Summer Brings Wave Of Race Reports

Racing Season Heats up

From a record-breaking win at Pike’s Peak to the biggest Flat Track events of the summer, our sponsored racers, are doing us proud, and sharing their experiences. Besides our main racing page, we also sort out their reports alphabetically, by racer and chronologically for the convenience of interested racing fans.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports; its people and events. We’re proud to provide information about the riders, teams and racing events we support.

 

A Step-By-Step View Of Our Experts During Design And Construction

Saddlemen was pleased to produce a seat for Keith Ball and our friends at bikernet.com, for their latest speed record machine, due to run at the Bonneville Salt Flats. We took a seat base pan supplied by the team, and made a top-notch seat and chest pad for their bike.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: We started out with the metal pan that had already been fit to the bike. Weight wasn’t an issue – according to Keith, the weight actually helps with traction – important on all that slippery salt. Center: As this wasn’t going to be a comfortable seat, per se, tons of foam and gel weren’t high on the list of necessary materials. A thin, inch-and-a-half layer of foam was glued to the seat pan as a starting point for the “comfort” section. Right: Using a flexible knife the carving process began…

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: …and continued… Center: …until the rough shape of the foam was readily apparent. Right: Knife blades leave sharp corners in the foam. An angle grinder is employed, fit with a sanding disc, to smooth out the sharp corners.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: In a short while, the seat foam had taken on an attractive, aerodynamic shape and was ready for its covering. Center: Instead of wasting good leather using the trial and error method to figure out exactly how much material was going to be needed to cover the seat, Saddlemen covers the entire thing with tape. Right: The tape fully encompasses the seat, just like a real cover would.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: Then lines are drawn on the tape where we think the seams for the covering should go. Next the tape is removed and the leather is cut using the tape as pattern. Center: The chest pad received a covering treatment similar to the main seating area. Before the covering can be attached, a final thin layer of foam is glued to the seat and chest pad. Right: Leather for the chest pad is cut and checked to make sure there’s enough material to cover it properly before it is permanently attached.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: Holes were drilled in the pan base of the seat and chest pad. The front of the chest pad cover was riveted into place. Center: Glue was applied to the foam and backside of the leather. Right: …then stretched over the base.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: The seat required more work to get it finished. Once the covering for the lower part of the seat was cut and sewn in place, we marked where a small amount of material needed to be removed so the seam for the lumbar support would line up with the shape of the foam. Center: While the detail work was finished on the base, the lumbar support covering was stitched with the Saddlemen logo. Right: The lumbar support covering and the base covering were sewn together.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: Next, it was fit to the pan, glued, and stretched into place. Center: The rest of the rivets were installed for the chest pad. Right: A final layer of glue was sprayed on the underside of the chest pad where a thick piece of felt is secured so the pad won’t damage the paint on the gas tank of the bike.

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above, left: A final layer of glue was sprayed on the underside of the seat. Center: The felt was smoothed out and the edges received a few final snips from the scissors for a perfect fit. Right: The finished seat and chest pad, ready to break records at Bonneville!

Saddlemen Custom Seat for Bikernet.com Bonneville Salt Flats Bike

Above: The completed custom Saddlemen seat and pad.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports, whether on the track, or speed record attempts. We thrive on the chance to show what we can do for any machine, as well as the opportunity and fun involved in these efforts.

 

Fans Can Quickly Find Archived Information About Their Favorite Motorcycle Racers

Saddlemen-Sponsored Racers

Saddlemen has improved its online listings for our sponsored racers, with an easier-to-use, complete list of racer reports and racing news articles from saddlemen.com, alphabetized by racer. This makes finding information previously posted on our site much simpler for face fans. The new, improved listing can be found HERE .

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports; its people and events. We’re proud to provide information about the riders, teams and racing events we support.

 

Wiles Wins TT, Johnson Victor In Mile

AMA Pro Racing News Release

Wiles Walks to Springfield TT Win in Round Four of AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 29, 2010) - The AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com came to the Illinois State Fair Arena for round four of nineteen. Near record heat greeted the large crowd of spectators and the action on the race track proved to be just as heated.

