Harley-Davidson and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Partner

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Harley-Davidson reveals Custom Motorcycles with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

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MILWAUKEE | Harley-Davidson has partnered with Sailor Jerry's and is giving away over two dozens customized motorcycles as part of a multi-year partnership between the two companies.

Today, May 2nd, 2017 at the Harley-Davidson Museum these bikes will be revealed and will tour around the country throughout the summer.

"This partnership between Sailor Jerry and Harley-Davidson was such a no brainer. These two iconic Americana brands really make sense to come together," said Ashley Marsh, a brand ambassador for Sailor Jerry's. "Between the artistic-ness (sic) of Norman Sailor Jerry Collins and the straight art and freedom of Harley-Davidson."

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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, created to honor the father of American old school tattooing, Norman Sailor Jerry Collins, has aligned with the iconic, American Harley-Davidson Motor Company for a multi-year partnership. To commemorate the kick-off of the partnership, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum will be unveiling a series of twenty-two customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles designed by high profile artists and visionaries from around the United States including Harley-Davidson's own Styling Team, at a celebration this spring.

This 360-partnership will come to life in bars, restaurants, Harley-Davidson dealerships and joint celebrations around the country. Consumers can expect a series of shared events and moments from the two iconic brands, leading up to Harley-Davidson's 115th Anniversary in 2018.

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The first official venture together is the series of customized motorcycles created by acclaimed artists from around the country. The participating artists include a range of innovators with backgrounds in tattoo design, mural paintings, street art and automotive design. Acclaimed tattoo artists Jonathan Valena aka JonBoy, Oliver Peck, and Megan Woznicki aka Megan Massacre have designed a selection of bikes as well as popular Miami-based muralists, Alexander Mijares, celebrated automotive designer, Michael BuckWild Ramirez and artist Amour Supreme. Each artist was tasked with interpreting the infamous flash art style of Norman Sailor Jerry Collins into their unique motorcycle design. Members of the Harley-Davidson Styling Team round out the group of artists and use their deep knowledge of Harley-Davidson history to inspire their unique designs.

The motorcycles will be unveiled in a celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on May 2, 2017 that will be open to consumers and include exciting festivities for all attendees. Following the celebrations, these bikes will not become a part of the exhibit, but instead be available for viewing around the United States all summer 2017 at liquor retailers, Sailor Jerry's Fleet Week New York celebrations, at the Harley-Davidson Museum and more. Fans of Harley-Davidson and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum will have a chance to win a motorcycle through a sweepstakes program kicking off on May 15, 2017. There will be twenty-two total bikes available to win. To enter, participants can CLICK HERE and can receive additional information on the sweepstakes.

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Between our shared American roots, values and traditions, collaborating with Harley-Davidson is an exciting and natural fit, said Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Senior Brand Manager Josh Hayes. Harley-Davidson shares Sailor Jerry's genuine Americana values for freedom and living outside the lines. With Harley-Davidson, we look forward to a long partnership that celebrates our shared brand beliefs.

The collaboration of these two Americana-steeped brands is a true testament to their rich histories of honoring the traditional values, passions and purposes of the men for whom they are named. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Norman Collins dedicated his life honing the art of tattooing out of his shop on Hotel Street in Honolulu. Collins shop became the must-stop destination for sailors on their shore-leave. His unique flash-art style started a movement that still inspires artists today. Harley-Davidson, named after founders William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson, William A. Davidson and Walter Davidson, has become an American icon since its founding in 1903. Since its first motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has been dedicated to fulfilling dreams of personal freedom “ from exceptional custom experiences, innovative products and precise manufacturing. Together, these two brands are excited to begin a partnership that combines their joint passions and values.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Harley-Davidson are all about freedom of expression and customization, whether that is expressed by a Norman Collins tattoo or a bike, said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson Director of Marketing.  We are struck by the natural ties Sailor Jerry has to the motorcycle culture.

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The three Harley-Davidson models used in this program are:

  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight: With its bulldog stance, fat front tire and narrow profile, the Forty-Eight exudes bare-boned attitude. A new seat, mag wheels, and wider 49mm forks and adjustable rear suspension provide an even more muscular, comfortable ride. The iconic 2.1 gallon peanut tank sports 70s inspired graphics and floating brake rotors and blacked out slotted exhaust add to the fresh new look.
  • Harley-Davidson Iron 883: Bare-knuckle minimalism and garage-built style featuring bullet design detailing, straight cut mufflers, a low drag-style handlebar, front fork gaiters, chopped rear fender and a solo tuck and roll seat. All new adjustable rear shocks and front cartridge forks provide stability and comfort. The Iron 883 is a nimble urban machine that kicks asphalt.
  • Harley-Davidson Roadster: With a profile reminiscent of racing Sportster motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s, Roadster joins Harley's Dark Custom lineup with a minimalist design inspired by classic models and current trends in stripped-down custom bikes. A rider's bike, the Harley-Davidson Roadster boasts premium suspension components and a balanced, athletic stance that connects the rider to the road.

