Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - October 14, 2013 - After a long season of hard work, tweaking and tuning, and traveling thousands of miles across the country, racers of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season found themselves at the Fairplex in Pomona for the final race of the year. The final races in both the GNC and Pro Singles classes would pit several riders with championship hopes against one another, making for one of the most exciting nights of Flat Track racing in recent memory.
AMA Pro Grand National Championship
Saddlemen rider Brad Baker entered the final round with an 11-point lead in the GNC Combined standings, and stretched that lead further after earning best qualifier honors and winning the 4-lap Dash for Cash race. With even more of a cushion heading into the main event, Baker put on a dominant performance and proved that he’s very comfortable at the Pomona half-mile.
After trading the lead back and forth for several laps, a red flag resulted in a staggered restart and a 10-lap fight to the finish. Baker laid down fast lap after fast lap and took the checkers by nearly a second. Even though he didn’t need to win at Pomona to take the GNC Combined title, Brad Baker finished his incredible 2013 season in dominant fashion. Brad added the 2013 Grand National Championship to his 2013 GNC Expert Singles title and will put don the #1 next year as he looks to defend his title.
The young Briar Bauman put on a terrific performance of his own at Pomona. Bauman finished 3rd and found himself on the GNC podium for the first time in his short career. Bauman finished a solid season in style as he only missed one main event and finished 11th in the standings.
Defending champ Jared Mees finished in fourth place at Pomona, and also finished in fourth in both the Expert Twins and GNC Combined standings. JD Beach rounded out the top-5 at the final race and despite only racing a partial season finished in the top-10 in both Twins and Combined.
Kenny Coolbeth Jr. put together an impressive season that saw ten top-10 finishes. He took the fifth spot in the Expert Twins and sixth in the Combined final standings. Fellow Saddlemen rider Henry Wiles was one of the highlights of the season with a record-setting performance at Peoria, and the two-time Singles champ finished sixth in Twins and fifth in Combined.
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results - Pomona
1. B. Baker; 3. B. Bauman; 4. J. Mees; 5. JD Beach; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 8. R. Pearson; 9. B. Robinson; 10. J. Lewis; 11. K. Kolkman; 13. D. Crow; 14. M. Martin; 15. M. Weidman; 16. S. Halbert; 17. H. Wiles; 19. S. Bonsey
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Final Standings (Top-10)
2. B. Baker; 3. B. Robinson; 4. J. Mees; 5. K. Coolbeth Jr; 6. H. Wiles; 7. JD Beach; 9. S. Halbert; 10. J. Shoemaker
Saddlemen GNC Combined Final Standings (Top-10)
1. B. Baker; 3. B. Robinson; 4. J. Mees; 5. H. Wiles; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 8. JD Beach; 10. R. Pearson
AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles
The Pro Singles class was another source of exciting racing Saturday as Saddlemen rider Ryan Wells entered the final round within reach of the 2013 Championship. Just five points behind the leader, Wells needed to do well at Pomona and also get a little help. Wells did his part by finishing in second place but didn’t quite get the help he needed, missing out on the title by a single point. Wells’ amazing season saw a perfect record of top-10 finishes, including three podium appearances.
Rookie rider Bronson Bauman finished fifth at Pomona, and though he missed the first two races due to not being eligible to race at age 15, Bauman made the most of his partial season and finished eighth in class.
Defending Pro Singles champion Stephen Vanderkuur got off to a bumpy start this season but finished strong with three podium finishes. A ninth place finish at Pomona was enough to keep him in third in the standings at season’s end.
Fan favorite Shayna Texter also had her share of early-season trouble but bounced back with a pair of mid-season wins. Her four podium finishes and a seventh place on the Pomona Half-Mile gave her a career-best fourth place Pro Singles finish.
Saddlemen Pro Singles Results – Pomona
2. R. Wells; 5. B. Bauman; 6. D. Colindres; 7. S. Texter; 9. S. Vanderkuur; 15. A. Scaggs; 17. J. Monaco
Saddlemen Pro Singles Final Standings (Top-10)
2. R. Wells; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 4. S. Texter; 7. D. Colindres; 8. B. Bauman
Saddlemen is immensely proud of all of its riders for their hard work and dedication through this 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season and looks forward to more racing success in 2014. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
A former racer and passionate and enthusiastic motorcyclist for 50 years, Seymour, and his business partner David Echert, focus on building great products, including seats meant to replace and improve on the stock saddle, and luggage designed specifically for the needs of riders.
“You want a product that people will buy. You have to have a unique combination of form and Behind The Scenes With Saddlemen’s Tom Seymour Passion Driven Business VendorProfile Tom Seymour mixed business with pleasure at the 2013 Sturgis Rally, taking a break from representing Saddlemen for a ride through the area’s scenic byways. Photo courtesy of Saddlemen Behind the Scenes: function. You have to make them work, which is the technical part, and you have to make them look good, which is the form,” Seymour says. “Not many Harley guys are going to walk in and buy an ugly seat, no matter how comfortable it is.”
Although he holds an engineering degree and an MBA, Seymour says his education is secondary to his motorcycling experience that counts most in running Saddlemen. As a rider, he knows what other motorcyclists are looking for.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - October 1, 2013 - Saddlemen racers returned to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend for the final race of the 2013 season. AMA Pro Road Racing shared the track once again with international riders as the FIM Superbike World Championship made its only stop in the United States.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
With the SuperSport class wrapped up, expectations were high for an exciting Daytona SportBike finale, and Saddlemen riders did not disappoint. Taking on the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the second time this season, Saddlemen riders set out to take one last shot at a podium finish while solidifying class positions as the season came to an end.
The RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne and JD Beach were both exceptional competitors throughout the entire 2013 season, logging 22 top-5 finishes and 15 podium appearances between the two of them. Gagne headed to Laguna Seca with a decent hold on second place in the DSB standings, but needed to log just a few more points to ensure that he would finish the season in second. Gagne was in visible pain all weekend with a broken collarbone and separated shoulder but made the brave decision to fight through the pain and compete in Sunday’s race all the same. Gagne’s 11th place finish earned him more than enough points to secure second place on the season.
Gagne’s teammate JD Beach was also recovering from an injury heading into the final round, though Beach’s was far less substantial. Following an incredible save after nearly high-siding at New Jersey, Beach was banged up as he raced in that round. If Beach was feeling any lingering effects he didn’t show it, as he finished in third place at Laguna Seca. Beach finished out the season in fourth place in the standings.
National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli worked incredibly hard this year, finishing no worse than eighth in all twelve races heading into the finale. Tied in points in the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year standings, Rispoli had a lot on the line going into the last race. Unfortunately, things were not going Rispoli’s way as a mechanical issue forced him out of the race after just seven laps. Despite missing out on the Rookie of the Year honors, Rispoli put together an incredible season and proved that he can compete in the Daytona SportBike class.
Riders Discount racer Jake Zemke put in a solid sixth place ride, and though he only competed in seven races in his 2013 campaign still managed to finish 16th in the standings. Teammate Joey Pascarella raced in each round but unfortunately was knocked out of the final race after 15 laps. Pascarella finished 14th in the standings.
Though the SuperSport season officially ended in New Jersey, several Saddlemen riders took the opportunity to step up to the Daytona SportBike ranks for the final race of the year. SuperSport West and Overall champion Tomas Puerta led the way with an eighth place finish in his DSB debut. National Guard/Celtic Racing rider Corey Alexander also made his DSB debut but was dropped out after six laps. The SuperSport East champ will join Puerta in the Daytona SportBike class fulltime in 2014. SuperSport East runner-up Hayden Gillim also got his first DSB ride with Meen Motorsports and finished 13th.
Saddlemen is honored for the opportunity to support AMA Pro Road Racing as well as some of the most talented and hard-working riders on the planet. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - September 4, 2013 - The Springfield Mile is always one of the highlights of the AMA Pro Flat Track season, and the 2013 doubleheader was no exception as Saddlemen riders Brandon Robinson and Shayna Texter put together a pair of sweeps this Labor Day Weekend.
AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins
The excitement in the Expert Twins class has been thrilling this season, with five different riders claiming victories in just seven races. Saddlemen rider Brad Baker got off to a hot start, taking the Expert Singles title earlier this year and leading the Expert Twins until a bike breakdown at Colonial Downs. Rising up in his place is fellow Saddlemen rider Brandon Robinson, who put in two impressive performances this weekend to sweep the doubleheader.
Robinson had a few rocky turnouts in the middle of the season but has rebounded with refreshed confidence in recent races. His back-to-back wins at Springfield pushed Robinson from third to second in the standings, just 5 points back from the leader with just two rounds remaining.
Saddlemen supported rider JD Beach has been enjoying the long AMA Pro Road Racing breaks by putting in some impressive Flat Track rides of his own. Beach’s pair of third place finishes moved him into seventh in the Expert Twins standings despite only having raced five of the seven events.
Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. had a solid weekend with a sixth place finish on Saturday and followed it up with fourth place on Sunday. Coolbeth, Jr. joins Robinson and Baker in the Expert Twins top-5. Brad Baker finished fifth in both races, proving he can bounce back from disappointment at Colonial Downs with two good races at Springfield. Baker dropped to third in the Expert Twins standings but holds onto a ten point lead in the Combined standings.
Jared Mees missed the top-5 both days, but nevertheless enjoyed a momentous occasion as he married fellow AMA Pro Flat Track racer Nichole Cheza Sunday before the races.
Jake Shoemaker, who finished second in the Pro Singles class in 2012, has made the most of his first season in the big leagues. Shoemaker locked up the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award this weekend with two solid finishes.
Saddlemen GNC Results - Springfield Mile I - August 31, 2013
1. B. Robinson; 3. JD Beach; 5. B. Baker; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 7. J. Mees; 8. J. Shoemaker; 9. H. Wiles; 11. Briar Bauman; 12. D. Lawrence; 14. M. Martin; 16. R. Pearson; 17. S. Bonsey; 18. J. Lewis
Saddlemen GNC Results - Springfield Mile II - September 1, 2013
1. B. Robinson; 3. JD Beach; 4. K. Coolbeth Jr; 5. B. Baker; 6. J. Mees; 8. D. Lawrence; 9. H. Wiles; 12. S. Bonsey; 13. N. Cheza; 14. D. Crow; 15. J. Shoemaker; 16. M. Martin; 18. J. Lewis
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings - Top-10
2. B. Robinson; 3. B. Baker; 4. J. Mees; 5. K. Coolbeth Jr; 6. H. Wiles; 7. JD Beach; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. S. Halbert
Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 3. B. Robinson; 4. H. Wiles; 5. J. Mees; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 9. JD Beach; 10. S. Bonsey
AMA Pro Basic Twins
The Springfield Mile played host to the inaugural AMA Pro Basic Twins class this Labor Day Weekend, and Saddlemen’s Shayna Texter took the opportunity to prove that she belongs in the conversation of elite Flat Track talent. Texter won on Saturday by more than 11 seconds, while fellow Saddlemen riders Cody Johncox and Eric Stump followed in third and fifth, respectively.
Texter followed up the incredible performance with another dominant effort, this time winning Sunday’s race by more than five seconds. Johncox improved to second place on Sunday, while Ryan Wells and Eric Stump enjoyed top-10 finishes.
Though she didn’t earn any points towards her 2013 Pro Singles campaign, Texter is still in fourth in the standings. With two races left to go, she will make a final push in an effort to challenge for the title.
Saddlemen Pro Basic Twins Results - Springfield Mile I - August 31, 2013
1. S. Texter; 3. C. Johncox; 5. E. Stump; 12. Bronson Bauman
Saddlemen Pro Basic Twins Results - Springfield Mile II - September 1, 2013
1. S. Texter; 2. C. Johncox; 6. R. Wells; 7. E. Stump
Saddlemen and the AMA Pro Flat Track have a bit of a break with the Round 12 Santa Rosa Mile coming September 29th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
- Saddlemen is celebrating the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary in the Milwaukee, WI area this weekend.
- Saddlemen will be set up with Drag Specialties at Hal’s Harley-Davidson and Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson August 28 – September 1.
- Saddlemen will have product specialists on hand at both dealers with a full line of seats and luggage for Harley-Davidson applications.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 28, 2013 - Saddlemen is headed out to Milwaukee, WI this week for the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration, taking place August 28 – September 1 at Hal’s Harley-Davidson and Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson.
