Boldly Going Where No Seat Maker Has Gone Before

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22 Oct

Mustang’s Latest Enterprise: Launching The Rocket III Touring Seat

Rocket IIITime for us to tackle the final frontier… at least the space where Triumph motorcycles are concerned. We already make seats for the Bonnevilles in all their various configurations and the big Thunderbirds, but now the enterprising crew at Mustang continues to boldly go where no aftermarket seat maker has gone before! The trek is now complete for Triumph’s touring star as we have launched our line of seats for the Rocket III Touring model.

IMG_1625-smTriumph’s “power tourer” has a massive 2.3 litre three-cylinder engine built for interstellar travel. No question that the Rocket has more than enough motor to blast off, but when it comes to the long haul, the seat can become a pain in the posterior! With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine on tap, the Rocket III is ready for long hauls, heavy loads and going across the cosmos (or at least cross country). No touring bike has more torque than the Rocket III — it has more torque at idle than most motorcycles have in total!  Out of this world torque is great, but for all day comfort, you really need a Mustang seat.

79780_hd-smShoot for the stars by combining the power of the Rocket III with Mustang’s legendary comfort. Not only are our seats built for comfort, Mustang’s two-piece seat for the Triumph Rocket III Touring sets the rider a half inch lower than stock and almost an inch further back than the stock position. The combination of controlled density polyurethane cushion and the more relaxed riding position make a real difference for the long haul.

The wide 17″ bucket and the 12″ passenger seat provide long-term support for your longest treks. The built-in backrest helps keep you at the conn much longer as well. As part of their five year mission, Mustang’s enterprising engineering crew has also created an array of styling options and accessories to match the Rocket III Touring seats, including fender and tank bibs. As you explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations on your Rocket III Touring treks, make sure you have a Mustang seat along for the voyage!shatner_motorcycle

WE HAVE A WINNER!

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15 Oct

Mustang Helps Garage-Girls 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover

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Once again this year, Mustang was proud to join with Sara Liberte and the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover program. Although we shared an update on the winner via social media, there is more to the story, much more.

Garage-Girls 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, Chris Gibbany of Harrison, Arkansas, was among 84 contestants who sent in a 600-word essay describing why they were most in need of a Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. Her essay touched upon her sacrifices and commitment to “hunker down” and put herself through school in order to open new career opportunities.

“We received more submissions for the 2014 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest than for any other previous contest,” said Garage-Girls marketing coordinator, Sara Liberte. “It was definitely a challenge choosing a winner among so many great entries.” Of course Sara is quick to credit the sponsors, and we were honored to be included. “We want to thank GEICO as well as our other sponsors for their commitment to make this contest possible. Frankly, there would be no Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest without their continued support.”

As the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner, Gibbany is enjoying a multitude of prizes, including new shoes from Harley-Davidson® Footwear, a brand new jacket and matching gloves from Roland Sands; a Speed & Strength helmet from J&P Cycles; a cleaning kit from Wizards Products; a case of synthetic oil from Spectro; clothing from Hijinx Apparel and a set of Avon tires. Last but not least, a set of saddlebags from Mustang… We offered a seat of her choice, but she really wanted the saddlebags.

“Mustang sent me the saddlebags I picked out, PLUS they sent me another box with T-shirts, hats, pens, stickers and a zippered tote bag,” Chris told Garage-Girls after getting her “care” package. “Mustang really went all out, especially since they swapped in bags instead of a seat.”

Chris also got the jacket and gloves from Roland Sands Design. “Beautiful brown, with pockets inside and places to put the Kevlar inserts which I would like to get. The gloves are black and fit perfectly. It’s just like Christmas around here.  And seeing how we don’t “do” Christmas, makes it just that more exciting. I told the UPS guy to “keep ‘em coming”. I hope to ride tomorrow (raining today) and try out the new jacket. Husband really likes it and says it will be my “new look” to come out riding the Panhead!

Thanks so much Sara, Garage-Girls and all the sponsors ~ Chris

 

“Chris puts a lot of miles on her motorcycle and we wanted to make sure she has the latest and safest riding equipment,” said Liberte. To read more about Chris Gibbany’s story and for more information on the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, please visit www.garage-girls.com.

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

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3 Oct

Mustang Brings Back Breast Cancer Awareness Program

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Once again Mustang is been proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our new “Fight Like A Girl” custom seat program and the ability to donate a portion of the proceeds of every pink seat or pink ribbon to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is close to our hearts, literally and figuratively.  We continue to honor the determination and compassion of those fighting breast cancer.

