Joker Machine’s Modified Speedway Bike Looks To Break 30-Year-Old Record
The Joker Machine / Cody Racing / JRM Bonneville Bike will be competing at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trails August 30th through September 3rd at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This is an AMA & FIM Sanctioned event. Billy Hamill will be the rider, running in the MODIFIED ALTERED FUEL 500 CLASS M-AF. The AMA record for this class is a 145.22 set in 1978 on a Yamaha.
Saddlemen is proud to have provided a custom-made seat for this machine, and hopes to add another speed record sponsorship to our legacy.
The Joker Machine team has posted this Youtube video of recent test runs at a California dry lake bed. By the looks of things, the record is well in reach…
Saddlemen’s Custom Motorcycle
Exhibit Proves A Popular Attraction
A photo gallery of the great machines, artistry and design ideas we had the pleasure to show the public during the Orange County Fair…
Saddlemen President Tom Seymour’s personal chopper, with custom-made saddlebags and seat.
The wide-tired trike on the left and the blacked-out big twin street-fighter at the right are creations of Exile Cycles.
The metal work and craftsmanship put into this bike from Freedom Cycles – Orange County is in plain sight on this low-sitting, unpainted machine.
This finely painted and detailed bagger comes from award-winning local builders, Huntington Beach Hogs .
Blue paint and treated metal (including engine sections) set the theme for this memorable HBMC creation.
From LA ChopRods, Poco Grasso, this lean design with a dark copper metallic sparkled finish.
From Discovery Channel “Biker Build-Off” winner Matt Hotch these flowing lines and contours stand out on this sleek design.
This stand-out green customized Dyna was built by Mitch Bergeron Customs design.
Cafe anyone? There’s no shortage of visual interest with this design by Roland Sands from RSD.
An eye-catching red bagger from Russ Wernimont at RWD.
There’s personality to spare on this Sportster based black-and-white Todd’s Cycle custom machine.
Also from Todd’s Cycle this 147 hp, super lightweight drag bike is faster than your average Harley.
On a more traditional county fair “hog” related note, this little porker was a nearby neighbor to our exhibit, and a bit of a temporary mascot. We hope he was an award winner, and turns out to be a proud parent for years to come, as opposed to gracing the refrigerated section of one of our fine local supermarkets…
“Super Swine,” Saddlemen’s custom motorcycle display is currently showing at the O.C. Fair in Costa Mesa, California, through August 9th. The Orange County Fair, and our display, will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Fair hours are noon to midnight, Wednesdays though Fridays and 10:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays. The fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Our exhibit is located in Building 46, near the “Action Sports” area and raceway, in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds.
The Fair is filled with traditional county fair attractions, but as a change of pace, we’re proud to present a blue-ribbon herd of “hogs” with more horsepower…
Fourteen exciting custom bikes are on display, made by some of the finest designers and builders in our area. Check out the style and workmanship of these specially built frames and one-of-a-kind designs, and the creativity and artistry of expert paint schemes applied by top professionals.
P.S. After seeing the fun and exhilaration of the Orange County Fair’s demolition derby, a mainstay of fairs nationwide, we at Saddlemen are seriously considering entering our own car into next year’s event. Inquiries are welcome: potential sponsors, partners, and drivers… We would especially like to hear from owners of older, indestructable cars, the tougher the better!
Fourteen exciting custom bikes are on display at Saddlemen’s O.C. Fair event, at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, now through August 9th.
Among the builders are respected names like (alphabetically): Exile Cycles, Freedom Cycles, HB Hogs, HBMC, LA ChopRods, Matt Hotch Designs, Mitch Bergeron Customs, Roland Sands Designs, Russ Wernimont Designs, and Todd’s Cycle, as well as a Saddlemen equipped custom bike.
For motorcycle fans that can’t get to the fair, we’ll be posting plenty of photos of these impressive machines in the near future.
CLICK HERE to see some of the artwork from our display, covering the history of custom bike building and design.
Saddlemen’s “Super Swine” custom motorcycle display is now showing at the O.C. Fair in Southern California. Fourteen top-of-the-line custom bikes are there for viewing. We’re located in Building 46, near the “Action Sports” area and raceway, in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds.
The Orange County Fair, and our display, will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, and runs until August 9th, . Fair hours are noon to midnight, Wednesdays though Fridays and 10:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays. The fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
So, after seeing the more traditional county fair attractions, we hope to meet plenty of motor sport enthusiasts interested in “hogs” with more horsepower…
A Saddlemen Specialty:
Building New Seats To Order, From Scratch
At Saddlemen, our factory staff are constantly building our popular production seat models, with all of their variety, for a wide range of motorcycles. Another side of our work is putting together specially-built seats for our customers. Whether it is a special request for an exotic cover material, a new replacement seat for a rare, modified or older bike, or a saddle designed to be "just so" for a particular rider, or designers, crafts people and customer service staff are enthusiastic about taking on the challenges of creating something new and special. With many years of experience in creative seat design and modification, our technicians can offer expert advice and answers, and know the right questions to ask the potential buyer to make them the best saddle possible.
We often start by producing a brand-new fiberglass base. This allows us expand the options for seating position, layout and appearance, and doesn't limit us to creating a seat based off of a stock pan. Our technicians have decades of experience in designing and producing new seat bases. We're so confident in the quality and durability of our custom fiberglass pans, that Saddlemen guarantees them for life.
