Young rider, PJ Jacobsen, returns to the AMA Pro Racing paddock to contend the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 races during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and the start of the XR Showdown. Watch the video on YouTube here.

 

Last Chance to Register

  • There are still spots available to participate in the Class of ’79 Charity Golf Tournament presented by Saddlemen.
  • Participants will be paired with current and former GNC racers at the August 31st tournament in Springfield, IL.
  • All proceeds go directly to AIR.


Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 24, 2012 - The Class of ’79 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament presented by Saddlemen is fast approaching and there are just a few spots left for the opportunity to support Aid to Injured Riders (AIR).

The August 31st tournament in Springfield, Illinois will kick off the Springfield Mile weekend as participants are paired with current and past GNC riders for a round of best ball golf. Prizes will be available on select holes for closest to the pin, hole-in-one and more, and the event will be followed by lunch, an awards banquet, a silent auction and autograph session.


The cost to participate is $100 for pre-entry and $125 the day of the event. Space is limited to the first 54 golfers to sign up, but there are still a few spots open. Contact Nicalee Sowders of AIR at 405-664-7821 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. All proceeds go directly to AIR. Learn more about the wonderful work they do at www.air-fund.org.



Participating Riders:

Scotty Parker Tommy Duma
Bubba Shobert Lance Jones
Mike Kidd Charlie Roberts
Ronnie Jones Doug Lawrence
Jared Mees Jason Isennock
Jake Johnson Scott Deubler
Brian Smith Kevin Atherton
Johnny Lewis Chad Cose
Rob Pearson And many more!



Take a look at the event flyer for more details. Click for full size.

 


  • Saddlemen’s new E-Pak houses your smart phone, GPS unit or small electronic device in a sleek pouch that secures to your fuel tank.
  • The E-Pak fits most smart phones and a variety of GPS units, and features an electrostatic-transmitting plastic window that allows you to operate the touch screen.
  • The pouch is weather resistant to protect your device and has a rubberized backing that protects your fuel tank finish.
  • The Saddlemen E-Pak is available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.

 

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 23, 2012 - Saddlemen is proud to announce the release of the new E-Pak, a specialized pouch designed to house your personal electronics device on the go. The E-Pak is the best solution for those who want to bring their smart phone, GPS unit or other small electronic device on their motorcycle, scooter or ATV. The E-Pak holds your device in a sleek pouch with a large plastic window that allows you to operate a touch screen with a bare finger or electrostatic-transmitting gloves.

While designed to fit most modern smart phones, the E-Pak is also compatible with a number of GPS units. The weather resistant pouch features shielded magnets to secure your device to your fuel tank.

 

 

Features include:

  • Pouch fits most smart phones and many GPS units
  • Roomy interior space – 5 inches long, 3.5 inches wide and 0.75 inches thick
  • Weather resistant
  • Shielded magnets for easy installation/removal
  • Electrostatic-transmitting window allows touch screen operation
  • Rubberized backing protects fuel tank finish
  • Universal application – works great on any bike

 

Model Number: 3502-0208
MSRP: $29.95


The Saddlemen E-Pak is distributed through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties.

 


Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen's vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike - Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2012) - The second half of the 2012 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil started with a bang as the series returned to the oldest venue on the circuit. Peoria, IL and the Peoria Motorcycle Club's Race Park TT served as round nine of the 16 race series.

Just like the last seven years, Henry Wiles dominated the 25-lap national, leading every lap and winning by a margin of almost seven seconds. Repeating their finishes from last week in Castle Rock, WA, series points leader Jared Mees (Montgomeryville Cycle) was second and defending AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing) was a solid third.

Many felt Wiles' winning streak was in jeopardy as he has struggled of late with his potent Kawasaki, but mild-mannered Henry stepped out of the phone booth with his cape firmly attached.

"Everybody was getting nervous. People around me that I talk to sometimes on a weekly basis, I could tell they were nervous," said Wiles. "I said it will be ok, we will be up front. It's tough on a guy sometimes when you are not getting the finishes you know you can, but you are fighting something. We struggled with the bike setup and some mechanical problems, but I tell you, I wasn't frustrated. I know that some things are going to be harder than others."

Wiles win matches Chris Carr's Peoria record of eight consecutive wins. "A lot of people would think eight in a row is enough, but I don't, nine would be nice," warned Wiles. "I tell you what, it's a special thing to be able to come in here and tie Chris' eight. I don't think Chris gets enough credit for winning 13 races here. When you stop and look back, that's a lot of years. A lot of things happen in that amount of time."

"Guys were running good today. I knew the field would be tough," said Wiles. "I qualified fast. I had fast heat race and didn't do so well in the Dash."

Even though Wiles had been fast qualifier and fast heat winner, Sammy Halbert (Fredericktown Yamaha) got the hole-shot in the Dash for Cash and came away with the win. Wiles even had second place slip away as Mees slipped by on the last lap. Halbert's four lap Dash for Cash performance foretold his national problems as each trip over the big jump was an adventure.

Wiles got the lead on what would be an aborted start as Luke Gough (Nicely Motorsports / Skip Eaken Racing) fell heavily coming off the jump on lap one. Gough was unable to make the restart and was transported to a local hospital with a reported leg injury.

When the light flashed green for the 25-lap main event, Wiles shot to the front and it became a race for second.

"Just like last year, I just struggled on the starting line. Wiles popped me right off the line," said Mees. "He did exactly what he had to do. Sammy got in between us and kind of road blocked us a little bit. It is what it is. One of these days maybe I can get off with him and give him a run. We always come here in June and have a lot of dominance, then he puts it on us in the main event."

Wiles' day was not without stress including a major moment late in the race.

"I'm just proud of my team and my sponsors and my mechanic, Johnny (Olmstead). We had some problems in that Dash, but we made some changes to the bike," said Wiles. "I knew when I did the warm up lap that the bike was better. It was a relief. I said, 'Yes, this is going to make my life a little bit easier today.' On about lap 17 or 18 going into turn one I set my foot down, it all happened at just the wrong time. It was just all wrong timing, but I stuck my foot right in a hole, which is something that can happen and I've done it here before. The ground was really hard today. I was tapping it a little bit coming to the jump, I thought I stinking broke it. I knew that I would still be able to win the race if it was broke. I was on a mission today."

 

A Secure Ride for Man’s Best Friends

  • Bring your small pet along for the ride with the Saddlemen Pet Voyager, a convertible pet carrier and cargo bag.
  • Transport your pet in comfort and safety with a padded interior and mesh vents.
  • Universal applications and quick disconnect system makes the Voyager practical and versatile for all occasions.
  • The Saddlemen Pet Voyager is available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties dealers.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.


Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 2, 2012 - Saddlemen is pleased to announce the introduction of a pet carrier to its extensive luggage line.  The Saddlemen Pet Voyager is a convertible pet carrier and cargo bag that transports your pet comfortably and safely on your Harley or Metric cruiser or touring bike.

The Saddlemen Pet Voyager allows you and your pet to ride together safely with this removable pet carrier. Multiple vents, a padded interior plus food and water trays will get you and your pet to any destination in true Saddlemen style.

The Pet Voyager also doubles as a versatile cargo bag with a quick disconnect setup, backpack straps and separated compartments. Features include:

  • Mesh vents and access flaps for controlled air flow
  • Comfortable padded interior for comfort, with removable bottom tray for easy cleaning
  • Stow food and water trays in their own storage compartment
  • A sliding leash mount to keep pets secure and a walking leash for pit stops
  • Two mounting systems for universal applications – Saddlemen Versa-mount seat harness or adjustable sissy bar strap system
  • Quick disconnect straps, carrying handles and backpack straps for practicality and versatility
  • Ability to double as an effective cargo bag and plush backrest


Model Number: 3515-0131
MSRP: $174.95


Come see the Saddlemen Pet Voyager in person August 2-12 at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD and at J&P Cycles in Sturgis, SD for the 2012 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally. Learn more about the Saddlemen Pet Voyager here. The Saddlemen Pet Voyager is available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties dealers.


Ventilation panels keep your pet comfortable while various compartments double
as storage

The Pet Voyager provides a secure and comfortable way to travel with your small pet.

The Saddlemen Pet Voyager includes liners, leashes, dishes, backpack straps
and more.

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Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen's vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike - Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go.
 

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  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are now available for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats combine comfort and control with durability and utility.
  • These Saddlemen seats are available in standard or low profile with optional front heating system.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available through Parts Unlimited dealers.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.


Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 26, 2012 - Saddlemen has released new applications of its Performance Adventure Track Seats for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models. Saddlemen’s Adventure Track Seats combine comfort, durability and practicality, making it the perfect seat for any adventure.

