Each year, Drag Specialties, one of Saddlemen’s major nationwide distributors sponsors a “thank you” getaway ride for their dealers and manufacturers. This year’s was in Northern California. Over the weekend that ended May and began June, two of our folks got a chance to represent Saddlemen, hit the open road, socialize with other people in the industry, and take in the sights of the California shoreline, coastal mountains, and of course, the redwoods…
Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki (left), and Gary Smith, our “road” sales manager and technical expert extraordinaire (right), ready to hop on their Harley “baggers” and hit the highway from Huntington Beach. Most of the ride north focused on Pacific Coast Highway and U.S. Highway 101. The weather was cool and overcast, and Stan says the heated Saddlemen seat kept the ride comfortable – as did our gel technology in the saddles.
Fresh air and the open highway on a cool spring day along the central coast, leaving the “joys” of big city traffic far behind… Definitely not in “So Cal” anymore!
After several days of riding and fun out along the coast and around the redwoods, it was time to head back south over the Golden Gate, and on home… For Stan and Gary, the six-day trip logged about 1600 miles on their Saddlemen seats.
Watch for a second Redwood Run report, with plenty of photos of the festivities.
At Saddlemen, we are constantly working to make better products, from motorcycle seats, luggage or related accessories. Part of our goal is also to provide more information for both the potential buyer and the existing Saddlemen owner.
One way we try to help is by publishing instructions for a wide range of our product line on our website. This can help both the shopper, curious about the features of an item, or as a backup source of instructions for gear already purchased.
The website is available “twenty-four/seven,” and has dozens of downloadable and printable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) versions of our instruction sheets ready for use at the user’s convenience.
Our goal is to have product instructions available online as soon as new items are released.
A good example is our new line of “Teardrop” shape rigid-mount saddlebags, specifically designed for particular bike models. They are now entering the distribution network, and can be purchased through retailers across the country affiliated with Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited. Teardrop bags can also be ordered directly from Saddlemen at (800) 397-7709. They will soon be available for purchase directly from Saddlemen on the web.
Click the image to the left to link to our instructions for our new Teardrop Specific-Fit Saddlebags for Harley-Davidson Dynas…
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, with Saddlemen-sponsored riders Kevin Atherton and Larry Pegram, scored a landmark acheivement at May 24th’s Springfield Mile.
Pegram, riding the #72F Ducati, became only the third Ducati motorcycle to score main event points in Grand National Dirt Track races, and the first in over a decade, according to AMA records.
Pegram’s machine was a Ducati Sport 1000, bought stock and converted into a flattracker. The conversion was quite new, being done over the previous six weeks, and Larry had only had seven minutes of practice time on the bike before his first heat race. He came in fourth place in the heat, and was directly transferred to the main race. It was the only non-Harley-Davidson to qualify this year, and the only time in current memory that a stock frame motorcycle made a national in this class.
“If you asked the top 100 riders and tuners here today if they thought that a stock framed bike could make a Twins National, 99 of them would tell you, ‘no way,’” Pegram, returning to dirt track competition from road racing, said.
“I think that we surprised a lot of people today,” Pegram said. “This bike has a lot of promise. As with any new bike we had a few issues… We will keep working and get this thing into the winners’ circle soon.”
Opposite the surprise showing of the Ducati, there was disappointment for the team, Kevin Atherton and his Aprilia.
David Lloyd explains: “Unlike road racing, testing on dirt tracks is difficult at best. Every dirt track is different in size, shape, texture, grip, etc.” After several extremely successful tests at a local track, hopes were high for Springfield. “Unfortunately it became evident from the first practice that the bike was not comfortable on the extremely tacky surface of the Springfield Mile. As the tires warmed up, the bike would become extremely unsettled in the corners.”
“The day turned from what we were hoping would be the Aprilia’s first win, into a test session to work out problems with the chassis. The positive part is that Kevin Atherton’s input has been invaluable and we are very confident that we will improve the handling and make the bike one that is capable of winning races with Kevin. Everyone knows that Kevin can win almost anytime he shows up. The fans were overjoyed to see Kevin back at the races. His autograph lines were the longest in the paddock. It is definitely great to see Kevin smiling at the races again.,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports next event is Bulls Gap, Tennessee on June 20th.
While most of the riding public thinks about motorcycle seats and motorcycle luggage for long-distance touring when they think of Saddlemen, we also have a strong interest and presence in the racing community as well.
We’ve been sponsoring racers since the company was founded.
And coming soon you’ll be able to learn more and stay up-to-date with the racers we proudly sponsor. Keep an eye out for the latest results and news from Saddlemen racers.
UPDATE: Our Sponsored Racers Page can be seen HERE.
“We have installed Saddlemen Gel Seats on all of our bikes for many years. When we got the Wing, we went for a ride and Sue tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if the bike had a gel seat (which it didn’t). She could tell the difference.
She then asked me (in a very pointed way), ‘When would we get one?’
‘As soon as I can call Saddlemen,’ I replied. I did, and now she’s happy.”
Larry and Susan L.
For the people here at Saddlemen, nothing is more gratifying than knowing that our products are helping the riding public get more enjoyment, time and miles out of their seats and luggage.
To learn more about the experiences of satisfied Saddlemen customers, and the benefits our technology and workmanship can offer to you, please click on the following link: