Archive | December, 2010

Mark Your Calendar for Mustang’s 2011 Rally Events

28 Dec

Our dance card is full with 17 rallies in 11 states scheduled for 2011, and the chances are good that our huge tractor-trailer chock full of motorcycle seats, parts and accessories will be arriving at a rally near you sometime during the next 12 months.

Here at Mustang, we make these rallies into memorable events, allow you – our beloved customers – to try out different Mustang seats on your bike before you buy. And if you’re indecisive about which bike seat best suits your needs, the capable and efficient Mustang mechanics and installation specialists who attend these rallies can help you choose the right size and style of seat for you and your passenger. Installation is quick and free, and we’ll even ship your old seat home at no charge so you don’t have to tote the darn thing around with you.

More details —  including exact locations, dates and hours — will be listed here on the blog and on our site as the date of each event approaches. In the meantime, you can find updates to our 2011 rally schedule online at our 2011 Motorcycle Rally Page. Or you can make a copy of this preliminary list and hang it in your garage for reference: (more…)

Mustang Posts Its Holiday Hours

22 Dec

First off, all of us here at Mustang Motorcycle Seats want to wish all of you the best of holidays this season and we especially want to thank you for your support this past year.

As for our plans for the remainder of 2010, here’s the deal:

  • We’re going to be closed on Friday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve day), and again on Friday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve day).
  • Any orders we receive after 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Dec. 23, will ship on Monday, Dec. 27.
  • Any seat order placed after 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, won’t be shipped until Dec. 30 (that’s because our seat factory will be conducting year-end inventory on Dec. 28 and 29).
  • Any orders received after 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Dec. 30, will ship first thing on Monday, Jan 3, 2011.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Of Hieroglyphs and Harleys: All Modes of Cruising Egypt

7 Dec

Two months ago, I left behind the comforts of Connecticut – and my job here at Mustang Motorcycle Seats – and set out on a two-week journey through Egypt.

My itinerary included the usual highlights of a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, as well as number of motorcycle-related encounters that are well worth sharing. Arriving in Luxor, my traveling companions and I visited the Temple of Karnak and then toured the Valley of the Kings (think King Tut, Ramses VI, etc.).

I’ve travelled extensively, but the cultural contrast of Egypt elicited surprises around every corner. We spent a mesmerizing five days cruising up the Nile (it flows north).

Donkeys remain the most common mode of transportation for rural folks throughout Egypt. The banks of the Nile provided an endless tapestry of old men on donkeys, usually pulling a cart overflowing with crops. We glided along, watching children improvise this traditional mode of transport to play a polo match on donkeys.

On the water, fishermen on feluccas (traditional sailboats of Egypt’s Nile) cast their nets while locals boarded 10-passenger “ferries” (14-foot rowboats) to cross the longest river in the world, where some bridges are separated by a hundred miles or more.

The end of our riverboat journey was in Aswan — Egypt’s southernmost city — where armed personnel and bomb-sniffing dogs patrol the city’s High Dam that holds back the 310-mile-long Lake Nasser. Downtown Aswan is a whirlpool of honking taxis, careening scooters, the omnipresent donkey carts and the occasional camel — all flagrantly ignoring the rules of the road and right of ways.

Scooters abound in every town in Egypt — particularly the endlessly clogged streets of Cairo and Alexandria. While I didn’t recognize many of the scooter brands (Dayun bikes were everywhere), I was surprised to see a number of old Jawa bikes (from the former Czechoslovakia) and I was downright shocked to see a Gold Wing touring around Alexandria.

Just within view of the Pyramids of Giza, you can witness a variety of passenger seating arrangements onboard scooters. These include a solo rider with bundles of straw strapped on high; a husband, his wife (clutching her billowing black robes) and two children — plus a chicken in a cage; a gaggle of four, yes, four men hanging on — each, it seemed, facing a different direction. In addition to these passenger configurations, I spotted many bikes zooming around at night without the benefit of headlights!  The only things scarcer than helmets on these scooters were female drivers.

My two-week vacation was drawing to an end, having seen almost everything from a 13th century BC temple in southernmost Egypt near Sudan all the way north (almost 1,000 miles) to Alexandria’s Mediterranean beaches (of Cleopatra fame).

My last stop was a visit to the upscale island of Zamalek, in the middle of the Nile near the center of Cairo. In this well-to-do residential district (think New York’s Upper East Side), one can find European-style, trendy restaurants as well as a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

And there, on the corner of a tree-lined street (quite a rarity in that country), was one of my more surprising finds in Egypt — a modern, glass-faced building that is home to Harley-Davidson of Cairo.

I had emailed the manager a few weeks earlier, mentioning that I would like to come by for a non-business visit — just a quick stop to see the store. The email reply was pleasant, but my actual reception was beyond warm. The entire, multilingual staff could not have been more professional and gracious. You would have thought the “Mustang Seats” pens I handed out were priceless.

The dealer, Indji Ghattas, treated me to an amazing dinner at a nearby Egyptian restaurant. Dina Wassef, Harley-Davidson of Cairo’s assistant general manager, and Sarah Behman, the purchasing engineer, joined us for dinner. This trio of talented women are the heart of Harley-Davidson of Cairo, which could easily serve as the poster child for a top-notch dealership anywhere in the USA.

These three women told me there are very few female riders in Egypt.  Nevertheless, there are an increasing number of Egyptian women ready to ride and a growing HOG (Harley-Davidson Owners Group) chapter in Cairo. To my surprise, not only was (more…)