Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 31, 2013 - Saddlemen is heading out for one of the biggest motorcycle events of the year, the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Saddlemen will be exhibiting at J&P Cycles in Sturgis and Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City throughout the rally, August 1-11.
Saddlemen has become a regular fixture at Sturgis, and each year Saddlemen product specialists relish the opportunity to meet dealers and consumers alike. Whether you’re coming to Sturgis with some items on the shopping list or you’re just browsing, stop by J&P Cycles or Black Hills Harley to get an up-close and personal look at Saddlemen’s seats and luggage.
A comfortable and supportive seat is essential to enjoying a ride, no matter the time or distance, and getting a hands-on feel for the luxurious Road Sofa or different Saddlemen seat goes a long way in making a decision on a seat. That’s why Saddlemen reps will be holding seat demos at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City during the rally. Stop by for a demo and the Saddlemen crew will install a demo seat on your bike for a test ride. Saddlemen will be set up in a tent in the parking lot with seats and luggage, all of which can be purchased through Black Hills on the spot. Visit www.blackhillshd.com for directions and more info on the rally.
Saddlemen will also be set up in the J&P Cycles lot in downtown Sturgis with a variety of luggage on display. Along with the new FTB line of sport touring luggage, reps will have the full lineup of bags and luggage for all kinds of bikes. Stop by to get your questions answered and ride off with a new set of luggage. Saddlemen products will be available for purchase through J&P Cycles. Visit www.jpcycles.com/events/sturgis-motorcycle-rally for directions and more information.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 29, 2013 - Saddlemen riders roared into Sacramento for Round 5 of the AMA Pro Flat Track series presented by J&P Cycles. Saturday night’s race at the Sacramento Mile was one for the ages as Shayna Texter led the 4 Saddlemen riders on the podium with a Pro Singles victory.
AMA Pro Grand National Championship Twins
Another round is in the books and with it comes two more GNC podiums for Saddlemen riders to go along with six top-10 finishes. Several Saddlemen riders battled for positioning in a tight pack as they bore down on the final lap. Saddlemen’s Jared Mees led the way with a 2nd place finish, just 0.083-second behind the winner.
Mees was immediately followed across the line by Brandon Robinson in 3rd, Brad Baker in 4th and Sammy Halbert in 5th. The top riders all crossed the line within a quarter-second of one another, making for one of the closest and craziest Flat Track finishes in recent memory.
Defending champ Mees notched his second podium of the season and first since the Daytona opener, and climbs to 8th in the GNC Combined standings and 10th in the Expert Twins standings. Brad Baker missed the podium for the first time this season and leads both the Combined and Expert Twins standings. Brandon Robinson is seated firmly in 2nd in the Combined standings, while Sammy Halbert holds down 2nd place in the Expert Twins standings. Wiles holds 5th on both leaderboards.
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results - Sacramento Mile
2. J. Mees; 3. B. Robinson; 4. B. Baker; 7. K. Coolbeth; 8. R. Pearson; 9. H. Wiles; 11; J. Shoemaker; 13. Briar Bauman; 14. N. Cheza; 15. J. Lewis; 16. M. Martin; 17. S Baer
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. S. Halbert; 5. H. Wiles; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. B. Robinson; 8. R. Pearson; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. J. Mees
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles
Saddlemen rider Shayna Texter is quickly establishing herself at the top of the Pro Singles ranks, and added to her growing reputation with her first victory of the season Saturday night. Shayna started in second position but after just the first lap had fallen to sixth place. Over the next 11 laps, however, Texter would fight her way through the pack with consistent and efficient laps, eventually landing in a final-lap duel with the checkers in sight. Texter would triumph aboard her Saddlemen Flat Track seat by a mere 0.016-second gap.
Fellow Saddlemen rider and 2012 Pro Singles champion Stephen Vanderkuur found himself on the podium for the first time this season. The 3rd place finish came after Vanderkuur laid down the top qualifying time and the fastest lap in the main event. Ryan Wells and Bronson Bauman finished 4th and 5th, respectively.
Texter kicked off the first of three race wins at Sacramento last year, and wound up finishing 5th in the Pro Singles standings at season’s end. Shayna is currently tied for 4th place in the 2013 standings and perhaps this victory is the sign of more top finishes to come. Vanderkuur is tied with Texter in the points standings, and Dominic Colindres is sitting in 9th place.
Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Sacramento Mile
1. S. Texter; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 4. R. Wells; 5. Bronson Bauman; 7. G. Callies; 11. J. Monaco; 16. D. Colindres
Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings Top-10
2. R. Wells; 4. S. Texter; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 9. D. Colindres
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 23, 2013 - The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brings together two of the largest motorcycle racing series on the planet, and Saddlemen supported riders made the most of it with three podium appearances and seven top-10 finishes.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
The Daytona SportBike class has seen Saddlemen riders consistently taking top spots throughout the season, and the 6th round of AMA Pro Road Racing was no different. Once again RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne led Saddlemen racers with a 3rd place finish, despite dropping to the bottom of the top-10 following a red-flag restart. Jake fought his way through the crowd for his seventh straight podium finish aboard his Saddlemen Performance Seat.
Gagne’s teammate, JD Beach, went on the record last week saying that Laguna Seca is one of his least favorite tracks, but all the same Beach continued his season-long streak of top-5 finishes with a 5th place. The teammates hold on to their 2nd and 3rd place positions in the points standings with three rounds left to go.
National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli finished 8th and Riders Discount Racing Triumph’s Joey Pascarella rounded out the top-10 aboard their Saddlemen Performance Chicane seats. Rispoli retains his 5th place spot in the standings and is poised for a solid first season in Daytona SportBike.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
Saddlemen supported riders Hayden Gillim, Nick McFadden and Caroline Olsen did not compete at the Grand Prix for a variety of reasons, but Saddlemen was still well represented in the SuperSport class by Tomas Puerta and Corey Alexander.
RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta started from the pole-position, but the 16-lap race proved to be anything but routine for Puerta and the other SuperSport competitors. Puerta dueled for the lead throughout the race and into the final lap, but fell short by just 0.117-second in a thrilling finish. Puerta extended his lead in the SuperSport West standings with the first opportunity for points since Road America.
National Guard/Celtic Racing rider Corey Alexander finished just 0.177-second behind Puerta for 3rd place at Laguna Seca. A non-points race for the SuperSport East rider, Alexander is putting together a solid season and has a 9-point lead with just one round and two races left to go.
Round 6 of the AMA Pro Road Racing series takes riders and fans alike to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, August 2-4. Follow Saddlemen Performance Seats, the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news from Saddlemen.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 16, 2013 - Saddlemen added a pair of SuperSport victories and seven total podium appearances to a growing list of accolades in Lexington, OH as AMA Pro Road Racing hit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Still relatively early in the season, the leaders of the Daytona SportBike class are busy building on their early success by adding podiums and stretching class leads. RoadRace Factory teammates Jake Gagne and JD Beach have been landing plenty of top-5 finishes, with the pair swapping 2nd and 3rd in the two races.
Gagne managed to take the lead briefly in Saturday’s race but relinquished it on his way to his fourth 2nd place finish of the season aboard his Saddlemen Performance Seat. Beach finished in 3rd as the top 3 were stretched out by several seconds apiece.
National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli hit lucky number 7 once again, finishing 7th for the fifth time this season. Eyeball Moto’s Eric Stump rounded out the top-10, and Riders Discount Racing’s Joey Pascarella finished 13th.
Though the Daytona SportBike class has not seen many new faces on the podium this year, there have still been some exciting races that come down to the wire. Sunday’s DSB race was a perfect example as JD Beach missed out on the win by just 0.655 second. The 2nd place finish is a career-best for Beach, who has finished in the top-5 in every single race this season on his Saddlemen Performance Seat.
Jake Gagne finished 3rd for his sixth straight podium. Rispoli started off hot in Race 2 and even challenged Gagne for the number 3 spot, but settled for a career-best 5th place finish in DSB competition. Pascarella finished 11th and Stump finished 14th.
Gagne is all alone in 2nd place in the Daytona SportBike standings with Beach behind him in 3rd. Rispoli’s consistent performances have kept him in 5th place in the standings with four events and six races yet to go.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta continued his hot streak Saturday with his second race win of the season on his Saddlemen-equipped R6, doing it this time by a healthy 3+ seconds. Puerta was followed across the line by fellow Saddlemen rider Hayden Gillim, who is slowly but surely proving that he belongs on the podium.
TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden was coming off a surprising first time performance at Barber and showed that he could keep up with the pack, finishing 5th in Race 1. Corey Alexander finished 7th, but the National Guard/Celtic Racing rider was thrust into 1st place in the SuperSport East standings all the same.
Team 95’s Hayden Gillim followed his solid 2nd place in Race 1 with his first victory of the season on his Saddlemen Performance Chicane Seat. Gillim battled for the lead after a restart, eventually snagging the top spot on the final lap and winning by just 0.184 second. Corey Alexander was the next Saddlemen rider in with a 4th place finish.
Nick McFadden dueled for 6th place and emerged the winner of that battle. Tomas Puerta was at the front of the pack for much of the race but was forced to pit with a mechanical issue, officially finishing 23rd.
Gillim is just 9 points behind Alexander in the SuperSport East standings, and McFadden is in 7th despite only being able to race half of the events so far this season. Just one race remains for points opportunity in the East: New Jersey. The SuperSport West leader board remains intact with Puerta leading the way. They will get their next shot at points this weekend at Laguna Seca.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
Saddlemen’s lone representative in the Harley-Davidson Series at Mid-Ohio was Eric Stump. The Eyeball Moto rider had a busy weekend, racing both the Daytona SuperBike class as well as the Harley-Davidson class. Stump finished 6th in Sunday’s race and after missing Barber is in 17th in the class standings.
Saddlemen riders have a short turnaround as AMA Pro Road Racing immediately heads to Monterey, CA for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The July 19-21 event brings both AMA and MotoGP together at the same track for one of the biggest weekends of motorcycle racing each year.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 8, 2013 - Saddlemen sponsored riders dominated the fourth round of the AMA Pro Flat Track series this weekend, landing three riders on the podium and adding an Expert Twins victory to the growing list of accomplishments on this young race season.
AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins
A week after the Lima Half-Mile was cancelled due to inclement weather, Saddlemen Flat Track racers lined up in Hagerstown, MD for just the fourth race of the season.
Saddlemen rider Brad Baker continued his strong start to the 2013 season with a dominant performance at Hagerstown Speedway. Baker notched his first career GNC Expert Twins victory with authority, continually stretching his lead over 25 laps to an eventual 6.77-second win. Baker also won the $1,000 Dash For Cash award, making this a weekend to remember for the 20-year-old racer that now leads both the GNC Combined standings and the GNC Expert Twins standings.
Fellow Saddlemen racer Jake Shoemaker finished 2nd in the first GNC Expert Twins race of his career with poise and maturity. Doug Lawrence won his heat and carried the momentum into the main event, finishing 4th in what was just his second race of the season. Rounding out the Top 5 for Saddlemen was Sammy Halbert in 5th.
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results
1. B. Baker; 2. J. Shoemaker; 4. D. Lawrence; 5. S. Halbert; 6. JD Beach; 7. J. Johnson; 8. K. Coolbeth; 9. H. Wiles; 11. B. Bauman; 12. R. Pearson; 14. C. Johncox; 16. C. Cose; 17. B. Robinson; 18. S. Baer
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Top 10
1. B. Baker; 2. S. Halbert; 3. H. Wiles; 4. D. Lawrence; 5. J. Johnson; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. J. Shoemaker; 9. R. Pearson
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles
Dan Bromley led the way for the stable of Saddlemen riders in the Pro Singles class with a 3rd place podium finish at Hagerstown, earning 16 points for his 2013 campaign and boosting him to 11th in the standings. Ryan Wells followed Bromley across the line with a 4th place finish and is just ten points behind the leader in 3rd place. Stephen Vanderkuur rounded out the Top 5 and climbed to 7th in the standings along the way.
Saddlemen Pro Singles Hagerstown Results
3. D. Bromley; 4. R. Wells; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 11. D. Colindres; 12. S. Texter; 13. C. Johncox
Saddlemen Pro Singles Top 10
3. R. Wells; 7. S. Vanderkuur; 9. D. Colindres; 10. S. Texter
The Fifth Round of AMA Pro Flat Track racing is slated for July 20 at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile.