Avid Race Fans Join Saddlemen and Racing Legends at Laguna Seca MotoGP for Launch of Peter Starr’s Latest Motorcycle Tome

Book Signing Combo

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Many of the thousands of race fans attending the Laguna Seca MotoGP event on July 21st received a special treat as world road racing champions Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, plus flat track racing legend Gary Nixon joined famed film maker Peter Starr for the launch of Starr’s new Saddlemen-sponsored book “Taking It To The Limit – 20 Years Of Making Motorcycle Movies”.

Starr’s large coffee table book: “Taking it to The Limit – 20 Years Of Making Motorcycle Movies” is a rich collection of images and stories about filming the greatest names in motorcycle racing history. In addition to Roberts, Rainey, Nixon and Lawson the book documents Starr’s experience filming riders such as Roger DeCoster, Steve Baker, Mike Hailwood and many other legends.

A special book printing made copies available so the famed racers, and Starr himself, could autograph the high quality, color book for the excited fans. Remarked one fan; “Peter’s film was special as it focused upon the sport and racing as they moved from the seventies into the eighties. Motorcycles were evolving fast and the racers had to be pretty skilled to keep those bikes under control. Peter captured their exploits on film and we can now learn more about those times with his book!”

Saddlemen’s role, as a presenting sponsor of the book, was a natural continuation of the support provided to racers of all disciplines. Universally recognized as one of the nation’s strongest supporters of flat track racing; Saddlemen President Tom Seymour is pressing forward with a higher level of support in the road race arena to help showcase the company’s new Sportbike seat and accessory offerings.

Accompanying the book is a DVD featuring special outtakes from several of Starr’s award-winning films including his best known movie, “Take It To The Limit.” Also on the DVD is a special greeting from Seymour in which he provides a fascinating look at the engineering and processes behind the country’s premier motorcycle seat, luggage and accessory manufacturer.

The iconic “Take It To The Limit” film was recently made available in DVD format. Starr’s book will be available for order from Saddlemen in the near future. Check back at www.saddlemen.com in the coming weeks for additional information about the book’s availability and for additional racing and enthusiast news.

Motorcycling is not simply a business at Saddlemen, it’s our passion. See what our enthusiasm, craftsmanship and innovation can do to improve your riding experience.

 

Come See Us In Sturgis At J&P Cycles And Black Hills Harley-Davidson In Rapid City

Sturgis Drag Booth Tent

As this posting goes live, Saddlemen staff are busy running our displays at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We are at two locations: J&P Cycles in Sturgis, and nearby at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

Saddlemen’s Gary Smith and Jerry Beaty are manning the Saddlemen booth at Black Hills Harley Davidson, 2820 Harley Drive, in Rapid City. Our area will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, with a wide variety of Saddlemen product available, and years of experience to offer.

Above: Jerry Beaty, with samples of Saddlemen luggage, and at right, Jerry with Adam Nystrom, Drag Specialties representative (North Dakota), Diedre Webber, Drag Specialties truck coordinator, and Jay Varley, Drag Specialties Representative (eastern South Dakota).

For more information, check the Black Hills H-D website:
Black Hills Harley-Davidson,or call (605) 342-9362

Saddlemen’s Stan Alicki will be on hand at the Saddlemen display at J&P Cycles, 1650 Lazelle Street, right in the center of things, in Sturgis. Stan will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, to answer questions and offer advice, and with Saddlemen items (including seats) available for purchase.

For more information, see the J&P Cycles website:

J & P Cycles – Sturgis, South Dakota – (605) 720-0800

Our thanks to Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and to the Sturgis location of J & P Cycles.

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

 

We’ll Be There (As Always) For The Biggest Event Of The Motorcycling Year

Saddlemen at Sturgis

As we’ve done year after year, Saddlemen will be proudly selling and demonstrating our products at South Dakota’s upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally has always been a great opportunity to connect with the motorcycling community and to show our and luggage the public. We’ll be at two locations: J&P Cycles in Sturgis, and just up the road at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

Gary Smith of Saddlemen at Sturgis

Saddlemen’s Gary Smith, our veteran technical “guru” and traveling sales specialist will be running the Saddlemen booth at Black Hills Harley Davidson, 2820 Harley Drive, in nearby Rapid City. Gary will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, with a wide variety of Saddlemen product available, and years of experience to offer.

