Asheboro Dealership’s Annual Open House

Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, was on hand in Asheville, North Carolina for Cycle Center Honda’s annual Open House on June 5th.

Cycle Center Honda Saddlemen Display

In conjunction with Parts Unlimited, a major distributor of Saddlemen products, Cycle Center offered a large selection of our luggage, seats for import (metric) motorcycles and saddlebags, as seen above.

Cycle Center Honda Saddlemen Products on Bikes

The Saddlemen product display drew plenty of attention, and a number of sales, as can be seen above, with two customers who purchased our sissy bar bags, and at right, saddlebags as well.

Below are two interesting machines brought in by local riders. At left, a 1972 Suzuki GT750 racing bike that has been run up to 207 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway; while on the right, with its owner, is a 2006 Suzuki scooter with just under 150,000 miles on the odometer. The same owner put over 416,000 miles on a Harley-Davidson 1987 Tour Guide, which needed only one engine rebuild (at 245,000); that machine is now on display at Harley-Davidson’s museum.

Interesting bikes at Cycle Center Honda

Cycle Center, Inc. is located, in Asheboro, North Carolina, just off U.S. Highway 64 (North Carolina Highway 49).

Saddlemen is proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Look for us at dealerships and stores across the nation, throughout the year.

 

Wiles Wins TT, Johnson Victor In Mile

AMA Pro Racing News Release

Wiles Walks to Springfield TT Win in Round Four of AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 29, 2010) - The AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com came to the Illinois State Fair Arena for round four of nineteen. Near record heat greeted the large crowd of spectators and the action on the race track proved to be just as heated.

Defending GNC Singles Champion, Henry Wiles continued his Arena domination as he pushed his # 1 Kawasaki USA / Don’s Kawasaki backed entry to an easy win after passing early leader, Jared Mees, who was aboard his #21 Rockysonline.com / Lucas Oils backed Honda, on lap ten.

“After a really tough day, I fell three times in that right hander, The National was pretty easy,” said Wiles. “I was just following Jared trying to stay smooth and all of a sudden the opportunity was there to take the lead.”

Making his first appearance of 2010, # 28 Shaun Russell had his Fox Valley Cycle / Greg Crow Racing backed Honda in third until lap nine. Latus Harley-Davidson / Moto Concepts’ # 3 Joe Kopp slipped by the transplanted Californian and set out after Mees.

Once in front Wiles steadily pulled away, finally winning the race by almost five and a half seconds. The scrap for second went down to the wire as Kopp took over on lap 24 and held on to an eight-tenths of a second margin at the end.

Russell barely held on to fourth as # 42 Bryan Smith was closing fast on his Kawasaki / Monster Energy Drink / Werner Springsteen Racing Baked Kawasaki.

# 5 Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing / Leo Vince Honda), # 2 Kenny Coolbeth (Bettencourt’s Honda / Jason Perry Honda) and Scott Powersports / Pit Posse’s # 10 Johnny Lewis rounded out the top eight.

Dave Burks Motorsports’ # 87 Mick Kirkness made the most of his provisional start bringing his Suzuki home ninth just ahead of # 45 Jesse Janish on his Woody Kyle Racing / Mid-Cities Motorsports backed Kawasaki.

Earlier in the night the all important points-paying Dash for Cash went to Mees as he got a quick lead in the four-lap race and easily outdistanced Kopp and Russell.

The twelve-lap Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles race was dominated by #95C JD Beach on his Red Bull / Top 1 Oil backed Honda. The real excitement came on the last lap as series points leader # 24P Jeffery Carver pushed his Van’s Yamaha / GYTR backed Yamaha from fourth to second on the last lap.

# 91Y Weirbach Racing / General Engineering’s Mike Martin and defending Series Champion, Rod Lake Racing / Mike Velasco’s # 1 Brad Baker had been battling over second the whole race only to have Carver storm by on the last lap.

Carver’s second-place finish extend his points lead in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles series to twelve points over Baker with Beach another ten back.

With four different winners in four races, Joe Kopp holds a ten point lead over Jake Johnson in the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com series point standings. Sammy Halbert and Henry Wiles are just another three and four points back.

Action moves over the historic Springfield Mile on Sunday.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
SPRINGFIELD, IL
RESULTS: May 29, 2010

GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DASH FOR CASH (4 laps; 6 riders): 1. Jared Mees (Hon); 2. Joe Kopp (Hon); 3. Shaun Russell (Hon); 4. Sammy Halbert (Yam); 5. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 6. Henry Wiles (Kaw).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES MAIN (12 laps; 18 riders): 1. JD Beach (Hon); 2. Jeffery Carver (Yam); 3. Mike Martin (Hon); 4. Brad Baker (Hon); 5. James Rispoli (Hon); 6. Tyler O’Hara (Hon); 7. Eric Stump (Hon); 8. Gerit Callies (Hon); 9. Mike Avila (Hon); 10. Jacob Constantine (Hon); 11. Josh Chisum (Hon); 12. John Long (Suz); 13. Mike LaBelle (Hon); 14. Mike Poe (Kaw); 15. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 16. Shane Narbonne (Hon); 17. Conner Anderson (Hon); 18. Jeremy Hamilton (Hon).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (After 4 0f 19 rounds): 1. Jeff Carver (80 pts / 1 win); 2. Brad Baker (68 / 1 win); 3. JD Beach (58 / 2 wins); 4. Mike Avila (53); 5. James Rispoli (46); 6. Mike Martin (39); 7. Stephen Vanderburgh (31); 8. Mike LaBelle (24); 9. (TIE) Gerit Callies / John Long (21).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM MAIN (25 laps; 19 riders): 1. Henry Wiles (Kaw); 2. Joe Kopp (Hon); 3. Jared Mees (Hon); 4. Shaun Russell (Hon); 5. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 6. Jake Johnson (Hon); 7. Kenny Coolbeth (Hon); 8. Johnny Lewis (Hon); 9. Mick Kirkness (Suz); 10. Jesse Janisch (Kaw); 11. Sammy Halbert (Yam); 12. Chris Carr (Hon); 13. Cad Cose (Hon); 14. Rob Pearson (Yam); 15. Ion Stear (Hon); 16. Matt Burton (Yam); 17. Willie McCoy (Hon); 18. Steve Murray (Hon); Stevie Bonsey (Hon).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM POINT STANDINGS (After 4 of 19 rounds): 1. Joe Kopp (80 pts / 1 win); 2. Jake Johnson (70 / 1 win); 3. Sammy Halbert (67 / 1 win); 4. Henry Wiles (66 / 1 win); 5. (TIE) Kenny Coolbeth / Jared Mees (64); 7. Johnny Lewis (45); 8. Bryan Smith (35); 9. Chris Carr (32); 10. Jethro Halbert (29).

 

AMA Pro Racing News Release

Johnson First Two-Time Winner of 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship with Springfield Mile Victory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2010) - Round Five of the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com came to the Springfield Mile as the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association wrapped up their Memorial Day Weekend doubleheader. Clear skies and summer-like temperatures greeted the near capacity crowd and a large turn out of racers.

The obvious king of the hill was Zanotti Racing’s # 5 Jake Johnson as he dominated all day long. Johnson was the Fast Qualifier, Heat winner, Dash for Cash winner and led every lap of the 25 lap Grand National Main. “It’s scary when things go that well,” said Johnson. “You keep waiting for something to go wrong.”

Five races into the 2010 season, Johnson becomes the first two-time winner. Had it not been for Johnson’s perfection, the much talked about Werner Springsteen Racing / Kawasaki / Monster Energy Drink backed Kawasaki of # 42 Bryan Smith would have been the big story. On the heels of Joe Kopp giving Ducati their first Grand National win, Smith desperately wanted to do the same for Kawasaki, he had to “settle” for a well earned second, which is Kawasaki’s best finish ever in a GNC Twins race.

In a very non-typical Springfield Mile, Johnson kept a steady two-second lead all the way. Smith, who was riding a higher line than most, got close once, but that was short lived. “My line went away. I was chasing the moisture,” said Smith. “After that went away I was just trying to hang on.”

