New Fitment For 1997-2007 Model Year Harley-Davidson Touring Machines
It's designed to fit Harley-Davidson Baggers/Tourers for the 1997 to 2007 model year range, and features the same top-of-the-line layout and materials used with our initial Signature Seat, for 2008-2010 models (shown at left).
The Pro Tour Slammed seat (aka the Todd’s Cycle Signature Series seat) for earlier model Harley-Davidson Street Glides and other bagger models is now available. The seat is a “short nose” bagger saddle, so it works great on Street Glides and Road Kings, but can also be mounted to the Electra and Road Glide models as well.
Designed in collaboration with Todd Silicato, noted custom bike builder, and founder of Todd's Cycles of Huntington Beach, California, these seats are the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat that still combines proven Saddlemen comfort, support and great looks.
Specifically, the new version Slammed Tour Pro, (Saddlemen #11995), is built to fit FLHX & FLHTC models, while also fitting FLHTC, FLHR, FLTR and FLHT designations. They are designed to look best and mate with the center dash of the Street Glide and Road King, models, and they will also fit other "long-nose" Harley-Davidson Touring machines, but there will be a gap between the seat’s nose and the center dash. The seat will fit bikes fitted with, or without, saddlebag guards.
Saddlemen is proud to work with respected designers and builders like Todd, combining manufacturing experience, acclaimed style, and the knowledge of what riders need and want, to create the best seats possible. Look for more Saddlemen Signature Series Seats in the near future.
Whether for motorcyles off an assembly line, or the latest custom race bike, 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.
"Slammed Pro Tour" For 1997-2007 Harley-Davidson Touring Models Nears Release
During the next few weeks, a new version of our Slammed Pro Tour Seat will be available for purchase.
This saddle is designed to fit Harley-Davidson Baggers/Tourers for the 1997 to 2007 model year range, and features the same top-of-the-line layout and materials used with our initial Signature Seat, for 2008-2010 models (shown at left).
Designed in collaboration with Todd Silicato, noted custom bike builder, and founder of Todd's Cycles of Huntington Beach, California, these seats are the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat that still provides acceptable comfort, support and riding endurance for touring.
Specifically, the new version Slammed Tour Pro is built to fit FLHX & FLHTC models, while also fitting FLHTC, FLHR, FLTR and FLHT designations. They are designed to look best and mate with the center dash of the Street Glide and Road King, models, and they will also fit other Harley-Davidson Touring machines, but there will be a gap between the seat’s nose and the center dash. The seat will fit bikes fitted with, or without, saddlebag guards.
Saddlemen is proud to work with respected designers and builders like Todd, combining manufacturing experience, acclaimed style, and the knowledge of what riders need and want, to create the best seats possible.
Refurbished Touring Seat For 1991 Machine Gets Enthusiastic Approval From Owner
Saddlemen recently received an e-mail from satisfied customer Jim B., of Virginia. Jim had us refurbish and re-cover one of our Road Sofa touring seat packages, and sent comments and photos our way after he installed it on his GoldWing.
I think others may think the seat is an on the shelf item, but when they call to order like I did, then you learn that your company actually asks you questions in regards to your height & weight to make the seat an exact, ‘your size’ seat, that will fit & wear perfectly for years to come.
I ride my bike year-round unless it is icy out, so my bike is starting to get up there in mileage and some paint fade, but I can tell you my seat is perfect in fit & comfort and a real pleasure to enjoy while out on my ‘ol Wing.
Thanks again for the superb customer service and going beyond the distance to make sure everything was done correctly and professionally, and in a very timely manner.
Our thanks to Jim for his feedback and continued patronage. We're pleased to know the seat works so well for you.
Whether producing a brand-new seat from one of our popular seat lines, or customizing or refurbishing, an existing seat, we at Saddlemen look forward to helping improve the riding experience of our customers. That's the cornerstone of our business. We hope we can improve your ride as well...
Demonstrations Familiarize Sellers With Our Seat And Luggage Product Lines
Recently, Saddlemen's Jerry Beaty represented us at the Anaheim - Pala MX "Super Showcase" at the Astor Classics Event Center in Anaheim, California. Organized by two of the nation's largest motorsports products distributors, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited, the Super Showcase hosted about 30 manufacturers of a wide range of motorcycle parts and accessories, and gave us the opportunity to show our products to the people who get our seats and luggage out to the riding public.
Besides being a great opportunity to increase interest in Saddlemen products, it also lets us inform customer service professionals about the specifics of our seats and luggage, so they can better assist customers and potential buyers.
Jerry tells us there was excellent interest in the Saddlemen line, and that he was able to pass along lots of helpful information to sales representatives and store staff.
We at Saddlemen are proud to work with top-notch retailers and distributors across North America. We encourage the riding public to visit their local dealerships and motorsports stores to purchase Saddlemen motorcycle luggage and seats.
Huntington Beach’s Todd’s Cycles Teams With Saddlemen To Create Inaugural Saddle For New Collection
Saddlemen is proud to unveil the first of an ongoing series of exciting cooperative projects with top-of-the-line motorcycle builders and designers to produce innovative and stylish new seats.