MarjThere is more to this story than just a publicity stunt… much more. This cause directly impacts several members of the Mustang family. Long-time Mustang rep Pat Pierantozzi is a breast cancer survivor of 35 years and this October marks one year cancer-free for Rallymeister John Glynn’s niece. John’s lovely wife Marjorie, who many of you have met at the Mustang big rig at the rallies has been an advocate of Breast Cancer Awareness for years and it was her pink flamed Softail Deluxe that inspired Mustang’s original “Think Pink” seat campaign. We ask Marj for an update on her niece’s battle:

“It has been a year since our last Breast Cancer Seat came out,” says Marj. “As you know, Mustang did this for me in honor of my niece Robin and what she had been through all year. I am so happy to say my niece has been cancer-free for a year now and doing well.  Here are a few pictures, that tell the tale!”

RobinBradley“The picture with Robin Bradley (my niece) on the porch was leaving for her last chemo, the neighbors and town friends put them there to show their support in July 2013,” she explains. The townspeople lined the streets of the path that she would be taking to her last treatment with signs and shouting their support. The last group just outside of town was her three sons. “It was so touching to see the entire community come out in support.”

“My niece is often asked “what can I do to help, do you prefer one charity over another?” She always replies: “if you want to and are able, donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Center in Boston.”

RobinBradley3 celebratingThe wine glasses are the celebration: chemo was over and the diagnosis was cancer-free (August 2013). Both pictures were taken in  Skeneatles, NY where Robin lives with her husband John and three wonderful boys, Cader, Graham and Nolan.

“The motorcycle with the breast cancer awareness seat is one of the customers that came in to thank me in Daytona 2014. She and her husband personally thanked me for helping to start this “movement” of awareness with something as big as a motorcycle. They were thankful that Mustang would make the custom seats and contribute to a Breast Cancer Awareness charity.”

It was a very difficult year for her, family and friends, but she is now a survivor! I thank God every day. http://robinbradley.blogspot.com/2013/10/past-finish-line.html (posted with permission)

Pink Seat3Marj’s message has hit home. In fact a customer came to the Mustang truck at Daytona Bike Week to show off her “Think Pink” seat this year, and dozens of others have done the same since.

I am thankful to Mustang for allowing me to be a part of the new “Fight Like A Girl” program (Marj received the very first seat of the new series with the custom embroidered message). I am excited about my new seat and what it represents to me… and all for a great cause, too. Thank you so very much Mustang!”

Marjorie Glynn

Prost Vom INTERMOT!

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30 Sep

Mustang Shows Summit In Germany

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Intermot Logo2The INTERMOT show in Cologne (or Köln as the locals say) is at the apex of the European motorcycle show scene, so it makes sense that Mustang is showing off our new Summit seat in Germany this week. Designed exclusively for the 2014 Harley-Davidson® Rushmore, this seat is the pinnacle of everything we have learned about seat making since 1980. Thanks to our partners at MAG Europe and Parts Europe, Mustang will be well represented at INTERMOT.

IMG_7650aCelebrating the return of the Road Glide to Harley’s lineup, the Rushmore project represents “summit” of what a touring bike should be. Pretty high expectations to live up to, but Mustang’s R&D rose to the challenge! Just as Project Rushmore represents more than another FL for The Motor Company, the Summit is more than just another seat for an FL series Harley. The Road Glide has a special place in the pantheon of touring motorcycles… and we think our Summit is pretty special as well.

76864_hdsmWe believe both you and your passenger will experience the peak of comfort with the Summit Super Touring seat. The one-piece “super” comfortable touring design provides the rider and passenger with the optimum riding position. The 19″ wide Super front bucket sits you 1.75″ further back than the stock seat. The passenger seat is a full 16″ wide and fits perfectly with the OE Rushmore speakers and Tour-Pak. Adding to the comfort level is the optional heating element for the Summit.

The Summit is just the tip of the Matterhorn (oh wait, that is in Switzterland)… the Summit is just one of the high points for Mustang’s offerings at INTERMOT. We will also be showing our new Adventure Touring seat for the BMW R1200 GS and several other items that have not been made available in Europe before now. Cheers! Wait, we meant to say Prost!

