We’re calling it the “Match-ster”. It’s a 1960 Matchless G80CS, brought back to life by Saddlemen staffer Bill Oster. Bill wasn’t after a concours-perfect restoration; instead, he wanted a cool older bike that he could ride reliably (?) to work every day.
The bike started out life as an off-road-only “Westerner” model that had never seen pavement before. It was not running and nearly a basket case when he got it, but Bill’s a resourceful guy and was able to get many of the parts he needed, many coming from across the Big Pond. What he couldn’t get, he made, including that custom hand-cut “Flying M” logo engine mounting plate. The bike was cleaned up and rebuilt from top to bottom.
Collectors might cringe at the modern components, but they make the bike that much more practical as well as fun to ride. The hand controls, switches, headlight, front wheel and brake are from a current Sportster.
Bill hand-fabbed the mounting plate to adapt the Sportster front brake caliper onto the stock Matchless forks, without altering them. The single disc provides more than enough power to stop this featherweight bike from any speeds it might achieve.
The seat, a Bates model that was the cool aftermarket option in the ’60s, was restored by Saddlemen to better-than-original glory.
If you live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, don’t be surprised to see Bill tooling around on the Match-ster.
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Saddlemen is pleased to be a sponsor of Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series 2009 series debut, scheduled to take place at the South Point Casino Arena in Las Vegas, January 9th and 10th.
The exciting two-night South Point Casino Arena Championship Indoor Dirt Short Track events will serve as the first two rounds of the 2009 West Coast Flat Track Series, and will take place in conjunction with the 18th Annual Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction, scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 8th.
Four WCFTS classes will be contested: the Open Class; Saddlemen Vintage Class; Top Gun 450 Class and the Hand Shift/Brakeless Class. The event is expected to draw top-notch competitors from across the country.
The South Point Casino Arena is located at 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Spectator gates open Friday and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. with time trials at 5:45 p.m. The first race each day is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the races are $20 each day. More details on the race and the auction can be found at www.WCFTS.com and www.MidAmericaAuctions.com.
Making for a convenient opportunity to view the hot motorcycle racing action on the track, the WCFTS races are set to take place right next door to the auction in the finest indoor racing facility in the world, with over 5000 padded seats. Race fans and auction goers will have the opportunity see the “Best of the West – Two Wheeled Gladiators” that are the hallmark of the WCFTS.
The 18th Annual Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction –The World’s Largest – is set to start on Thursday, January 8, with a 6 p.m. dinner auction of 75 motorcycles. The event continues Friday, January 9, at 9 a.m., with 200 motorcycles being offered. The auction resumes on Saturday, January 10, at 9 a.m., with 225 motorcycles scheduled to cross the block. Admission to the auctions is $15 each day. Three day passes for $30 can be purchased at the door or in advance.
Entry forms are available by downloading from the Entry Form section off the www.wcfts.com web site.
Multi-platinum selling musicians Jason Freese (left in photo) from Green Day (keyboards, guitar, sax, vocals), and his buddy Kevin Baldes (right), bass player from the band Lit stopped by to tour the Saddlemen facilities recently, and to get a custom Saddlemen seat for Jason’s XR650L Honda supermoto bike.
In addition to being world class musicians, Kevin and Jason are all-around nice guys, long-time motorcyclists and friends from Orange County, California. That’s Saddlemen President Tom Seymour showing them around.
The seat on Jason’s Honda was reshaped for his riding style, and includes a lower rider position for better control in supermoto situations, a rider bump-stop (common racer mod), custom non-slip ultrasuede finish, contrast color stitching (red, naturally), and of course Saddlemen’s exclusive SaddleGel™ inside for a comfortable ride. It was also lengthened so that Jason’s bride could accompany him around town.
The bike is a project in conjunction with the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org) under the direction of IRS Media’s special project guru Avery Innes. Other modifications include 17″ wheels and sticky street tires, supermoto-specific brakes, lowered suspension, wider footpegs, aggressive handlebars, engine tweaks and a Jardine exhaust. This is one bad-ass XR650L streetbike!
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See Jason Freese and other rock musicians on the MIC’s new website RockMoto.com, which combines the high energy of rock ‘n roll music with the speed and grace of motorcycling.
Saddlemen’s Deluxe Tail Bag is featured in the latest issue of Hot Bike (Volume 41, Number 2) for December 16, 2008 through January 13, 2009.
The listing describes the quality construction, features and spacious dimensions of this expandable, large-capacity motorcycle luggage.
The SaddleStow TS3200DE Deluxe Tail Bag is easy to mount and full of features – offering any bike maximum luggage capacity. Its universal quick-detach mounting system offers a variety of quick-secure options for easy on/off mounting. Its rigid construction looks great, even when empty, and has a wide top opening for easy packing. The TS3200DE features a top carry handle and shoulder straps for easy toting off bike. The bag’s high-quality construction uses UV-, water-, and weather-resistant 1200 denier Saddle Tuff™ and leather-like vinyl panels and a non-skid, heat resistant bottom. This spacious bag can hold 3,200 cubic inches.
These bags are also available through Drag Specialties dealers. To find your local dealer, use the Drag Specialties dealer locator web utility, here.
Visit Hot Bike Magazine’s website at www.hotbikeweb.com.
SADDLEMEN TANK BAGS FOR CRUISERS & ALL BIKES
Saddlemen has expanded their line of luggage to include a variety of bags that attach to your bike’s gas tank. The new Magnetic Sport Tank Bag packs a lot of features, including a bottom tunnel design that works with cruiser dash panels, a molded in top recess for music players, cell phones or GPS, and a removable two-sided waterproof map pocket. It’s even expandable so you can carry more.
Also new are the Magnetic and Suction Cup mounted Explorer Tank Map Pouches, which combine a convenient waterproof map pocket with a removable pouch that’s perfect for carrying small articles like your wallet, phone, music player, or even your lunch. Choose either magnetic or suction cup mounting systems to suit your bike’s gas tank, and the Explorer Tank Map Pouches come in Medium and Large sizes.
Saddlemen products are available thru Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties dealer worldwide, or by contacting Saddlemen directly at 800-397-7709. For more information, contact Saddlemen or visit www.saddlemen.com.
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