Our first effort, the Slammed Pro Tour combines the proven, popular Pro Tour seat design with refinements and the styling experience of Todd Silicato, founder of Huntington Beach, California’s Todd’s Cycles. Todd sculpted the seat to drop down into the bike for a low riding position that also helps the rider touch the ground with confidence at stops. The aim – to create the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat that’s acceptable for touring.
As with the standard Pro Tour, this comfortable seat is made with Saddlemen’s famous combination of progressive density foam and SaddleGel™ in the seating areas, easing tailbone pressure and improving circulation for a smooth, comfortable ride.
For more product details about the Slammed Pro Tour saddle CLICK HERE.
We feel the new Signature Seats will prove to be an exciting addition to the Saddlemen product line. We look forward to proudly showing what our expertise and technology can do, when teamed up with well-respected designers and builders, to make riding more comfortable, stylish and enjoyable.
Positive Feedback On Recent Seat Modification For Suzuki SV1000
Year after year, Saddlemen works with riders to improve existing seats, whether for rare, vintage, or the newest motorcycles. Recently, we modified the foam and recovered the stock seat for this 2003 Suzuki SV1000S owned by local customer Mike J.
Saddlemen's technicians and customer service staff are experts in making seats more comfortable, supportive and better looking. To see our work, and how it's done, click on our custom seat work page.
Please contact us to to answer any questions, or to get a quote. We look forward to proudly showing what our expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.
Explorer Seat With Backrest Part Of Upgrade Project For 2005 Softail Deluxe
Saddlemen’s Explorer Seat with Driver Backrest was the choice for a comfortable, long-range, two-up touring saddle for one of Hot Bike Magazine’s editors. This revamped 2005 model Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe is featured in the magazine’s October 2010 issue (Volume 42, Number 10), starting on page 68.
As described in the motorcycle seat section of our website: “The deep, wide contours of the Explorer™ makes this the perfect long distance saddle for both rider and passenger. The unique Split Cushion design reduces seating pressure for maximum long-range comfort. SaddleGel™ comes standard for both the driver and the passenger. SaddleGel™ reduces tail bone pressure and increases circulation…allowing you to ride longer. For your next trip of 10 or 10,000 miles, the Explorer™ is the comfort king by which all others must be judged!”
Industry insiders know the benefits of Saddlemen design and quality. We invite you to find out for yourselves. Whether with a new seat, a custom retrofit, or our wide range of motorcycle luggage, we at Saddlemen are proud to show what our expertise, craftsmanship and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable.
Our Explorer Design Gets Adapted For Customer’s Triumph Thunderbird
Custom seat work has been a Saddlemen™ specialty since our founding. Recently, Walter R., of Bremen, Georgia, had us create an Explorer seat especially for his Triumph Thunderbird.
Walt e-mailed to let us know that he loves the new saddle, and sent us the images of his custom Explorer on his bike.
Click on the image at left to get a wider view.
For more information on our specialty seat work, CLICK HERE for our Custom Seat Page. Over the decades, our expert technicians have made seats for an impressive range of motorcycles, with a wide variety of cover materials and tailored structural modifications.
Our sales and customer service staff are experts at guiding customers through the process of creating a one-off saddle especially for their needs or preference. They can be reached at the telephone number and e-mail address below for consultation and quotes.
At Saddlemen, we take pride in our craftsmanship and experience in creating the perfect saddle for our custom seat customers.
Handy Saddle Extensions An Early Saddlemen Innovation
An early Saddlemen innovation, and a long standing steady seller has been our Comfy Saddle rear seat extenders.
Made with the same high-density, high-quality foam used in our famous seats, and covered with our standard leather-look marine grade vinyl, Comfy Saddles add comfort by extending the width of a passenger seat with two foam-filled pads suspended with a strap – simply slipping over the existing passenger seat. They are a great help for rear seat riders on long distance trips, and are a convenient alternative to touring seats.
We produce four models, in two cover styles: our clean, uncluttered “Cruiser” styling or “Desperado” styling with chrome plated studs; as well as a choice of adjustable and permanent “universal” average-width yokes, with eight inches between pads.
Above: A vintage (pre-2000) publicity photo of the Comfy Saddle in use.
Below: Comfy Saddles, shown in both studded “Desperado” style, and non-studded “Cruiser” styling. As shown, the Comfy Saddle simply is placed over the motorcycle’s own rear seat.
Above: Our “Desperado” style Comfy Saddles, with and without the optional fringe kit.
For our clean, non-studded “Cruiser” Comfy Saddle with an adjustable yoke, CLICK HERE.
For our non-studded Comfy Saddle with permanent, “universal” yoke, CLICK HERE.
For our “Desperado” studded Comfy Saddle with an adjustable yoke, CLICK HERE.
For our studded, “Desperado” styled Comfy Saddle with “universal” yoke, CLICK HERE.
Additionally, we offer a leather fringe kit to let you take the next step in “Desperado” styling. CLICK HERE for more information.
We invite you to see what our extensive expertise and technology can do to make riding more enjoyable and convenient.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.