** J&P Cycles' Founder Inducted Into Hall of Fame**J&P Cycles' owner John Parham was one of five individuals recently inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Parham was honored at the Spearfish, SD, convention center during the Sturgis Rally & Races. Nominated by Mike Corbin of Corbin Motors, Parham was thrilled by the award. “I was honored to nominate John for induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” said Corbin. “He is well deserving of this award for his years of service and dedication to the motorcycle industry.” Others inducted were Jay Springsteen, Marge Hummel, John Reed, Sam “Morgan” Storm, and Sonny Pelaquin.
Over the past 30 years, Parham has become a well-known icon in the motorcycle industry. Born in Anamosa, IA, in 1955, John Parham fell in love with motorcycles at an early age and soon developed a passion for them, especially Harleys. For several years he dreamed of owning his own motorcycle shop, and in 1975 that vision became a reality when John opened D&J Cycles with his high school science teacher. After four years in business, John and his partner decided to pursue different markets, and in 1979 John created J&P Cycles to focus on Harley-Davidson parts. He and his mechanic Ron continued to service bikes, and John started attending weekend swap meets and buying and selling new and used parts.
“I can't thank Mike Corbin—and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Board—enough for this honor,” said Parham. “I have loved motorcycles all my life, and my career in the motorcycle industry has been very rewarding. When I think back to the beginning of J&P Cycles, being a small local parts business and traveling around the country to the different motorcycle events, I dreamed of building J&P into what it is today. Needless to say, my dream has come true. Being involved with the National Motorcycle Museum and other motorcycle organizations is truly my passion, and I love it. To be recognized for my impact on the industry is more gratifying than I can say.”