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

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…


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


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 Representatives’ 2009 Demo and Show Appearances

For years, Saddlemen has vigorously gone out across the country to show riders why we are proud of our seats and luggage, and to help potential customers learn about our high-quality products and make the best choice for their needs when purchasing from the Saddlemen line.

Some years, we’ve run our own displays, and other years we’ve also teamed up with our primary distributors, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited, to show our seats, saddlebags and other luggage to the riding public. In 2009, our reps have been out nationwide – at rallies, consumer shows, dealer open houses and trade shows, demonstrating the quality of our products, and the finer points for making the right choice when buying Saddlemen.

We’ll continue to be out across the country all through the year.   We’ll be there at the Drag Specialties display, and will be looking forward to answering questions and proudly showing what our expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.

Look for our knowledgeable representatives at the locations and dates listed below:

Super Showcase* - San Bernadino, California – Glen Helen MX - May 21st
Route 65 Harley-Davidson - Des Moines, Iowa - Open House - May 30th
Hall’s Harley-Davidson - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State HOG Rally - June 12th-13th
Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green - Bowling Green, Kentucky - Birthday Open House - June 20th-21st
Super Showcase* - Lakewood, Colorado - Lakewood MX - June 26th
J & P Cycles - Anamosa, Iowa - Open House - June 27th-28th
J & L Harley-Davidson - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Open House - July 10th-12th
Suburban Harley-Davidson - Thiensville, Wisconsin - Block Party - July 10th-11th
Appalachian Harley-Davidson - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Carlisle Bike Week - July 17th-19th
Black Hills Harley-Davidson/Buell - Rapid City, South Dakota – Sturgis Rally - July 29th-August 9th
J & P Cycles - Sturgis, South Dakota - Sturgis Rally - July 29th-August 9th
Chi Town Harley-Davidson - Tinley Park, Illinois - Open House - August 15th
Carson City Harley-Davidson - Carson City, Nevada - Street Vibrations - September 23rd-27th
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson - Rogers, Arkansas - Bikes, Blues, BBQ - September 23rd-26th
Super Showcase* - Dallas, Texas - Showcase - October 1st
Super Showcase* - Las Vegas, Nevada - U.S. Open - October 10th
Easy Eddie’s - Huntersville, North Carolina - Open House - October 24th-25th
Eagle’s Nest Harley-Davidson - Manteca, California – Open House - November 21st
Rodney’s Cycle House - Little Rock, Arkansas - Open House - December 5th-6th
* Dealer Oriented Event - By Invitation Only


Thunder Bob and Tom Monroe award the first Tattoo Saddle

This profile orginally appeared on Metric Thunder’s web site. conducted the Thunder Saddle Tattoo Contest sponsored by Saddlemen, which ran monthly from November 2006 through June of 2007. Thunder Bob and Tom Monroe introduce the first winner of the contest in Indianapolis.

It’s an online tattoo contest where the winner receives a custom Thunder Saddle for his/her motorcycle with the tattoo embossed in the seat of the saddle.

Contestants submit a photograph of their tattoos at the website. Celebrity judge Keith Ball of selects the best of the best for that month to be stitched into a custom Thunder Saddle.

We have seen some really outstanding ink work from Bikers and I’m excited to see the finished product on the Thunder Saddles.

- Keith Ball, Owner.