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.

 

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 Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

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.

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

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!

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

Saddlemen Sales Staff Ride in “Redwood Run”

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.

 

Saddlemen Online Instructions

Saddlemen Online Instructions index

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…

Click here for Saddlemen’s Online Instructions

 

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

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.”

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

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.

Saddlemen-Sponsored Dirt Track Racing Team at 2009 Springfield Mile

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports next event is Bulls Gap, Tennessee on June 20th.

Click here for the AMA Pro Racing page for the Springfield Mile event

 

Saddlemen Racing Sponsorships Jared Mees

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.