For more information, check the Black Hills H-D website:
Black Hills Harley-Davidson,or call (605) 342-9362

Stan Alicki of Saddlemen at Sturgis

Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, will be on hand at the Saddlemen display at J&P Cycles, 1650 Lazelle Street, in “beautiful downtown” Sturgis. Stan will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, August 5th through August 15th, to answer questions and offer advice, and with Saddlemen items (including seats) available for purchase.

For more information, see the J&P Cycles website:

J & P Cycles – Sturgis, South Dakota – (605) 720-0800

Saddlemen at Black Hills Harley-Davidson

Our thanks to Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and to the Sturgis location of J & P Cycles.

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

 

Major Iowa Dealership Hosts Manufacturers’ Displays

On Saturday, June 19th, our traveling sales and product information specialist, Gary Smith, was at Des Moines, Iowa’s Big Barn Harley-Davidson for their Big Spring Open House. Gary was representing Saddlemen as part of the Open House’s gathering of manufacturers’ representatives organized by one of our major distributors, Drag Specialities.

Big Barn Harley-Davidson

After helping them decide on the right sissy bar bag for their needs, and their bike, Gary took a few pictures of Jeff G. and Karen L., and his Harley-Davidson V-Rod. Gary said that Karen got the Saddlemen bag for Jeff as an early Christmas present.

Big Barn Harley-Davidson is located in Des Moines, right off of Interstate 80 near the merge with Interstate 35.

Our thanks go out to the folks at Big Barn for hosting a great event, and for showcasing Saddlemen products.

Saddlemen is proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. We are well represented, coast to coast, all through the year, by distributors such as Drag Specialties, and our own specialists, like Gary.

 

Asheboro Dealership’s Annual Open House

Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, was on hand in Asheville, North Carolina for Cycle Center Honda’s annual Open House on June 5th.

Cycle Center Honda Saddlemen Display

In conjunction with Parts Unlimited, a major distributor of Saddlemen products, Cycle Center offered a large selection of our luggage, seats for import (metric) motorcycles and saddlebags, as seen above.

Cycle Center Honda Saddlemen Products on Bikes

The Saddlemen product display drew plenty of attention, and a number of sales, as can be seen above, with two customers who purchased our sissy bar bags, and at right, saddlebags as well.

Below are two interesting machines brought in by local riders. At left, a 1972 Suzuki GT750 racing bike that has been run up to 207 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway; while on the right, with its owner, is a 2006 Suzuki scooter with just under 150,000 miles on the odometer. The same owner put over 416,000 miles on a Harley-Davidson 1987 Tour Guide, which needed only one engine rebuild (at 245,000); that machine is now on display at Harley-Davidson’s museum.

Interesting bikes at Cycle Center Honda

Cycle Center, Inc. is located, in Asheboro, North Carolina, just off U.S. Highway 64 (North Carolina Highway 49).

Saddlemen is proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Look for us at dealerships and stores across the nation, throughout the year.

 

Michigan Dealer Hosts Distributor Display

Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson

Over Memorial Day weekend, Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson hosted the traveling promotional truck from motorsports product distributor Drag Specialties. Their display included a wide range of Saddlemen items, and the dealership also made sure plenty of Saddlemen gear was available for purchase. Our own roving sales and technical expert, Gary Smith was there as well, and reports plenty of interest in our products, and a top-notch presentation of Saddlemen luggage on motorcycles.

In the photos above, at left, are our “Bagger Chaps”, and at right, on the bike’s back seat, our ultra-popular BR1800 Back Seat & Sissy Bar Bag.

Gary took part in the Thursday night “Bike Nite” ride, and was available for questions and product advice on Friday.

Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson is located southwest of Grand Rapids, in Hudsonville, just off U.S. Interstate Highway 196.

Our thanks go out to the folks at Grand Rapids H-D for hosting the Drag Specialties truck, and for showcasing Saddlemen products.