Defending GNC Singles Champion, Henry Wiles continued his Arena domination as he pushed his # 1 Kawasaki USA / Don’s Kawasaki backed entry to an easy win after passing early leader, Jared Mees, who was aboard his #21 Rockysonline.com / Lucas Oils backed Honda, on lap ten.

“After a really tough day, I fell three times in that right hander, The National was pretty easy,” said Wiles. “I was just following Jared trying to stay smooth and all of a sudden the opportunity was there to take the lead.”

Making his first appearance of 2010, # 28 Shaun Russell had his Fox Valley Cycle / Greg Crow Racing backed Honda in third until lap nine. Latus Harley-Davidson / Moto Concepts’ # 3 Joe Kopp slipped by the transplanted Californian and set out after Mees.

Once in front Wiles steadily pulled away, finally winning the race by almost five and a half seconds. The scrap for second went down to the wire as Kopp took over on lap 24 and held on to an eight-tenths of a second margin at the end.

Russell barely held on to fourth as # 42 Bryan Smith was closing fast on his Kawasaki / Monster Energy Drink / Werner Springsteen Racing Baked Kawasaki.

# 5 Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing / Leo Vince Honda), # 2 Kenny Coolbeth (Bettencourt’s Honda / Jason Perry Honda) and Scott Powersports / Pit Posse’s # 10 Johnny Lewis rounded out the top eight.

Dave Burks Motorsports’ # 87 Mick Kirkness made the most of his provisional start bringing his Suzuki home ninth just ahead of # 45 Jesse Janish on his Woody Kyle Racing / Mid-Cities Motorsports backed Kawasaki.

Earlier in the night the all important points-paying Dash for Cash went to Mees as he got a quick lead in the four-lap race and easily outdistanced Kopp and Russell.

The twelve-lap Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles race was dominated by #95C JD Beach on his Red Bull / Top 1 Oil backed Honda. The real excitement came on the last lap as series points leader # 24P Jeffery Carver pushed his Van’s Yamaha / GYTR backed Yamaha from fourth to second on the last lap.

# 91Y Weirbach Racing / General Engineering’s Mike Martin and defending Series Champion, Rod Lake Racing / Mike Velasco’s # 1 Brad Baker had been battling over second the whole race only to have Carver storm by on the last lap.

Carver’s second-place finish extend his points lead in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles series to twelve points over Baker with Beach another ten back.

With four different winners in four races, Joe Kopp holds a ten point lead over Jake Johnson in the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com series point standings. Sammy Halbert and Henry Wiles are just another three and four points back.

Action moves over the historic Springfield Mile on Sunday.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
SPRINGFIELD, IL
RESULTS: May 29, 2010

GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DASH FOR CASH (4 laps; 6 riders): 1. Jared Mees (Hon); 2. Joe Kopp (Hon); 3. Shaun Russell (Hon); 4. Sammy Halbert (Yam); 5. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 6. Henry Wiles (Kaw).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES MAIN (12 laps; 18 riders): 1. JD Beach (Hon); 2. Jeffery Carver (Yam); 3. Mike Martin (Hon); 4. Brad Baker (Hon); 5. James Rispoli (Hon); 6. Tyler O’Hara (Hon); 7. Eric Stump (Hon); 8. Gerit Callies (Hon); 9. Mike Avila (Hon); 10. Jacob Constantine (Hon); 11. Josh Chisum (Hon); 12. John Long (Suz); 13. Mike LaBelle (Hon); 14. Mike Poe (Kaw); 15. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 16. Shane Narbonne (Hon); 17. Conner Anderson (Hon); 18. Jeremy Hamilton (Hon).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (After 4 0f 19 rounds): 1. Jeff Carver (80 pts / 1 win); 2. Brad Baker (68 / 1 win); 3. JD Beach (58 / 2 wins); 4. Mike Avila (53); 5. James Rispoli (46); 6. Mike Martin (39); 7. Stephen Vanderburgh (31); 8. Mike LaBelle (24); 9. (TIE) Gerit Callies / John Long (21).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM MAIN (25 laps; 19 riders): 1. Henry Wiles (Kaw); 2. Joe Kopp (Hon); 3. Jared Mees (Hon); 4. Shaun Russell (Hon); 5. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 6. Jake Johnson (Hon); 7. Kenny Coolbeth (Hon); 8. Johnny Lewis (Hon); 9. Mick Kirkness (Suz); 10. Jesse Janisch (Kaw); 11. Sammy Halbert (Yam); 12. Chris Carr (Hon); 13. Cad Cose (Hon); 14. Rob Pearson (Yam); 15. Ion Stear (Hon); 16. Matt Burton (Yam); 17. Willie McCoy (Hon); 18. Steve Murray (Hon); Stevie Bonsey (Hon).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM POINT STANDINGS (After 4 of 19 rounds): 1. Joe Kopp (80 pts / 1 win); 2. Jake Johnson (70 / 1 win); 3. Sammy Halbert (67 / 1 win); 4. Henry Wiles (66 / 1 win); 5. (TIE) Kenny Coolbeth / Jared Mees (64); 7. Johnny Lewis (45); 8. Bryan Smith (35); 9. Chris Carr (32); 10. Jethro Halbert (29).

