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 [...]
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
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:
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
Editor’s Note: As promised on our Facebook Page, we’ve initiated a new monthly series called “Readers Rides of the Month,” spotlighting the best-looking bike selected from photographs submitted by you to our discerning team of J&P staffers. Shown here is the January 2011 winning entry, and we outline below why this bike won. If you think your ride is deserving of our accolades, send us a crisp, clear photograph.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted pictures to be considered for our new Readers’ Rides series. This month’s ride is a 1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy belonging to David Stewart of Eldorado, Ark. This is a perfect example of … 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
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
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 discussion is regarding Primary Belt Drives. I’m going to give you the basics, and the advantages of an open belt system.
First, let’s lay out the advantages of a primary belt over a chain. Belt technology these days has produced tough strong belts that are not quite as strong as a chain, but are coming very, very close. These are being produced at a fraction of the weight of a chain. Chain drive sprockets are made of steel, while most belt pulleys are hard anodized aluminum. These pulleys are a fraction of the weight of the sprockets (hmmmm, see a trend here?). When a Belt Drive is installed, … Continue Reading
Let’s face it, finding custom parts for a metric cruiser can be a challenge. And it’s not for a lack of trying on our part. J&P’s product specialists relentlessly scour the earth for the latest and greatest parts. And recently, we found a company that’s not necessarily new to the motorcycle industry but new to us. Low and Mean is an Arizona-based company that specializes in metric cruisers. And not just your run-of-the-mill chrome covers. These guys have the actual “custom” parts that the metric cruiser market has been missing. This is the stuff we love to find — well thought-out, quality parts that fill a need. Not just some … Continue Reading