Avid Race Fans Join Saddlemen and Racing Legends at Laguna Seca MotoGP for Launch of Peter Starr’s Latest Motorcycle Tome

Book Signing Combo

Book-Cover-Image-2

Many of the thousands of race fans attending the Laguna Seca MotoGP event on July 21st received a special treat as world road racing champions Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, plus flat track racing legend Gary Nixon joined famed film maker Peter Starr for the launch of Starr’s new Saddlemen-sponsored book “Taking It To The Limit – 20 Years Of Making Motorcycle Movies”.

Starr’s large coffee table book: “Taking it to The Limit – 20 Years Of Making Motorcycle Movies” is a rich collection of images and stories about filming the greatest names in motorcycle racing history. In addition to Roberts, Rainey, Nixon and Lawson the book documents Starr’s experience filming riders such as Roger DeCoster, Steve Baker, Mike Hailwood and many other legends.

A special book printing made copies available so the famed racers, and Starr himself, could autograph the high quality, color book for the excited fans. Remarked one fan; “Peter’s film was special as it focused upon the sport and racing as they moved from the seventies into the eighties. Motorcycles were evolving fast and the racers had to be pretty skilled to keep those bikes under control. Peter captured their exploits on film and we can now learn more about those times with his book!”

Saddlemen’s role, as a presenting sponsor of the book, was a natural continuation of the support provided to racers of all disciplines. Universally recognized as one of the nation’s strongest supporters of flat track racing; Saddlemen President Tom Seymour is pressing forward with a higher level of support in the road race arena to help showcase the company’s new Sportbike seat and accessory offerings.

Accompanying the book is a DVD featuring special outtakes from several of Starr’s award-winning films including his best known movie, “Take It To The Limit.” Also on the DVD is a special greeting from Seymour in which he provides a fascinating look at the engineering and processes behind the country’s premier motorcycle seat, luggage and accessory manufacturer.

The iconic “Take It To The Limit” film was recently made available in DVD format. Starr’s book will be available for order from Saddlemen in the near future. Check back at www.saddlemen.com in the coming weeks for additional information about the book’s availability and for additional racing and enthusiast news.

Motorcycling is not simply a business at Saddlemen, it’s our passion. See what our enthusiasm, craftsmanship and innovation can do to improve your riding experience.

 

Come See Us In Sturgis At J&P Cycles And Black Hills Harley-Davidson In Rapid City

Sturgis Drag Booth Tent

As this posting goes live, Saddlemen staff are busy running our displays at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We are at two locations: J&P Cycles in Sturgis, and nearby at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

Saddlemen’s Gary Smith and Jerry Beaty are manning the Saddlemen booth at Black Hills Harley Davidson, 2820 Harley Drive, in Rapid City. Our area will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, with a wide variety of Saddlemen product available, and years of experience to offer.

Above: Jerry Beaty, with samples of Saddlemen luggage, and at right, Jerry with Adam Nystrom, Drag Specialties representative (North Dakota), Diedre Webber, Drag Specialties truck coordinator, and Jay Varley, Drag Specialties Representative (eastern South Dakota).

For more information, check the Black Hills H-D website:
Black Hills Harley-Davidson,or call (605) 342-9362

Saddlemen’s Stan Alicki will be on hand at the Saddlemen display at J&P Cycles, 1650 Lazelle Street, right in the center of things, in Sturgis. Stan will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, to answer questions and offer advice, and with Saddlemen items (including seats) available for purchase.

For more information, see the J&P Cycles website:

J & P Cycles – Sturgis, South Dakota – (605) 720-0800

Our thanks to Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and to the Sturgis location of J & P Cycles.

We’ll continue to be out across the country all through the year. Most often, we’ll be affiliated with a Drag Specialties, display, and will always be looking forward to answering questions and proudly showing what our expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.

 

The Ultimate In Handy, Convenient Storage

Saddlemen Tank Bags and Map Pouches

Saddlemen’s Tank Bags and Pouches offer super-convenient storage options for all kinds of travel. These multifunctional pieces of small luggage are easy to install and remove, and are perfect for the many small items riders want to have ready for instant access – especially today’s range of small electronic items like cell phones, MP3 players and digital cameras.