Smith fell back into a great battle over third as there were seven or eight riders keeping the Springfield tradition alive. Defending GNC Twins Champion # 1 Jared Mees had his Rogers Lake Racing / Blue Springs Harley-Davidson-backed Harley in the mix along with Moroney’s Harley-Davidson / 1800 Fasthog’s # 99B PJ Jacobsen, Harley-Davidson Motor Company / Screamin’ Eagle’s # 2 Kenny Coolbeth and ENI / Latus Harley-Davidson / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports’ # 3 Joe Kopp kept the large crowd entertained while Johnson cruised.

Jacobsen, who was making his first start in a K&N Grand National Twins race looked like a polished veteran all day until the last lap of the race. Jacobsen took the white flag in second place, but was then a sitting duck for the horde that was on his heels. Smith regained his second place, that he held most of the race, with Coolbeth, Mees and Kopp all charging through, dropping Jacobsen all the way back to a sixth place finish 2.450 seconds behind Johnson, but less than half of a second behind Smith for second.

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles race was amazing. Eighteen 450cc single-cylinder rockets took off an a 12 lap adventure and when the checkered flag fell, no less than eleven riders were separated by less than one second.

Just as he had done last year, Price Truck Line / Kennedy Tires / Woody Kyle Racing’s # 22L Michael Toon came out of the pack on the last lap and drafted to the win. Toon had been in sixth position on lap eleven, but worked his way through the cluster to the front.

Cycle Dynamics / NPS Racing Engines’ # 71B James Rispoli was only six hundredths of a second behind. Weirbach Racing / General Engineering’s # 20T Mike LaBelle filled out the podium. Despite being the fast heat winner and leading the most laps in the main, Vans Yamaha / GYTR / Carver’s BBQ’s # 24P Jeffery Carver finished up fourth.

Red Bull / Top 1 Oil’s # 95C JD Beach and defending class Champion # 1 Brad Baker (Rod Lake / Mike Velasco / Brothers Powersports), Monster Energy Drink / Kawasaki / Werner Springsteen Racing’s # 29J Chaz Springsteen, Sunnyside Cycle Sales’ # 96B Cody Johncox, Lancaster Harley-Davidson’s # 25A Shayna Texter, Browns Cycle / Arlen Ness’s # 33E Mike Avila and TLC Racing’s # 81C Zakk Palmer were all under the proverbial blanket across the finish line.

The K&N Grand National Championship points race is really taking shape as Jake Johnson and Joe Kopp sit atop the leader board tied with 98 points. Kenny Coolbeth is sixteen back with Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees tied with 79 points.

Jeffery Carver’s fourth place finish was enough to keep him atop the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles points race. Carver has a 14 point lead over defending series champion Brad Baker with JD Beach 23 points down to the leader.

The AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com Series moves to Gas City, IN next week June 5 for a short track.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
SPRINGFIELD, IL
RESULTS: May 30, 2010

