A former racer and passionate and enthusiastic motorcyclist for 50 years, Seymour, and his business partner David Echert, focus on building great products, including seats meant to replace and improve on the stock saddle, and luggage designed specifically for the needs of riders.
“You want a product that people will buy. You have to have a unique combination of form and Behind The Scenes With Saddlemen’s Tom Seymour Passion Driven Business VendorProfile Tom Seymour mixed business with pleasure at the 2013 Sturgis Rally, taking a break from representing Saddlemen for a ride through the area’s scenic byways. Photo courtesy of Saddlemen Behind the Scenes: function. You have to make them work, which is the technical part, and you have to make them look good, which is the form,” Seymour says. “Not many Harley guys are going to walk in and buy an ugly seat, no matter how comfortable it is.”
Although he holds an engineering degree and an MBA, Seymour says his education is secondary to his motorcycling experience that counts most in running Saddlemen. As a rider, he knows what other motorcyclists are looking for.
Don't miss Dan Jacobson Sr.'s excellent coverage of the AMA Pro Flat Track Racing 2013 Grand National Show on Todays Cycle Coverage!
"Following all motorsports for 40 years, I’ve seen it all. When it comes to close, fast, competitive racing there is one that stands out: The AMA Pro Racing Grand National Championship Flat Track Series wins every time. Maybe it’s because motorcycle flat-track racers are very different from any other motorsports competitor. The danger factor is unusually high because of the closeness and speeds on an unpredictable dirt track. All forms of motorcycle racing have their dangers, but none like the life-and-limb risks of flat track..."
"Flat track is the longest-running motorcycle-racing phenomenon. Since the day there were two motorcycles, the race has been on! Some industry icons and brands have supported the series for decades, such as Saddlemen Seat and Luggage, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Vortex, Harley-Davidson, and Triumph..."
By Peter Starr in Health Care Weekly Review, Michigan Edition, February 25, 2013, Volume 29, Issue 8
Editor’s note: This article is a continuation of the research by Peter Starr, Editor-at-large for Health Care Weekly Review™, on the subject of prostate cancer.
In the nine years that I have been studying natural healing modalities for the reversal of prostate cancer without conventional treatments, I have also learned about ways we men can change elements of our life to reduce the risk of inflammation, that in turn will help your prostate. I am not talking here of diet and supplements but the other part of our lifestyle, namely exercise, the way we move and the way we sit.
I have ridden a bicycle for most of my 70 years and along with so many bicyclists I have ridden with the hard leather saddle that has the prong that protrudes forwards under the genitals. This style of seat creates a pressure right at the perineum area, which is directly below the prostate. In fact if one rides for a long time – usually several hours, that area of the body can “fall asleep” and give a tingling sensation caused by the restriction of nerve energy and blood flow. Abuse of this area can extend upwards to the prostate and can become the root cause of inflammation, which in turn may increase the potential of other prostate disease.
I have known some dentists that sit for long hours working on patient’s teeth in seats that also create unwanted pressure on the perineum. Many suffer from similar symptoms as the bicyclists and experience unwanted outcomes and disease. Given this knowledge, it behooved me to seek a solution.
On a recent business trip to Italy to interview some Italian doctors about attitudes towards natural prostate cancer treatments I came across a dentists chair that had a gaping hole in the middle. I immediately recognized the advantage for men who spend a long time sitting – no pressure on the perineum area. I learned that the seat was inspired by an American design of horse saddles from the 1850s – the McClellan Trooper saddle. If anyone needed relief it would have been cavalry riders! I brought this Italian dentist’s seat back to my office.
Next I went shopping for a bicycle seat that would achieve similar results and I found it on the internet from a Canadian company. As a life-long motorcycle rider who enjoys long rides, I had to acquire a seat for my motorcycle, and thanks to Tom Seymour of Saddlemen I got that too. Now Saddlemen offer many models of motorcycle seat with this central relief. See the attached photos and understand that we live in a world of great stress and toxicity. Sometimes it is the simple and doable things that can make a difference.
Be conscious of how you treat your body and you might just avoid another reason to contract a chronic disease.
- Saddlemen’s new E-Pak houses your smart phone, GPS unit or small electronic device in a sleek pouch that secures to your fuel tank.
- The E-Pak fits most smart phones and a variety of GPS units, and features an electrostatic-transmitting plastic window that allows you to operate the touch screen.
- The pouch is weather resistant to protect your device and has a rubberized backing that protects your fuel tank finish.
- The Saddlemen E-Pak is available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties.
- Samples available for media evaluation.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 23, 2012 - Saddlemen is proud to announce the release of the new E-Pak, a specialized pouch designed to house your personal electronics device on the go. The E-Pak is the best solution for those who want to bring their smart phone, GPS unit or other small electronic device on their motorcycle, scooter or ATV. The E-Pak holds your device in a sleek pouch with a large plastic window that allows you to operate a touch screen with a bare finger or electrostatic-transmitting gloves.
While designed to fit most modern smart phones, the E-Pak is also compatible with a number of GPS units. The weather resistant pouch features shielded magnets to secure your device to your fuel tank.
- Pouch fits most smart phones and many GPS units
- Roomy interior space – 5 inches long, 3.5 inches wide and 0.75 inches thick
- Weather resistant
- Shielded magnets for easy installation/removal
- Electrostatic-transmitting window allows touch screen operation
- Rubberized backing protects fuel tank finish
- Universal application – works great on any bike
Model Number: 3502-0208
The Saddlemen E-Pak is distributed through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2012) - The second half of the 2012 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil started with a bang as the series returned to the oldest venue on the circuit. Peoria, IL and the Peoria Motorcycle Club's Race Park TT served as round nine of the 16 race series.
Just like the last seven years, Henry Wiles dominated the 25-lap national, leading every lap and winning by a margin of almost seven seconds. Repeating their finishes from last week in Castle Rock, WA, series points leader Jared Mees (Montgomeryville Cycle) was second and defending AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing) was a solid third.
Many felt Wiles' winning streak was in jeopardy as he has struggled of late with his potent Kawasaki, but mild-mannered Henry stepped out of the phone booth with his cape firmly attached.
"Everybody was getting nervous. People around me that I talk to sometimes on a weekly basis, I could tell they were nervous," said Wiles. "I said it will be ok, we will be up front. It's tough on a guy sometimes when you are not getting the finishes you know you can, but you are fighting something. We struggled with the bike setup and some mechanical problems, but I tell you, I wasn't frustrated. I know that some things are going to be harder than others."
Wiles win matches Chris Carr's Peoria record of eight consecutive wins. "A lot of people would think eight in a row is enough, but I don't, nine would be nice," warned Wiles. "I tell you what, it's a special thing to be able to come in here and tie Chris' eight. I don't think Chris gets enough credit for winning 13 races here. When you stop and look back, that's a lot of years. A lot of things happen in that amount of time."
"Guys were running good today. I knew the field would be tough," said Wiles. "I qualified fast. I had fast heat race and didn't do so well in the Dash."
Even though Wiles had been fast qualifier and fast heat winner, Sammy Halbert (Fredericktown Yamaha) got the hole-shot in the Dash for Cash and came away with the win. Wiles even had second place slip away as Mees slipped by on the last lap. Halbert's four lap Dash for Cash performance foretold his national problems as each trip over the big jump was an adventure.
Wiles got the lead on what would be an aborted start as Luke Gough (Nicely Motorsports / Skip Eaken Racing) fell heavily coming off the jump on lap one. Gough was unable to make the restart and was transported to a local hospital with a reported leg injury.
When the light flashed green for the 25-lap main event, Wiles shot to the front and it became a race for second.
"Just like last year, I just struggled on the starting line. Wiles popped me right off the line," said Mees. "He did exactly what he had to do. Sammy got in between us and kind of road blocked us a little bit. It is what it is. One of these days maybe I can get off with him and give him a run. We always come here in June and have a lot of dominance, then he puts it on us in the main event."
Wiles' day was not without stress including a major moment late in the race.