 

AMA Pro Racing News Release

Johnson First Two-Time Winner of 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship with Springfield Mile Victory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2010) - Round Five of the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com came to the Springfield Mile as the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association wrapped up their Memorial Day Weekend doubleheader. Clear skies and summer-like temperatures greeted the near capacity crowd and a large turn out of racers.

The obvious king of the hill was Zanotti Racing’s # 5 Jake Johnson as he dominated all day long. Johnson was the Fast Qualifier, Heat winner, Dash for Cash winner and led every lap of the 25 lap Grand National Main. “It’s scary when things go that well,” said Johnson. “You keep waiting for something to go wrong.”

Five races into the 2010 season, Johnson becomes the first two-time winner. Had it not been for Johnson’s perfection, the much talked about Werner Springsteen Racing / Kawasaki / Monster Energy Drink backed Kawasaki of # 42 Bryan Smith would have been the big story. On the heels of Joe Kopp giving Ducati their first Grand National win, Smith desperately wanted to do the same for Kawasaki, he had to “settle” for a well earned second, which is Kawasaki’s best finish ever in a GNC Twins race.

In a very non-typical Springfield Mile, Johnson kept a steady two-second lead all the way. Smith, who was riding a higher line than most, got close once, but that was short lived. “My line went away. I was chasing the moisture,” said Smith. “After that went away I was just trying to hang on.”

Smith fell back into a great battle over third as there were seven or eight riders keeping the Springfield tradition alive. Defending GNC Twins Champion # 1 Jared Mees had his Rogers Lake Racing / Blue Springs Harley-Davidson-backed Harley in the mix along with Moroney’s Harley-Davidson / 1800 Fasthog’s # 99B PJ Jacobsen, Harley-Davidson Motor Company / Screamin’ Eagle’s # 2 Kenny Coolbeth and ENI / Latus Harley-Davidson / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports’ # 3 Joe Kopp kept the large crowd entertained while Johnson cruised.

Jacobsen, who was making his first start in a K&N Grand National Twins race looked like a polished veteran all day until the last lap of the race. Jacobsen took the white flag in second place, but was then a sitting duck for the horde that was on his heels. Smith regained his second place, that he held most of the race, with Coolbeth, Mees and Kopp all charging through, dropping Jacobsen all the way back to a sixth place finish 2.450 seconds behind Johnson, but less than half of a second behind Smith for second.

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles race was amazing. Eighteen 450cc single-cylinder rockets took off an a 12 lap adventure and when the checkered flag fell, no less than eleven riders were separated by less than one second.

Just as he had done last year, Price Truck Line / Kennedy Tires / Woody Kyle Racing’s # 22L Michael Toon came out of the pack on the last lap and drafted to the win. Toon had been in sixth position on lap eleven, but worked his way through the cluster to the front.

Cycle Dynamics / NPS Racing Engines’ # 71B James Rispoli was only six hundredths of a second behind. Weirbach Racing / General Engineering’s # 20T Mike LaBelle filled out the podium. Despite being the fast heat winner and leading the most laps in the main, Vans Yamaha / GYTR / Carver’s BBQ’s # 24P Jeffery Carver finished up fourth.

