Don Emde To Retrace Route Of Landmark 1914 Cross-Country Motorcycle Journey

Saddlemen motorcycle luggage will travel with magazine publisher and AMA Hall-Of-Fame racer Don Emde as he rides and researches the route taken by Erwin “Cannon Ball” Baker on his historic, record-breaking 1914 San Diego to New York run. Emde Cannonball Closeup

For on-bike storage for this project, we provided Don with one of our popular TS1620S Tunnel/Tail Bags (at left), along with a Saddlemen SaddleStow TS3200DE Deluxe Tail Bag, (at right).

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Don, along with a Parts Magazine writer, will follow Cannon Ball Baker's route as closely as possible, taking into account a century's change and development across the nation. The course will be completed in sections, with Don and his partner doing research on the various stages of the trek. As pictured above, most of the ride will use current KTM 990 Adventure model bikes, but Don will also use a restored Indian motorcycle to recreate portions of the trip. More information is available at the Cyril Huze blog site.

Whether for vintage machines or the latest model,Saddlemen offers top-notch value and versatility with our motorcycle luggage and seats. We offer a wide range of applications and styles, to suit every need and every taste. We look forward to matching you with the perfect saddle and storage solution for your riding needs and style.

 

Supporting This Year's "Eagle Run," Assisting The Families Of Deceased Bikers

Saddlemen is pleased to provide raffle prizes for the Fifth Annual Ray "Eagle" Ramirez Benefit Poker Run, to be held in the San Bernardino/Colton area on Saturday, May 21st. The charity event is presented by Roadhouse Biker Church and local chapters of the Black Sheep H.D.F.C. club.

For more details and information, along with a printable registration form, CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for the required release form.

Saddlemen has proudly supported charitable events since our beginnings. Founded by riders, Saddlemen values the riding public, and the individuals, friendships, enthusiasm and community that defines us.

 

Saddlemen Items Available In Walnut, California At BKRider's Open House

Saddlemen's most popular items will be available at this Saturday's Open House at the headquarters of BKRider in Walnut, California.

BKRider is located near the interchange of the 60 (Pomona) and 57 (Orange) freeways, north-east of the intersection of Valley Blvd. and Lemon Ave, at 20153 Paseo del Prado. Their toll free phone number is (800) 349-3510.

The Open House runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of Saddlemen products on display (and for sale), along with the traveling event truck run by Drag Specialties, a major nationwide distributor of Harley-related aftermarket parts and accessories.

Saddlemen personnel travel the country, from our "back yard" in Southern California to the East Coast to demonstrate the great value of our seats and luggage, and to help riders coast-to-coast find the perfect Saddlemen items to meet their riding needs.

 

Look For Us Nearby In Kingman, Arizona

Saddlemen will be running our touring product and information booth close by during this year's Laughlin River Run. From April 27th through May 1st, we'll be at Route 66 Motorsports and Mother Road Harley-Davidson, in Kingman, Arizona, in association with the traveling manufacturers display truck organized by major product distributor Drag Specialties.

Route 66 Motorsports/Mother Road Harley-Davidson is located right off Interstate 40, at 2501 Beverly Avenue, in Kingman. Their toll free phone number is (888) 757-1981.

We hope to meet lots of riders out enjoying the scenic Arizona highways and the River Run.

Saddlemen experts travel coast-to-coast, throughout the year to show the riding public what our seats and luggage can do to make their motorcycling experience even better. We're sure you'll be impressed with the combination of innovation, quality and value that Saddlemen offers. If not at the River Run, look for us at rallies and events nationwide.

 

Bergen County Harley-Davidson Hosts Manufacturer's Gathering

Saddlemen's Gary Smith reports an big turnout and excellent sales of our luggage at the recent "Vendorpalooza" at Bergen County Harley-Davidson, in Rochelle Park, New Jersey.

Gary represented us at Bergen County H-D as part of the travelling display of manufacturers affiliated with Drag Specialties, our major nationwide distributor for Harley-Davidson related products.

Above: A sampling of the Saddlemen items we featured, including the BR1800 Back Seat/Sissybar Bag just purchased by Dominick Russo, at left. Gary tells us we just about sold out that day!

Our thanks to the fine folks at Bergen County Harley-Davidson / Bergen County BMW Motorcycles for being great hosts.

Saddlemen values the opportunity to meet riders nationwide at events like Bergen County H-D's Vendorpalooza. We're confident that by getting to show the public the great features, innovation and value of our product line, our luggage and seats will continue to prove leaders in the motorsports market. Keep an eye out for Saddlemen, and the Drag Specialties truck, across the country, throughout the year. We hope to see you, in your area, soon.

 

Saddlemen Team Members Busy At Three Popular Area Retailers

Saddlemen's representatives at this year's giant Daytona Bike Week, tell us they are having a great time and excellent response from the crowds at the big event.

Here are a few sights from our Daytona trip: at left, Daytona Fun Machines, one of our gracious hosts this week; center, one location's wide range of Saddlemen luggage available for sale; and at right, a CBR1000RR, sporting a custom Saddlemen seat (with some company).

This weekend, we'll have our knowledgeable traveling team members at the J&P Cycles® Destination Daytona Superstore, in Ormond Beach; at Daytona Fun Machines; and also at Orlando Harley-Davidson.

Whether you meet Jerry Beaty, Gary Smith, or our director of sales, Ron Benfield, you'll be able to ask the questions and get the advise you need to match yourself up with the perfect Saddlemen products for your riding needs and personal style.

