Saddlemen-Sponsored Flat Trackers Cory & Shayna Texter's Grandfather Was 85
We at Saddlemen received word Wednesday night of Ray "Tex" Texter's (above, at right) death. We have had the honor of sponsoring the current generation of racing Texters, and working with the family's racing team. The recent loss of Randy Texter this past summer makes the loss even tougher. Our sympathies go out to all the Texter family, along with the many friends and colleagues of this veteran of the motorsport community.
Below is the message and information we received from Cory Texter.
Sad News From Texter Racing
I wanted to let all of my sponsors know that my grandfather Ray "Tex" Texter passed away last night. He was 85. It is only four months ago that his son, my father, also passed away on August 30th. They were the only reason I have any involvment in racing that I do now. My Dad & Grandpa were the ultimate father/son team through-out my Dad's career. Pop Texter tuned the wrenches and my Dad was the rider. Without things I have learned from both of them over the years, I would not be at a level now where I can continue to further my racing career alongside my sister.
RLT Racing will have another angel looking down on us in 2011. I can't thank all of you enough for helping us this coming season. Without you guys, we would literally have nothing to go racing... However, you will see Shayna and myself at every race next season and we are coming at the competition hard. We have been riding, training and ready to get going. Daytona is only two months away and we are very excited for what 2011 brings. Our goal is to be on the podium and win, gain exposure and have fun. The last couple years have been hard for us and with the things we have been dealing with have really dampened our focus at the track.
Photo [above] from L to R: Shayna, My Dad, Al Wilcox (legendary flagger), and Pop Texter.
Services for Pop Texter are at Charles F Snyder Funeral Home.3110 Lititz Pike. Lititz,PA 17543 (if you attended my dads its at the same place).
Viewing Sunday 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-9:00
Viewing Monday 10:00-11:00 & Service at 11:00
RLT Racing #65
AMA GNC Dirttrack
Since our founding, we at Saddlemen have been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports. And while the focus can often appear to be on machines and specialty parts, the heart and soul of the sport, and what makes it great are the people involved: racers, devoted technicians, team owners, and fans - people like "Tex" Texter.
Saddlemen Sponsors Mike Vils' 1913 Excelsior With Custom Seat & Luggage
Mike rides his Excelsior more regularly than most people ride their modern bikes, but that's where he ran into some challenges. As it turns out, not many companies make luggage specifically designed for 1913 motorcycles - of any brand.
In an effort to carry his gear across the United States, Mike visited our factory before the run to see what we might be able to do for him. Not surprisingly, we didn't have any specific-fit bags, but we were able to subtly modify some existing bags to fit and function perfectly.
Starting on Friday, September 10th, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 45 pre-1916 motorcycles set off on a two-week rally across the nation, with 37 riders and machines completing the trip 16 days later in Santa Monica, California. The course ran just under 3.300 miles.
After his jaunt accross the nation, Mike stopped by Saddlemen HQ to show us how well his luggage held up on the road.
Since it's founding in 1987, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports, and we are committed to continuing this tradition in all sorts of various ways; whether we're making bags for a vintage "Cannonballer," or making fork slider covers for an XR1200 flat track racer, Saddlemen is always supporting motorcycle racing and motorsports in all forms.
Gene Romero's West Coast Flat Track Series Opens Calendar Year In Las Vegas With Cement Short Track Races
Since it's founding in 1987, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports, and are committed to continuing this tradition.
Scheduled Friday and Saturday nights, January 7th and 8th, in the Events Center at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This season opener boasts four classes of exciting competition; the K&N Open, the Saddlemen Vintage Class, the Top Gun 450 and the Classic Open.
The races will run on a challenging 1/8 mile track right on the polished concrete of the arena floor with over 150 of the best flat trackers in the country. Gates for the races open at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. each night.
In conjunction with the races is the 20th Annual Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction (the world’s largest) starting on Thursday, January 6th.
Comfort, Convenience, Universal Fit, Exceptional Styles & Great Value
Saddlemen’s SaddleGel™ technology has been around for decades, and in the last few years, there have been other companies out there that have copied our idea—but we don’t mind. As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery—which is further proof we’ve been doing it right all along —but then we knew that. So when it comes to getting the perfect holiday gift for the rider in your life, why not get a genuine Saddlemen™ SaddleGel™ pad?
It’s easy to justify the value of a SaddleGel pad; you get so much for relatively little money. SaddleGel Pads far exceed the comfort of a stock seat by dampening vibration and absorbing shocks from rough roads. They’re easy to use and fit almost every bike ever made, so there are never any fitment issues— they work every time. Plus, they’ll work with more than one bike. You can move it from your big-twin cruiser to your sport bike in seconds and back without any tools.
Our Saddlegel™ Pads are available in three standard sizes, made to work with the widest range of machines: Extra Large (12.5" length x 15.5" rear width x 8.5" front width), Large (10.5" length x 14" rear width x 8" front width) and Medium (9.5" length x 8" rear width x 6" front width).
• Saddlemen's original soft-stretch cover pads maximize SaddleGel™ efficiency, and feature a non-slip underside. Quick-disconnect harness system mounts over the seat and remains in place when pad is removed. Stretchable cover adds to comfort, responsiveness and performance. Available in our three standard sizes.
• Synthetic sheepskin cover pads soften your ride. Cool in summer and warm in winter - an excellent compliment to SaddleGel™ support and comfort. Zero upkeep, man-made materials make them as care-free as they are comfortable, and eliminates the issues natural sheepskin can have when wet. Pad also features a non-slip bottom. Available in three standard sizes.
• Our 3-D molded design helps pad conform quickly and comfortably to rider's anatomy. Center channel reduces pressure to prevent numbness and discomfort. Exclusive air canals increase cooling and breathability. "Comfort foam" top layer maximizes SaddleGel™ efficiency. Features soft, resilient, non-slip underside. Available in three standard sizes.
• Saddlemen™ Pillow Top SaddleGel™ Pads have a nostalgic button-tufted style. They feature an extra-soft layer of pillow foam on top of Saddlemen's famous SaddleGel™. Features non-slip underside. These comfortable, strap-down gel seat pads look perfect on top of most cruisers. Available in our three standard sizes.
• All of our external gel pads feature our quick-disconnect harness system, which mounts over the seat and remains in place when pad is removed.
We invite you to see what our expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable and comfortable.
Los Angeles Area Bartels' Harley-Davidson Unveils Artist's Custom Painted V-Rod
Recently, Saddlemen created a custom seat for a one-of-a-kind, uniquely painted V-Rod, produced by Southern California artist, Jack Armstrong. The premiere event was hosted by Bartels' Harley-Davidson of Marina Del Rey. Among the notable attendees was actor Lorenzo Lamas, and a number of celebrity motorcycle enthusiasts.
For this high-profile project, the builders wanted an excellent seat. Saddlemen was pleased to create a top-of-the-line saddle, based on our proven seats for V-Rods, featuring our famous design sense and innovative construction and technologies.
We at Saddlemen enjoy creating unique motorcycle seats and luggage for the widest range of special projects. Custom work like this has been an important element in the growth and evolution of our product lines. We invite you to contact us about any custom project on the horizon.
New Fitment For 1997-2007 Model Year Harley-Davidson Touring Machines
It's designed to fit Harley-Davidson Baggers/Tourers for the 1997 to 2007 model year range, and features the same top-of-the-line layout and materials used with our initial Signature Seat, for 2008-2010 models (shown at left).
The Pro Tour Slammed seat (aka the Todd’s Cycle Signature Series seat) for earlier model Harley-Davidson Street Glides and other bagger models is now available. The seat is a “short nose” bagger saddle, so it works great on Street Glides and Road Kings, but can also be mounted to the Electra and Road Glide models as well.
Designed in collaboration with Todd Silicato, noted custom bike builder, and founder of Todd's Cycles of Huntington Beach, California, these seats are the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat that still combines proven Saddlemen comfort, support and great looks.
Specifically, the new version Slammed Tour Pro, (Saddlemen #11995), is built to fit FLHX & FLHTC models, while also fitting FLHTC, FLHR, FLTR and FLHT designations. They are designed to look best and mate with the center dash of the Street Glide and Road King, models, and they will also fit other "long-nose" Harley-Davidson Touring machines, but there will be a gap between the seat’s nose and the center dash. The seat will fit bikes fitted with, or without, saddlebag guards.
Saddlemen is proud to work with respected designers and builders like Todd, combining manufacturing experience, acclaimed style, and the knowledge of what riders need and want, to create the best seats possible. Look for more Saddlemen Signature Series Seats in the near future.
Whether for motorcyles off an assembly line, or the latest custom race bike, Saddlemen offers a wide range of top-of-the-line seats , as well as our expert customizing and refurbishing services. Along with seating solutions, our ever-expanding range of innovative motorcycle luggage provides great quality with unsurpassed value.
Huntersville, North Carolina Shop Hosts Party With Music, Prizes & Displays
Saddlemen's Gary Smith, our cross-country technical expert and customer service pro, will be at Easy Eddie's Motorcycle Service & Lounge in Huntersville, North Carolina this weekend, October 22nd through the 24th. Easy Eddie's is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with giant party on Saturday.
