Have you noticed at every bike rally, swap meet, bike show the crowd is getting older and older. The median age for your average motorcycle owner is 47, up from 32 in 1990, and up from 40 in 2009. It is becoming rare to see anyone under 30 out on two wheels. Why are the [...]
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 [...]
Just before I set out on my trip to Sturgis this year, I decided to throw a new set of shoes on the ZX-10R. I’d heard all the hype surrounding the Dunlop Q2’s when these tires were released a while back, what with the media claiming they were great, resulting in faster lap times and so on and so on.
But the hype still left me wondering about the tire’s abilities on the street. I was pretty certain they performed quite well at the hands of experts on the racetrack, but I had questions about how well they would operate under a bit of a whack job like myself (especially … 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
For the past seven years I’ve worked in one capacity or another in Sturgis, and each of those years I’ve thrown a leg over my bike in late July, pointed it west and pinned it for 800 miles. I do the ride in one day, simply because I just don’t have all that much time.
I get there three weeks before the start of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and when I arrive, I’ve got exactly one day to do whatever I want before I get down to work. Other than my short morning blasts through Vanocker Canyon, that’s the last riding I do for the next month. While most of … Continue Reading
There’s going to be this little biker event taking place in the hills of South Dakota next month. There will be a lot of motorcycle riders gathered there in a small town named Sturgis that boasts 6,442 residents when everybody’s tucked in for the night. Maybe you’ve heard of it?
Are you serious? Everybody’s heard of Sturgis. And this year marks the 71st anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally & Races, with two-wheeled fun running from July 30 to Aug. 14.
You’re going to be seeing the J&P Cycles logo all over town next month as motorcyclists converge on Sturgis to celebrate the 71st annual Sturgis Rally & Races. This tiny South Dakota town is transformed almost overnight into “Motorcycle City USA,” and we’ll be there in full force for the entire event.
J&P will be well represented in town for the first half of August with not one, but two fully stocked stores — and that doesn’t even count our big rig at the corner of 8th Street and Lazelle in downtown Sturgis.
For as long as we can remember, J&P Cycles and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building have been joined at the hip, and this year in Sturgis promises to be no different. J&P Cycles is always proud to be an Official Partner of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, where gifted motorcycle designers from around the world display their unique builds during this, the granddaddy of all motorcycle rallies.
For those who are unfamiliar with the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, the event exists to showcase and promote international custom motorcycle design and engineering quality, craftsmanship and innovation, and to promote the evolution … Continue Reading
J&P Cycles will be well represented at next month’s 70th annual Sturgis Rally & Races, where the tiny South Dakota town of Sturgis is seemingly transformed overnight into “Motorcycle City USA.”
We’ll be there the first half of August with not one, but two fully stocked stores — and that doesn’t even count our big rig at the corner of 8th Street and Lazelle in downtown Sturgis.
The main Harley parts store, located at 1650 Lazelle Street in the downtown area, opens this Saturday (July 31, 2010). The Metric parts store will open on Wednesday, Aug. 4. We’re also going to be represented at 1801 Lazelle Street, where … Continue Reading
With Sturgis just around the corner, many of us (including myself) are starting to gather up gear for the annual pilgrimage to this Mecca of motorcycle rallies. For most of us, space is at a premium. Especially if you’re riding your bike to the event — which is the way God intended.
Let’s face it. There’s only so much room to cram stuff on your bike unless you have a bagger. So packing your bike becomes a minimalist art form that finds you asking the all-important question: “Do I really need that?” Rest easy. In today’s Two for Tuesday, I’m going to make those decisions a bit easier by giving … Continue Reading