Saddlemen Explorer Large Magnetic Tank Pocket with Removable Pouch

  • Twistlocks and magnets secure zippered pouch and allow quick removal

or

Saddlemen Explorer Large Tank Pocket with Removable Pouch – (Suction Cup Attachment)

  • Twistlocks and suction cups secure zippered pouch and allow quick removal

Dimensions: 10.75″ x 11.75″

 

Saddlemen Explorer Medium Magnetic Tank Pocket with Removable Pouch

  • Twistlocks and magnets secure zippered pouch and allow quick removal

or

Saddlemen Explorer Medium Tank Pocket with Removable Pouch – (Suction Cup Attachment)

  • Twistlocks and magnets secure zippered pouch and allow quick removal

Dimensions: 9″ x 11″

 

All of our Tank Bags feature:

  • Non-scratch bottom
  • Transparent pocket with velcro closure provides clear view of maps or electronic gear
  • Audio ports for earphone cables, etc.

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.

 

Explorer Seat With Backrest Part Of Upgrade Project For 2005 Softail Deluxe

Saddlemen Seat Featured in Hot Bike Magazine

Saddlemen’s Explorer Seat with Driver Backrest was the choice for a comfortable, long-range, two-up touring saddle for one of Hot Bike Magazine’s editors. This revamped 2005 model Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe is featured in the magazine’s October 2010 issue (Volume 42, Number 10), starting on page 68.

As described in the motorcycle seat section of our website: “The deep, wide contours of the Explorer™ makes this the perfect long distance saddle for both rider and passenger. The unique Split Cushion design reduces seating pressure for maximum long-range comfort. SaddleGel™ comes standard for both the driver and the passenger. SaddleGel™ reduces tail bone pressure and increases circulation…allowing you to ride longer. For your next trip of 10 or 10,000 miles, the Explorer™ is the comfort king by which all others must be judged!”

Industry insiders know the benefits of Saddlemen design and quality. We invite you to find out for yourselves. Whether with a new seat, a custom retrofit, or our wide range of motorcycle luggage, we at Saddlemen are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.

 

Our “HC” Series Of Hard Construction Trunks Offer An Attractive Option In Storage

Saddlemen Hard Case Luggage

Saddlemen’s Hard Case Luggage has great looking streamlined shape and cuts through the wind. Solid, reinforced and weatherproof, our matte 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 from bike in seconds. Easily transported off bike.

Both models 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 transport off bike

Saddlemen Hard Case Luggage

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)

Saddlemen Hard Case Luggage

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.

 

Our Explorer Design Gets Adapted For Customer’s Triumph Thunderbird

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Triumph Thunderbird

Custom seat work has been a Saddlemen™ specialty since our founding. Recently, Walter R., of Bremen, Georgia, had us create an Explorer seat especially for his Triumph Thunderbird.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Triumph Thunderbird

Walt e-mailed to let us know that he loves the new saddle, and sent us the images of his custom Explorer on his bike.

Click on the image at left to get a wider view.

For more information on our specialty seat work, CLICK HERE for our Custom Seat Page. Over the decades, our expert technicians have made seats for an impressive range of motorcycles, with a wide variety of cover materials and tailored structural modifications.

Our sales and customer service staff are experts at guiding customers through the process of creating a one-off saddle especially for their needs or preference. They can be reached at the telephone number and e-mail address below for consultation and quotes.

At Saddlemen, we take pride in our craftsmanship and experience in creating the perfect saddle for our custom seat customers.

 

SSR1900 & SSR1200 Provide Excellent Value And Versatility

Saddlemen’s “Universal Bike Bags” offer great flexibility with uncomplicated styling, making them at home on almost any machine. They are a cornerstone of our motorcycle luggage line.

Saddlemen Universal Bike Bags

These sissy bar bags come in two sizes: the 1,900 cubic inch SSR1900 and its smaller sibling, the 1,200 cubic inch SSR1200. Both share similar construction, styling and features, and are top-notch values, whether for commuting or road trips.

