Freewheeling Trike Seats Take Off At 75th Anniversary
Best rally ever? All indications are that the 75 Anniversary of the Sturgis Rally was a success. The record crowds were no shock, however the interest in Mustang’s latest seat for Harley-Davidson’s FLRT Freewheeler™ three-wheeler was a pleasant surprise. “We just wanted to show off the new Freewheeler seat, but had not anticipated the amount of interest it was going to generate,” admits Mustang Seats’ Rallymeister John Glynn. He attributes a more mature demographic, the fact that the riders are staying in the saddle longer than ever before and the sheer number of people at Sturgis to Mustang’s successful launch of the new trike seat. “Plus it is a damn good seat!”
Traffic at both Mustang’s locations in the Black Hills was up considerably compared to last year. “It took 20 minutes just to get across the street to Mustang’s location on Lazelle Street and foot traffic at our big rig was up by at least 70%,” he adds. “The star of the show really was our three-wheeler seat at both locations.” According to South Dakota DOT traffic entering the city of Sturgis was up… substantially.
“Traffic for the 2015 Official Rally Dates was up 30.7% from 2014. 2014 Traffic entering Sturgis at the 8 locations was 390,693. Traffic entering for 2015 at the 8 locations was 510,749. That is just the city of Sturgis and doesn’t take into account folks at The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Deadwood, Spearfish and Rapid City (with a very large concentration of vendors working at Black Hills Harley-Davidson). In addition, the South Dakota DOT does traffic counts only for the official dates of the rally, from Monday to Sunday. The methodology used to count traffic is based on portable road tube counters recording one vehicle for every 2 axles that hit the road tube. Counters and road tubes are checked daily during the week to ensure everything is counting correctly. Data is collected every Monday and Thursday. Taking traffic counts began with the 50th Rally in 1990.
While the traffic count was no surprise, the hit of the show for Mustang was… Our new replacement seats for the Freewheeler™ were stopping traffic at the Rally Rig at Black Hills Harley. “The comfort level is second to none while the clean look and feel of the expanded vinyl cover and detailed automotive-inspired stitching has to be experienced first-hand,” adds John. With Mustang’s marine-grade fiberglass pan and all-day-comfort foam supporting the rider in the ideal cruising posture, racking up the miles to Sturgis or wherever your road trips may take you are no problem.
“With a Mustang seat, you can ride your Freewheeler™ all day, every day,” claims Glynn. Features a front bucket drain hole, matching fully-adjustable driver backrest and built-in driver backrest receiver (note, this will not work with a frame-mounted backrest kit). In addition to the standard seating position, Mustang offers a “forward” version, the Forward Touring which moves the rider 2″ forward on the motorcycle for easier steering, something to take into account on a trike.
“Our seats are preferred by motorcycle riders who want comfort, quality and style from a company that firmly stands behind their products,” John says. “Whether it is two wheels or three, Mustang continues to earn its wings with every ride!”