The largest structural component of a seat is the foam, and it can make the biggest difference in its performance. Saddlemen designers are experts at optimizing the shaping and making alterations to provide the customer the best seat for their riding needs and requirements. We use a specially formulated foam for all of our seats. This foam is much more supportive and durable that the foams used in most stock seats.
Saddlemen's pioneering technology has been the use of our Saddlegel inside of our seats. Standard in our production seat models, it is also an extremely popular feature for people building custom seats, and retrofitting gel pads into existing seats. The same care we use in shaping our seat foam goes into the placement and layout of our Saddlegel pads, offering the best support and weight distribution available.
The final touch on any seat is the cover. Our skilled designers and sewing technicians have been making stylish and durable covers for our seats since Saddlemen was founded. We offer an exception range of natural and synthetic materials and fabrics to complete our custom saddles, and have the experience to make them work. Our customer service team can help go over the available options.
Our designers and crafts people enjoy the opportunity to work on unique projects, and the challenges and variety they offer. Custom work also adds to Saddlemen's "knowledge base," and sparks our creativity. We welcome the chance to help riders create the best seat to meet their riding needs and/or desired looks.
Saddlemen is Proud to Announce a Growing List of Custom Motorcycle Makers at Our Orange County Fair Display
Saddlemen is pleased to announce six more participants will be showing off exciting custom bikes at our “Hawg Heaven” motorcycle display at the upcoming Orange County Fair , from July 22nd through August 9th at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds.
Along with the previously announced exhibitors listed below, the latest additions include: Mitch Bergeron Customs, Roland Sands from RSD, Freedom Cycles – Orange County, Russ Wernimont from RWD, Trollworx, and Bikernet.com.
We will post lots of photographs and builder comments from the event. We hope to see everyone at the Fair!
Top Bike Builders’ Work on Display This Summer at Orange County Fair
Saddlemen takes pride in announcing our sponsorship of the “Hawg Heaven” motorcycle display at the upcoming Orange County Fair in Southern California- giving builders a chance to show off their work to huge numbers of fair attendees. The display will run from July 22nd through August 9th at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, nearby the speedway. Invitations have gone out to many of the best bike builders in the region, and it will be a great opportunity for the public to see some great machines and design work, and for the builders to have a huge venue to let thousands of people see their finest motorcycle work.
Expect to see one-off custom bikes built by industry leaders such as Arlen Ness, Matt Hotch, Gard Hollinger from LA ChopRods, and Todd’s Cycle – plus an assortment of new builders with their latest customs like HBMC and Huntington Beach Hogs.
Keep an eye out for future updates. We’ll be taking lots of pictures, and talking to a lot of top bike builders…
We’re calling it the “Match-ster”. It’s a 1960 Matchless G80CS, brought back to life by Saddlemen staffer Bill Oster. Bill wasn’t after a concours-perfect restoration; instead, he wanted a cool older bike that he could ride reliably (?) to work every day.
The bike started out life as an off-road-only “Westerner” model that had never seen pavement before. It was not running and nearly a basket case when he got it, but Bill’s a resourceful guy and was able to get many of the parts he needed, many coming from across the Big Pond. What he couldn’t get, he made, including that custom hand-cut “Flying M” logo engine mounting plate. The bike was cleaned up and rebuilt from top to bottom.
Collectors might cringe at the modern components, but they make the bike that much more practical as well as fun to ride. The hand controls, switches, headlight, front wheel and brake are from a current Sportster.
Bill hand-fabbed the mounting plate to adapt the Sportster front brake caliper onto the stock Matchless forks, without altering them. The single disc provides more than enough power to stop this featherweight bike from any speeds it might achieve.
The seat, a Bates model that was the cool aftermarket option in the ’60s, was restored by Saddlemen to better-than-original glory.
If you live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, don’t be surprised to see Bill tooling around on the Match-ster.
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Multi-platinum selling musicians Jason Freese (left in photo) from Green Day (keyboards, guitar, sax, vocals), and his buddy Kevin Baldes (right), bass player from the band Lit stopped by to tour the Saddlemen facilities recently, and to get a custom Saddlemen seat for Jason’s XR650L Honda supermoto bike.
In addition to being world class musicians, Kevin and Jason are all-around nice guys, long-time motorcyclists and friends from Orange County, California. That’s Saddlemen President Tom Seymour showing them around.
The seat on Jason’s Honda was reshaped for his riding style, and includes a lower rider position for better control in supermoto situations, a rider bump-stop (common racer mod), custom non-slip ultrasuede finish, contrast color stitching (red, naturally), and of course Saddlemen’s exclusive SaddleGel™ inside for a comfortable ride. It was also lengthened so that Jason’s bride could accompany him around town.
The bike is a project in conjunction with the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org) under the direction of IRS Media’s special project guru Avery Innes. Other modifications include 17″ wheels and sticky street tires, supermoto-specific brakes, lowered suspension, wider footpegs, aggressive handlebars, engine tweaks and a Jardine exhaust. This is one bad-ass XR650L streetbike!
Click on the images to the left to see them full size.
See Jason Freese and other rock musicians on the MIC’s new website RockMoto.com, which combines the high energy of rock ‘n roll music with the speed and grace of motorcycling.