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Installing A Mustang Seat — Our IT Guy Says “IT” Is Easy!

8 Jan

Back in October I had an opportunity to step out of my normal role of managing  Mustang’s IT infrastructure. Instead of bytes and cyberspace, I had a real world opportunity to help out our art director Julie with a photo shoot. I was a little worried that I might be biting off a little more than I could chew since it has been 16 years since I have ridden anything with two wheels (a reckless driver curtailed my riding days). My only experience “installing” Mustang seats has been helping getting many of the mounting instructions web-ready for publication on mustangseats.com. However I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into this project, so to speak.

We gathered some Mustang seats, assembled some Biker Essentials merchandise and then brought in some friends of mine whose entire family are avid riders. We also had three different bikes to put seats on for the photo shoot: a Yamaha 1100 and two Honda 1800 VTXs. In a matter of a few minutes my buddy, his brother-in-law, and his dad had their stock seats off. Actually seeing the stock Honda and Yamaha seats made me respect the construction of a Mustang seat… from its baseplate to its high-density foam to its synthetic leather cover. The quality and difference is both tactile and visceral. After holding my buddy’s stock VTX1800 passenger seat and then holding the replacement Mustang seat I could instantly tell why Mustang’s tagline says: “what a difference comfort makes!”

With the seats off, the other guys went to get dressed in some of the pretty cool Biker Essentials gear, leaving me to install the seats. Now don’t let the title “IT Guy” fool you, I know which end to hold on a screwdriver. In the less than 10 minutes, I had the Mustang seats installed on each bike. Simply slip the front tongue into the receiving bracket, bolt down the back or side bolts with the provided hardware, and the solo seats were on. Two-up seats are a snap, too. Slip the front bracket into the special slotted nut and bolt down the passenger pad, check to make sure everything is tight and the two-up seats are good to go.

The initial response from our “models” when getting back on the bike was a universal “Wow!” That was satisfying to hear. When their wives and girlfriend got onto the passenger pads and said the same thing again, it really showed that Mustang does it right.

As far as installing a Mustang seat , I can personally say “IT” really is an easy install! In fact, I’m looking forward to helping out again.

Bill Bulman

IT Guy at Mustang

European Super Rally Report by Karl

19 Jun

Mustang became a “Premier Vendor” on HDForums.com this year.  Reading through the riders’ threads has been an interesting and entertaining experience.  In addition, we’re always happy when we can assist members by providing a link or answering a question about our products.  Recently we came across a posting that really caught our attention.  We contacted the author, Karl (an “Aussie lost in Switzerland”), who rides a 2010 FXDC Dyna Superglide Custom.  He told us that, during the 5 days to and from the rally, he spent close to 25 hours riding 2200 kilometers (1367 miles) total but not once was he uncomfortable on his Mustang seat.

Karl kindly gave us his permission to post excerpts of his story here; the complete, R-rated version can be found at http://bit.ly/M4FHwj.

“Last weekend, one of Europe’s longest running and arguably biggest rally took place in the little town of Ballenstedt, Germany.  This year was the 30th event and the first time it was back in Germany after originally starting there 30 years ago (the Rally is in a different European country every year).

Myself and my buddy, Sheb, decided to make the round trip pilgrimage to go to the Rally.  We met up at 5.30pm Thursday afternoon, and decided to just haul ass up the Autobahn to Stuttgart then to Nuremburg (about halfway) and stay at a camp ground overnight and cruise the rest of the way Friday morning.  The trip to Nuremberg itself was uneventful, although Sheb took advantage of the speed unlimited autobahn to see what his 2004 stage 3 Heritage could really do.  He backed off the gas when he hit 115 mph as he was in danger of the wind blowing him off his bike. (115 mph with 16 inch apes has a crazy parachute effect, but his bike still had plenty to give.)

