2014 J&P Cycles Open House RallyEach June among the cornfields in eastern Iowa, one of the largest motorcycle events in the Midwest takes place.
The small town of Anamosa, with a population of approximately 5,500, is home to J&P Cycles’ headquarters, and the motorcycle parts, accessories, and apparel retailer hosts the annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally.In commemoration of J&P’s 35th anniversary, the rally is going to be a three-day extravaganza held June 27-29. Appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan (who plays Filip “Chibs” Telford) and Ryan Hurst (Harry “Opie” Winston) at the 2013 event were such a hit that Flanagan will attend next year’s rally and will be joined by Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby Munson).The 2013 two-day event held June 29-30 surpassed the 30,000 mark for visitors, and more than 20 different states were represented, including California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York.J&P Cycles is aiming to hit and exceed the 35,000 mark with the 35th anniversary event, which should not be a difficult task because of the great entertainment and the hottest new products in the motorcycle industry being displayed by more than 110 motorcycle vendors on-site.The J&P Cycles Open House Rally began as a small Customer Appreciation Day to thank customers for their business throughout the year. Now, as the world’s largest aftermarket retailer of parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson, Cruiser, Gold Wing, and Sport Bike motorcycles, the event has turned into a three-day rally and, outside of Sturgis, is one of the only places in the Midwest to see these many motorcycle manufacturers in one area.Make plans now to attend and check it out. You will be glad you did.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!