by Florian Neuhauser
as seen on RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel
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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- 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.
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.
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.