Archive | September, 2014

Prost Vom INTERMOT!

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

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™

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?

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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