"I'm just proud of my team and my sponsors and my mechanic, Johnny (Olmstead). We had some problems in that Dash, but we made some changes to the bike," said Wiles. "I knew when I did the warm up lap that the bike was better. It was a relief. I said, 'Yes, this is going to make my life a little bit easier today.' On about lap 17 or 18 going into turn one I set my foot down, it all happened at just the wrong time. It was just all wrong timing, but I stuck my foot right in a hole, which is something that can happen and I've done it here before. The ground was really hard today. I was tapping it a little bit coming to the jump, I thought I stinking broke it. I knew that I would still be able to win the race if it was broke. I was on a mission today."
Seat Demo Program at Black Hills H-D Rapid City
- Saddlemen will be exhibiting at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD and J&P Cycles in Sturgis, SD at the 2012 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally.
- Saddlemen will offer seat demos at Black Hills H-D.
- Saddlemen product specialists will be on hand with touring luggage and accessories at J&P Cycles and Black Hills H-D.
Saddlemen Road Sofa with backrest.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 25, 2012 - Saddlemen has announced that it will be attending the 72nd Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally. Saddlemen will be exhibiting at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD and J&P Cycles in Sturgis, SD from Wednesday, August 1st through Sunday, August 12th.
Saddlemen understands that riding is more than a hobby - it’s a way of life. So why not make the most of the time spent on your bike with Saddlemen seats and touring luggage? Every Saddlemen product is designed to combine comfort, style and utility to provide a luxurious ride with looks to match.
Saddlemen representatives will be holding seat demos at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City during the rally, giving riders a chance to test various Saddlemen seats for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Get up-close and personal with Saddlemen’s display seats and touring luggage, and have your questions answered by Saddlemen’s product specialists. Visit http://blackhillshd.com/index.php/rally-2012 for directions and rally information.
Saddlemen will also be set up in the J&P Cycles lot in downtown Sturgis during the rally with a variety of luggage and accessories on display. Saddlemen’s product specialists will be at J&P as well so be sure to stop by and see how Saddlemen gear can improve your ride. Visit http://www.jpcycles.com/events/sturgis-motorcycle-rally for directions and more information.
Come visit Saddlemen at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City and J&P Cycles in Sturgis to see their seats, luggage and accessories for touring bikes, Softails, Dynas and Sportsters, including some new products like the Saddlemen Pet Voyager. Below is a list of the Saddlemen Harley-Davidson seats that will be on display and available for purchase at Black Hills Harley-Davidson.
Saddlemen Seats at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City
For more information visit www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com.
Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen’s vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike – Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help get you where you want to go.
RiderMagazine.com's Greg Drevenstedt and his girlfriend, Carrie found relief in Saddlemen's SaddleGel Gel Pads on a week-long tour test to Redwood National Park last summer on a Kawasaki Concours 14. After a couple hundred of miles and a miserable case of "monkey-butt," they were very happy to have the gel pads to be able to continue their ride in relative comfort. Read the article here.
In the early ‘90s, the experienced riders at Saddlemen figured out a way to incorporate all the benefits of gel into a motorcycle seat and quickly learned it was far more comfortable than standard seats for a variety of reasons. For one, SaddleGel isolates engine and road vibration, a common cause of rider fatigue. Saddlegel is a molded solid with fluid-like properties that will not slide to one side or move around in your seat like air or water in a plastic bag; instead the proprietary design eliminates pressure points at the hip bones and tail bone by evenly distributing your weight across the surface of the seat. Otherwise, pressure points or “hot spots” can hinder blood flow, causing pain and discomfort. Normal circulation is never lost on a seat with SaddleGel, and it keeps your rear end comfortable on a long ride, and ready to respond quickly as road conditions change. Read more about SaddleGel here.
Photos and text by Rogue 2/8/2012
Reprinted with permission from www.bikernet.com
This is how Rogue heated his seat in the '70s.
Saddlemen seats have been the choice for me since back when I was riding rigid frame motorcycles. They were one of the rare, primarily, comfortable components that allowed me to ride and enjoy a lot of miles in a single day.
When I got a new Harley FLHT in 2004 the factory seat was okay but nothing to write home about, and that turned out to be the same with the 2009 FLHTC.
When the opportunity came up for me to do this article on a Saddlemen seat, I jumped at it. Those of you who know I live in Florida, may wonder why I wanted a heated seat and the answer is simple, my lifestyle takes me to a lot of cold weather states and the thought of a heated seat would make these chilly trips seriously more enjoyable. A major feature of this seat is that the heat controller has a five (5) level adjustment that can be removed when it is warm and adjustment is no longer needed.
Installing the seat is straight forward, but I did take the time to read the instructions and suggest you do so as well. We also spoke to Ron Benfield, the marketing manager at Saddlemen.
The Saddlemen Explorer heated seat installed.
"The seat is called the Explorer, it's a re-designed version of the seat that put Saddlemen on the map," said Ron. "It is our top-of-the-line touring model with large bucketed sitting areas, lumbar backrest and heat in both driver and passenger seats."
I removed the factory seat and put the new seat in place to see how it fit. Good. Next, I installed the rear seat bracket followed by the power cord linked to the wires coming out of the underside of the seat.
There are a couple of options while installing the Fused battery lead. I could hook it directly to the battery which means you need to remember to turn the heater off when you turn off the motorcycle. I thought this could be an issue for me, due to me faltering memory. I decided to hook it to a source I turned off power when I turned off the motorcycle, for instance the lights, or the brake light circuit, or the speedo circuit.
There were wires available for my tourpack available for an accessory I was not currently using. This allowed me to mount the fuse out of the elements, and should I ever need to change a fuse it would be easy to get to. I decided to use connectors as opposed to soldering and made sure they were connected in a secure manner, so as not to become improperly connected. It made for a neat and easy solution, plus I made sure the wires would not be in a dangerous position, rubbing against anything. I routed the front wire out by the saddlebag guard, and all were secured with plastic ties so they would not move.
"It uses 34 watts, which is approx 2.8 amps," said Ron. "There are no special wiring considerations."
Using Velcro on the back of the rear controller, I mounted it to the tourpack. I made it easy for my wife to use while seated on the motorcycle rolling down the highway behind her man. The controllers come with a clip for those who prefer to have the controller on their person. I opted to use the clip to mount the front controller to the pouch mounted on the saddlebag guard.
I then turned the motorcycle on and checked each controller for proper operation.
Nice Easy Installation. It actually took me longer to shoot the photos than install the seat.
As I sat in the seat, I noticed it had a gel pad installed and the design supported my back better. Life was looking good.
My wife Doris and I went riding later in the evening, and though it did not cool down much, the temperature did drop enough for both of us to try out the new heated seat. It definitely did the job and the controllers were easy to reach.
The Saddlemen Explorer heated seat installed.
You can't imagine what a difference heated seats or grips make to the comfort level of any chilly ride--it's amazing. It will be much more enjoyable to ride on cold nights with this Saddlemen heated seat.
Article Shows Saddle Design In-Progress
Saddlemen is proud to have a custom-made seat featured as part of the current Hot Bike Magazine series of articles showing the transformation of a 2000 model year Harley-Davidson Sportster into a tribute to the 1977 XLRCR cafe racer.
Above: shown with the bike in progress, the article shows our craftsmen designing, fitting and tailoring the seat.
The editors of Hot Bike Magazine were kind enough to let us share the article online. It can be viewed here. Our thanks to the people at Hot Bike for letting us share this content from their April 2011 issue. A second installment will appear in their May issue, showing the completed project.
Custom seat work has been a tradition at Saddlemen since our founding. Our expert designers and technicians have decades of experience in creating the optimal seat for any machine and any riding style, combining our industry-leading materials and know-how.
Los Angeles Area Bartels' Harley-Davidson Unveils Artist's Custom Painted V-Rod
Recently, Saddlemen created a custom seat for a one-of-a-kind, uniquely painted V-Rod, produced by Southern California artist, Jack Armstrong. The premiere event was hosted by Bartels' Harley-Davidson of Marina Del Rey. Among the notable attendees was actor Lorenzo Lamas, and a number of celebrity motorcycle enthusiasts.
For this high-profile project, the builders wanted an excellent seat. Saddlemen was pleased to create a top-of-the-line saddle, based on our proven seats for V-Rods, featuring our famous design sense and innovative construction and technologies.
We at Saddlemen enjoy creating unique motorcycle seats and luggage for the widest range of special projects. Custom work like this has been an important element in the growth and evolution of our product lines. We invite you to contact us about any custom project on the horizon.