Saddlemen product specialists will be on location at Hal’s Harley-Davidson in New Berlin, WI during the festivities. Stop by the Drag Specialties rig to take a look at some Saddlemen seats and luggage and learn how you can make your Harley more comfortable and more stylish. Get more information including directions and full schedule at www.halshd.com/--110th.
Saddlemen product specialists will also be with Drag Specialties at Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville, WI from Wednesday through Sunday, with a full lineup of seats and luggage for Harley-Davidson models. For directions and more information including Suburban Harley’s full event schedule, visit www.suburbanharley.com.
Check out http://110.harley-davidson.com/en_US/events/milwaukee2013 for more general information on the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 27, 2013 - Just a week removed from the Indy Mile, Saddlemen riders found themselves in New Kent, VA for the inaugural Colonial Downs Mile. The 9th round of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season, 1.25-mile track played host to a pair of Saddlemen podium sweeps as Jared Mees won the GNC Expert Twins race and Cody Johncox took Pro Singles top honors.
AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins
It looked like business as usual throughout the first half of the Colonial Downs Mile as Saddlemen rider Brad Baker ran out in front with the GNC Expert Twins class leader. That is until the eighth lap when the leader was forced to throw in the towel with a bike malfunction and Baker dropped out of the race. The path to the checkers was suddenly opened for Saddlemen’s Jared Mees and Henry Wiles, but after 18 laps it was Jared Mees that crossed the line aboard his Saddlemen-equipped Harley-Davidson. Wiles followed in second place while fellow Saddlemen rider Brandon Robinson completed the podium sweep.
It was just the first victory of the season and fourth podium for the defending champ, who has jumped up into third in the Expert Twins standings and fourth in the Combined standings. Wiles continued his top-10 streak with his third podium of the season and sits in fourth in Expert Twins and second in GNC Combined. Brandon Robinson is in fifth place on both leader boards after back-to-back podium finishes, and Brad Baker still holds a sizeable lead in the GNC Combined standings despite only recording one point in Virginia.
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results - Colonial Downs
1. J. Mees; 2. H. Wiles; 3. B. Robinson; 4. Briar Bauman; 5. K. Coolbeth Jr; 6. JD Beach; 8. J. Lewis; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. M. Weidman; 11. S. Bonsey; 15. R. Pearson; 16. M. Martin; 18. N. Cheza; 19. B. Baker
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings - Top-10
2. B. Baker; 3. J. Mees; 4. H. Wiles; 5. B. Robinson; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 8. S. Halbert; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. R. Pearson
Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. H. Wiles; 4. J. Mees; 5. B. Robinson; 7. K. Coolbeth Jr; 9. R. Pearson; 10. S. Bonsey
AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles
The Colonial Downs Pro Singles race was one for ages as Saddlemen riders Cody Johncox, Shayna Texter and Stephen Vanderkuur battled it out in one of the closest finishes in AMA Flat Track history. Johncox started from the second position but it was Vanderkuur that took the early lead in the 10-lap race, while Texter sliced through the traffic from the second row up to the lead pack. Johncox took the lead on the seventh lap and managed to hold off charges by Texter and Vanderkuur, crossing the line just .008-second ahead of Texter. Vanderkuur finished third just .053-second behind Texter as the top-5 riders finished within a half second of the winner.
The victory was just the second of Johncox’s young career and first of 2013, and came just one week after a third place podium finish at the Indy Mile. The second place finish wass the fourth podium placement of the season for Texter and propelled her from sixth in the standings to fourth. Vanderkuur earned his third podium of the season and is in third in the standings. Ryan Wells is still in second place, just five points back from the leader. Wells and Dominic Colindres are the only two riders to record points in every event this year.
Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Colonial Downs
1. C. Johncox; 2. S. Texter; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 6. R. Wells; 9. Bronson Bauman; 11. D. Colindres
Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings - Top-10
2. R. Wells; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 4. S. Texter; 7. D. Colindres; 8. B. Bauman
The 10th and 11th rounds are slated for August 31-September 1 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as the Springfield Mile was rescheduled into a double-header. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
- Saddlemen is proud to present the AMA Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 & Friends’ 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, August 30th at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield, IL.
- The AMA Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 & Friends are also hosting a VIP Reception and After Party on Saturday, August 31st following the Springfield Mile with an auction, raffle, autograph session, refreshments and many current and past GNC riders in attendance.
- Proceeds from these events will go to the Aid to Injured Riders Foundation.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 20, 2013 - Saddlemen is proud to announce the return of the AMA Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 & Friends’ Charity Golf Classic to support Aid to Injured Riders (AIR). AMA Flat Track racers past and present will be in attendance at the August 30th tournament in Springfield, IL, and the festivities will continue Saturday, August 31st with a VIP Reception and After Party.
AMA Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 & Friends’ 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic - Friday, August 30th
The tournament will take place the day before the Springfield Mile race at the Piper Glen Golf Course. Participants will be paired with current and past GNC riders for a round of best ball golf. Hall’s Harley-Davidson of Springfield will be offering up a 2013 Harley-Davidson V-Rod as a hole-in-one prize, and there will be other prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more. The event will be followed by an awards banquet that will include a silent auction and autograph session.
The cost to participate in the tournament is $110. A $150 VIP option includes entry into the golf tournament as well as a pass to the VIP Reception and After Party explained below. Net proceeds go to the Aid to Injured Riders Foundation. Space is limited but there are still a few spots open. To reserve a spot please contact Charlie Roberts at 217-899-1811 and send a check payable to “Class of 79” to the following address:
Class of ’79 and Friends
3989 Springer Lane
Springfield, IL 62711
The list of Flat Track riders attending the golf tournament is as follows:
- Bubba Shobert
- Kevin Atherton
- Ronnie Jones
- Garth Brow
- Bryan Smith
- Bobby Decker
- Jackie Mitchell
- Tommy Duma
- Charlie Roberts
- Lucas Scherb
- Doug Lawrence
- Jason Isennock
- Mike Caves
- Jake Johnson
- Willy McCoy
- Merle Scherb
- Hank Scott
AMA Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 & Friends’ VIP Reception and After Party - Saturday, August 31st
The AMA Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 & Friends will also be hosting a special VIP Reception and After Party at the Illinois State Fair ORR Building on Saturday, August 31st. The Reception will take place from 6-7pm, and those who wish to attend can purchase a FAN Pass for $100. The Pass includes all food and beverages for the entire evening. Additionally, a $5.00 donation will be accepted at the door for general admission, with food and beverages available for purchase.
The After Party runs from 6pm-midnight and will include a 50/50 raffle and door prizes (tickets are $1.00 each). Racing memorabilia and other items will be available during a live auction at 8pm. Springfield’s own hard rock band Polarity will take the stage immediately following the auction around 9pm. Proceeds from the Reception and After Party will also go to the AIR Foundation.
For a full list of AMA Pro Flat Track attendees as well as a look at some of the raffle and auction items visit the Class of ’79 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AmaFlatTrackRookiesClassOf79AndFriends.
by Florian Neuhauser
as seen on RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel
One of my biggest complaints about riding our ’99 Triumph Speed Triple has always been the seat. Even though I prefer a hard seat to a softer one, the stock option just isn’t comfortable for a long day in the saddle, especially multiple days on the road. The Race Tech suspension is set up sporty, so if the asphalt is less than perfect, it won’t matter if you’re in the middle of a picturesque landscape—you’ll be looking for the first smooth road to turn off on. The stock seat is too slippery when I wear pants made out of anything except leather. Of course, the rain only exaggerates this problem.
When it came time to look for a new seat, we chose Saddlemen for their Gel Channel technology. The channel relieves pressure on your bottom and at the end of the spine, thereby greatly enhancing all-day riding comfort. It can also be color matched to your motorcycle. Our lime-green Speed Triple is difficult to match, but Saddlemen got it just about perfect without even seeing the bike. The other feature of this technology is the gel inserts. At first I thought the seat might be too soft, but after a day of riding without even thinking about pain, the seat has verified itself. The different material also solved the slipping problem. I now feel comfortable and secure.
In addition, the skilled seat makers at Saddlemen’s California factory reshaped the seat slightly to come up higher in the rear for more control during aggressive riding.
We also sent in our passenger seat for a matching cover. Because we never know how a custom seat will finally work out, we found a cheap seat pan online and used it for the custom work. In retrospect, that was unnecessary.
Ever since the new seat was installed, the Speed Triple has seen a lot more exercise.
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