“Super Swine,” Saddlemen’s custom motorcycle display is currently showing at the O.C. Fair in Costa Mesa, California, through August 9th. The Orange County Fair, and our display, will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Fair hours are noon to midnight, Wednesdays though Fridays and 10:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays. The fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Our exhibit is located in Building 46, near the “Action Sports” area and raceway, in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds.

For general information regarding the Orange County Fair, CLICK HERE. For driving directions, CLICK HERE, and for a roadmap, CLICK HERE.

Saddlemen’s Custom Motorcycle Display At The Orange County Fair

Saddlemen’s Custom Motorcycle Display At The Orange County Fair

The Fair is filled with traditional county fair attractions, but as a change of pace, we’re proud to present a blue-ribbon herd of “hogs” with more horsepower…

Fourteen exciting custom bikes are on display, made by some of the finest designers and builders in our area. Check out the style and workmanship of these specially built frames and one-of-a-kind designs, and the creativity and artistry of expert paint schemes applied by top professionals.

Saddlemen’s Custom Motorcycle Display At The Orange County Fair

Saddlemen’s Custom Motorcycle Display At The Orange County Fair

P.S. After seeing the fun and exhilaration of the Orange County Fair’s demolition derby, a mainstay of fairs nationwide, we at Saddlemen are seriously considering entering our own car into next year’s event. Inquiries are welcome: potential sponsors, partners, and drivers… We would especially like to hear from owners of older, indestructable cars, the tougher the better!


At Saddlemen, our customer service and sales staff make it a top priority to be helpful and understanding when dealing with shipping and warranty issues.

Sometimes, though, odd things happen that don’t quite fall into the range of usual, day-to-day shipping or warranty issues. When a new or unusual situation arises, we take note, and when practical, pass it along to all our staff as well as our customers.

We recently received an email from a customer in Minnesota, inquiring about the possibility of purchasing a new replacement driver’s backrest for a just-purchased Saddlemen Explorer seat to fit his Harley Davidson. The seat was delivered to his home while he was at work, and it seems he ran into a toothy complication after the package arrived.

Dog Eats Saddlemen Seat

Saddlemen seats and luggage… Best tasting motorcycle accessories on the market?

While the package was delivered in good condition, as the photo taken by our customer shows, it got an unexpected reception. We aim to make our seats irresistible, but this wasn’t quite what we had in mind…

Whether ordering online, or over the telephone, customers always have the option of choosing an alternate shipping location, such as their work address, or the home of a friend, neighbor or relative.  We also will pass along special delivery information to our shipper, UPS, with each order, including directions on the exact location to leave the package.

In the rare event that a package is damaged en-route in shipping, before arriving, our customer service representatives and office staff are ready to handle the claims process to make the final resolution as quick, fair and painless as possible.

One final note… Despite the total destruction of the backrest piece, the main seat section survived the “attack” completely undamaged.


Fourteen exciting custom bikes are on display at Saddlemen’s O.C. Fair event, at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, now through August 9th.

Among the builders are respected names like (alphabetically): Exile Cycles, Freedom Cycles, HB Hogs, HBMC, LA ChopRods, Matt Hotch Designs, Mitch Bergeron Customs, Roland Sands Designs, Russ Wernimont Designs, and Todd’s Cycle, as well as a Saddlemen equipped custom bike.

For motorcycle fans that can’t get to the fair, we’ll be posting plenty of photos of these impressive machines in the near future.

Orange County Fair Custom Motorcycle Lineup

CLICK HERE to see some of the artwork from our display, covering the history of custom bike building and design.


Saddlemen’s “Super Swine” custom motorcycle display is now showing at the O.C. Fair in Southern California. Fourteen top-of-the-line custom bikes are there for viewing. We’re located in Building 46, near the “Action Sports” area and raceway, in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds.

The Orange County Fair, and our display, will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, and runs until August 9th, . Fair hours are noon to midnight, Wednesdays though Fridays and 10:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays. The fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For general information regarding the Orange County Fair, CLICK HERE. For driving directions, CLICK HERE, and for a roadmap, CLICK HERE.

So, after seeing the more traditional county fair attractions, we hope to meet plenty of motor sport enthusiasts interested in “hogs” with more horsepower…

Super Swine Now Open At Orange County Fair


Saddlemen is Proud to Announce a Growing List of Custom Motorcycle Makers at Our Orange County Fair Display

Saddlemen is pleased to announce six more participants will be showing off exciting custom bikes at our “Hawg Heaven” motorcycle display at the upcoming Orange County Fair , from July 22nd through August 9th at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds.

Along with the previously announced exhibitors listed below, the latest additions include: Mitch Bergeron Customs, Roland Sands from RSD, Freedom Cycles – Orange County, Russ Wernimont from RWD, Trollworx, and Bikernet.com.

We will post lots of photographs and builder comments from the event. We hope to see everyone at the Fair!