To learn more about Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, CLICK HERE.

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About William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world's third largest blended Scotch, Grant's®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur.

William Grant & Sons has been honored as Distiller of the Year by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 11 times over the past 16 years.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Grant's, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson's Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Flor de Ca Rum, Art In The Age, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit HERE.

About Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created to honor Norman Sailor Jerry Collins, a Navy vet who built his rep inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu where he established his legendary tattoo parlor and himself as the undisputed father of American old school tattooing. Crafted in the traditional Navy way by William Grant & Sons, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is bold and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Just like the man who inspired it, this 92 proof rum speaks for itself and holds itself to the traditional values and standards of craftsmanship that Norman Collins espoused. Made in America from Caribbean Rum and blended with spices including ginger, cinnamon, clove and vanilla, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is an exceptionally smooth drink with an ABV of 46%. From the liquid itself to the packaging, every detail of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum stays true to the vision of Norman Sailor Jerry Collins. For more information, visit HERE or follow TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

About Harley-Davidson

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.


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Strider Bikes is the Best Way to Teach Toddlers to Ride

Biker InCite® | May 1, 2017 | Strider Press Release

Its National Bike Month and Strider Bikes Still Trump Tricycles

10 years & 1.6 Million Bikes Sold; S.D. Gov Proclaims May 9 World Strider Day

Rapid City, S.D. (May 1, 2017) May is National Bike Month, and since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of children's no-pedal balance bikes, is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider Bikes sold with several global consumer contests and the designation of Tuesday, May 9 as World Strider Day.

The Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, has proclaimed May 9 as World Strider Day to recognize the importance of inspiring healthy activities for very young children. In the Proclamation, the Governor also cites Strider's contribution to teaching children as young as 18 months how to ride on two wheeled bicycles. The Strider Story video shares how and why Strider Bikes have changed lives:


Strider distributors in over 75 countries are encouraging Strider Bike riding families to submit photos of young children riding Strider Bikes, using #WorldStriderDay on Instagram and Twitter. Strider Sports is encouraging fans to check out its Facebook  prior to May 9 to learn how they can win one of ten Limited Edition Gold 10th Anniversary STRIDER® 12 Custom Balance Bikes to help celebrate this special day and year.

May 9 was selected because it is the birthday of Bode McFarland, the son of founder and company President, Ryan McFarland and original Strider Bike rider.

Additional contests and celebrations are planned throughout 2017, including a Birthday Bash on August 26 in Main Street Square, Rapid City, S.D. Continue to watch Strider's Facebook throughout the year for more opportunities to win Strider gear and to participate in fun events.

Top 10 Strider Milestones

2007: Strider Sports founded in Rapid City, S.D.

2009: First bikes distributed outside North America; starts in Japan “ now sold in 75+ countries

2011: First Strider World Championship Race – now dozens of races taking place around the world

2013: First Strider Education Class

2014: Strider Rider Fund launches “ $850,000+ donated to date

2014: Strider awarded Interbike's Next Generation Award

2015: Participation in Special Olympics World Games Torch Run

2015: Strider sells 1 millionth bike “ now 1.6M+ sold

2016: Launch of Strider Custom Realtree Bike and Strider Rocking Base

2017: S.D. Governor declares May 9 as World Strider Day

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider's mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Bret Michaels is coming to Full Throttle Saloon

Bret Michaels hits the main stage at the Full Throttle Saloon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017!



Harley-Davidson Releases 5 goals for the Next Ten Years through 2027

April 21, 2017 at 12:52pm | Biker InCite

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON releases First Quarter Financials 2017




In their 2017 First Quarter financial results Harley-Davidson releases 5 goals for the next ten years through 2027.

  • Build two million new Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S.
  • Grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume
  • Launch 100 new, high-impact motorcycles
  • Deliver superior return on invested capital for Harley-Davidson Motor Company (S&P 500 top 25%)
  • Grow the business without growing its environmental impact

We enjoy the aggressive goals from the Motor Company despite a decrease in sales from 2016.


Harley Davidson Press Release  | April 17, 2017 | Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Releases First Quarter 2017 Results

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) first quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 22.8 percent to $1.05 compared to $1.36 in the same period of 2016. First quarter net income was $186.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.50 billion versus net income of $250.5 million on consolidated revenue of $1.75 billion in the first quarter of last year.

First quarter U.S. retail sales were in line with our projections and we remain confident in our full-year plan despite international retail sales being down in the first quarter, said Matt Levatich, CEO, Harley-Davidson. We are very pleased with our continued growth in U.S. market share and the progress our U.S. dealers made in reducing their inventory of 2016 motorcycles in the quarter.

We recently announced our plan to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. We are energized by our focused strategy, and we believe our powerful brand and commitment to excellence will position us to drive demand for our products and grow our sport, concluded Levatich.

The company's long-term strategy through 2027 is focused on five objectives to:

  • Build two million new Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S.;
  • Grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume;
  • Launch 100 new, high-impact motorcycles;
  • Deliver superior return on invested capital for Harley-Davidson Motor Company (S&P 500 top 25%); and
  • Grow the business without growing its environmental impact.

Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales

1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
U.S. 33,316 35,326 -5.7%
Canada 2,361 2,470 -4.4%
Latin America 2,342 1,886 24.2%
EMEA 10,167 10,210 -0.4%
Asia Pacific 6,863 7,566 -9.3%
International Total 21,733 22,132 -1.8%
Worldwide Total 55,049 57,458 -4.2%

First quarter worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles were down driven by lower sales in the U.S. As we expected, U.S. sales were adversely impacted by soft industry sales and the company's decision to reduce shipments of model year 2017 motorcycles. This decision helped dealers focus on selling down their model year 2016 retail inventory. International retail sales were down behind weak sales in Asia Pacific, partially offset by strong growth in Latin America. Retail sales in EMEA and Canada were both down as they compared against strong prior year growth of 8.8 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively.

Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results

$ in thousands 1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
Motorcycle Shipments (vehicles) 70,831 83,036 -14.7%
Motorcycles $1,099,702 $1,317,578 -16.5%
Parts & Accessories $169,025 $183,705 -8.0%
General Merchandise $55,836 $70,618 -20.9%
Gross Margin Percent 35.9% 37.4% -1.5 pts
Operating Income $238,842 $332,457 -28.2%
Operating Margin Percent 18.0% 21.1% -3.1 pts

In the first quarter, revenue from the Motorcycles and Related Products segment was down versus the first quarter of 2016 on lower shipments.

Financial Services Segment Results

$ in thousands 1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
Revenue $173,221 $173,358 -0.1%
Operating Income $52,636 $56,371 -6.6%

The Financial Services segment operating income was down 6.6 percent year-over-year due to a higher provision for credit losses.

Income Tax Rate

For the first quarter of 2017, Harley-Davidson's effective tax rate was flat compared to the prior year at 34.5 percent. The company continues to expect its full-year 2017 effective tax rate will be approximately 34.5 percent.

Other Results

At the end of the first quarter of 2017, cash and marketable securities totaled $844.7 million, compared to $739.1 million in 2016. Harley-Davidson generated $159.9 million of cash from operating activities in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $41.1 million in the same period of 2016. The company paid a cash dividend of $0.365 per share for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. On a discretionary basis, the company repurchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 2017 for $70.9 million. There were approximately 177.1 million weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 184.2 million shares in the first quarter of 2016. At the end of the first quarter, 18.0 million shares remained on a board-approved share repurchase authorization.


For 2017, Harley-Davidson continues to anticipate full-year motorcycle shipments to be flat to down modestly in comparison to 2016. In the second quarter of 2017, the company expects to ship approximately 80,000 to 85,000 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson continues to expect full-year 2017 operating and gross margin as a percent of revenue to be approximately in line with 2016.

The company continues to expect that full-year 2017 capital expenditures will be $200 million to $220 million.

Company Background

Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles, riding experiences and events and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides wholesale and retail financing, insurance, extended service and other protection plans and credit card programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and riders in the U.S., Canada and other select international markets. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.





Sturgis Buffalo Chip®'s Moto Stampede® Race Series Expands Diverse Schedule of Races

Press Release Sturgis Buffalo Chip | April 21, 2017 | Biker InCite®

The epicenter of rally events adds multiple days of racing action at the Largest Music Festival in MotorcyclingTM.

