Motorcycles in the U.S. Military

Motorcycles in the U.S. Military The military has always used modern advancements in technology to gain the advantage. In the early 1900’s, America was leading the world in motorcycle technology. So, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Military has taken advantage of the speed and agility of our favorite two-wheel machines throughout history in wartime [...]

Everything You Need to Bike Through the Desert

Ah, the desert. For nine months out of the year, it offers ideal weather free from rain (most of the time), snow (most of the time), and harsh cold temperatures. As idyllic as it sounds, riding your bike through the desert also comes with its own set of requirements. Here’s everything you need to know [...]

By | 2017-01-26T11:01:24+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Categories: Riding Tips, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Everything You Need to Bike Through the Desert

Weighing the Advantages of Buying a New Motorcycle

Depending on whether or not you’ve done the homework, purchasing a new motorcycle can be just about the most fun you ever had with your clothes on, or it can be a confusing, overwhelming experience. And probably the first question you must ask yourself before you even darken the door of the dealership is this: What am I going to be using the bike for?

I’ve purchased a few new motorcycles over the years and a whole lot of used bikes. And I ask myself if I’m going to be doing a lot of touring on the bike, or just some around town cruising. This helps narrow down the search, … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T13:27:57+00:00 May 4th, 2011|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , |9 Comments

Does The Style of Your Ride Reveal Where You Are From?

We do our fair share of traveling here at J&P. In part, it’s to spread bad-to-the-bone motorcycle parts across the globe, but we also have the opportunity to meet great people and see a ton of unbelievable bikes. What I’ve noticed recently in my personal travels for J&P Cycles is that styles of motorcycles tend to be regional in nature. And while there is no hard and fast rule about this, I’ve discovered that the bikes you see can often determine the region of the country you’re in.

Take the West Coast, for example. Out there, you have Dynas and FXR’s with tall T-bars tucked behind café fairings, sporting two-into-one … Continue Reading

By | 2015-04-15T15:03:53+00:00 December 25th, 2010|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|Tags: , , |17 Comments

When It Comes to Your Ride, Don’t Be a One Trick Pony

As part of my duties at J&P Cycles, I get to travel the country attending various rallies and races within the motorcycle community. And I’ve noticed a trend that didn’t take me long to recognize, nor did it require any super human observatory powers on my part. In fact, I’m pretty sure anybody who’s been on a bike for a while or attended his or her fair share of bike shows has seen this.

For lack of a better term, let’s call it motorcycle prejudice. This syndrome takes its form in a lack of understanding and tolerance between one motorcycle culture and another.

The American V-twin crowd looks down its … Continue Reading