Roland Sands Design: The Making of the Brand I remember the very moment when I first wanted a Harley-Davidson Sportster. I was scrolling through #motorcycles on Instagram when I came across a photo of an Iron 883 equipped with a Roland Sands Design (RSD) Slant 2 into 1 Exhaust. I spent days obsessing over the [...]
Courtesy Mercury News Me: I think you guys in LA are crazy to lane split on these packed highways. Colleague: I think Texas bikers are crazy to not wear helmets. That was the beginning of an hour-long conversation, at the end of which we simply had to agree to disagree. And to [...]
The art of the motorcycle engine has evolved dramatically since the days of the F-Head. In 1921, a Harley-Davidson became the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of 100 miles per hour.
The engine — and motorcycles engines in general — have changed dramatically since the early days. Time and technology have taken their toll in both good and bad ways, some would say. During a recent staff meeting here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, our resident motorcycle experts and enthusiasts thought it would be interesting to highlight the history of the v-twin engine. From the F-Head, to its evolution as a … Continue Reading
After our previous blog posts about extending your motorcycle cables and brake lines, and another about measuring for comfortable bars, we thought it’s about time to take on the topic of cables all by themselves.
Let’s start with HD throttle cables. In this modern era we use a two-cable system, something that was mandated by the government to preclude sticking throttles. In case the throttle does stick, the two-cable system has a positive action when the handgrip is closed, closing the throttle.
Through the decades, we’ve experimented with three types of cables. The first cable was used on “butterfly” type Keihin carbs that were common on … Continue Reading
Part of what makes Daytona Bike Week so great is the diversity of the event. Attendees can see everything from Flat Track racing to the rat bikes parked outside of Willie's Tropical Tattoo. With so much to cover it can be difficult to see it all so we have snap shots of everything here in [...]
As the week rolls on, the temperatures have risen and the crowds have thickened. The final hoorah of Daytona Bike Week is about to commence with the final weekend upon us. The 75th anniversary has brought crowds larger than ever to the shores of Daytona Beach and we are excited to bring you this update [...]
The 48 bikes that made the 2016 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show were a varied lot representing just about every popular style of customs. Baggers, cruisers, bobbers, choppers and café racers slotted into the show’s four custom categories including FreeStyle, MOD Harley, MOD Custom and MOD Retro. The Ultimate Builder is a show [...]
With every new year comes new gear to celebrate! We are excited to introduce Scorpion as an addition to our selection of gear lines for 2016. Scorpion has been dedicated to providing premium products to motorcycle riders of all kinds for the past decade. With so many products to highlight choosing only a few to review [...]
Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Miami with a pronounced Latin beat. The energy was high inside the Miami Convention Center with Cartel Baggers making their presence known by displaying 26 custom Baggers in the Modified Harley Davidson and FreeStyle classes. And if you [...]
Most of our Meet the Team introductions have been with J&P staff members who have been with us a long time. Today, we’re changing that up a bit in order to fill you in on two of the newer members of our team. These two gentlemen joined us within the last nine months and both guys are sharp as tacks and equally fun to work with.
Duane (Bud) Probus is a recent graduate of the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (Phoenix) Harley and Kawasaki program. James Dean — that’s right, James Dean — is a graduate of Wyo Tech’s American Motorcycle Institute (Florida) Harley program.
Meet Bud (left) and James (right):
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