- Saddlemen’s new FTB line of sport luggage offers modern style and quality materials and construction.
- Universal mounting capabilities and various bag types makes this line a great option for any motorcycle.
- Samples available for media evaluation.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 4, 2013 - Saddlemen has introduced a new line of luggage aimed at bringing a modern and sporty look to motorcycles of all kinds, from cruisers to sport bikes and more. Saddlemen’s new FTB line of sport luggage combines style, utility and quality construction to offer an array of bags that not only serve their purpose, but look great doing it.
The FTB line features the same quality materials and construction that Saddlemen is known for, and presents a new set of options for motorcyclists that might be looking for functional luggage with an updated look.
Rugged 1200-denier SaddleTuff™ fabric and marine-grade vinyl make up the semi-rigid construction that offers a blend of shape retention and flexibility, all while remaining light weight and portable. A bevy of internal and external pockets, pouches, and storage compartments make these bags ideal for carrying everything from tools and small personal items to clothes and larger items.
The FTB line is also universally compatible with multiple mounting rings, and can also be used with Saddlemen’s Versa Mount System to mount directly to a seat or rack. With a full lineup that includes sissybar bags, sissybar combo bags, and trunk/rack bags, Saddlemen has an FTB option for any motorcycle.
It's A Story About The Journey, Not The Destination
Why We Ride is a story about who we are. Individuals with a desire to dream, discover, and explore. Seeking a life outside our daily confinements and sharing those moments together. It’s a story about the journey, not the destination.
Motorcycles represent the milestones of our lives. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons — the bond is the same. It’s about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.
Your senses will heighten as the world rushes in, your heart will beat to the pulse of the engine, your mind will race and set you free. Once you let a motorcycle into your life, it will change you forever.
Visit the Why We Ride website at www.WhyWeRideFilm.com
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 is offering trunk organization accessories for H-D Trike models.
- Saddlemen’s liner bags and lid organizers help riders keep their cargo secure and organized for quick access and easy removal.
- These Trike trunk accessories are available through Drag Specialties.
- Samples available for media evaluation.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - October 18, 2012 - Saddlemen is now offering trunk liner bags and trunk lid organizers for Harley-Davidson Trike models. These new trunk accessories keeps the contents separated and organized for quick access and easy removal.
Trike Trunk Liner Bag Set
Saddlemen’s liner bag allows Trike owners to keep their cargo stored securely in the trunk and features convenient carry handles for easy transport. Multiple zippered compartments allow the rider to separate clean and dirty clothes while out on a road trip. These bags measure 15.5” x 9.5” x 10”.
Part # 3516-0152
Trike Trunk Lid Organizer
Complete your trunk organization with the Saddlemen lid organizer. This low profile unit mounts easily to the trunk lid and includes fastener strips for quick removal. With sold and mesh pockets, the lid organizer is the perfect place to keep tools, electronics, and other small convenience items. This unit measures 9.5” x 16.25”.
Part # 3516-0151
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.
- 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.
- 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
A Secure Ride for Man’s Best Friends
- Bring your small pet along for the ride with the Saddlemen Pet Voyager, a convertible pet carrier and cargo bag.
- Transport your pet in comfort and safety with a padded interior and mesh vents.
- Universal applications and quick disconnect system makes the Voyager practical and versatile for all occasions.
- The Saddlemen Pet Voyager is available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties dealers.
- Samples available for media evaluation.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 2, 2012 - Saddlemen is pleased to announce the introduction of a pet carrier to its extensive luggage line. The Saddlemen Pet Voyager is a convertible pet carrier and cargo bag that transports your pet comfortably and safely on your Harley or Metric cruiser or touring bike.
The Saddlemen Pet Voyager allows you and your pet to ride together safely with this removable pet carrier. Multiple vents, a padded interior plus food and water trays will get you and your pet to any destination in true Saddlemen style.
The Pet Voyager also doubles as a versatile cargo bag with a quick disconnect setup, backpack straps and separated compartments. Features include:
- Mesh vents and access flaps for controlled air flow
- Comfortable padded interior for comfort, with removable bottom tray for easy cleaning
- Stow food and water trays in their own storage compartment
- A sliding leash mount to keep pets secure and a walking leash for pit stops
- Two mounting systems for universal applications – Saddlemen Versa-mount seat harness or adjustable sissy bar strap system
- Quick disconnect straps, carrying handles and backpack straps for practicality and versatility
- Ability to double as an effective cargo bag and plush backrest
Model Number: 3515-0131
Come see the Saddlemen Pet Voyager in person August 2-12 at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD and at J&P Cycles in Sturgis, SD for the 2012 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally. Learn more about the Saddlemen Pet Voyager here. The Saddlemen Pet Voyager is available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties dealers.
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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.
The Ultimate Low-Profile Bagger Seat
Designed in collaboration with Todd Silicato, noted custom bike builder, and founder of Todd's Cycles of Huntington Beach, California, these seats are designed to be the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat - while still combining proven Saddlemen comfort, support and great looks.
A current Saddlemen press release highlighting these innovative seats is available HERE for printing or downloading.
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.
We Continue And Expand Our Legacy Of Innovative Seat Designs
At Saddlemen, 2011 is proving to be a year of growth, creativity and refinement, as we expand our world-famous line of motorcycle seats.
One of our exciting new additions is the inaugural model in our Signature Seat line, the Slammed Pro Tour™, designed with custom bike builder Todd Silicato, founder of Todd's Cycles of Huntington Beach, California. Todd applied his unique styling sense to create the ultimate low-profile, bagger seat that's acceptable for touring. Keeping Saddlemen technology and quality at the center of this new saddle, he 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.
Another new saddle was designed with our years of real-world experience working with riders in mind. The newest members of the Renegade™ touring seat family; our “Heels Down” seats have been developed to position the rider lower and forward for better control and riding confidence. Each saddle is low, wide and comfortable, with carefully designed contours that permit the rider to securely plant their feet when at a stop. The “Heels Down” line is now the perfect seat choice for smaller riders who desire comfort and style.
Saddlemen also is an innovator in the use of exciting new cover materials and foam on our seats, improving comfort and performance. The latest innovation in riding comfort; the Explorer™ G-TEC combines elements of Saddlemen’s famous touring seat family with the advancement of Gel Channel technology that incorporates gel and a channel in the main foam. It also features a flexible fabric cover for improved "breathing" comfort, combined with concealed gel channel and a layer of memory foam that conforms to the shape of the rider’s body to relieve pressure, to keep the rider and passenger comfortable and in the saddle longer.
Saddlemen will continue to design and unveil exciting new seats and luggage throughout 2011. Our commitment to quality, value and innovation continues. Watch for more Saddlemen releases throughout the coming year.
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.