Saddlemen Retailer Salutes Our Military With Eye-Catching Truck

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Black Hawk Customs, an online retailer that focuses on providing motorsport accessories, parts and apparel to members of the armed services, just unleashed this military-themed company truck out onto the roads. A number of the company’s big sellers are featured on the tailgate, and we are proud to say Saddlemen is one.

James Campbell, the CEO of Black Hawk Customs told us, “The wrap is perfectly done by Kaieos here in San Jose, California. Keith Vu was great to work with and put in way too many hours into the design. He took our idea of a Powersport themed military design and came up with a vehicle wrap that will blow our competition away… especially with our door gunners!”

James tells us that Saddlemen items are big sellers at Black Hawk, and we are pleased to know that our products are being enjoyed by the hard-working, brave and sacrificing people protecting our nation.

 

Saddlemen Seasonal Surplus Seats

As the busiest seasons for riding wind down each year, we sometimes end up with some extra seats on our shelves. This can be a great opportunity for buyers to get a top-of-the-line Saddlemen seat shipped out to them immediately. We’ve opened a new section on our web page listing these seats on our shelves, ready to head home to you, and your motorcycle.

These items are likely to clear out fast, so we strongly advise calling our sales staff here, toll-free, at (800) 397-7709 when ordering from this “on the shelf” list, to make sure that the saddle in question has not been sold. Some of the types listed have only a single seat left.

As always, Saddlemen produces new, made-to-order seats throughout the year. Any of the saddles highlighted in this section will still be available as normal production items. We offer this listing of inventory to help clear our shelves, and so that the riding public can immediately get Saddlemen saddles installed on their bikes before prime riding weather fades across much of the nation…

 

Classic Style And Handy Storage Options With Our Tanks and Fender Chap Varieties

One of Saddlemen’s longest-standing product lines is our range of great-looking tank and fender chaps. Over the years, we’ve added new designs, like our Expandable Pouch Chaps, and added new items for more motorcycles. Whether a rider wants only to add traditional studded leather looks to their bike with our Desperado style, the conch-and-fringe details of our Classic Pouch chap, or the clean layout of the Expandable Pouch, Saddlemen Tank and Fender Chaps are excellent, attractive options.

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Saddlemen Tank and Fender Chaps come in four types, (from left to right, above) Classic Pouch Tank Chaps, Expandable Pouch Tank Chaps, and Desperado Tank Chaps and Desperado Fender Chaps and can be found at Saddlemen Tank and Fender Trim.

Saddlemen Tank and Fender chaps are designed from the start to be the perfect complements to our luggage and seats, both with materials and styling. Our Chaps are available for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha machines.

 

Appleton Harley-Davidson/Buell Hosts Special Saddlemen Event

Appleton Harley-Davidson / Buell Saddlemen Event

Recently, our traveling technical and sales “guru,” Gary Smith, visited Appleton HD in Clarksville, Tennessee for a special open house event. Gary got the chance to meet a wide variety of riders, show off our products, and almost literally sold a truckload of Saddlemen gear.

Appleton Harley-Davidson / Buell Saddlemen Event

Gary would like to thank the people at Appleton Harley-Davidson for hosting a really successful event, and also Drag Specialties representatives James McGlynn and Mike Goggins (seen above on their bikes), for their top-notch support and coordination. Above right, are Matt and Tammy Silva, just a couple of the great folks he got to meet in the Nashville-Clarksville area. Saddlemen is proud to show the riding public our products at events across the nation. We’ll likely be at a dealership in your region soon…

 

An Invitation To Share Your Bike-Related “Good Dog” And “Bad Dog” Stories

Invitation for Bike-Related Stories

Out on the road, at motorcycle rallies and sales events, and in feedback from our customers, we constantly see and hear that “bike people” are quite often “dog people” as well. We would like to read about the fun and funny adventures and misadventures people have had with their four-legged friends. Send us an e-mail with a picture attached, and we’ll post some of the best stories online to share with the riding public.

Our e-mail address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – we hope to share some fun shaggy dog tales soon…

 

As previously posted, the Joker Machine / Cody Racing / JRM Bonneville Bike ran at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trails August 30th through September 3rd at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in an AMA & FIM sanctioned event, to break the speed record for the MODIFIED ALTERED FUEL 500 CLASS M-AF.

 

Click on the images below to see them full size…

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Joker Machine’s Geoff Arnold reports on the run at the record with rider Billy “The Bullet” Hamill:

“Well we are back from Bonneville. What a week! As you may already know we ran 144.2 mph. This is not bad but the record still stands at 145.2 mph…..one mph short, what a bummer. But what a great week, Billy and I learned so much. Going to Bonneville is like no other experience you will ever have, it’s unreal. You get up everyday at 5:00 am and get done a 6:00 pm. Being on the salt all day is about as hard a days work you will ever have. One of the coolest things about working there is meeting all the people. Everyone from the fellow competitors to the AMA staff was great and made Billy and I feel very welcome. Making new friends and seeing old ones turned it into a bitchin' week and one to look forward to for next year. I highly recommend going to Bonneville if you get the chance. It’s worth it to check it out once in your life. You’ll dig it.