As part of the event, Gary will be manning a Saddlemen product display in conjunction with the travelling Drag Specialties truck, run by one of our primary distributors. Saddlemen items will be available for purchase inside Easy Eddie's, as seen in the photo above.
As always, Gary will be available for information and to consult riders about Saddlemen seats and luggage.
Easy Eddie's is located at 12125 Statesville Road, (Highway 21), in Huntersville, right off Interstate 77. Their telephone number is (704) 875-2501.
Throughout the year, coast to coast, Saddlemen experts, like Gary, visit dealerships and rallies to show the riding public the excellent range of versatile products in our luggage and motorcycle seat lines. We invite you to come and say "hello," and let us show you the value and inventiveness that has made us a motorports leader.
A Special Thanks To Lloyd Brothers Racing On Their 2010 Season
Saddlemen's president, Tom Seymour, is proud to congratulate everyone at Lloyd Brothers for their great year.
Here are a few words from Tom:
Mike and David Lloyd have made tremendous contribution to flattrack and Saddlemen acknowledges their special effort.
First, David and Mike’s participation was fueled purely by their passion for racing with no other ties or connection to the motorcycle industry.
Simply, they put in money, energy and time but received nothing in return except the joy of being involved in flattrack - the greatest racing sport on this planet.
They contributed significantly to dirt track racing, expecting nothing but a sense of job well done in return.
Their achievements were monumental. With a limited budget, a new team and a production bike never before raced on dirt, they won a GNC race, threatened to win at nearly every event they attended, brought Nicky Hayden and Ducati to the Indy Mile and nearly won the AMA championship – a bid principally derailed, literally, by a thrown chain.
Their Ducati victory was the first time in 29years that a readily available production engine won a Grand National Twins race. Limited production, flat track race-only Honda RS750 and Harley-Davidson XR750s had won every other GNC Twins National since 1981.
Of course, it is also appropriate to also recognize their team, especially lead rider Joe Kopp – a true gentleman and racing icon.
Other members included: riders Larry Pegram and Aaron King, crew members David Gamble, Kevin Atherton, Rob Kopp and Dave Weaver.
They achieved much with little except their passion. Their involvement has enriched our chosen sport.
Mike and David Lloyd, thank you for being a part of our sport!
Whether for motorcycles off an assembly line, or the latest custom race bike, Saddlemen offers a wide range of top-of-the-line seats , as well as our expert customizing and refurbishing services. Along with seating solutions, our ever-expanding range of innovative motorcycle luggage provides great quality with unsurpassed value.
Vintage 1913 Bike Completes Two-Week, Cross-Country Endurance Run
Saddlemen congratulate Mike Vils on his completion of this year's Cannonball Motorcycle Endurance Run, riding a beautifully maintained 1913 Excelsior motorcycle. We are also proud that Mike made his coast-to-coast trek with a Saddlemen seat, and using Saddlemen luggage.
Starting on Friday, September 10th, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 45 pre-1916 motorcycles set off on a two-week rally across the nation, with 37 riders and machines completing the trip 16 days later in Santa Monica, California. The course ran just under 3,300 miles.
Above: Mike with his Excelsior during a stop near Flagstaff, Arizona. Photo courtesy of friend-of-Saddlemen Nick Trumbo.
We plan to post an interview with Mike about the rally, and his interest in vintage motorcycles, in the near future.
Whether for motorcyles nearly a century old, or for the latest new bike off the assembly line, Saddlemen offers a wide range of top-of-the-line seats , as well as our expert customizing and refurbishing services. Along with seating solutions, our ever-expanding range of innovative motorcycle luggage provides great quality with unsurpassed value.
"Slammed Pro Tour" For 1997-2007 Harley-Davidson Touring Models Nears Release
During the next few weeks, a new version of our Slammed Pro Tour Seat will be available for purchase.
This saddle is designed to fit Harley-Davidson Baggers/Tourers for the 1997 to 2007 model year range, and features the same top-of-the-line layout and materials used with our initial Signature Seat, for 2008-2010 models (shown at left).
Designed in collaboration with Todd Silicato, noted custom bike builder, and founder of Todd's Cycles of Huntington Beach, California, these seats are the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat that still provides acceptable comfort, support and riding endurance for touring.
Specifically, the new version Slammed Tour Pro is built to fit FLHX & FLHTC models, while also fitting FLHTC, FLHR, FLTR and FLHT designations. They are designed to look best and mate with the center dash of the Street Glide and Road King, models, and they will also fit other Harley-Davidson Touring machines, but there will be a gap between the seat’s nose and the center dash. The seat will fit bikes fitted with, or without, saddlebag guards.
Saddlemen is proud to work with respected designers and builders like Todd, combining manufacturing experience, acclaimed style, and the knowledge of what riders need and want, to create the best seats possible.