Saddlemen Team Members Will Be At Three Popular Area Locations For The Big Event

In conjunction with the festivities at this year's Daytona Bike Week, Saddlemen experts will be on hand at three major motorcycle-related locations.

We'll be at J&P Cycles® Destination Daytona Superstore, in Ormond Beach; at Daytona Fun Machines; and also at Orlando Harley-Davidson.

Three of our knowledgable team members will be available to answer questions and demonstrate our great Saddlemen products. Keep an eye out for our product information and customer service specialist, Jerry Beaty (above, left), our veteran expert and "road warrior," Gary Smith (above, center), along with our director of sales, Ron Benfield (above, right).

J&P Cycles® Destination Daytona Superstore, is located at the junction of Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1, in Ormond Beach - CLICK HERE for map information. Their toll-free telephone number is (800) 318-4823.

Daytona Fun Machines, is located at 450 Ridgewood Avenue, in Daytona Beach - CLICK HERE for map information. Their toll-free telephone number is (800) 338-4386.

Orlando Harley-Davidson, is located at 3770 37th Street, in Orlando, just off Interstate 4 - CLICK HERE for map information. Their telephone number is (407) 423-0346.

We look forward to meeting the public at Bike Week, continuing our strong tradition of coast-to-coast contact with the riding community. We value the opportunity to show our pride in the great quality, features and value of our Saddlemen product line.

 

Las Vegas Races Championship Indoor Dirt Short Track

Gene Romero's West Coast Flat Track Series

Championship Indoor Short Track Races

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.

For information, buyer or seller information, and free auction catalog contact MidAmerica Auctions at 651-633-9655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Motorcycles are being added to the auction daily and updated at the auction’s website at www.MidAmericaAuctions.com.

Entry forms are available by downloading from the Entry Form section off the www.wcfts.com web site.

 

Videos Show The Technology And Craftsmanship That Goes Into Making Our World-Famous Motorcycle Seats

A pair of videos, conveniently available to view on YouTube, offer excellent "backstage" views into how we make our seats here at Saddlemen.

The first clip spotlights Saddlemen-sponsored flat track racer Jared Mees, who, like dozens of racers over the decades, have proudly been supported by our company. The presentation also features commentary and insights from our President and founder, Tom Seymour, who walks the viewer through our state-of-the-art production and design methods.

Another presentation shows the processes and activities going on over a typical, busy day at our Southern California factory and R&D center. We're proud to be able to show the excellent work and commitment to quality that goes into the crafting and building of our American-made seats.

We hope these clips will give an insight into the expert, skilled work; top-of-the-line production technology; and pride in our product that are cornerstones of Saddlemen's business.

 

Article Shows Saddle Design In-Progress

Saddlemen is proud to have a custom-made seat featured as part of the current Hot Bike Magazine series of articles showing the transformation of a 2000 model year Harley-Davidson Sportster into a tribute to the 1977 XLRCR cafe racer.

Above: shown with the bike in progress, the article shows our craftsmen designing, fitting and tailoring the seat.

The editors of Hot Bike Magazine were kind enough to let us share the article online. It can be viewed here. Our thanks to the people at Hot Bike for letting us share this content from their April 2011 issue. A second installment will appear in their May issue, showing the completed project.

Custom seat work has been a tradition at Saddlemen since our founding. Our expert designers and technicians have decades of experience in creating the optimal seat for any machine and any riding style, combining our industry-leading materials and know-how.

 

New Models Combine Structure Of "Track" Seat Types With Carbon Fiber-Look Center Channel Strip And Cover

Coming soon to Saddlemen's online store are our new Track-CF seats, built with the same quality, value and innovation as our Track style seats, while offering the high-tech look associated with carbon fiber material.

Above: our Track-CF seat for the Yamaha R6 for the 2008 and 2009 model years.

As with our other Gel Channel, lines of seats, the Track-CF is built for ultimate versatility, whether for vigorous track riding, or long miles on the highway. They feature Saddlemen’s Gel Channel (GC), technology, incorporating a split piece of SaddleGel and a channel in the base foam, relieving seating pressure, increasing blood flow, and keeping the rider in the saddle longer. Our sport bike seats offer high quality, light weight construction and styling that’s second-to-none.

Saddlemen continues to innovate and expand our product line, offering sport bike products that combine the benefits of our decades of experience and our commitment to value.

 

Social Media Site Enhances Saddlemen's Online Presence And Communication

Saddlemen encourages the riding public to visit our company Facebook page to see more updates and information on our product line and other related news. We've recently added a number of links to this page across our website. Look for the logo below to be directed to our page:



Facebook offers a great opportunity to share the latest news about our luggage and seats, as well as an excellent platform for feedback from customers and potential customers.

Saddlemen has always valued the input and experience of riders, helping us better innovate and improve our product line. Stop by our Facebook page - you'll "like" what you see.

 

Saddlemen-Sponsored Rider Earns Third Circuit Crown -
Second In A Row

We are proud to announce that Jared Mees recently wrapped up the Manufacturers Cup season title of this winter's International Championship Events World Championship Ice Racing series with his win in Bloomington, Illinois.

Jared, (above, center) riding the #1 bike.

His series win is his third I.C.E. season championship, and comes back-to-back with his 2010 victory in the same circuit.

Jared's personal race report can be read here, as part of Saddlemen's ongoing coverage of our sponsored racers.

We are proud to sponsor Jared Mees, and dozens of other racers and motorsports adventurers. The fun and thrill of riding is a passion with us, and our sponsorships help us to strengthen the sport and pastime that inspired the founding of Saddlemen.

Image courtesy of: www.todayscyclecoverage.com

 

New Seat Models Combine Best Design And Features Of Saddlemen Product Line

Saddlemen is pleased to announce that our new Explorer G-TEC seats can now be purchased through our Saddlemen Online Store.

The latest innovation in riding comfort; the Explorer™ G-TEC combines elements of Saddlemen’s famous touring seat family with the advancement of Gel Channel technology, incorporating gel and a channel in the main foam (patents pending).

The G-TEC's flexible fabric cover breathes well, and is installed over a concealed gel channel and a layer of memory foam that conforms to the shape of the rider’s body, relieving seating pressure and increasing blood flow to keep the rider and passenger comfortable and in the saddle longer.

The deep, wide contours of the saddle are mated with a new nose shape to create a long distance saddle that helps the rider touch the ground with confidence at stops.

Many G-TEC models are available with a matching driver’s backrest for superb lumbar support and riding comfort. Each seat is easy-to-install with all necessary mounting hardware and instructions included. All Saddlemen seats are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Available for the latest Harley Davidson Touring, Softail, Dyna and Sportster models; Honda Shadow Aeros and VTX1300's; Kawasaki Vulcan 900's; Suzuki C50 and M50 Boulevard's; and Yamaha XVS1300 V-Star Classics.

Saddlemen continues our tradition and commitment to improving the riding experience for the motorcycling public, with innovation and real-world experience. Our ongoing efforts in research and development continue to improve and refine our products.

 

Saddlemen Mourns Recent Loss Of Sponsored Racer

Saddlemen ownership and staff were saddened to learn of the death of long-time flat track racer Rick Hocking. We were proud to sponsor Rick for several years now. Only recently he'd finished third at this year's Saddlemen Vintage Class competition at Gene Romero's WCFTS event in Las Vegas.

A California native, Rick was a rodeo rider in his youth, until getting involved in motorcycle racing in the late '60s. He raced on the AMA Grand National circuit from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s, winning four Grand National races.

 

Rick J. Hocking - November 25, 1952 to January 18, 2011

We at Saddlemen, since our founding, have enjoyed and taken pride in sponsoring motorsports racers and events. And while machines provide the thrill, velocity and competition possible, it's the spirit, commitment and courage of riders like Rick that make the heart and soul of the sport.

Images courtesy of: www.cyclenews.com , www.flattrack.com , www.vft.org , and www.dakinphoto.com.

 

Our Hard-Construction Trunk Series Are Lockable And Quickly Removable

Saddlemen's Hard Case Luggage has great looking streamlined shape and cuts through the wind. Solid, reinforced and weatherproof, our tough, matte "basic" black plastic construction looks at home on any bike, scooter or ATV. Universal mounting kit allows attachment to existing luggage racks, while its quick disconnect mounting system allows trunk to be removed and from bike in seconds. Easily handled and carried when removed from the bike.

Both models (the smaller HC1700 and the larger HC2900) offer:

  • Solid weatherproof construction
  • Matte black, rigid and durable reinforced plastic construction
  • Quick disconnect mounting system allows trunk to be removed from bike in seconds
  • Universal mounting kit attaches to your existing luggage rack
  • All hardware included - everything you need for complete installation to your rack
  • Integrated lock with two keys
  • Molded grip for easy carrying when off bike

HC1700 Hard Case Luggage

The smaller HC1700 - fits Motorcycles, Scooters and ATVs

  • Holds one full face helmet and other needed gear
  • 28 liter / 1700 cubic inch capacity
  • Dimensions: 15" L x 15" W x 10" H (Overall outside measurement)

HC2900 Hard Case Luggage

The larger HC2900 - fits Motorcycles, Scooters and ATVs

  • Holds two full face helmets and other needed gear
  • 48 liter / 2900 cubic inch capacity
  • Dimensions: 17" L x 23" W x 13" H (Overall outside measurement)

Saddlemen is the industry leader in value and design in motorcycle luggage. We invite you to see what our extensive expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable and convenient.