Sturgis, SD (April 21, 2017) More adrenaline-packed racing events have this year been added to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series at the premier action center of the rally. Six of the motorcycle and music festival's nine days offers thrilling racing from American Flat Track and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, and AMA Supermoto. Audiences will have an up-close viewing experience with concert pairings they won't find in any other venue in the world. One pass includes access to Moto Stampede races, all concerts and events held within the campground and tent camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found here.

The rally was founded on racing. The Buffalo Chip's Moto Stampede pairs multiple days and types of races with the rally's biggest concerts to create a series of events neither the rally nor the world has ever before seen, said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. We intend to shake the ground with excitement and horsepower. That's why it's called the Moto Stampede.


The Moto Stampede offers the industry's most concentrated series of motorsports events:

AMA Supermoto Practice at the Buffalo Chip

Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing

Off-road racers in UTV, Ultra Four Car and Truck Super Mod Trail classes will tear up the award-winning track at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex on Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5. Entry to the Aug. 4 time trials is free. Championships on Aug. 5 are ticketed separately from campground events and passes are $20.

American Flat Track® AMA Pro Racing Sanctioned Races

AFT racing action will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, sending the nation's top professional racing athletes through the new Buffalo Chip TT track that winds through the center of the venues famous amphitheater. Indian Wrecking Crew revives the long-held rivalry with Harley-Davisdon's Factory Crew in a battle fans are referring to as The Hundred Years War.  Shinedown will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage immediately following the races.

RSD Super Hooligan Races

 Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy John

Crazy John Markwald will be back to pit even more of his friends in head-to-head hat drop street races down the middle of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9 during the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John.

RSD Super Hooligan Races

Immediately following the street drags Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle. Passes include performance by Ozzy Osbourne along with other headliners on the main stage that evening.

Roland Sand 2016

AMA Supermoto Races

This high-energy race hybrid will bring Sturgis Buffalo Chip campers face to face with the ultimate through-the-streets style racing on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12 as racers fly around a one-of-a-kind Supermoto track that cuts through both the amphitheater and the streets in the surrounding campground.

AMA Supermoto

The top racing talent in the country including reigning and 3x National Champion, Gage McAllister and #2 and #3 ranked racers will attend. Alter Bridge will perform after the AMA Supermoto races along with other headlining bands yet to be announced.

In addition to the Moto Stampede races, Chip fans will enjoy more world-class concerts, death-defying stunts, motorcycle showcases and more throughout the full nine-day Buffalo Chip festival. Additional concert and event announcements are expected soon.

Nine Day Buffalo Chip Concert and Event Schedule To Date:

Friday, Aug. 4

  • Dirt Riot off-road trials 1pm-5pm, 6pm qualifying, free to the public
  • Headlining concerts yet to be announced

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • Dirt Riot off-road racing 12pm - 5pm, separately ticketed $20
  • Opening of the 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit Old Iron/Young Blood
  • Headlining concerts yet to be announced

Sunday, Aug. 6

  • American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT Races presented by Indian Motorcycle Shinedown

Monday, Aug. 7

  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Legends Ride®
  • Full Throttle Florida Bike Show, 12pm registration, 5pm awards
  • More headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Tuesday, Aug. 8

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Biker Belles®
  • Full Throttle Florida Bike Show, 12pm registration, 5pm awards
  • Sportster Showdown presented by Led Sled and Biltwell

Wednesday, Aug. 9

  • Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John, 1pm
  • RSD Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle, 3:30pm
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • More headlining concerts yet to be announced

Thursday, Aug. 10

  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • Blink-182
  • Freedom Celebration and Ride
  • Rat's Hole Bike Show
  • Doug Dangers World Record Rattlesnake Jump on Evel Knievel's 1972 XR750

Friday, Aug. 11

  • AMA Supermoto Racing, 11am practice, 3pm heat races, 5pm main races
  • Alter Bridge
  • More headlining concerts yet to be announced

Saturday, Aug. 12

  • AMA Supermoto Racing, 10:30am practice, 2pm heat races, 4pm main races
  • Headlining concerts yet to be announced


More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.






RIP - John Parham 62, Motorcycle Industry Innovator

4.21.2017  | 8:34am Biker InCite® | Cindy Erato


J & P Founder - John Parham

ANAMOSA, IA  | (RIP)  John Parham, motorcycle industry innovator passed away from a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Thursday, April 20th.  Parham 62, was a forward thinker along with his wife Jill and son Zachery building many of the golden jewels in the motorcycle industry.

