Sturgis Bike Week. From custom bikes to live music, little is left to the imagination. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sturgis during Bike Week. But the road offers so much more. Here are the ten places you won't want to miss out on while you're in South Dakota. Less [...]
Once again, the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building set up shop smack dab in the middle of Sturgis and true to form, exhibited the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to fabrication. In fact, it appeared to us that fabrication skills were on display more so this year than bike-building skills.
Functionality appeared to be lost in the translation on a lot of these entries. To us, it looked like builders were more intent on showing off their insane engineering and fabrication pieces, and the motorcycles themselves were secondary. So as Zach and I cruised the isles looking for the perfect machine for our Partner Pick … Continue Reading
As you read here on the J&P blog earlier this week, a few of our employees rode directly from our world headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, to the Black Hills of South Dakota, to take part in the 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Arriving approximately three weeks before the first day of Rally, they played a big part in getting our Sturgis-based operations up and running prior to everyone else’s arrival. Those of us who left a few weeks later took a different route. Traveling west from Iowa, our crew passed through Nebraska and on into Colorado, where some of us spent two nights in Broomfield, Colo., which is located between Denver … Continue Reading
Today, Sturgis sits there like a bad hangover, the flash of chrome and rumble of bikes replaced by dusty parking lots and littered campgrounds. Another successful event is in the books, leaving me with a few thoughts about this year’s rally and a tremendous urge to get back home.
It was a record year, according to most accounts, with attendance numbers like 600,000 to 800,000 being tossed around by the folks who should know such things. Counting crowds is a nebulous business at best, with possibly the worst suggestion I ever heard requiring an accurate count of all the feet and then dividing by two. It’s like percentages. Nearly 74 … Continue Reading
One of the most overlooked and important aspects of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the trip to and from the event.
Three members of the Post 141 Glenwood American Legion Riders organization were killed in a motorcycle accident on I-29 near Little Sioux, Iowa on their return home from Sturgis this week.
Dennis Chaney, Steve Benscoter and Dale Aspedon, all from Iowa, were part of a group riding home from this year’s event. Another member of their group, Jay Bock from Nebraska, was also killed in the accident. The entire J&P Cycles organization sends our heart felt thoughts and prayers to the families and friends that were left behind from … Continue Reading
Well it’s finally here, the 70th annual gathering of bikers where the (Black) hills are alive with the sound of full-throttle engines, plenty of music, and an estimated half million bikers and their friends from around the world. This once-a-year gathering runs today through Sunday in Sturgis, S.D., and is hands down the biggest biker bash on the planet.
And J&P Cycles is smack dab in the middle of it all, taking up a full city block in between the two busiest streets in town — that area residing between Main and Lazelle streets. Our huge store even spawned a satellite location a few years back in the form … Continue Reading