The Saddlemen Adventure Track seat for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models is the ideal seat for motorcyclists that want to do it all. Adventure Track Seats are designed to provide unparalleled comfort and control on and off the road. Featuring SaddleGel™, progressive density foam and a Gel Channel, this seat will keep adventurers and dual-sport riders in the saddle for hours on end. The durable vinyl and micro-fiber suede cover stands up to the elements, while the built-in pillion mounting points allow you to integrate bags or cargo in just minutes. Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available in standard and low profile designs and are offered with an optional front heating system.

Features include:

  • SaddleGel™, progressive density foam and Gel Channel technology for extended comfort
  • Durable and weather-resistant vinyl and micro-fiber suede cover
  • Integrated bag/cargo mounting points on pillion
  • Available in standard or low profile
  • Available with built-in front heating system
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats for 04-12 BMW R1200GS
Part # Description MSRP
0810-1153 Standard $599.95
0810-1154 Low Profile $599.95
0810-1155 Standard w/ Front Heat $749.95
0810-1156 Low Profile w/ Front Heat $749.95



The Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats make any adventure ride fun and comfortable.

The Adventure Track Seat features an integrated mounting system for bags and cargo.

Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available with a remote controlled, built-in front heating system.


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Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen's vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike - Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you race on the track, explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

For the first time, Saddlemen will be displaying their line of sport bike and adventure seats at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Please stop by to talk with Saddlemen's Ron Benfield about the seat of choice for these 2012 racer:

James Rispoli
Jake Lewis
Corey West
Joey Pascarella
Corey Alexander
Jake Zemke



Please visit our exhibit in the Racer Paddock Area and check out Saddlemen's Kevin Schwantz "Brand 34" Signature Chicane seat.


See you in the paddocks.

 

Seat Demo Program at Black Hills H-D Rapid City

 

  • Saddlemen will be exhibiting at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD and J&P Cycles in Sturgis, SD at the 2012 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally.
  • Saddlemen will offer seat demos at Black Hills H-D.
  • Saddlemen product specialists will be on hand with touring luggage and accessories at J&P Cycles and Black Hills H-D.

Saddlemen Road Sofa with backrest.


Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 25, 2012 - Saddlemen has announced that it will be attending the 72nd Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally. Saddlemen will be exhibiting at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD and J&P Cycles in Sturgis, SD from Wednesday, August 1st through Sunday, August 12th.

Saddlemen understands that riding is more than a hobby - it’s a way of life. So why not make the most of the time spent on your bike with Saddlemen seats and touring luggage? Every Saddlemen product is designed to combine comfort, style and utility to provide a luxurious ride with looks to match.

Saddlemen representatives will be holding seat demos at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City during the rally, giving riders a chance to test various Saddlemen seats for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Get up-close and personal with Saddlemen’s display seats and touring luggage, and have your questions answered by Saddlemen’s product specialists. Visit http://blackhillshd.com/index.php/rally-2012 for directions and rally information.

Saddlemen will also be set up in the J&P Cycles lot in downtown Sturgis during the rally with a variety of luggage and accessories on display. Saddlemen’s product specialists will be at J&P as well so be sure to stop by and see how Saddlemen gear can improve your ride. Visit http://www.jpcycles.com/events/sturgis-motorcycle-rally for directions and more information.

Come visit Saddlemen at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City and J&P Cycles in Sturgis to see their seats, luggage and accessories for touring bikes, Softails, Dynas and Sportsters, including some new products like the Saddlemen Pet Voyager. Below is a list of the Saddlemen Harley-Davidson seats that will be on display and available for purchase at Black Hills Harley-Davidson.


Saddlemen Seats at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City
Baggers/Touring Dyna Softail Sportster
  • Road Sofa
  • G-Tech
  • Argyle
  • Covington's Customs
  • Explorer
  • Todd's Cycle Pro Tour
  • Explorer RS
  • Argyle
  • Renegade Heels Down with pillion
  • G-Tech
  • Argyle
  • Renegade Heels Down with pillion
  • Explorer RS
  • Argyle
  • Renegade Heels Down with pillion


For more information visit www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com.

 


Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen’s vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike – Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help get you where you want to go.

