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…

 

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!

 

Saddlemen in Springfield, Illinois for H.O.G. Rally

The Illinois State H.O.G. Rally offered us a great opportunity to meet the public, and show our motorcycle luggage, saddlebags, and of course, our seats. Saddlemen was represented at the Drag Specialties display, based during the rally at Hall’s Harley-Davidson, in Springfield. Our Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, was able to work with the knowledgeable Drag Specialties representatives, and help quite a few riders chose the best luggage and seats for their needs, and provide technical and installation assistance. The booth staff included, as pictured above, Todd, Drag Specialties Sales Representative; Mike, Drag Specialties’ Inside Sales Manager; Saddlemen’s Stan; and Johnny,Memphis Shades’ Sales Manager.

Saddlemen in Springfield, Illinois for H.O.G. Rally

Saddlemen in Springfield, Illinois for H.O.G. Rally

Saddlemen in Springfield, Illinois for H.O.G. Rally

 

Saddlemen Teardrop Saddlebags for Harley-Davidson

Saddlemen Teardrop Saddlebags for Harley-Davidson

Now directly available from our online store, Saddlemen’s Rigid-Mount “Teardrop” Saddlebags for Harley-Davidson XL Sportsters, Dyna Glides and Softails are designed specifically for each frame, with custom molded backs – shock cut-out for Sportster and Dyna and flat for Softail. 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 Harley 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 1994-2009 XL Sportsters

Desperado style for 1994-2009 XL Sportsters

Drifter style for 1996-2009 Dyna Glides

Desperado style for 1996-2009 Dyna Glides

Drifter style for 1984-2009 FXST/FLST Softails

Desperado style for 1984-2009 FXST/FLST Softails

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.