by Florian Neuhauser
as seen on RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel

RoadRunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel reviews Saddlemen Custom Seat

One of my biggest complaints about riding our ’99 Triumph Speed Triple has always been the seat. Even though I prefer a hard seat to a softer one, the stock option just isn’t comfortable for a long day in the saddle, especially multiple days on the road. The Race Tech suspension is set up sporty, so if the asphalt is less than perfect, it won’t matter if you’re in the middle of a picturesque landscape—you’ll be looking for the first smooth road to turn off on. The stock seat is too slippery when I wear pants made out of anything except leather. Of course, the rain only exaggerates this problem.

When it came time to look for a new seat, we chose Saddlemen for their Gel Channel technology. The channel relieves pressure on your bottom and at the end of the spine, thereby greatly enhancing all-day riding comfort. It can also be color matched to your motorcycle. Our lime-green Speed Triple is difficult to match, but Saddlemen got it just about perfect without even seeing the bike. The other feature of this technology is the gel inserts. At first I thought the seat might be too soft, but after a day of riding without even thinking about pain, the seat has verified itself. The different material also solved the slipping problem. I now feel comfortable and secure.

In addition, the skilled seat makers at Saddlemen’s California factory reshaped the seat slightly to come up higher in the rear for more control during aggressive riding.

We also sent in our passenger seat for a matching cover. Because we never know how a custom seat will finally work out, we found a cheap seat pan online and used it for the custom work. In retrospect, that was unnecessary.

Ever since the new seat was installed, the Speed Triple has seen a lot more exercise.

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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.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - November 9, 2012 - Saddlemen made its first stop on the 2012-2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour in Atlanta, GA this past weekend. The 13-stop tour makes its next stop this weekend, November 9-11 in Dallas, TX.

Saddlemen product specialists are traveling across the country with the IMS tour to display a wide variety of Saddlemen seats and luggage. Come find the Saddlemen kiosk in the marketplace to check out Saddlemen products, talk to experts about proper seat fitment and get recommendations about improving your riding comfort.

Among the products on display will be Saddlemen’s award-winning line of road luggage, including the new Pet Voyager. Saddlemen’s state of the art Adventure Touring seats and luggage will also be featured, as will several long-ride cruiser seats made with ultra-comfortable SaddleGel™. For those that prefer to touch and feel, seat demo stands will be set up where customers can sit and feel selected Saddlemen seats.

The highlight of the tour is Saddlemen’s new Track Seat Personalization Program. Saddlemen’s most advanced seats for sport and adventure bikes are now available with custom color options as well as with personalized embroidery. Customers can choose among 16 different color options for the center strip, the seating panel, the edge panel and the thread stitching. With so many possible combinations, your personalized sport or adventure seat is sure to turn some heads while providing a comfortable ride. For more details or to order please call 800-397-7709.

Upcoming IMS Events:
Dallas, TX - Nov 9-11
San Mateo, CA - Nov 16-18
Long Beach, CA - Dec 7-9
Seattle, WA - Dec 14-16
Washington, DC - Jan 4-6
Minneapolis, MN - Jan 11-13
New York, NY - Jan 18-20
Cleveland, OH - Jan 25-27
Novi, MI - Feb 1-3
Chicago, IL - Feb 8-10
Indianapolis, IN - Feb 15-17
Charlotte, NC - Feb 22-24

 

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 race on the track, explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

  • Saddlemen has released Adventure Track Seats for 2010-11 Ducati MultiStrada and 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere.
  • Saddlemen’s Adventure seats combine rugged materials that withstand the elements and design features that provide long-lasting comfort.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available through Parts Unlimited.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. – November 1, 2012 – Saddlemen has released new Adventure Track Seat applications for 2010-11 Ducati MultiStrada models as well as the 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere. MultiStrada and Super Tenere owners will now be able to upgrade to a Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat that combines comfort, durability and style.

From the SaddleGel interior and progressive density foam to the Gel Channel design, Saddlemen’s Adventure Track Seats is intended to provide unparalleled comfort and control for the adventure or dual-sport rider. Adventure Track Seats feature rugged covers composed of vinyl and micro-fiber suede to withstand the harshest of elements while also providing a secure and comfortable ride. These Saddlemen seats have integrated bag or cargo mounting points on the pillion and are available with a remote controllable front heating system.

 


The Saddlemen Adventure Seat’s handcrafted design comfortably cradles the rider during static or aggressive riding. The ergonomically designed pillion shape creates sturdy lumbar support for the MultiStrada rider while increasing cushion and improved sight line for the passenger.

Heated for 2010-11 Ducati MultiStrada 1200
Part # 0810-1141
MSRP $679.95

 

Non-Heated for 2010-11 Ducati MultiStrada 1200
Part # 0810-1140
MSRP $529.95

 


This Saddlemen seat for the Super Tenere features an intelligently engineered seat base and brackets to mimic the original seat’s height adjustability while improving fit. Both the rider and passenger portions of the Adventure Track Seat intermix with the original Yamaha seats. The rider’s front seat can also be used by itself to create a larger cargo platform. A new stand-alone rider solo seat is also available.

Heated for 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere
Part # 0810-1174
MSRP: $699.95

 

Non-Heated for 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere
Part # 0810-1173
MSRP $549.95

 


Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are distributed through Parts Unlimited.

  • Saddlemen Explorer™ RS seats are now available for 06-12 Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide models.
  • The Explorer™ RS is available with an optional driver backrest that is removable and fully adjustable.
  • The Explorer™ RS seat combines comfort and style for long trips on non-touring motorcycles.
  • Product available for media evaluation.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - September 5, 2012 - Saddlemen has released its Explorer™ RS seat for 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide models. The Explorer™ RS offers the long-distance comfort of the popular Road Sofa™ to Dyna Glide riders.

 

The Explorer™ RS seat will transform your Dyna Glide into a road trip ready touring bike with long-lasting comfort and style to match. Its exclusive, unique split-cushion design reduces tailbone and back pressure, while SaddleGel™ in both the driver and passenger portions provides maximum long-range comfort. A removable driver’s backrest is available for Dyna Glide models, allowing you to customize your seat for ultimate comfort. Saddlemen Explorer™ seats are designed to fit with most aftermarket detachable sissy bars and are made in America.

 

Features include:

  • Plush, pillow-top style cover for non-touring Harleys
  • SaddleGel™ in front and rear for driver and passenger comfort
  • Optional driver’s backrest is removable and adjustable for customized comfort
  • Exclusive split-cushion design improves lumbar support
  • Designed to fit with most aftermarket detachable sissy bars
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Saddlemen Explorer™ RS Seats for 06-12 Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide Models

Part # Description MSRP
0803-0386 Without Backrest $389.95
0803-0387 With Backrest $589.95

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 you get where you want to go.

Come see us at U.S. Grand Prix - Laguna Seca

  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are now available for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats combine comfort and control with durability and utility.
  • These Saddlemen seats are available in standard or low profile with optional front heating system.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available through Parts Unlimited dealers.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.


Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 26, 2012 - Saddlemen has released new applications of its Performance Adventure Track Seats for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models. Saddlemen’s Adventure Track Seats combine comfort, durability and practicality, making it the perfect seat for any adventure.

The Saddlemen Adventure Track seat for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models is the ideal seat for motorcyclists that want to do it all. Adventure Track Seats are designed to provide unparalleled comfort and control on and off the road. Featuring SaddleGel™, progressive density foam and a Gel Channel, this seat will keep adventurers and dual-sport riders in the saddle for hours on end. The durable vinyl and micro-fiber suede cover stands up to the elements, while the built-in pillion mounting points allow you to integrate bags or cargo in just minutes. Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available in standard and low profile designs and are offered with an optional front heating system.

Features include:

  • SaddleGel™, progressive density foam and Gel Channel technology for extended comfort
  • Durable and weather-resistant vinyl and micro-fiber suede cover
  • Integrated bag/cargo mounting points on pillion
  • Available in standard or low profile
  • Available with built-in front heating system
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats for 04-12 BMW R1200GS
Part # Description MSRP
0810-1153 Standard $599.95
0810-1154 Low Profile $599.95
0810-1155 Standard w/ Front Heat $749.95
0810-1156 Low Profile w/ Front Heat $749.95



The Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats make any adventure ride fun and comfortable.

The Adventure Track Seat features an integrated mounting system for bags and cargo.

Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available with a remote controlled, built-in front heating system.


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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 race on the track, explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

For the first time, Saddlemen will be displaying their line of sport bike and adventure seats at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Please stop by to talk with Saddlemen's Ron Benfield about the seat of choice for these 2012 racer:

James Rispoli
Jake Lewis
Corey West
Joey Pascarella
Corey Alexander
Jake Zemke



Please visit our exhibit in the Racer Paddock Area and check out Saddlemen's Kevin Schwantz "Brand 34" Signature Chicane seat.


See you in the paddocks.

 

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.

 

--Rogue

 

Saddlemen is pleased to announce the launch of the Kevin Schwantz Signature Seat for sportbikes. The Kevin Schwantz Signature Seat features Kevin’s world famous #34 as well as his signature embroidered on the seat.

“We are very thrilled to be working with Kevin, not only is he a great ambassador for the sport, he knows exactly what’s important when it comes to seating position on a motorcycle” says, Ron Benfield, Director of Sales and Marketing at Saddlemen, “Saddlemen will also partner with Kevin at his Schwantz Motorcycle Riding Schools, by fitting the school bikes with his signature seat.“

When Kevin retired from professional competition in 1995, the FIM felt the loss to the sport was so significant that they retired his signature competition number 34. It was the first time in the history of the sport that a rider had been so honored, and his number 34 continues to be one of the most recognized symbols in racing. “I am excited to work with Saddlemen on the development of this seat and more”, says Schwantz, “my students and racers to come will benefit from the relationship as we continue to develop hi tech sport bike seats.“

Saddlemen has been crafting seats for racing for nearly 20 years, starting in Flat Track and now for sport bikes and Road Racing. Its patented channel design has set the standard for performance and design. The Schwantz School was started in 2001 with the goal of making better, safer and more confident riders. The Schwantz School holds the honor of being the only track-based school to be recognized by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). www.SchwantzSchool.com Available at your Parts Unlimited Dealer. MSRP $299.

 

Visiting A Few Moments With Racing Legend Kevin Schwantz In Milan

Earlier this month, while Saddlemen was on hand for the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy, we had the opportunity to catch up with a friend of the company, international racing legend and racing school operator, Kevin Schwantz.

Above: Kevin with Saddlemen's Ron Benfield (at left) and with David Echert (on the right).

Connecting with the international riding community at events like EICMA is an exciting opportunity, and a part of our aim to increase our worldwide market and exposure.