RiderMagazine.com's Greg Drevenstedt and his girlfriend, Carrie found relief in Saddlemen's SaddleGel Gel Pads on a week-long tour test to Redwood National Park last summer on a Kawasaki Concours 14. After a couple hundred of miles and a miserable case of "monkey-butt," they were very happy to have the gel pads to be able to continue their ride in relative comfort. Read the article here.

In the early ‘90s, the experienced riders at Saddlemen figured out a way to incorporate all the benefits of gel into a motorcycle seat and quickly learned it was far more comfortable than standard seats for a variety of reasons. For one, SaddleGel isolates engine and road vibration, a common cause of rider fatigue. Saddlegel is a molded solid with fluid-like properties that will not slide to one side or move around in your seat like air or water in a plastic bag; instead the proprietary design eliminates pressure points at the hip bones and tail bone by evenly distributing your weight across the surface of the seat. Otherwise, pressure points or “hot spots” can hinder blood flow, causing pain and discomfort. Normal circulation is never lost on a seat with SaddleGel, and it keeps your rear end comfortable on a long ride, and ready to respond quickly as road conditions change. Read more about SaddleGel here.

 

Photos and text by Rogue 2/8/2012

Reprinted with permission from www.bikernet.com

This is how Rogue heated his seat in the '70s.

Saddlemen seats have been the choice for me since back when I was riding rigid frame motorcycles. They were one of the rare, primarily, comfortable components that allowed me to ride and enjoy a lot of miles in a single day.

When I got a new Harley FLHT in 2004 the factory seat was okay but nothing to write home about, and that turned out to be the same with the 2009 FLHTC.

When the opportunity came up for me to do this article on a Saddlemen seat, I jumped at it. Those of you who know I live in Florida, may wonder why I wanted a heated seat and the answer is simple, my lifestyle takes me to a lot of cold weather states and the thought of a heated seat would make these chilly trips seriously more enjoyable. A major feature of this seat is that the heat controller has a five (5) level adjustment that can be removed when it is warm and adjustment is no longer needed.

Installing the seat is straight forward, but I did take the time to read the instructions and suggest you do so as well. We also spoke to Ron Benfield, the marketing manager at Saddlemen.

The Saddlemen Explorer heated seat installed.

"The seat is called the Explorer, it's a re-designed version of the seat that put Saddlemen on the map," said Ron. "It is our top-of-the-line touring model with large bucketed sitting areas, lumbar backrest and heat in both driver and passenger seats."

I removed the factory seat and put the new seat in place to see how it fit. Good. Next, I installed the rear seat bracket followed by the power cord linked to the wires coming out of the underside of the seat.

There are a couple of options while installing the Fused battery lead. I could hook it directly to the battery which means you need to remember to turn the heater off when you turn off the motorcycle. I thought this could be an issue for me, due to me faltering memory. I decided to hook it to a source I turned off power when I turned off the motorcycle, for instance the lights, or the brake light circuit, or the speedo circuit.

 

There were wires available for my tourpack available for an accessory I was not currently using. This allowed me to mount the fuse out of the elements, and should I ever need to change a fuse it would be easy to get to. I decided to use connectors as opposed to soldering and made sure they were connected in a secure manner, so as not to become improperly connected. It made for a neat and easy solution, plus I made sure the wires would not be in a dangerous position, rubbing against anything. I routed the front wire out by the saddlebag guard, and all were secured with plastic ties so they would not move.

"It uses 34 watts, which is approx 2.8 amps," said Ron. "There are no special wiring considerations."

Using Velcro on the back of the rear controller, I mounted it to the tourpack. I made it easy for my wife to use while seated on the motorcycle rolling down the highway behind her man. The controllers come with a clip for those who prefer to have the controller on their person. I opted to use the clip to mount the front controller to the pouch mounted on the saddlebag guard.

I then turned the motorcycle on and checked each controller for proper operation.

Nice Easy Installation. It actually took me longer to shoot the photos than install the seat.

As I sat in the seat, I noticed it had a gel pad installed and the design supported my back better. Life was looking good.

My wife Doris and I went riding later in the evening, and though it did not cool down much, the temperature did drop enough for both of us to try out the new heated seat. It definitely did the job and the controllers were easy to reach.

The Saddlemen Explorer heated seat installed.

You can't imagine what a difference heated seats or grips make to the comfort level of any chilly ride--it's amazing. It will be much more enjoyable to ride on cold nights with this Saddlemen heated seat.

 

--Rogue