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FAN MAIL WITH A MESSAGE

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18 Sep

Ultimate Motorcycle Safety Guide

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We love the tons of testimonials we get from happy customers — internally we call them “brand ambassadors” when we share the fan mail and photos of bikes with new Mustang seats in place. We also sincerely appreciate the critiques and criticisms that come in as well. Believe it or not, we get more excited about ways to improve our seats and customer service than we get about all the “attaboys.”

Motorcycle-Safety-Leather-Pants-151Suffice to say, we pay attention to all the correspondence that comes our way via letters, phones calls or increasingly social media. However sometimes something comes in over the transom that needs to be shared with more than Mustang staff. Recently we received this nice note from Mike along with a link to his “Ultimate Motorcycle Safety Guide For New Riders.” Here is what he had to say:

“I’ve been following Mustang’s Motorcycle Seat Blog for a while now, and I just wanted to tell you what a great job you do. I really enjoyed that post about the Laconia Motorcycle Week… Your tapered Tripper Fastback seat did great things for your CVO Breakout!

Recently, I created a guide on motorcycle safety, and I thought it might interest you.

http://www.michaelpadway.com/riding-skills-and-safety/ultimate-motorcycle-safety-guide

Feel free to share this on your blog or social media, I’m sure your followers would love to see this!

Also, if there’s anything I’m missing, please let me know so I can add it to my guide.”

~Mike

Motorcycle-Safety-TipsThank you Mike! And for the rest of our Mustang Brand Ambassadors, do yourself a favor and check out the Ultimate Motorcycle Safety Guide. Even experienced riders can use an occasional motorcycle safety reminder and Mike really does want to know what can be added to make this piece more informative. In the meantime, keep those cards and letters coming!

RUNNING AROUND DELMARVA BIKE WEEK WITH MUSTANG’S NEW RUNAROUND™

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11 Sep

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Since when has getting the run around felt this good? Since Mustang Seats decided to roll out our new RunAround™ seat at DelMarVa Bike Week festivities. This is the lowest, leanest seat we make for Harley-Davidson® Dyna and FL models — perfect for styling and profiling. Instead of being a bad thing, this version of the the RunAround™ represents a bold look at motorcycle seating without sacrificing Mustang’s legendary reputation for quality.

Our old school New England craftsmanship combined with 21st century design means this seat looks as incredible as it feels. Proudly made in the USA, this seat takes everything we have learned about saddle design since 1980 and incorporates technological advancements in the materials and manufacturing process. In an interesting dichotomy, this seat started in our state-of-the-art CAD-CAM center as R&D plotted the RunAround™ from scratch, then transitioned to our expert team of sewers and seat makers to get that hands-on touch!

76866_app_hd-smAs with all our seats, everything starts with a well-designed baseplate. The narrow front width of just 9.5” for the Dyna (10.5” for FL applications) combined with the ultra low profile keeps the rider positioned properly while still sitting closer to terra firma than the stock seat allows for. However due to Mustang’s seat pan design and our proprietary foam, running around doesn’t have to be a pain in the posterior.

76869_hd-smMade in-house at our historic Three Rivers, MA facility, the controlled density polyurethane foam can be poured a little thinner without compromising the comfort, but making for a much thinner seat pad in the process. The exact angle and density of each seat foam panel is formulated and cast to be soft enough for comfort, but resilient enough to retain its shape and structural integrity for years.

After passing Mustang’s own exacting standards, the low-slung seat was rolled out for riders at DelMarVa Bike Week for the first time. This is the one time where Mustang has actually been happy to give our customers the RunAround™  — so far initial reports from Rallymeister John Glynn have been overwhelmingly positive!

For more specifics, check out the website:

www.mustangseats.com/Categories.aspx?varSearch=RunAround or stop by Mustang’s big rig during DelMarVa Bike Week: www.delmarvabikeweek.com

WHO KNEW?

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3 Sep

Fans Find Factory Tours Fascinating!

IMG_7785_smWho knew? When we decided to host a limited number of factory tours this summer, we had no idea just how popular it would be! Everyone from local HOG chapters to our friends from Backroads Motorcycle Touring Magazine stopped by to tour the historic Mustang Seats facility. With the fall colors right around the corner, now would be a perfect time to schedule your ride through the New England countryside and take a tour of Mustang’s historic factory.