Top Bike Builders’ Work on Display This Summer at Orange County Fair

Saddlemen takes pride in announcing our sponsorship of the “Hawg Heaven” motorcycle display at the upcoming Orange County Fair in Southern California- giving builders a chance to show off their work to huge numbers of fair attendees. The display will run from July 22nd through August 9th at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, nearby the speedway. Invitations have gone out to many of the best bike builders in the region, and it will be a great opportunity for the public to see some great machines and design work, and for the builders to have a huge venue to let thousands of people see their finest motorcycle work.

Expect to see one-off custom bikes built by industry leaders such as Arlen Ness, Matt Hotch, Gard Hollinger from LA ChopRods, and Todd’s Cycle – plus an assortment of new builders with their latest customs like HBMC and Huntington Beach Hogs.

Keep an eye out for future updates. We’ll be taking lots of pictures, and talking to a lot of top bike builders…


A Saddlemen Specialty:
Building New Seats To Order, From Scratch

Saddlemen Custom Seats Shaping Seat

At Saddlemen, our factory staff are constantly building our popular production seat models, with all of their variety, for a wide range of motorcycles. Another side of our work is putting together specially-built seats for our customers. Whether it is a special request for an exotic cover material, a new replacement seat for a rare, modified or older bike, or a saddle designed to be "just so" for a particular rider, or designers, crafts people and customer service staff are enthusiastic about taking on the challenges of creating something new and special. With many years of experience in creative seat design and modification, our technicians can offer expert advice and answers, and know the right questions to ask the potential buyer to make them the best saddle possible.

Saddlemen Custom Seats Pan Touch-up

We often start by producing a brand-new fiberglass base. This allows us expand the options for seating position, layout and appearance, and doesn't limit us to creating a seat based off of a stock pan. Our technicians have decades of experience in designing and producing new seat bases. We're so confident in the quality and durability of our custom fiberglass pans, that Saddlemen guarantees them for life.

Saddlemen Custom Seats Foam on Bike

The largest structural component of a seat is the foam, and it can make the biggest difference in its performance. Saddlemen designers are experts at optimizing the shaping and making alterations to provide the customer the best seat for their riding needs and requirements. We use a specially formulated foam for all of our seats.  This foam is much more supportive and durable that the foams used in most stock seats.

Saddlemen Custom Seats Black Foam with Inserts

Saddlemen's pioneering technology has been the use of our Saddlegel inside of our seats. Standard in our production seat models, it is also an extremely popular feature for people building custom seats, and retrofitting gel pads into existing seats. The same care we use in shaping our seat foam goes into the placement and layout of our Saddlegel pads, offering the best support and weight distribution available.

Saddlemen Custom Seats Cover Fitting

The final touch on any seat is the cover.  Our skilled designers and sewing technicians have been making stylish and durable covers for our seats since Saddlemen was founded.  We offer an exception range of natural and synthetic materials and fabrics to complete our custom saddles, and have the experience to make them work. Our customer service team can help go over the available options.

Our designers and crafts people enjoy the opportunity to work on unique projects, and the challenges and variety they offer.  Custom work also adds to Saddlemen's "knowledge base," and sparks our creativity.  We welcome the chance to help riders create the best seat to meet their riding needs and/or desired looks.


Saddlemen Representatives Ready For Motorcycling’s Biggest Destination

Saddlemen at Sturgis, a Summertime Tradition

Year after year, Saddlemen representatives have proudly gone each summer to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. It has been a great opportunity to connect with the motorcycling community and to show our motorcycle seats and luggage the public.

We are excited to continue the tradition this year, with Saddlemen displays and products available to purchase in both Sturgis, and just up the road in Rapid City…

Gary Smith of Saddlemen at Sturgis

Saddlemen’s Gary Smith, our prized technical expert and “road warrior” 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, July 29th through August 9th, 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/Buell,or call (605) 342-9362

Stan Alicki of Saddlemen at Sturgis

Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, will be running the Saddlemen display at J&P Cycles, 1650 Lazelle Street, in town, in Sturgis itself. Stan is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic rider, and will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, July 29th through August 9th, to answer questions and offer advice, and with Saddlemen items available for purchase.

For more information, see the J&P Cycles website:
J & P Cycles – Sturgis, South Dakota – (605) 720-0800

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.


For Honda and Yamaha: New Rigid-Mount “Teardrop” Saddlebags Now Available Online

For Honda and Yamaha: New Rigid-Mount “Teardrop” Saddlebags Now Available Online

Six new additions to Saddlemen’s Rigid-Mount “Teardrop” Saddlebag line now directly available from our online store.

For Hondas, we have sets in two styles for a wide range of 1100 Shadows, going back to 1987, featuring a specially shaped “shock cutaway” back panel for a close, streamlined fit.

Our Yamaha line now features “Teardrop” saddlebags for both recent and current V-Star 1100’s and 1700 Road Stars. All these saddlebag sets arecustom designed specifically for each frame.

Perfect for heavier loads, these ruggedly built saddlebags offer great looks, high durability and the security of permanent mounting.

