Author Archives: Jeff Maddox

Don’t Let the Small Details Ruin the Fun of Sturgis

Make Plans to Attend the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle RallyJMAdog blog.

I’m a few days from leaving for the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally and all I can think about is everything I need to do before I leave. I’m not just talking about packing and prepping—I’m talking about all the other things I do on a daily basis that won’t get done while I’m gone.

But vacations are like that and you know what? I need a vacation. So as the internal struggle of obligations and irresponsibility goes, I will force myself to forget about the lawn and … Continue Reading" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Let Go of Your Baggage

About this time every year I reach into the deep, dark recesses of my saddlebags and pull out all the stuff that has accumulated over the past 12 months. The weather is shaping up and rides are being planned, and when you ride a bike with bags stuff tends to collect. A changeover if you will, from ending the riding season last year to a new beginning. I’m talking transition, and I don’t mean gearbox.

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There is More to a Biker Than What Meets the Eye

Editor’s Note: Blogger Jeff Maddox, who has been contributing to the J&P Cycles blog for three years, lost his son-in-law Chanse Sanderson in a motorcycle/truck accident on April 13 in Colorado. Chanse left behind his wife Kelly, and three children, Kylie, 7, Casen, 4, and Corbin, 2 months.

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If I’m Riding, I’m Happy

It’s all about change isn’t it? We bikers know a little about this subject as we live it every day we get out on our motorcycles. Seasons change, weather changes and people’s attitudes change as well.

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Guest Blogger Maddox Asks, ‘When Did it Happen for You?’" alt="Jeff Maddox" width="300" height="236" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-11750So when did it happen for you? Do you remember that moment when motorcycles grabbed your attention changing the way food tastes, your clothes smelled and how you dress on a daily basis? Sure you do. For me it was 1974 when I got my first motorcycle; a Harley-Davidson X90. My life would never be the same.

From that summer on, my life revolved around spark plugs, gasoline and dirty socks. I rode that bike every chance I could, giving me a lifelong mark on my left boot and disheveled helmet hair. Calluses on my hands? Why yes, thank you. But there is so much more to this journey…

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New Year = New Opportunity To Take Life by the (Handle) Bars" alt="Biker Tunnel Vision" width="300" height="225" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-11503So 2015 is upon us. Every New Year is an opportunity to take life by the bars and make it epic! If you are the type to make those quick resolutions that just never take hold, here’s a challenge for you: try harder, go farther and make every day count.

I am convinced that 2015 will be a great year. I’m already making plans for what it is I’m going to accomplish and just because motorcycles are going to be involved only makes it better. Not only am I going to travel as far as I can every chance I get, but I’m also setting some personal goals that will … Continue Reading" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Guest Blogger Maddox Shares How He Spots a Motorcyclist" alt="Playful boy sitting in a box at home" width="300" height="200" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-11427It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – we are all bikers here. How do I know this? How can I tell if you’re a rider or a wannabe rider? It’s easy because it takes one to know one. Here are a few things that truly give it away.

1) Do you smell like a strange concoction of “outside” and exhaust? Of course you do. You either ride a motorcycle or you spend time on the back of one. If we could put this smell into a bottle and sell it, it would be called “Lifestyle.”

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