IMG_7777_smA former weaving facility, the factory was located right on the river to use hydro power to spin the looms back at the turn of the century. While we don’t use the river for power any more, we can demonstrate what it takes to make a seat. See how our craftspeople take pride in transforming raw materials into the world’s highest quality, most comfortable handcrafted seats.

IMG_7812_smOverwhelming positive feedback from riders taking the tour has lead us to keep the program going this fall. Located in Three Rivers, Massachusetts, the facility is only 75 miles west of Boston and 150 miles northeast of New York City. Our two hour tours are by reservation only and we can accommodate groups from 2 to 24. We promise you will ride away with an entirely new awareness of what you put between you and your bike.

IMG_7825_smFor those of you who can’t schedule a fall foliage run and a personal tour, here is a teaser for the Mustang Seats factory tours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qA1f9p-C-I

To schedule your own tour, click here for all the details:

http://www.mustangseats.com/mustang/factory-tour

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Perewitz Signature Series Seats Sign In At Sturgis!

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1 Aug

Limited Edition Posters Of The Legend Himself

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To help launch the Perewitz Signature Series seats in Sturgis, bike building legend Dave Perewitz will be signing limited edition posters exclusively at the Mustang displays during the rally. Designed by Dave, made by Mustang, the name really does mean something! Everything we know went into making these seats before the Perewitz name was put on it!

So who is the man behind the mythological “Perewitz” name? Dave Perewitz built his first bike back in 1973 and his Cycle Fab shop quickly gained a reputation. Since then, his artistry and skills have earned the Perewitz name a global recognition, particularly for Harley baggers (or “Baggas” as Dave says with his distinctive Massachusetts accent).

Dave and the team at Mustang worked closely together to create the Signature Series, comprised of one solo seat and four new Fastback styles. In addition to the Solo seat introduced in our 2014 catalog (see pages 36-37), we now have Perewitz Signature seats for most Harley-Davidson® FL models from 1997 and up, in addition to 2006-10 FXST models.

MMP_Perewitz-n-bikeSee the full range of Perewitz Signature Seats in Sturgis, as well as our replacement seats for the all-new Indian motorcycles and the instruction of our retro metal flake inserts. From 12-2 p.m. on August 4th, Dave will be signing these posters at the Mustang big rig located at Black Hills Harley-Davidson. On August 5, he heads over to the Mustang display at J&P Cycles on Lazelle Street, again from 12-2p.m.

If you can’t make it to Black Hills in time to have Perewitz personally sign your seat and grab a poster, you can still download your digital Perewitz wallpaper poster version and also check out the line of Signature Series Seats at:

http://www.mustangseats.com/Categories.aspx?varSearch=perewitz

http://www.mustangseats.com/Mustang/Wallpapers

 

 

THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE

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31 Jul

Get A Mustang Seat & Concert Tickets To Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Mustang is ready to rock at the Sturgis Rally this year… and we mean that literally. Buy a seat at the Mustang rig at Black Hills Harley-Davidson on Friday or Saturday August 1-2, and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win the best seat in the house at the Buffalo Chip for the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert Sunday night!

LynyrdSkynrdTicfketActually we are awarding two chances to win 2 pair of tickets to “The Chip” as well as some exclusive Mustang swag! While you are at the Mustang truck getting your new seat mounted for free, be sure to get a gander at our retro metal flake seats and the new Perewitz Signature Series.

Draw! The names will be drawn at high noon on Sunday, August 3 for the concert later Sunday night. Winner need not be present, but you better be close to your phone or we will move on to the next name in the hopper!

 

 

GOLDEN TICKETS

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30 Jul

Mustang Has The Best Seat In The House Waiting For You At The Sturgis Rally!

MMP14_FB Sturgis Giveaway v5Remember Willie Wonka’s “golden tickets” from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory? Mustang’s version of the golden ticket is pretty sweet, too. Get a first hand look at our new retro metal flake seats that match Harley-Davidson’s® ”Hard Candy” Customs and a chance to see Perewitz Signature Series.

MMP14_CustomCandy 2Actually we are awarding two chances to win 2 pair of golden tickets that will admit you to the best seats in the house at the world famous Buffalo Chip for the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert Sunday night! Buy a seat at the Mustang rig at Black Hills Harley-Davidson on Friday or Saturday August 1-2, and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win.

CharlieTicketThe Golden Tickets will be awarded at noon on Sunday, August 3. Winner need not be present, but you better be close to your phone or it is “Sorry Charlie” and we move on to the next name!