Red Bull / Top 1 Oil’s # 95C JD Beach and defending class Champion # 1 Brad Baker (Rod Lake / Mike Velasco / Brothers Powersports), Monster Energy Drink / Kawasaki / Werner Springsteen Racing’s # 29J Chaz Springsteen, Sunnyside Cycle Sales’ # 96B Cody Johncox, Lancaster Harley-Davidson’s # 25A Shayna Texter, Browns Cycle / Arlen Ness’s # 33E Mike Avila and TLC Racing’s # 81C Zakk Palmer were all under the proverbial blanket across the finish line.

The K&N Grand National Championship points race is really taking shape as Jake Johnson and Joe Kopp sit atop the leader board tied with 98 points. Kenny Coolbeth is sixteen back with Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees tied with 79 points.

Jeffery Carver’s fourth place finish was enough to keep him atop the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles points race. Carver has a 14 point lead over defending series champion Brad Baker with JD Beach 23 points down to the leader.

The AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com Series moves to Gas City, IN next week June 5 for a short track.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
SPRINGFIELD, IL
RESULTS: May 30, 2010

GNC DASH FOR CASH (4 laps; 6 riders): 1. Jake Johnson (H-D); 2. Joe Kopp (Duc); 3. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 4. Kenny Coolbeth (H-D); 5. Stevie Bonsey (H-D); 6. PJ Jacobsen (H-D).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES MAIN (12 laps; 18 riders): 1. Michael Toon (Hon); 2. James Rispoli (Hon); 3. Mike LaBelle (Hon); 4. Jeffery Carver (Yam); 5. JD Beach (Hon); 6. Brad Baker (Hon); 7. Chaz Springsteen (Kaw); 8. Cody Johncox (Yam); 9. Shayna Texter (Hon); 10. Mike Avila (Hon); 11. Zakk Palmer (Hon); 12. Kurtis Lee (Hon); 13. Michael Bickerton (Hon); 14. Jake Shoemaker (Suz); 15. Brandon Laursen (Hon); 16. Jeremy Hamilton (Hon); 17. Tyler O’Hara (Hon); 18. Mike Martin (Hon).

AMA PRO MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM PRO SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (After 3 0f 19 rounds): 1. Jeffery Carver (95 pts / 1 win); 2. Brad Baker (81 / 1 win); 3. JD Beach (72 / 2 wins); 4. James Rispoli (65); 5. Mike Avila (52); 6. (TIE) Mike LaBelle / Mike Martin (40); 8. Stephen Vanderburgh (31); 9. Michael Toon (28 / 1 win); 10. Chaz Springsteen (27).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM MAIN (25 laps; 19 riders): 1. Jake Johnson (H-D); 2. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 3. Kenny Coolbeth (H-D); 4. Jared Mees (H-D); 5. Joe Kopp (Duc); 6. PJ Jacobsen (H-D); 7. Sammy Halbert (H-D); 8. Chris Carr (H-D); 9. Larry Pegram (Duc); 10. Stevie Bonsey (H-D); 11. Willie McCoy (H-D); 12. Henry Wiles (H-D); 13. AJ Eslick (H-D); 14. Matt Weidman (H-D); 15. Rob Pearson (H-D); 16. Logan Myers (H-D); 17. Mick Kirkness (Suz); 18. Steve Murray (H-D); 19. Shawn Baer (Tri).

AMA PRO K&N GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED by MOTORCYCLE-SUPERSTORE.COM POINT STANDINGS (After 5 of 19 rounds): 1. (TIE) Jake Johnson (2 wins) / Joe Kopp (1 win) (98 pts); 3. Kenny Coolbeth (82); 4. (TIE) Sammy Halbert (1 win) / Jared Mees (79); 6. Henry Wiles (73 / 1 win); 7. Bryan Smith (57); 8. Johnny Lewis (45); 9. Chris Carr (43); 10. Jethro Halbert (29).

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports racers and events.

 

AMA Pro Racing Announces 2010 Saddlemen Expert Rookie of the Year Program for K&N Grand National Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 27, 2010) – AMA Pro Racing today announced the introduction of the Saddlemen Expert Rookie of the Year program for the 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season. The agreement includes a $5,000 bonus to the top-placing expert rookie, to be awarded at the AMA Pro Flat Track Awards Ceremony at the end of the season.