Saddlemen is proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. We are well represented across country, throughout the year, by distributors such as Drag Specialties, and our own specialists, like Gary.

 

Distributors Host Regional Product Information Conference For Dealers And Their Own Representatives

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

On May 21st, two of the major motorcycle accessory distributors that carry Saddlemen products, Drag Specialties, and Parts Unlimited, hosted a regional gathering in Sacramento, California of manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and many of their own staff to familiarize sales, service and parts professionals with the product lines they carry. Above, attendees view a product presentation.

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

A sampling of manufacturing and distributor professionals on hand can be seen above. At left are Jay Brainard of Jaybrake, speaking with Drag Specialties representative Sharon Murphy, and Darryl Bassani of Bassani, along with Ken Carlton, Drag Specialties Regional Sales Manager. At right, wearing the baseball cap is Doug Brickes, Drag Specialties representative.

Saddlemen Product Line demonstrated at Super Showcase for Motor Sports Insiders

Our thanks go out to the people at Drag Specialties, and the crew of their traveling promotional truck. The mobile Saddlemen product display can be seen above, (at right), along with their driver, Jim Brown, a familiar face to our road sales personnel.

We will be at more “Super Showcase” events this year, to show distributor reps and dealers the quality, features, installation and uses of Saddlemen seats and luggage.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgeable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.

 

Saddlemen Visits Major Chicagoland Dealership’s Annual Celebration

Conrad Harley-Davidson Spring Open House

Saddlemen’s traveling sales specialist, technical expert, and valued “road warrior,” Gary Smith was on hand on Saturday, May 22nd for Joliet, Illinois area Conrad Harley-Davidson’s big Spring Open House.

The sales folks at Conrad’s put out a large (and popular) Saddlemen luggage display, showing a wide, representative range of our products in cooperation with the traveling event truck from Drag Specialties, one of Saddlemen’s major distributors.

Gary was available for demonstrations and feedback, got to meet lots of riders and reports that Saddlemen items were selling great!

Conrad Harley-Davidson is located in the Joliet area, in Shorewood, Illinois, right off of U.S. Interstate Highway 55.

Our thanks go out to the owners and staff at Conrad’s for there hospitality and enthusiasm for Saddlemen products!

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Keep an eye out for us across the country. We have representatives such as Gary touring across country throughout the year.

 

Major Wisconsin H-D Dealership Hosts Three-Day Weekend Rally

Kutter Harley-Davidson

Kutter Harley-Davidson

Recently, Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, paid a visit to Kutter Harley-Davidson, at their Janesville, Wisconsin location for their Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Rally, held over the weekend of May 7th-9th.

Besides the rally, the people at Kutter held an open house, and hosted the traveling Drag Specialties display truck.

Kutter Harley-Davidson operates two dealership locations, one in Janesville , Wisconsin, and another in Monroe , Wisconsin.

Saddlemen congratulates Kutter Harley-Davidson on their silver anniversary, and wishes them many years of continued success.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.

 

Maryland’s Old Glory Harley-Davidson Host Bikes-And-Bands Event

Old Glory Harley-Davidson

On April 24th, Saddlemen paid a visit to Old Glory Harley-Davidson in Laurel, Maryland for their big Glory Days Rally. Big crowds showed up, and we were happy to see lots of interest and sales of Saddlemen products. (Above) Saddlemen’s Director of Sales, Stan Alicki, thanks a customer for the purchase of a BR3400 Back Seat & Sissy bar Bag at the big Saddlemen luggage display inside the dealership.

Drag Specialties at Old Glory Harley-Davidson

Another “thank you” goes out to the people at Drag Specialties, who featured a great looking Saddlemen display in their big pavillion tent (seen above, with Brian, parts manager there at Old Glory Harley-Davidson).

Molly Hatchet and Citizens Band Radio at Old Glory Harley-Davidson

Attendance was excellent, and the rally featured lots of food and vendors, as well as a free concert with Molly Hatchet and Citizens Band Radio.

Old Glory Harley-Davidson Crowd

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better. Our knowledgeable staff will be at dealerships, rallies and other events across the nation throughout the year.