J&P Cycles, Inc. was founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979. It sells motorcycle components, apparel, and gear for the American V-twin motorcycle rider. Owned by Motorcycle Aftermarket Group (MAG), the company has retail outlets in Ormond Beach, Florida, Anamosa, Iowa, and Sturgis, South Dakota.
In 1975, John Parham began selling motorcycle parts and accessories via a small partnership in a motorcycle shop. In 1979, John and his wife Jill Parham founded “J. Parham Enterprises, Inc.” The small motorcycle shop burned to the ground in 1984; this prompted the couple to develop a warehouse that is now the J&P Cycles headquarters, expanded in 2007. Parham also helped to create the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. He was the museum president and J&P Cycles is a donor.
The company sells motorcycle parts and accessories such as tires, exhaust, engine components, and seats, as well as riding gear such as helmets and clothing via their website and in a retail environment.
In October 2015, John Parham was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. In February 2012, Parham received the “Don J. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award”, at the “Dealernews Top 100 Dealer Awards” in Indianapolis, Indiana. Parham was recognized for his dedication to the motorcycle industry and through helping to set up the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. The award is presented to an individual recognized in the retailing community for furthering the sport, the business, and the industry in general, over the course of his or her career. It is named in honor of Don J. Brown, a founding editor of Dealernews with a career that spanned over 50 years. Parham died in 2017.
National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum, a non-profit entity, is located at 102 Chamber Drive, Anamosa, Iowa. The museum was founded in 1989 by motorcycle builders, racers, and riders. It aims to preserve the experience of biking in the past and demonstrate the present biking sport and lifestyle. The museum archives documents and displays vintage bikes (the earliest from 1903). It was named “Iowa Tourism Attraction” of the Year in 2001.
J&P Express and speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats
J&P Express is the speed sports arm of J&P Cycles based at the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. In 2006 J&P Cycles established S/PG-1350 records of Kilo 180.4965, and Mle 178.9485 with their modified 79 cubic inch Harley Sportster engine. Occasionally the museum will loan the streamliner motorcycle, which made land speed records at Bonneville, to other motorcycle historical sites and museums.
J&P Cycles is a donor for the National Motorcycle Museum. In 2011, J&P Cycles sponsored two riders, Joe Kopp and Michael Beckin, in the “Vance and Hines XR1200 class” of the AMA Pro Racing Championship series. J&P Cycles has also sponsored Camp Courageous (Iowa)and fundraised for AmVets in Anamosa.
Media and popular culture
J&P Cycles was featured January 6, 2012 in two one-hour episodes of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, J&P helped restore two vintage Kawasaki motorcycles for a disadvantaged Iowa family. J&P Cycles appeared on “Two Wheel Tuesday” on the Speed Channel on a regular basis. J&P participated in a segment called “Corbin’s Ride On.” J&P also appeared in 10 episodes of the Speed Channel’s American Thunder in 2006.
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