GNC DASH FOR CASH (4 laps; 6 riders): 1. Jake Johnson (H-D); 2. Joe Kopp (Duc); 3. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 4. Kenny Coolbeth (H-D); 5. Stevie Bonsey (H-D); 6. PJ Jacobsen (H-D).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES MAIN (12 laps; 18 riders): 1. Michael Toon (Hon); 2. James Rispoli (Hon); 3. Mike LaBelle (Hon); 4. Jeffery Carver (Yam); 5. JD Beach (Hon); 6. Brad Baker (Hon); 7. Chaz Springsteen (Kaw); 8. Cody Johncox (Yam); 9. Shayna Texter (Hon); 10. Mike Avila (Hon); 11. Zakk Palmer (Hon); 12. Kurtis Lee (Hon); 13. Michael Bickerton (Hon); 14. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 15. Brandon Laursen (Hon); 16. Jeremy Hamilton (Hon); 17. Tyler O’Hara (Hon); 18. Mike Martin (Hon).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (After 3 0f 19 rounds): 1. Jeffery Carver (95 pts / 1 win); 2. Brad Baker (81 / 1 win); 3. JD Beach (72 / 2 wins); 4. James Rispoli (65); 5. Mike Avila (52); 6. (TIE) Mike LaBelle / Mike Martin (40); 8. Stephen Vanderburgh (31); 9. Michael Toon (28 / 1 win); 10. Chaz Springsteen (27).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM MAIN (25 laps; 19 riders): 1. Jake Johnson (H-D); 2. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 3. Kenny Coolbeth (H-D); 4. Jared Mees (H-D); 5. Joe Kopp (Duc); 6. PJ Jacobsen (H-D); 7. Sammy Halbert (H-D); 8. Chris Carr (H-D); 9. Larry Pegram (Duc); 10. Stevie Bonsey (H-D); 11. Willie McCoy (H-D); 12. Henry Wiles (H-D); 13. AJ Eslick (H-D); 14. Matt Weidman (H-D); 15. Rob Pearson (H-D); 16. Logan Myers (H-D); 17. Mick Kirkness (Suz); 18. Steve Murray (H-D); 19. Shawn Baer (Tri).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM POINT STANDINGS (After 5 of 19 rounds): 1. (TIE) Jake Johnson (2 wins) / Joe Kopp (1 win) (98 pts); 3. Kenny Coolbeth (82); 4. (TIE) Sammy Halbert (1 win) / Jared Mees (79); 6. Henry Wiles (73 / 1 win); 7. Bryan Smith (57); 8. Johnny Lewis (45); 9. Chris Carr (43); 10. Jethro Halbert (29).

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports racers and events.

 

Michigan Dealer Hosts Distributor Display

Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson

Over Memorial Day weekend, Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson hosted the traveling promotional truck from motorsports product distributor Drag Specialties. Their display included a wide range of Saddlemen items, and the dealership also made sure plenty of Saddlemen gear was available for purchase. Our own roving sales and technical expert, Gary Smith was there as well, and reports plenty of interest in our products, and a top-notch presentation of Saddlemen luggage on motorcycles.

In the photos above, at left, are our “Bagger Chaps”, and at right, on the bike’s back seat, our ultra-popular BR1800 Back Seat & Sissy Bar Bag.

Gary took part in the Thursday night “Bike Nite” ride, and was available for questions and product advice on Friday.

Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson is located southwest of Grand Rapids, in Hudsonville, just off U.S. Interstate Highway 196.

Our thanks go out to the folks at Grand Rapids H-D for hosting the Drag Specialties truck, and for showcasing Saddlemen products.

Saddlemen is proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. We are well represented across country, throughout the year, by distributors such as Drag Specialties, and our own specialists, like Gary.

 

AMA Pro Racing Announces 2010 Saddlemen Expert Rookie of the Year Program for K&N Grand National Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 27, 2010) – AMA Pro Racing today announced the introduction of the Saddlemen Expert Rookie of the Year program for the 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season. The agreement includes a $5,000 bonus to the top-placing expert rookie, to be awarded at the AMA Pro Flat Track Awards Ceremony at the end of the season.

Saddlemen is a seat, bag and luggage specialist in the motorcycle market and a company comprised of enthusiastic riders. Tom Seymour, Saddlemen’s founder, was a racer from the ’60s to the ’80s and is currently an AMA Life Member as well as an active trail and road rider. Saddlemen has been a long time sponsor and supporter of promoters, riders and teams at many of the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship events.

“Everyone in the pits knows my passion for AMA Pro Flat Track racing,” said Seymour. “When we can, our company has always provided support to the sport of motorcycle racing and events. Providing a $5,000.00 bonus at the end of the season to the top expert rookie will be very rewarding.”

Expert rookie contenders must register with AMA Pro Racing and run a Saddlemen patch on their racing gear and a Saddlemen sticker on their motorcycle to be eligible for the $5,000 bonus.

The next round of the 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com will be this weekend, May 29 – 30, with a doubleheader at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. T.T. racing action can be seen on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th will see riders race at the historic Springfield Mile.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports racers and events.