Also this would not be possible without Dennis Manning and his staff at BUB for putting on such a great race. All the volunteers and the AMA folks, great job and thank you. And for Billy and me one big thanks to our sponsors, who without them we would be lost and would have never gotten as close to our goal as we did. My wife Diane Rawson, without her it just wouldn’t happen. Come on – she put up with Billy and me for week on the road – what a trooper.”

Saddlemen is proud to have provided a custom-made seat for this machine.  Here’s to setting the record next year!

 

Challenging the Roads of the “Roof of the World”

Saddlemen Gel Pads High Altitude Road

Saddlemen Gel Pads Himalayan Camp

Recently, a friend of Saddlemen, Joe Bonnello, was one of a group of five trail riders braving the highest roads in the world, in the northwestern Himalayan mountains, on Indian-made Royal Enfield motorcycles. Joe made sure to take along a Saddlemen Gel Pad when challenging these largely unpaved roads. “I thank you from the bottom of my ass. Without the gels, I would not have survived,” said Bonnello. “The shocks on those Enfields are simply non-existent!”

The group conquered the highest road on Earth, the Khardungla Pass, listed at nearly 18,400 feet above sea level! Located in the northern-most province of India, Jammu and Kashmir, this area borders both Pakistan and China, and is only about 500 miles straight east from Kabul, Afghanistan!

The distinctive, bright yellow landmark and road safety signs seen in some of the photos are from the HIMANK organization, and often use “Burma Shave” style slogans to encourage safety on these wild roads.

Check out the photographs linked below. Give them a mouse-click to see them full size.

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To help better inform the public about the benefits of SaddleGel, we have an “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) page to our website’s support area. For more info check the following link at saddlemen.com:

Why Your Motorcycle Seat Needs SaddleGel!

We love to show our pride in what SaddleGel can do for you!

 

Our luggage lines offer choices beyond buckles, studs and glossy, nostalgic materials. From soft, durable and tough nylon fabric to hard, durable plastic, our always-expanding range of storage options is available for all types of bikes.

Saddlemen Sport Panniers and Sport Top Pack

Our Sport Panniers and Sport Top Pack have a modern, stylish look combined with high-quality construction and weather resistance.

Saddlemen TS3200 Deluxe Sport Tailbag

The TS3200 Deluxe Sport Tailbag brings the ease and flexibility of a collapsible duffel bag to any machine. High quality fabric and plenty of convenient and versatile attachment options make this a great storage option for almost any bike..

Saddlemen Fastback Touring Bags

Our three sizes of Fastback Touring Bags - Small, Medium, and Large, combine fabric with a rigid frame, and can be used as back seat bags, or secured to a luggage rack. They feature full side openings for convenience, interior mesh pockets and large zippered pouches outside. Includes rain covers and backpack straps.

Saddlemen Tank Bags and Map Pouches

Saddlemen also offers a wide range of ultraconvenient Tank Bags, either with magnetic attachment or suction cups. These are designed to offer the easiest access available when on the road, with features like transparent map covers, waterproof cable ports for earphones and gadgets.

Saddlemen Hard Case Luggage

Recent additions to our luggage family are our Hard Case Luggage cases. Tough and streamlined, these come with versatile and easy-to-use mounting systems to secure to luggage racks, and allow fast attachment and removal.

Saddlemen R850 Roll Bag

The R850 Roll Bag is made for use with most of our touring bags. Made with rigid reinforcement, it keeps its shape empty or full, and is the perfect option for “just enough” storage on the road.

 

We at Saddlemen want to thank everyone involved in the recent product sales training briefings and Super Showcase hosted by the Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited team for their top-notch hospitality and support. These events were held from August 19th through the 23rd in Madison, Wisconsin.

Saddlemen Thanks Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties

Above, at our Super Showcase booth in Madison, speaking with members of the Parts Unlimited sales team, are, left to right, Saddlemen President Tom Seymour; our traveling technical and sales expert, Gary Smith, and our Marketing Director, Greg Friend.

The Super Showcase was a great opportunity for us to familiarize the people of the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties team from across the country with the models and features of our luggage and seats – especially our newest items.

These sales professionals are vital to us, in seeing that Saddlemen products are made easily available nationwide, along with providing assistance and information they share with both customers and motorcycle shops. We truly appreciate all the enthusiasm and attention they showed during our formal presentations and informal chats about our growing product line.

 

Joker Machine’s Modified Speedway Bike Looks To Break 30-Year-Old Record

Saddlemen Equips Joker Machine's Modified Speedway Bike

The Joker Machine / Cody Racing / JRM Bonneville Bike will be competing at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trails August 30th through September 3rd at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This is an AMA & FIM Sanctioned event. Billy Hamill will be the rider, running in the MODIFIED ALTERED FUEL 500 CLASS M-AF. The AMA record for this class is a 145.22 set in 1978 on a Yamaha.

Saddlemen is proud to have provided a custom-made seat for this machine, and hopes to add another speed record sponsorship to our legacy.

The Joker Machine team has posted this Youtube video of recent test runs at a California dry lake bed. By the looks of things, the record is well in reach…

Saddlemen Equips Joker Machine's Modified Speedway Bike