  • Pre-fitted and sized correctly for rigid mounting to specific models
  • Streamlined shape allows stock turn signal locations for many applications – turn signal relocator bracket included for harder-to-fit bikes, as needed
  • “Drifter” styling features smooth, clean and uncluttered look with straps and buckles
  • “Desperado” style features chrome studs, chrome buckles and stylish straps
  • Complete hardware and chrome saddlebag supports included for rigid mounting. Upgradeable to “Quick Release” configuration with Saddlemen S4 Quick-Disconnect Docking Post Kit
  • Informative step-by-step installation instructions
  • Matching seats available

Click the links below for specific information about each Rigid-Mount Teardrop Style Saddlebag set:

Drifter style for Honda V-Star 650 Classic

Desperado style for Honda V-Star 650 Classic

Drifter style for 1999-2009 Yamaha XVS1100 V-Stars

Desperado style for 1999-2009 Yamaha XVS1100 V-Stars

Drifter style for 2003-2009 Yamaha VXS1700 Road Stars

Desperado style for 2003-2009 Yamaha VXS1700 Road Stars

These links open online versions of our product instructions for each saddlebag type:

1987-2009 Honda VT1100 Shadows

1999-2009 Yamaha XVS1100 V-Stars

2003-2009 Yamaha VXS1700 Road Stars

Many product instruction guides are available online for Saddlemen motorcycle luggage and motorcycle seats. Our website is available around-the-clock and has dozens of downloadable and printable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) versions of our instruction sheets ready for use at the user’s convenience.

Our Rigid Mount Teardrop Saddlebags, and much more of our range of motorcycle luggage can be purchased through retailers across the country affiliated with Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited. Our products can also be ordered directly from Saddlemen at (800) 397-7709.


As shown previously, Drag Specialties’ ”Redwood Run” was a great chance for two of Saddlemen’s sales folks to hit the open road earlier this month, catch up with people in the industry, and have some fun during this ”thank you” event. Whether is was at a great local restaurant, during a fun cook-out, or taking a break from riding, there was lots of time to socialize, tell a few jokes and stories, and “network.”

Redwood Run Continued – The Festivities

In front of a 2600-year-old redwood… Left to right, back row: Eddie and Judy Ellis; Arnold Mills, Lisa Sekula, Kevin and Kay Sanger, Jeff Derge, Nick Trumbo, and Stan (Hollywood) Alicki. Left to right, front row: Gary Elliott, and Brenda Trumbo.

“Redwood Run” Continued – The Festivities

Among the people at the Run’s Reggae themed party: back row – At left, Judy Ellis of Easy Eddie’s Motorcycles; Nick “Nicole” Trumbo with Bassani in the stocking cap; Brenda Trumbo from ICON, with the tank top; Brian Sullivan of Drag Specialties, wearing shades; Dennis Jacques, Drag Specialties, at right; front row – Eddie Ellis, Easy Eddie’s Motorcycles, in black; and on the right, Saddlemen’s very own Gary “Rasta-man” Smith, decked out for the occasion…

Ted Sands of Performance Machine

Ted Sands of Performance Machine, Ron Bowen with Pirelli, and Lori and Dan Kruger with Drag Specialties.

Deidre Webber - Saddlemen saddlebags on Dyna Street Bob

Drag Specialties’ Deidre Webber, showing off her Saddlemen saddlebags on her Dyna Street Bob.

Arnold Mills and Lisa Sekula of Millers Custom Parts

On the highway with Arnold Mills and Lisa Sekula, of Millers Custom Parts.

Redwood Run

Clockwise from left: Hilary Weiss (Cycle Visions), Chris McGee (American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine), Lynda and Carl Brouhard, Rikki Battistini (Battistinis Custom Cycles), Dave Withrow (Maverick Publishing), and Jeff Zielinski (NAMZ Custom Cycle Products).

Larry Mills - DP Brakes with Drag Specialties Kathy Sommervold

Larry Mills with DP Brakes, with Drag Specialties’ Kathy Sommervold, Tom Motzko, and Jeff Derge, hanging out at a local brew pub for dinner.

Brenda Trumbo and Cheryl Rugland of Edge Advertising

Brenda Trumbo from ICON and Cheryl Rugland of Edge Advertising.

Drag Specialites Jim Machette

Drag Specialties’ Jim Machette.

Sharrye Noel Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green

Sharrye Noel from Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green, wearing a Saddlemen T-shirt, thank you…

Greg Blackwell of Drag Specialties and Amy Labouliere of Z1R

Also in a Saddlemen shirt, Greg Blackwell, Drag Specialties, and Amy Labouliere of Z1R.

Easy Eddie Motorcycle's Eddie and Judy Ellis

Easy Eddies Motorcycle’s Eddie and Judy Ellis.

Redwood Run - Stan Alicki and Gary Smith

Both Stan and Gary had a great time on the trip, and thank the people at Drag Specialties for organizing and hosting the festivities. Until next time!