AMA Pro Racing Announces 2010 Saddlemen Expert Rookie of the Year Program for K&N Grand National Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 27, 2010) – AMA Pro Racing today announced the introduction of the Saddlemen Expert Rookie of the Year program for the 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season. The agreement includes a $5,000 bonus to the top-placing expert rookie, to be awarded at the AMA Pro Flat Track Awards Ceremony at the end of the season.

Saddlemen is a seat, bag and luggage specialist in the motorcycle market and a company comprised of enthusiastic riders. Tom Seymour, Saddlemen’s founder, was a racer from the ’60s to the ’80s and is currently an AMA Life Member as well as an active trail and road rider. Saddlemen has been a long time sponsor and supporter of promoters, riders and teams at many of the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship events.

“Everyone in the pits knows my passion for AMA Pro Flat Track racing,” said Seymour. “When we can, our company has always provided support to the sport of motorcycle racing and events. Providing a $5,000.00 bonus at the end of the season to the top expert rookie will be very rewarding.”

Expert rookie contenders must register with AMA Pro Racing and run a Saddlemen patch on their racing gear and a Saddlemen sticker on their motorcycle to be eligible for the $5,000 bonus.

The next round of the 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com will be this weekend, May 29 – 30, with a doubleheader at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. T.T. racing action can be seen on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th will see riders race at the historic Springfield Mile.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports racers and events.

 

Distributors Host Regional Product Information Conference For Dealers And Their Own Representatives

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

On May 21st, two of the major motorcycle accessory distributors that carry Saddlemen products, Drag Specialties, and Parts Unlimited, hosted a regional gathering in Sacramento, California of manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and many of their own staff to familiarize sales, service and parts professionals with the product lines they carry. Above, attendees view a product presentation.

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

A sampling of manufacturing and distributor professionals on hand can be seen above. At left are Jay Brainard of Jaybrake, speaking with Drag Specialties representative Sharon Murphy, and Darryl Bassani of Bassani, along with Ken Carlton, Drag Specialties Regional Sales Manager. At right, wearing the baseball cap is Doug Brickes, Drag Specialties representative.

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

Our thanks go out to the people at Drag Specialties, and the crew of their traveling promotional truck. The mobile Saddlemen product display can be seen above, (at right), along with their driver, Jim Brown, a familiar face to our road sales personnel.

We will be at more “Super Showcase” events this year, to show distributor reps and dealers the quality, features, installation and uses of Saddlemen seats and luggage.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgeable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.

 

Saddlemen Visits Major Chicagoland Dealership’s Annual Celebration

Conrad Harley-Davidson Spring Open House

Saddlemen’s traveling sales specialist, technical expert, and valued “road warrior,” Gary Smith was on hand on Saturday, May 22nd for Joliet, Illinois area Conrad Harley-Davidson’s big Spring Open House.

The sales folks at Conrad’s put out a large (and popular) Saddlemen luggage display, showing a wide, representative range of our products in cooperation with the traveling event truck from Drag Specialties, one of Saddlemen’s major distributors.

Gary was available for demonstrations and feedback, got to meet lots of riders and reports that Saddlemen items were selling great!

Conrad Harley-Davidson is located in the Joliet area, in Shorewood, Illinois, right off of U.S. Interstate Highway 55.

Our thanks go out to the owners and staff at Conrad’s for there hospitality and enthusiasm for Saddlemen products!

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Keep an eye out for us across the country. We have representatives such as Gary touring across country throughout the year.

 

Saddlemen Modifies Two-Up Seat From Victory Cross Country For Event And Advertising Photography Duties

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Saddlemen had the interesting opportunity recently to design and produce a highly modified seat for Victory Motorcycles’ new camera bike kit. This kit allows compatible stock Victory machines to be quickly and temporarily converted for on-road photographic use. Besides the Saddlemen re-worked saddle, the setup also includes shielding for the rear wheel, running gear and exhaust.

Our rebuild included a special front-and-back pad on the driver’s backrest for use by both riders, a modified passenger backrest with storage pouch, our famous SaddleGel inserts in the seating areas, and a new custom seat cover.

Victory plans to use this setup for their own corporate advertising use, as well as making it available for loan or rental.

Photos provided courtesy of Victory Motorcycles.

Victory Motorcycles is a part of Polaris Industries, also makers of snowmobiles and ATVs.

At Saddlemen we thrive on the chance to show our expertise and creativity, no matter how unusual the project.

 

Major Wisconsin H-D Dealership Hosts Three-Day Weekend Rally

Kutter Harley-Davidson

Kutter Harley-Davidson

Recently, Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, paid a visit to Kutter Harley-Davidson, at their Janesville, Wisconsin location for their Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Rally, held over the weekend of May 7th-9th.

Besides the rally, the people at Kutter held an open house, and hosted the traveling Drag Specialties display truck.

Kutter Harley-Davidson operates two dealership locations, one in Janesville , Wisconsin, and another in Monroe , Wisconsin.

Saddlemen congratulates Kutter Harley-Davidson on their silver anniversary, and wishes them many years of continued success.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.

 

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Takes Its First Ever Twins Grand National Flat Track Victory In 2010 Twins Season Opener

We’re pleased to pass along the following report from the proud, winning Lloyd Brothers team. For more photos and observations, see our previous posting below.

Saddlemen-Sponsored Joe Kopp Historic Yavapai Win on Ducati

Joe Kopp takes the ENI USA R&M / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports / Pegram Racing / Latus Motors Ducati Hypermotard-powered flat tracker to victory in Arizona.