Look for us at the following locations:

J&P Cycles® Destination Daytona Superstore, is located at the junction of Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1, in Ormond Beach - CLICK HERE for map information. Their toll-free telephone number is (800) 318-4823.

Daytona Fun Machines, is located at 450 Ridgewood Avenue, in Daytona Beach - CLICK HERE for map information. Their toll-free telephone number is (800) 338-4386.

Orlando Harley-Davidson, is located at 3770 37th Street, in Orlando, just off Interstate 4 - CLICK HERE for map information. Their telephone number is (407) 423-0346.

Events like Bike Week are great opportunities for us to meet with the riding public, and show the features, value and quality that we take so much pride it. We hope to see you this weekend, if we didn't already meet you this week!

 

Saddlemen Team Members Will Be At Three Popular Area Locations For The Big Event

In conjunction with the festivities at this year's Daytona Bike Week, Saddlemen experts will be on hand at three major motorcycle-related locations.

We'll be at J&P Cycles® Destination Daytona Superstore, in Ormond Beach; at Daytona Fun Machines; and also at Orlando Harley-Davidson.

Three of our knowledgable team members will be available to answer questions and demonstrate our great Saddlemen products. Keep an eye out for our product information and customer service specialist, Jerry Beaty (above, left), our veteran expert and "road warrior," Gary Smith (above, center), along with our director of sales, Ron Benfield (above, right).

J&P Cycles® Destination Daytona Superstore, is located at the junction of Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 1, in Ormond Beach - CLICK HERE for map information. Their toll-free telephone number is (800) 318-4823.

Daytona Fun Machines, is located at 450 Ridgewood Avenue, in Daytona Beach - CLICK HERE for map information. Their toll-free telephone number is (800) 338-4386.

Orlando Harley-Davidson, is located at 3770 37th Street, in Orlando, just off Interstate 4 - CLICK HERE for map information. Their telephone number is (407) 423-0346.

We look forward to meeting the public at Bike Week, continuing our strong tradition of coast-to-coast contact with the riding community. We value the opportunity to show our pride in the great quality, features and value of our Saddlemen product line.

 

Saddlemen Sponsors Mike Vils' 1913 Excelsior With Custom Seat & Luggage

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Saddlemen was proud to sponsor Mike Vils' restored 1913 Excelsior motorcycle on his successful completion of the 2010 Cannonball Run.

Mike rides his Excelsior more regularly than most people ride their modern bikes, but that's where he ran into some challenges. As it turns out, not many companies make luggage specifically designed for 1913 motorcycles - of any brand.

 

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In an effort to carry his gear across the United States, Mike visited our factory before the run to see what we might be able to do for him. Not surprisingly, we didn't have any specific-fit bags, but we were able to subtly modify some existing bags to fit and function perfectly.

Starting on Friday, September 10th, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 45 pre-1916 motorcycles set off on a two-week rally across the nation, with 37 riders and machines completing the trip 16 days later in Santa Monica, California. The course ran just under 3.300 miles.

After his jaunt accross the nation, Mike stopped by Saddlemen HQ to show us how well his luggage held up on the road.

 

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Since it's founding in 1987, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports, and we are committed to continuing this tradition in all sorts of various ways; whether we're making bags for a vintage "Cannonballer," or making fork slider covers for an XR1200 flat track racer, Saddlemen is always supporting motorcycle racing and motorsports in all forms.

 

Huntersville, North Carolina Shop Hosts Party With Music, Prizes & Displays

Saddlemen's Gary Smith, our cross-country technical expert and customer service pro, will be at Easy Eddie's Motorcycle Service & Lounge in Huntersville, North Carolina this weekend, October 22nd through the 24th. Easy Eddie's is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with giant party on Saturday.

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As part of the event, Gary will be manning a Saddlemen product display in conjunction with the travelling Drag Specialties truck, run by one of our primary distributors. Saddlemen items will be available for purchase inside Easy Eddie's, as seen in the photo above.

As always, Gary will be available for information and to consult riders about Saddlemen seats and luggage.

Easy Eddie's is located at 12125 Statesville Road, (Highway 21), in Huntersville, right off Interstate 77. Their telephone number is (704) 875-2501.

Throughout the year, coast to coast, Saddlemen experts, like Gary, visit dealerships and rallies to show the riding public the excellent range of versatile products in our luggage and motorcycle seat lines. We invite you to come and say "hello," and let us show you the value and inventiveness that has made us a motorports leader.

 

Vintage 1913 Bike Completes Two-Week, Cross-Country Endurance Run

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Saddlemen congratulate Mike Vils on his completion of this year's Cannonball Motorcycle Endurance Run, riding a beautifully maintained 1913 Excelsior motorcycle. We are also proud that Mike made his coast-to-coast trek with a Saddlemen seat, and using Saddlemen luggage.

Starting on Friday, September 10th, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 45 pre-1916 motorcycles set off on a two-week rally across the nation, with 37 riders and machines completing the trip 16 days later in Santa Monica, California. The course ran just under 3,300 miles.

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Above: Mike with his Excelsior during a stop near Flagstaff, Arizona. Photo courtesy of friend-of-Saddlemen Nick Trumbo.

We plan to post an interview with Mike about the rally, and his interest in vintage motorcycles, in the near future.

Whether for motorcyles nearly a century old, or for the latest new bike off the assembly line, Saddlemen offers a wide range of top-of-the-line seats , as well as our expert customizing and refurbishing services. Along with seating solutions, our ever-expanding range of innovative motorcycle luggage provides great quality with unsurpassed value.