Saddlemen Universal Bike Bags

Each Universal Bike Bag features:

  • Rugged, fully rigid construction, maintaining bag shape even when empty
  • Fully adjustable mounting system, including two adjustable-length hooked bungees. Mounts onto sissy bar, luggage rack or back seat
  • Zip/hook-and-loop wide top opening with gusseted zip front
  • Top carry handle and backpack straps for easy toting off bike
  • Lockable zipper pulls
  • Three exterior zippered pockets for easy access to maps and other items
  • UV-, water- and weather-resistant 1200-denier SaddleTuff™ and leather-like vinyl panels

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.

 

We’ll Be There (As Always) For The Biggest Event Of The Motorcycling Year

Saddlemen at Sturgis

As we’ve done year after year, Saddlemen will be proudly selling and demonstrating our products at South Dakota’s upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally has always been a great opportunity to connect with the motorcycling community and to show our and luggage the public. We’ll be at two locations: J&P Cycles in Sturgis, and just up the road at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

Gary Smith of Saddlemen at Sturgis

Saddlemen’s Gary Smith, our veteran technical “guru” and traveling sales specialist will be running the Saddlemen booth at Black Hills Harley Davidson, 2820 Harley Drive, in nearby Rapid City. Gary will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, with a wide variety of Saddlemen product available, and years of experience to offer.

For more information, check the Black Hills H-D website:
Black Hills Harley-Davidson,or call (605) 342-9362

Stan Alicki of Saddlemen at Sturgis

Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, will be on hand at the Saddlemen display at J&P Cycles, 1650 Lazelle Street, in “beautiful downtown” Sturgis. Stan will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, to answer questions and offer advice, and with Saddlemen items (including seats) available for purchase.

For more information, see the J&P Cycles website:

J & P Cycles – Sturgis, South Dakota – (605) 720-0800

Saddlemen at Black Hills Harley-Davidson

Our thanks to Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and to the Sturgis location of J & P Cycles.

We’ll continue to be out across the country all through the year. Most often, we’ll be affiliated with a Drag Specialties, display, and will always be looking forward to answering questions and proudly showing what our expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.

 

More Style Options With Leather-Look Vinyl And Chrome Studs Now Available For Successful BR3400 And BR1800 Models

Saddlemen Back Seat Bags

Saddlemen is proud to introduce two new versions or our top selling “BR” hybrid Back Seat and Sissy Bar Bags. Using the same design and layout of our BR3400 and BR1800 models, we’ve added two new style selections, using our great looking leather-grained cover material, along with the option of chromed studs.

These new bags have all the features and versatility that have made their “SaddleTuff” fabric predecessors so successful, including the convenient top-loading compartment, ultra-versatile mounting system, detachable backrest pad and numerous easy-access external pockets.

Saddlemen Back Seat Bags Detail

The new variants of the BR bags come in four models, in two sizes (3400 and 1800 cubic inch capacity) and two cover styles: straight-forward, grained, leather-look vinyl and the same cover material with the addition of studs for the “Desperado” look.

For the larger leather-look BR3400EX, CLICK HERE.

For the studded version, BR3400EXS, CLICK HERE.

To see the smaller leather-look BR1800EX, CLICK HERE.

And for the smaller, studded BR1800EXS, CLICK HERE.

At Saddlemen, we are continually expanding, refining and improving our motorcycle luggage line. We invite you to see what our extensive expertise and design savvy can do to make riding more enjoyable and convenient.

 

Our Product Development Staff Is On The Lookout For Bikes For Design And Research

Saddlemen Research and Development

Here at Saddlemen™ we are not only working on products for new motorcycles, but also constantly updating our existing products and adding products for existing motorcycle models.

As it’s often more difficult to find a existing model motorcycle at one of our friendly local dealerships, we are turning to you, our customers, to lend us a hand.

We need various brand and model motorcycles to develop or check the fitment of new accessories. Obviously we do not expect anyone to do this for free and are more than willing to reward your efforts with new Saddlemen product.

If your bike is listed below, you live in the Los Angeles area, and are willing to part with your ride for a few days in exchange for some cool accessories, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Currently, we are looking to work with:

Honda Shadow VT1100C Spirit for 1995 through 2008

Honda Shadow VT1100C2 Sabre for 2000 through 2009

Suzuki M109 for 2006 through 2009

Saddlemen continually works to develop new, innovative products, as well as refining and improving existing products.