Motorcycle Missions X J&P Cycles The connection found between a man and a motorcycle is unusual. There are similarities that the human eyes miss at each glance. This connection is one that is rarely seen but frequently felt. From two wheels to two eyes, we begin our lives as a frame. A perfect, flawless, sinless, [...]
It goes without saying that suppliers are the lifeblood of J&P Cycles, and one of our longest-running partnerships is with Rivera Primo, a quality motorcycle parts manufacturer that operates out of a 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Whittier, Calif.
Formerly known as Rivera Engineering, Rivera Primo was founded by a television repairman named Mel Magnet who came up with the great idea back in the early ’70s to use a British carburetor on the Harley-Davidson V-twin engine. This carb, which was usually found on Jaguars and MG automobiles, was known as the SU (abbreviation for Skinners Union). The SU was fantastic right out of the box, and Mel discovered … Continue Reading
With riding weather hitting full stride, time’s short to spruce up your ride and add some well-deserved swag to its magnificence. There you stand in your garage, staring at your machine and wondering what bit of functional bling you could add to the bike to brighten its appearance or add punch to the motor.
By complete design, the folks at Performance Machine step forward to throw their hats in the ring with a pair of very good suggestions for 2011:
There are a couple of things I prefer not happen to me while perched atop my faithful machine. One of them is getting a flat tire. The idea of picking up a nail or some other form of road shrapnel bothers me for two reasons: One, most of the time I’m clipping along at a good rate of speed, and the thought of sharp debris attaching itself to one of my tires and shredding it into tiny pieces while I am hurling myself through a corner is upsetting to say the least.
Two, if I manage to survive the tire blowout unscathed, there’s the less dramatic issue of being in … Continue Reading
Nothing takes the fun out of a daylong ride than returning home after dark and discovering your garage door opener is in the pocket of the denims you stuffed in your saddlebags earlier in the day. You’re fumbling around with your gear in the darkened driveway and you can’t see the nose on your face, let alone a small box with a button on it.
After this happened to me a few times, I made my garage “smart” by installing motion-activated lights at every entrance to the garage. It’s nice to have a light kick on when I get home, and I went the easy route. Instead of getting all … Continue Reading
One of the most common questions we get around here sounds like this: “Is this thing going to be an exact fit for my bike?” Or, “Hey, is this thing plug-and-play?” And if we reply to the negative, a lot of folks immediately lose interest. They don’t want to mess with it. For most of us who like to fiddle with our bikes, at least half the parts were originally meant to fit something else.
But you know what? If you switch this or move that, most parts are going to fit just fine on your bike. After all, custom means one of a kind, or made to fit. It … Continue Reading
The way we look at it, there’s nothing like starting off the New Year with a brand new J&P Cycles catalog. Refurbished, renovated and refined and featuring 1,048 pages, our 2011 catalog is the best one ever! Filled with the latest brand name items from S&S, Custom Chrome, Vance and Hines, Drag Specialties, Bikers Choice and V-Twin Manufacturing, our catalog is your one-stop place to shop.
With more than 4,000 new parts numbers, the 2011 catalog offers a whopping 39,600 individual unique numbers, ensuring you that we’ll probably be able to handle all your Harley parts needs. Over the last couple years, J&P has been using product … Continue Reading
Here we go again. The holidays. That time of year when we agonize over what to get our loved ones for Christmas and Hanukkah. As you’d expect us to tell you, J&P Cycles is a great place to shop this holiday season for that motorcycle man or woman in your life. Personally, my wish list consists of parts for my bike and maybe some more parts for my bike. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I can count on my wife to figure out exactly what I need.
That’s why we have techs on the phone lines and via web chat who can assure you get the right part for that … Continue Reading
Today’s blog will address the possibility of building a basket case, or swap meet special. This weekend, there is a parts swap meet right here in Anamosa, Iowa. This Sunday, on the 19th of September, J&P Cycles is returning to its roots. This raises the possibility that you might want to consider taking on the task of building a basket case.
What’s a basket case, you ask? In the vernacular of the motorcycle world, a basket case is a project bike that lies unassembled in a bunch of boxes or baskets. It’s also known as a swap meet special, but there are plenty of other places where … Continue Reading
Today’s post will help you guys who are taking on a new bike build. As a tech here at J&P Cycles, I’m often asked how long a fork I should purchase? There’s really no way for me to answer that question because it’s something you must decide for yourself. That being said, here’s an explanation of the easiest way I have found to help people arrive at the best answer.
- First, we need to mock up the rear wheel we’re going to use with the frame we have.
- Next — and most important — we’re going to block the front of our chassis up to give us the ride height