with basic tools.

If you have never attempted to change out your handlebars, it really is not a difficult job and is relatively the same procedure on all different style bikes. Like any job proper preparation is key to being successful with little frustration.

The first part of the job is to determine what the look and … Continue Reading

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5 Ways To Stay Cool While Riding Hot


July 20, 2016 | By: Joe Peek



Some people ride in the heat by choice, some out of necessity. When it’s a choice, a Sunday ride in triple-digit weather can be postponed. On the other hand, commuting and cross-country riding are not always weather dependent. Regardless of the circumstances, riding in the heat can be made more bearable.  Here are five tips to stay cool while riding in the heat.

Stay Hydrated

Once you feel thirsty, you are in the beginning stages of dehydration. We know we need to drink more water when it’s hot. But how much is “more?”bottle of water

On normal days, you should drink half your body weight in water. If you weigh 200 … Continue Reading

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The Harley Brake Investigation


July 18, 2016 | By: Joe Peek

Harley brake

Average riders put more thought into louder pipes than the maintenance of their motorcycle braking system.

Loud pipes save lives. We published a post  about this controversy not too long ago. True or not, one thing about loud pipes is certain – the Feds aren’t interested in pipes that aren’t loud enough.

The Harley Brake Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 43 complaints about faulty brakes on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. At the time this is written, the NHTSA is labeling this a “preliminary evaluation.” Regardless of what you call it, the news is not good for Harley.

Fortunately, no fatalities resulted from the three known accidents linked to … Continue Reading

Evolution: The Art of Darren McKeag

July 15, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson

pic1Over the past 20+ years working in the motorcycle industry I have had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people. Unlike some of the other industries, the motorcycle industry is really quite small. Over the years I have seen so many people come in and go out of the industry, but there is also a core group of people that remain constant. You see them at the events or at the rallies and they are always there doing something in the industry. From time to time you will see someone working with one company and then later that year you will see them working for someone else in the … Continue Reading

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Around The News – July 15 2016

July 15, 2016 | By: Joe Peek


Here are five things that appeared this week in the clutter of information overload that I found worthy of sharing with our readers:

  1. Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita set a new around-the-world record on a Victory motorcycle – Victory Endurance Race Team
  2. Progressive released the list of cities for the 36th Annual IMS Tour – Progressive Press Release
  3. At least 27 states have started “unpaving” small town roads? WTH??? – Wired Magazine
  4. Survey finds bikers are more attractive than drivers! – Fox News
  5. Screaming Banshee air horn delivers a whopping 123 db to alert even the most distracted of drivers! –
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Sturgis Bike Week 2016

July 14, 2016 | By: Joe Peek

J&P Cycles Store - Sturgis


The Black Hills Motorcycle Classic, more commonly known as Sturgis Bike Week, starts for the 76th year on Aug 8. An icon in the motorcycle community, Sturgis is the place to party and people watch, ride the scenic Black Hills, and pick up new parts and gear. And what better place to get those parts and accessories than at the J&P Cycles Store on Lazelle Street.

Sturgis Retail Center

From tires to seats, helmets to boots, and everything in between, you can find it at our Sturgis Retail Center. Located in the heart of downtown Sturgis at 1650 Lazelle Street, our store will be open from 9 am … Continue Reading

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Saddlebag Essentials for the Road

July 14, 2016 | By: Lowell Anderson


When you are headed out on a long trip, having the right stuff in your saddlebag can mean the difference between a good time and a bad time. Being out on the road alone can be daunting and having someone to stop and “help” you can even be scary. Being properly prepared is key to make sure you have an enjoyable trip and reach your destination. We spoke to our riders here at J&P and asked them to tell us the key items they carry and why. Some of these items can change depending on the style of riding you do, or even what type of bike you ride. Someone … Continue Reading

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Top 12 Historic Female Riders, Part I


July 12, 2016 | 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

Around The News – July 8

July 8, 2016 | By: Joe Peek



Here are five things that appeared this week in the clutter of information overload that I found worthy of sharing with our readers:

  1. Cliff Vaughn, of iconic “Captain America” chopper from the film Easy Rider, passed away – American Iron Magazine
  2. Victory Motorcycles celebrated 18 years of success on July 4 – Victory Motorcycles
  3. Female sets new record for cross country ride – Power Sports Business
  4. Honoring the legacy of the Van Buren sisters, 100 women set out on cross country ride – Springfield MA news
  5. The NHTSA is looking at 430K Harley-Davidson motorcycles for brake failures – ABC News
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