ANAMOSA, Iowa — City officials honored AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Parham, by naming a street after him during the J&P Cycles motorcycle rally today, June 23.
The Parham Family gathers to celebrate the dedication of Parham Drive. Pictured are John's widow, Jill Parham, son Zach Parham, Zach's wife Bree Parham and their children Kaiden and Kinlee.
Parham, who founded J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum, passed away on April 20 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 62.
The June 23 dedication included a presentation by Anamosa City Administrator Alan Johnson, the Parham family and a celebratory first ride on Parham Drive featuring 15 motorcycles.
Parham was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2015.
He opened his first shop with a partner in 1975 in his hometown of Anamosa. Four years later, he branched out with his wife Jill, starting J. Parham Enterprises. This company came to be known as J&P Cycles.
By the 1990s, J&P Cycles had grown into one of the largest motorcycle accessory mail order companies in the world.
Parham stayed on board to run J&P Cycles after selling it to Motorsports Action Group in 2001.
In 2001, Parham relocated the National Motorcycle Museum to Anamosa, where it has continued to thrive and grow into one of the world’s foremost motorcycle museums.