 

Distributors Host Regional Product Information Conference For Dealers And Their Own Representatives

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

On May 21st, two of the major motorcycle accessory distributors that carry Saddlemen products, Drag Specialties, and Parts Unlimited, hosted a regional gathering in Sacramento, California of manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and many of their own staff to familiarize sales, service and parts professionals with the product lines they carry. Above, attendees view a product presentation.

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

A sampling of manufacturing and distributor professionals on hand can be seen above. At left are Jay Brainard of Jaybrake, speaking with Drag Specialties representative Sharon Murphy, and Darryl Bassani of Bassani, along with Ken Carlton, Drag Specialties Regional Sales Manager. At right, wearing the baseball cap is Doug Brickes, Drag Specialties representative.

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

Our thanks go out to the people at Drag Specialties, and the crew of their traveling promotional truck. The mobile Saddlemen product display can be seen above, (at right), along with their driver, Jim Brown, a familiar face to our road sales personnel.

We will be at more “Super Showcase” events this year, to show distributor reps and dealers the quality, features, installation and uses of Saddlemen seats and luggage.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgeable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.

 

Saddlemen Visits Major Chicagoland Dealership’s Annual Celebration

Conrad Harley-Davidson Spring Open House

Saddlemen’s traveling sales specialist, technical expert, and valued “road warrior,” Gary Smith was on hand on Saturday, May 22nd for Joliet, Illinois area Conrad Harley-Davidson’s big Spring Open House.

The sales folks at Conrad’s put out a large (and popular) Saddlemen luggage display, showing a wide, representative range of our products in cooperation with the traveling event truck from Drag Specialties, one of Saddlemen’s major distributors.

Gary was available for demonstrations and feedback, got to meet lots of riders and reports that Saddlemen items were selling great!

Conrad Harley-Davidson is located in the Joliet area, in Shorewood, Illinois, right off of U.S. Interstate Highway 55.

Our thanks go out to the owners and staff at Conrad’s for there hospitality and enthusiasm for Saddlemen products!

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Keep an eye out for us across the country. We have representatives such as Gary touring across country throughout the year.

 

Saddlemen Modifies Two-Up Seat From Victory Cross Country For Event And Advertising Photography Duties

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Click on the images above to view them at full size.

Saddlemen had the interesting opportunity recently to design and produce a highly modified seat for Victory Motorcycles’ new camera bike kit. This kit allows compatible stock Victory machines to be quickly and temporarily converted for on-road photographic use. Besides the Saddlemen re-worked saddle, the setup also includes shielding for the rear wheel, running gear and exhaust.

Our rebuild included a special front-and-back pad on the driver’s backrest for use by both riders, a modified passenger backrest with storage pouch, our famous SaddleGel inserts in the seating areas, and a new custom seat cover.

Victory plans to use this setup for their own corporate advertising use, as well as making it available for loan or rental.

Photos provided courtesy of Victory Motorcycles.

Victory Motorcycles is a part of Polaris Industries, also makers of snowmobiles and ATVs.

At Saddlemen we thrive on the chance to show our expertise and creativity, no matter how unusual the project.

 

Major Wisconsin H-D Dealership Hosts Three-Day Weekend Rally

Kutter Harley-Davidson

Kutter Harley-Davidson

Recently, Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, paid a visit to Kutter Harley-Davidson, at their Janesville, Wisconsin location for their Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Rally, held over the weekend of May 7th-9th.

Besides the rally, the people at Kutter held an open house, and hosted the traveling Drag Specialties display truck.

Kutter Harley-Davidson operates two dealership locations, one in Janesville , Wisconsin, and another in Monroe , Wisconsin.

Saddlemen congratulates Kutter Harley-Davidson on their silver anniversary, and wishes them many years of continued success.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.

 

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Takes Its First Ever Twins Grand National Flat Track Victory In 2010 Twins Season Opener

We’re pleased to pass along the following report from the proud, winning Lloyd Brothers team. For more photos and observations, see our previous posting below.

