The Harley Brake Investigation

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 [...]

Invest an Hour, Ride for Days

Everyone wants to spend as much time as possible on their ride, and summer is a prime riding season.  Even in the heat, there is nothing better than taking off for roads unknown, the local watering hole, or taking a different way home on your daily commute just to spend a bit more time on [...]

Rider Alert — Whitetail Deer

Editor’s Note: This post was authored by Troy Porter, J&P Cycles’ Iowa showroom supervisor and a hunting enthusiast. What he writes here could save your life this fall.

Autumn isn’t the least bit subtle here in Anamosa, Iowa. It comes on strong with a change in temperature, darker skies for the commute both ways, and of course the unbelievable colors presented by fall leaves. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you know that few things are as beautiful as an autumn ride through the rolling hills in Iowa. And a lot of us are taking full advantage of it.

Unfortunately, fall also spells the end of the riding season — damn … Continue Reading

Stop!!! Breaking News on Brakes

We all love making our motorcycles go faster. Today, our topic is just the opposite——-Brakes. When we hit the brakes on our bikes, the force we apply to each master cylindergets transferred to each caliper via hydraulics. This applies friction to our brake rotors that the tires transmit to the ground, thus slowing us down. The point that we get the absolute maximum braking action is just before the wheel locks up. This seems kind of basic, but once that tire breaks traction our slowing action gets thrown out the window.

Let’s look at what actually stops us. As I mentioned above, the horse doing the heavy … Continue Reading

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Lights, Cameras, Action: Video Spotlights from V-Twin Expo

While cruising the isles of V-Twin Expo this past weekend in Cincinnati, our staff shot guerilla-style video of some of J&P Cycles’ vendors talking about their new parts:

Here’s Christine LePera talking about the LePera Villain seat:

Ben Kudon explains the new Metal Matrix Extreme braking system (very cool technology here). These will be available any day now from www.jpcycles.com.

Finally, here’s Steve “Ass Pad Tycoon” Peyton from AIRHAWK talking about new stuff coming down the pike from AIRHAWK.

For more vendor videos from the shows and expos we attend, visit the J&P Cycles Fan Page on Facebook.… Continue Reading