A racer, innovator, builder and business mogul John founded the National Motorcycle Museum, a destination whose story compasses the history of motorcycles and the drips with passion for the sport.  Motorcycle enthusiasts have also come to know Parham's J& P Cycles brand,  J & P, a leader in mail product cataloging provides aftermarket parts while delivering complete excellence in customer service and knowledge.

Today the motorcycle industry remembers John's gentle spirit, kind heart and his commitment to his family and friends.  His passion for motorcycles; vintage and current along with his development of events and promotions innovation made Parham a one-of-a-kind force.  A memorial service will be held in early May.

In John's honor please check Organ Donation on your license, it gave John, his family and this industry an additional 7 years.  Rest in peace John and condolences to Jill, Zachery and the Parham family.  He will be deeply missed not only by his family but the motorcycle world.  RIP.


Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame Inductee 2006 - John Parham Bio

When John Parham was 16 years old he undertook a tactical maneuver that would change his life. He ran away from home for two day to make his parents understand how important it was for him to buy a BSA. His parents finally agreed, John bought the bike and immediately turned it into a chopper.

In 1975, two years after graduating from high school, John Parham's dream of owning a motorcycle shop. It became a reality when he joined with his high school science teacher and they opened D&J Cycles in Anamosa, Iowa.  John and his mechanic Ron would work at the shop during the day and his partner Don would come in the afternoons, relieving John to head off to his full time job at the local factory. 

In 1979,  John went on his own and created J&P Cycles. This was also when he began attending weekend swap meets with some regularity, buying and selling used parts. He left his job in 1982 and, with his wife Jill, began investing all of his energy and time in his own business. And it paid off.  In 1987 John published the first J&P Cycles catalog, a 24 page masterpiece and a tool for riders that would grow beyond even John's expectations. 

Always the innovator, John began promoting events throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. This venture became so lucrative that he created J&P Promotions, quickly expanding nationwide with over 50 annual events stretching from California to New Jersey. He promoted motorcycle swap meets, bike shows, hill climbs, motorcycle rodeos, dirt track races and the All Harley Drag Races. John went on to create the AHDRA Western Drag Race division to bring All Harley Drag Racing back to the west coast. He started the J&P Promotions Bike Show Super Series which included bike shows across the country for both metric and v-twin motorcycles. A true vintage enthusiast, John was instrumental in starting and promoting the annual Davenport Antique Flat Track race.  This event still takes place each year during the Blackhawk Chapter Annual meet of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

Jill joined the company full time in 1992, becoming his right hand and managing the business end. It gave John the opportunity to put all of his energy in developing new ways to bring a variety of products to an ever increasing riding population. Their partnering proved successful and in 2004, J&P Cycles 25th anniversary, they earned Dealer News Magazine's prestigious Best Independent Dealer award. 

John Parham's gift is understanding the needs of riders and filling that need by delivering a product to them efficiently and economically. His vision and exceptional ability to keep one step ahead of the game has allowed him to live his dream and become successful doing it. In 2006 J&P Cycles has not one, but three motorcycle product catalogs. One for Harley-Davidson models, 1144 pages; another for metric models, 600 pages; and a third for vintage models, 340 pages. It appears that all of his hard work has paid off.








Planning your summer vacation don't miss Chainsaw Wood Sculptor Dahl

Dahl's Chainsaw Art - Just minutes from Mt. Rushmore

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just minutes from Mt. Rushmore is a gallery of amazing wood carvings.  Jarrett Dahl brings life back into the Ponderosa Pines, creating masterpieces of art. From adorable bears to majestic eagles, there is something for everyone. Once in SD see live demonstrations, shop, or just browse through the pieces always on display.

342 Winter Street | Keystone,  SD 57751





D3 Riffs - Half Chaps that Zip on and off in Seconds

Ride in Style with D3 Riffs Half Chaps for Men & Women



These designer chaps protect from wind, rain and road debris.  Each chap is hand sewn and perfected by their meticulous leather smith, by using US Top Grain steer hide which is milled to a strong 5.5 oz. leather chap.  This flawless combination breaks in quickly to give comfort with that broken in feel.

See D3 Riffs for yourself, Click HERE for more information on how to purchase them.

This patented design is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.









Dana White, President of UFC is lookin' for a fight at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Fun times in Sturgis, for the Motorcycle Rally

UFC President Dana White saddles up with fellow thrill seekers Matt Serra and Din Thomas for The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, where activities include a road trip to Mount Rushmore, a tattoo cover-up and a front row seat for an attraction known as The Wall of Death. Then the three journey to Atlantic City to scout for talent at a local fight promotion.

Watch White experience his first riding in the rain and hail storm which is a common occurance