Saddlemen-Sponsored Joe Kopp Historic Yavapai Win on Ducati

Joe Kopp takes the ENI USA R&M / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports / Pegram Racing / Latus Motors Ducati Hypermotard-powered flat tracker to victory in Arizona.

Johnstown, OH (2 May 2010) – Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is excited to have taken its first ever Grand National Flat Track victory in Saturday’s Yavapai Downs Mile. Saturday’s Ducati victory marks the first time that a readily available, production engine has won a Grand National Twins race in 29 years. Limited production, flat track race-only Honda RS750 and Harley-Davidson XR750s have won every Twins National since 1981.

In the season opening round- and Ducati’s third ever attempt at winning a modern era Grand National- Joe Kopp proved that a modern production engine can win a Grand National Flat Track race. The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Flat Track Project began only a year ago, when Ducati Superbike rider Larry Pegram approached friends and flat track team co-owners David and Michael Lloyd about the potential of Ducati’s air-cooled engine as an ideal flat track platform.

Pegram Racing and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports joined forces to build a stock-framed dirt track bike from a Ducati Sport . After a quick shakedown by Pegram the bike entered the 2009 Springfield Mile, where it immediately proved a formidable opponent to the dominant Harley-Davidsons qualifying for the 18 rider main event directly from the heat race. It has been close to 50 years since a stock framed motorcycle qualified for a Grand National Twins Mile main event.

After a summer of modifications- including the addition a custom VMC racing chassis- Pegram entered the Indy Mile and missed the main event by one position in the semi qualifier after recovering from a 120 mph low-side crash while in qualifying position in the heat race.

Incorporating everything learned over the 2009 season, the bike now races in its third generation of development. In Saturday’s season opener 2010 rider Joe Kopp took the lead at the start and ran a fantastic race, only facing competition from Sammy Halbert, whom he drafted past on the final lap to take the checkered flag by .025 seconds.

Saturday’s race was also a significant event as the Ducati upset the might of Harley Davidson on the Mile, something no other manufacturer has been able to do for 17 years. The next race for the ENI USA R&M (which produces and markets Agip lubricants) / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati entry will be the famed Springfield Mile on May 30; featuring a cameo by Larry Pegram on a second bike alongside Joe Kopp.

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is supported by:
ENI USA R&M producers and marketers of Agip lubricants, Pegram Racing, Latus Motors, Motion Pro, Arai, Penske Racing Shocks, Ducati USA, K & N Engineering, M4 Exhaust, Saddlemen, Daniel Kalal, Vortex, VMC Racing Frames, Flat Trak Fotos, Race Image, Vesrah, Yuasa Batteries, Eurosports.net, Durelle Racing, Fox Performance, Moto Concepts.

To read Joe Kopp’s own personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .

Photo provided courtesy of [Lloyd Brothers Motorsports].

At Saddlemen we are proud of the successful racing efforts of our sponsored riders.

 

Joe Kopp Victorious At Yavapai Mile – Historic Flat Track Win With Ducati

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapai Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapai Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

The Yavapai Downs Mile flat track race, run May 1st, proved to be a milestone win for Joe Kopp (proudly sponsored by Saddlemen), and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports racing team. For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Grand Nationals “Twins” race was won with a production engine motorcycle, in this case the Lloyd Brothers Ducati Hypermotard, breaking a streak of victories for limited-production, race-only engined Honda and Harley-Davidson 750’s reaching back to 1981. The win by Joe and Lloyd Brothers with their “Duck” also brought to an end a 17-year-long win streak for Harleys at Yavapai.

Arizona’s Yavapai Mile was the season-opening event for the twin-cylinder segment of the flat track circuit, and so proved a great start for Joe Kopp’s 2010 campaign. Lloyd Brothers will run multiple machines at the Springfield Mile on May 30th, and the Indy Mile on August 28th. Joining Joe as a teammate at these two big events will be racing veteran Larry Pegram, running a second Lloyd Brothers stock-framed Ducati.

To read Joe’s personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapi Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

Podium photos available courtesy of AMA Pro Racing. Track photos provided courtesy of Lloyd Brothers Motorsports.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better – whether for professional racers, commuters or “weekend warriors.”