Archive | October, 2014

What Happens In Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay In Vegas…

30 Oct

But Maybe It Should?

Mustang decided to switch things up a little this Rally season. Instead of ending our year at the Legendary Lone Star Rally deep in the heart of Texas (actually in Galveston November 6th-9th), we added stops out west in Reno for the Street Vibrations Fall Rally and Las Vegas for Bikefest and skipped Texas on the way back across the country to end the season at Biketoberfest in Daytona. In retrospect, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea…

BonanzaBut we digress. The return to Reno was well worth it. Although a downpour dampened the crowds in The Biggest Little City In The World, things worked out pretty well for Mustang at Street Vibrations, according to Rallymeister John Glynn. The giant awning on the big rig kept riders dry while their new Mustang seats were being installed free of charge. A steady stream of appreciative bikers gave a positive vibe to the Street Vibrations event. So far, so good on our westward swing.

BikefestOn to Sin City and everything was coming together without a hitch for Las Vegas BikeFest the following weekend. Unseasonably mild weather saw Mustang Seats set up with our friends from Biker’s Choice, Crusher Performance, J&P Cycles, Küryakyn, Vance & Hines, to name just a few of the exhibitors. Then the wheels came off… literally! Where there is smoke, there is fire as they say and although the details were somewhat hazy, it seems that one of the Mustang motorcycles was involved in a sordid incident that involved a questionable decision, a big crowd of people and a smoked tire.

BikesLinedUpExhibit A: John Glynn’s immaculate Dyna that is an integral part of the Mustang Seats’ traveling road show. This bike is kept on the big rig for “Display Purposes Only” and not meant to be ridden around. Exhibit B: one cooked carcass! According to eyewitnesses and some sketchy surveillance video footage, the metal flake red Dyna is alleged to have won second place in the Las Vegas BikeFest Burnout Contest.

Burnin RubberBurned tire  Despite his claims that he was “home in bed” at the time of the incident, Küryakyn brand rep Willie G. smelled suspiciously like burnt rubber and hydrocarbons the next day.

Burned Tire

 

 

 

Of course what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, so don’t tell anyone back at Mustang Seats HQ! Good thing the burnout was sponsored by Metzeler since the Dyna’s rear rubber was roached!  In hindsight, maybe next season Mustang should return to the Lone Star Rally and avoid the temptations of Las Vegas?

Check out the video footage on our Facebook page for more circumstantial evidence: https://www.facebook.com/video.php v=10152832897796995&set=vb.141120856994&type=2&theater

 

Boldly Going Where No Seat Maker Has Gone Before

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!

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!

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