We arrived at the campground around 10.30 in the evening due to some scenic routes taken earlier to discover it had closed for the night despite the little sign on the office door saying it was open until 11pm.  Cest la vie I guess, so we decided to push on up the Autobahn for a little longer to see if we could find a hotel or Gasthause (B&B).  2 hours later we had no luck so we pulled over into a truck parking area on the side of the Autobahn, threw our sleeping bags on the ground and slept under a tree.  Clear sky, no chance of rain, so it was all good.

Next morning we were awoken by sunshine and a bird pecking at Sheb’s hair.  We rolled up our bags, saddled up and hit the Autobahn again. We had all day to cover 300ish kilometers, what could possible go wrong….

The route we rode took us through the German country side, all rolling hills with areas of flatlands, small towns and villages, through fields of wheat, sunflowers, and all manner of other farm lands.  We were enjoying the scenery and all that only riding a bike can provide so much that it took us about an hour to realize we had no idea where we were.  Time to consult the Oracle.  Turned out we where way off course, by about 150 kilometers. Oh well, we had all day, what could possibly go wrong…..

To make a long story short, we managed to turn what should have been a 200 km ride through the countryside into a 350 km scenic cruise.  It would be fair to say that we started out lost and just found our way eventually.  But the weather was glorious, the roads where excellent and…we finally arrived at the rally in the afternoon.  We picked a camp site, parked, got off the bikes and turned around to see a guy standing there offering a beer to each of us.  Legendary!

As it turned out we had picked a camp place next door to a Fryslan (Dutch) MC.  Those guys certainly knew how to party and made us part of their group for the weekend.  What a bunch of first class people they were too!

Some of our Dutch neighbors. Left to right: Manimal, Myself, Grizzly, the Dog Father.

After pitching our tents and relaxing with beers and our Dutch neighbors for a couple of hours we all decide to hit the festivities area, which was huge to say the least.

There were 2 enormous tents that would hold at least 3000 people, these had bands…and all manner of other stage entertainment.  The site was on a local airstrip, so the runway was being used for drag racing and stunt riding demo’s.  More beer tents than you could count, almost as many Jack Daniels stands, food stands with all manner of yummy stuff, and a retail/market area with about 100 different stalls.

After checking things out for a bit, we went into the main tent and spent the rest of the night drinking and watching the Deep Purple tribute show, and finally crawled back to our tents at around 3 in the morning, tired as all get out, but happily drunk and knowing tomorrow was going to be more good times.

I awoke the next morning and crawled out of my tent to be greeted by our Dutch neighbors who provided me with a breakfast beer and a coffee chaser…

Walking back to the main area we noticed a soccer field was being setup, we asked what was going on and were informed that a MotoFussball game was about to start.  Gotta see that!  Just enough time for the 4 second trip to the nearest beer tent for some spectating beverages.

MotoFussball was some dirt bikes with the front fender modified with a steel frame that came down to about 4 inches short of the ground.  These guys would trap an over-sized soccer ball between their foot and the frame and ride down the pitch flat out and try to kick the ball into the goal or pass to a teammate. There were 8 bikes on the field and chaos was the order of the game with bikes blasting around, crashing into each other and putting on a great show for us.

We then headed back to our campsite and were invited by our Dutch neighbors to join their BBQ for dinner.  Full bellies and many beers later we head back to the event area to see what’s going on.

We headed over to the big tent caught the Rolling Stones tribute show.  These guys where brilliant and we spent the rest of the night enjoying the music, chatting up the bar girls, and getting more horribly drunk.  Memory is a bit hazy as to what we did after the Stones show.  I recall falling off a stool I was standing on at one point.

I have no idea what time I went to sleep, dawn was just cracking when I got to my tent.

I awoke around 1pm Sunday afternoon with a hangover from hell.

Sunday morning Sunrise, just before going to bed….

We decided we’d head out on the haul home and just casually cruised down the Autobahn to Nuremburg where we found a cheap hotel for the night.

The next morning, we decided to head home a different way via Munich, then Austria then shoot west into Switzerland. We had all day, what could possibly go wrong….