Johnstown, OH (2 May 2010) – Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is excited to have taken its first ever Grand National Flat Track victory in Saturday’s Yavapai Downs Mile. Saturday’s Ducati victory marks the first time that a readily available, production engine has won a Grand National Twins race in 29 years. Limited production, flat track race-only Honda RS750 and Harley-Davidson XR750s have won every Twins National since 1981.

In the season opening round- and Ducati’s third ever attempt at winning a modern era Grand National- Joe Kopp proved that a modern production engine can win a Grand National Flat Track race. The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Flat Track Project began only a year ago, when Ducati Superbike rider Larry Pegram approached friends and flat track team co-owners David and Michael Lloyd about the potential of Ducati’s air-cooled engine as an ideal flat track platform.

Pegram Racing and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports joined forces to build a stock-framed dirt track bike from a Ducati Sport . After a quick shakedown by Pegram the bike entered the 2009 Springfield Mile, where it immediately proved a formidable opponent to the dominant Harley-Davidsons qualifying for the 18 rider main event directly from the heat race. It has been close to 50 years since a stock framed motorcycle qualified for a Grand National Twins Mile main event.

After a summer of modifications- including the addition a custom VMC racing chassis- Pegram entered the Indy Mile and missed the main event by one position in the semi qualifier after recovering from a 120 mph low-side crash while in qualifying position in the heat race.

Incorporating everything learned over the 2009 season, the bike now races in its third generation of development. In Saturday’s season opener 2010 rider Joe Kopp took the lead at the start and ran a fantastic race, only facing competition from Sammy Halbert, whom he drafted past on the final lap to take the checkered flag by .025 seconds.

Saturday’s race was also a significant event as the Ducati upset the might of Harley Davidson on the Mile, something no other manufacturer has been able to do for 17 years. The next race for the ENI USA R&M (which produces and markets Agip lubricants) / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati entry will be the famed Springfield Mile on May 30; featuring a cameo by Larry Pegram on a second bike alongside Joe Kopp.

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is supported by:
ENI USA R&M producers and marketers of Agip lubricants, Pegram Racing, Latus Motors, Motion Pro, Arai, Penske Racing Shocks, Ducati USA, K & N Engineering, M4 Exhaust, Saddlemen, Daniel Kalal, Vortex, VMC Racing Frames, Flat Trak Fotos, Race Image, Vesrah, Yuasa Batteries, Eurosports.net, Durelle Racing, Fox Performance, Moto Concepts.

To read Joe Kopp’s own personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .

Photo provided courtesy of [Lloyd Brothers Motorsports].

At Saddlemen we are proud of the successful racing efforts of our sponsored riders.

 

Joe Kopp Victorious At Yavapai Mile – Historic Flat Track Win With Ducati

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapai Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapai Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

The Yavapai Downs Mile flat track race, run May 1st, proved to be a milestone win for Joe Kopp (proudly sponsored by Saddlemen), and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports racing team. For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Grand Nationals “Twins” race was won with a production engine motorcycle, in this case the Lloyd Brothers Ducati Hypermotard, breaking a streak of victories for limited-production, race-only engined Honda and Harley-Davidson 750’s reaching back to 1981. The win by Joe and Lloyd Brothers with their “Duck” also brought to an end a 17-year-long win streak for Harleys at Yavapai.

Arizona’s Yavapai Mile was the season-opening event for the twin-cylinder segment of the flat track circuit, and so proved a great start for Joe Kopp’s 2010 campaign. Lloyd Brothers will run multiple machines at the Springfield Mile on May 30th, and the Indy Mile on August 28th. Joining Joe as a teammate at these two big events will be racing veteran Larry Pegram, running a second Lloyd Brothers stock-framed Ducati.

To read Joe’s personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapi Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

Podium photos available courtesy of AMA Pro Racing. Track photos provided courtesy of Lloyd Brothers Motorsports.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better – whether for professional racers, commuters or “weekend warriors.”

 

Parts Unlimited Rep’s SV650 Features Color-Scheme Matching Sport Saddle

Saddlmen custom seat for Suzuki SV650

Recently, we produced custom seats for this highly modified 2006 Suzuki SV650, owned by Parts Unlimited representative Dave Schmalenberg. The saddle was made as our “Track” style of sport bike seats, and following our design philosophy with this line of saddles, our “Gel Channel” feature was covered in yellow material to coordinate with the bike’s paint scheme.

Dave contacted us after receiving the seat, letting us know how he liked it, “The seat is very comfy, and looks awesome. No feedback on the passenger seat yet, but I will let you know as soon as I can sucker someone into riding on the back with me. (Anyone that knows me won’t ride on the back with me). Thanks again… the seats are EXACTLY what I wanted!”

Saddlemen custom seat for Suzuki SV650

Here’s a rundown of the custom work and modifications Dave made to his Suzuki:

  • Swingarm, rear wheel, and brakes: 2007 ZX6R.
  • Forks, triple clamps, front wheel, and brakes: ZX6R.
  • Shock is from a GSXR750.
  • Tag T2 bars with Moose risers.
  • CRG levers and mirrors.
  • Custom Barnett braided steel cables and Goodridge lines.
  • Hand built exhaust with Leo Vince GP Pro silencer for 2009 R6.
  • Hotbodies undertail and rear fender.
  • Michelin Power Pure tires.
  • Dynojet Power commander and LCD display.
  • Engine is cammed and ported.
  • Many other custom modifications and parts not listed…