Saddlemen is a seat, bag and luggage specialist in the motorcycle market and a company comprised of enthusiastic riders. Tom Seymour, Saddlemen’s founder, was a racer from the ’60s to the ’80s and is currently an AMA Life Member as well as an active trail and road rider. Saddlemen has been a long time sponsor and supporter of promoters, riders and teams at many of the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship events.

“Everyone in the pits knows my passion for AMA Pro Flat Track racing,” said Seymour. “When we can, our company has always provided support to the sport of motorcycle racing and events. Providing a $5,000.00 bonus at the end of the season to the top expert rookie will be very rewarding.”

Expert rookie contenders must register with AMA Pro Racing and run a Saddlemen patch on their racing gear and a Saddlemen sticker on their motorcycle to be eligible for the $5,000 bonus.

The next round of the 2010 AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com will be this weekend, May 29 – 30, with a doubleheader at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. T.T. racing action can be seen on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th will see riders race at the historic Springfield Mile.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Since our company was founded, Saddlemen has been an enthusiastic sponsor of motorsports racers and events.

 

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Takes Its First Ever Twins Grand National Flat Track Victory In 2010 Twins Season Opener

We’re pleased to pass along the following report from the proud, winning Lloyd Brothers team. For more photos and observations, see our previous posting below.

Saddlemen-Sponsored Joe Kopp Historic Yavapai Win on Ducati

Joe Kopp takes the ENI USA R&M / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports / Pegram Racing / Latus Motors Ducati Hypermotard-powered flat tracker to victory in Arizona.

Johnstown, OH (2 May 2010) – Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is excited to have taken its first ever Grand National Flat Track victory in Saturday’s Yavapai Downs Mile. Saturday’s Ducati victory marks the first time that a readily available, production engine has won a Grand National Twins race in 29 years. Limited production, flat track race-only Honda RS750 and Harley-Davidson XR750s have won every Twins National since 1981.

In the season opening round- and Ducati’s third ever attempt at winning a modern era Grand National- Joe Kopp proved that a modern production engine can win a Grand National Flat Track race. The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Flat Track Project began only a year ago, when Ducati Superbike rider Larry Pegram approached friends and flat track team co-owners David and Michael Lloyd about the potential of Ducati’s air-cooled engine as an ideal flat track platform.

Pegram Racing and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports joined forces to build a stock-framed dirt track bike from a Ducati Sport . After a quick shakedown by Pegram the bike entered the 2009 Springfield Mile, where it immediately proved a formidable opponent to the dominant Harley-Davidsons qualifying for the 18 rider main event directly from the heat race. It has been close to 50 years since a stock framed motorcycle qualified for a Grand National Twins Mile main event.

After a summer of modifications- including the addition a custom VMC racing chassis- Pegram entered the Indy Mile and missed the main event by one position in the semi qualifier after recovering from a 120 mph low-side crash while in qualifying position in the heat race.

Incorporating everything learned over the 2009 season, the bike now races in its third generation of development. In Saturday’s season opener 2010 rider Joe Kopp took the lead at the start and ran a fantastic race, only facing competition from Sammy Halbert, whom he drafted past on the final lap to take the checkered flag by .025 seconds.

Saturday’s race was also a significant event as the Ducati upset the might of Harley Davidson on the Mile, something no other manufacturer has been able to do for 17 years. The next race for the ENI USA R&M (which produces and markets Agip lubricants) / Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati entry will be the famed Springfield Mile on May 30; featuring a cameo by Larry Pegram on a second bike alongside Joe Kopp.

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is supported by:
ENI USA R&M producers and marketers of Agip lubricants, Pegram Racing, Latus Motors, Motion Pro, Arai, Penske Racing Shocks, Ducati USA, K & N Engineering, M4 Exhaust, Saddlemen, Daniel Kalal, Vortex, VMC Racing Frames, Flat Trak Fotos, Race Image, Vesrah, Yuasa Batteries, Eurosports.net, Durelle Racing, Fox Performance, Moto Concepts.

To read Joe Kopp’s own personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .

Photo provided courtesy of [Lloyd Brothers Motorsports].

At Saddlemen we are proud of the successful racing efforts of our sponsored riders.