At some point we took a wrong turn in Austria and ended up crossing into Switzerland way down south and on the road to Saint Moritz. I have to say that the route from Austria down into Switzerland to Saint Moritz is simply incredible.  Rolling through about 150 kms of forests and valleys of the Swiss and Austrian Alps and up over the Julien Pass on a road that had no straight sections to speak of was just amazing.  Highly recommend this route be put on any rider’s Bucket List.

We finally emerged from the alpine and forest roads and hightailed it home, arriving around 10 pm to be greeted by the cat yelling at me and the promise of a hot shower and my comfy bed.

At this time I absolutely must point out that my investment in my Mustang seat paid for itself a thousand times over.  I was sure my bruised ass (refer to R-rated edition of story) was going to make me pay for my stupidity on Saturday night, but the Mustang seat nursed my sorry ass all the way home, so a big THANK YOU to Mustang!

Next year’s Super Rally is in Poland.  Already planning for it but might buy a GPS this time since what was supposed to be a 1600 km round trip turned into a 2200 kilometer marathon, but we had some incredible riding, a wild weekend and I would do it all again in heartbeat.

Hope to see some of you at the Poland meet next year!”

 

Praise for Mustang Seats — on Another Website!

19 Aug

Nothing pleases us more than to read a glowing review about our motorcycle seats, especially when they appear on someone else’s website. We’re absolutely thrilled that customers do this all the time without any prodding, pleading or promises from us asking them to do so.

So you can imagine how happy we were when Kyle Bradshaw, community director at CruiserCustoming.com alerted us via our Facebook Wall to a nice write-up about our seats that appeared on CruiserCustomizing.com community pages recently. Cruiser has been selling motorcycle parts online for more than nine years, offering great merchandise at fair prices, as well as comprehensive product reviews on thousands of parts.

The author of the Cruiser Customizing review lives in Richmond, Va., and goes by the handle vasoftball5, and he’s new to the joys of owning a Mustang Motorcycle Seat.

So what did vasoftball5 have to say about Mustang Seats? Seems this rider purchased one of our Wide Touring Seats with a driver backrest and matching passenger sissy bar pad — all decorated with studs and conchos. He said the seat was (more…)

Did You Know that Nearly a Quarter of Motorcycle Riders Are Women?

11 Oct

Two of our favorite words here at Mustang Motorcycle Seats are “unsolicited testimonial.” And when we get a good one, I like to share it.

What’s real special about this letter — other than the writer goes on and on about our seats — is that it’s written by a woman who has an obvious passion for anything on two wheels. I mean, she had the wherewithal to complete an agonizing Iron Butt endurance challenge without a whine or a whimper. We’re talking a thousand miles in less than a day! Get outta here!

Makes you kind of wonder where the female contingent of the motorcycle-riding public stands in relationship to the menfolk. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. First, the aforementioned letter from rider Darlene B.:

Comfy All the Way

I just completed a 30-day, 7,247-mile, “around the U.S. in 26 states” trip with my Mustang seat with driver back on my VTX1300R. I started my month-long trip doing a 1,000-mile Iron Butt run in just 21 hours — and I was comfy all the way!!

What a comfortable trip. I bought a Mustang seat for my VT750 and drove a total of 6,000 miles on day trips.  Now, with the new one on the 1300, I am sold that Mustang is the best, most comfortable seat!  Thank you!!

— Darlene B., Carson City, Nev.

We appreciate Darlene’s kind words, and we’re especially pleased that her ride was comfy on the Honda VTX1300R. It’s always nice to hear good things about our seats from the metric crew, and Darlene’s note is one of several we’ve received from riders who prefer the modern metric models and sport bikes over the old-school Harley-Davidsons. It just goes to show that riders of both sexes and both sides of the generational fence love our seats.

Which brings us to the purpose of this blog post — the ladies behind the handlebars. The latest findings from the Motorcycle Industry Council Owner Survey show that among the millions of Americans climbing on a bike these days, an increasing percentage are women and (more…)