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Give A Second Chance At Life: Become An Organ Donor

That time of year is upon us – at least for those of us in the Midwest – time to get our motorcycle gear together and get out on the open road. As motorcyclists, we are aware of the danger that comes along with our hobby and because of our hobby, the chance of an accident taking place is greater. Most of us don’t think about what we would do if they unthinkable happened to us or family members, but we should.

Organ donation is such an important topic and one that I am extremely passionate about. In early August of last year, I received a lung transplant. The unselfish … Continue Reading

Those American Picker Guys Can Sure Draw a Crowd!

If you watch the History Channel on TV at all, you’ve probably seen promos for American Pickers with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. If you’ve actually seen the show, you’ve followed these two “pickers” as they scour the back roads of America, looking for long-forgotten treasures in barns, garages and sheds.

It’s become a very popular program, and proof of that came last Saturday when the pair showed up at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. There to greet them were more than 2,500 fans, lining up all day for the opportunity to shake hands with Wolfe and Fritz and have them autograph a photo.

It turns out that … Continue Reading

A Holiday Blessing From Us To You

Holiday greetings from the entire J&P Cycles family! As we say goodbye to 2010, it’s amazing to think that another year has passed. For myself, my wife Jill and our son Zach, 2010 has been a tremendous twelve months for us personally.

In March, after recovering from emergency colon surgery, I developed pneumonia. Combined with an already compromised lung through pulmonary fibrosis, I became gravely ill. I spent 33 days in the intensive care unit and then another 19 days in the hospital before I was finally released. During this time, the doctors determined that my only chance for survival was to undergo a lung transplant.

On June 25 — … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T15:04:03+00:00December 24th, 2010|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Born To Ride Magazine Interviews Zach Parham, Our VP of Operations

Our own Zach Parham — who was recently named vice president of operations and has been a key contributor in developing our retail store operations — began his J&P career back when he was still riding a tricycle around the shop. He joined J&P fulltime in May of 2007 after graduating from Wartburg College with a degree in accounting and finance, and is now married and has a 2-year-old son. Zach was recently interviewed by “Born to Ride, Florida” for their 77th issue. Below is a copy of that great article. To view the magazine, visit

As a biker, if there is an opportunity to add some chrome … Continue Reading

Thank You All for Your Prayers, Kind Words and Support

It’s been a week since John Parham successfully underwent a left lung transplant, and the J&P Cycles president continues to recuperate, growing stronger every day.

Prior to the transplant, John was using 65 to 70 percent oxygen regularly. Today he is able to function with absolutely no oxygen equipment at all. In addition, he’s able to walk and get around much better than before. The improvement is evident each day as he slowly regains his strength.

Our family is especially appreciative of the many prayers, words of encouragement and support we’ve received from friends and customers these past five months.

We would also like to thank the family of the … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T15:24:37+00:00August 16th, 2010|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , |89 Comments

The American Dream – A Letter From Our President, John Parham

UPDATE ON JOHN PARHAM: John ended up getting “the call” saying that the hospital had a lung for him. You can read more on John’s progress by reading “Thank You All For Your Prayers, Kind Words, and Support”, a blog post from the Parham Family.

The American Dream

J&P Cycles® truly is a business representative of the
American Dream. Jill and I started by selling motorcycle parts out of the back of a van from a small town in Iowa. Now, we are the world’s largest retailer of aftermarket parts for motorcycles. It took a lot of work, sacrifices, dedicated employees, a strong family and some luck to … Continue Reading

By |2014-03-28T16:26:03+00:00June 16th, 2010|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , |1,591 Comments

J&P Cycles Hosting Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet

The first of four fun-filled summertime swap meets is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 23, on the sprawling J&P Cycles world headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa. In fact, J&P Cycles and “motorcycle swap meet” are pretty much synonymous, because J&P has a rich history with such events. It’s how our founders [...]

Top Tweets and Updates for the Week

Welcome to this week’s edition of J&P Cycles Top Tweets and Updates. You may have noticed a slight name change in the title of this weekly series. This was done to include status updates on Facebook page where we’ve seen increasing levels of activity.

  • Stealing a page from Burt Reynolds and the 1981 comedy “The Cannonball Run”, a popular tweet from earlier this week was the announcement that John Parham of J&P Cycles will be taking part in the Motorcycle Cannonball Ride, a 3,325 mile “race” on vintage motorcycles (pre-1916). Check out the tweet.

  • With lower than normal temperatures throughout the country our deals on January 11th and
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By |2014-03-12T12:03:57+00:00January 22nd, 2010|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Top Tweets and Updates for the Week

Happy Holidays from the Parhams

The last few months have slowly brought colder weather to Iowa. As we look outside, a powdery snow from a winter storm covers our landscape. Those of us in the Midwest have put our bikes away for the winter anticipating a time when warmer weather will welcome us back outdoors. While never enjoyable, the yearly ritual [...]

By |2014-03-12T11:52:37+00:00December 25th, 2009|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Meet the Team: J&P Cycles Founder & President, John Parham

John Parham

Every company has a visionary — that one person whose original inspiration it was to create the business in the first place. Here at J&P Cycles, that person was, and still is to this day, our Founder & President, John Parham.
Before we get too far along in blogging about the day-to-day activities and opportunities associated with J&P Cycles and the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories online retailer, we thought it might be interesting to interview John and share the results here on the blog. First up are John’s responses to six fairly straightforward questions. Then, at the end of the interview, check out the accompanying video, featuring … Continue Reading

By |2015-04-15T14:59:15+00:00December 16th, 2009|Categories: J&P Team Members|Tags: , , , , , |17 Comments