 

Joe Kopp Victorious At Yavapai Mile – Historic Flat Track Win With Ducati

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapai Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapai Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

The Yavapai Downs Mile flat track race, run May 1st, proved to be a milestone win for Joe Kopp (proudly sponsored by Saddlemen), and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports racing team. For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Grand Nationals “Twins” race was won with a production engine motorcycle, in this case the Lloyd Brothers Ducati Hypermotard, breaking a streak of victories for limited-production, race-only engined Honda and Harley-Davidson 750’s reaching back to 1981. The win by Joe and Lloyd Brothers with their “Duck” also brought to an end a 17-year-long win streak for Harleys at Yavapai.

Arizona’s Yavapai Mile was the season-opening event for the twin-cylinder segment of the flat track circuit, and so proved a great start for Joe Kopp’s 2010 campaign. Lloyd Brothers will run multiple machines at the Springfield Mile on May 30th, and the Indy Mile on August 28th. Joining Joe as a teammate at these two big events will be racing veteran Larry Pegram, running a second Lloyd Brothers stock-framed Ducati.

To read Joe’s personal report on his win in Prescott Valley, click HERE .

Joe Kopp Wins at Yavapi Mile on Ducati — Historic Flat Track Victory

Podium photos available courtesy of AMA Pro Racing. Track photos provided courtesy of Lloyd Brothers Motorsports.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better – whether for professional racers, commuters or “weekend warriors.”

 

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Friends Of Saddlemen, Geared-Up For 2010 Racing Season

Saddlemen-Sponsored Racers Ride For Veteran Flat Track Team

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports

With this year’s flat track racing season started, the folks at Lloyd Brothers Motorsports wanted to let race fans across the country know that they are ready for a great year.

Saddlemen is proud to also be sponsors of Lloyd Brothers team racers Joe Kopp and Larry Pegram, as well as previously sponsoring former racer, and current Lloyd Brothers crew member Kevin Atherton.

Saddlemen has sponsored racers and racing events for decades, and we are pleased and proud to keep the tradition going. Keep an eye out for racing related updates throughout the year. We enjoy letting the public know how the racers we support are doing over the season.

At Saddlemen we are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding better, whether on the highway or the dirt track.

 

Dominates Winter Circuit, Winning 14 Of 14 Races To Sweep To Indoor ICE Series Title

Jared Mees Wins Ice Racng Championship

Saddlemen is proud to share the news that Jared Mees, already 2009 Flat Track champion, has added another trophy to the case with his amazing run to win the Indoor ICE Series for the winter. Jared won every race he entered – a historic accomplishment…

No rest for the weary, though, the flat track season is about to start with the Daytona races.

Photos courtesy of icespeedway.com.

Saddlemen is proud to continue our long-standing tradition of racing sponsorship.

 

Providing “TLC” For Well-Worn, Damaged And Uncomfortable Seats

At Saddlemen, one our constant sources of work is providing seat refurbishing and modification services to the riding public, no matter what type of machine they ride. Whether replacing the cover on a favorite seat, installing our famous Saddlegel inserts for added support and comfort, reshaping a stock saddle for better ergonomics, or upgrading seat performance and durability with our top-of-the-line foam, Saddlemen has years of experience, know-how and workmanship ready to help.

Saddlemen Modifying and Refurbishing Seats

An example of recovering existing seats… These flat track racing seats, for a Saddlemen sponsored rider, are receiving custom tailored and embroidered covers, as seen before final mounting. Also, the seat on the right demonstrates some of the possibilities of foam modification and upgrading regularly done here at Saddlemen.

Saddlemen Modifying and Refurbishing Seats

Measure twice, cut once. That’s how the old-but-true saying goes. Our experienced craftsmen are not just skilled but also methodical in their work. At left, in our workshop, a seat due for reshaping and Saddlegel installation is carefully pre-planned, with contours, cuts and insert areas all spelled out before any blade or tool gets near the foam. At right, another seat shows our renowned gel pads installed, awaiting final re-covering.

Anyone interested in having an existing seat re-covered, or its foam upgraded, reshaped or otherwise modified, should contact our sales and technical staff, here, in our California offices, either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by telephone (Pacific Time Zone) at (800) 397-7709, during normal business hours. One of our technicians can then go over the options available to achieve each owner’s desired solution, along with cost and turnaround estimates.

We at Saddlemen invite you to see what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.