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Mustang Gets Some Love On Valentine’s Day

17 Feb

Trades Tab Two Top Trenders

MPNBestOfTheWebMustang gets some love: Cupid was doing double duty this year as a couple of the top trade publications recognized Mustang’s new product development efforts just in time for Valentine’s Day. A tip of the helmet visor to Dan Rice and the R&D team for both Harley-Davidson® Street 750/500 Fastback seat and the Tripper Fastback for the Yamaha Bolt as these two seats were picked to click by Motorcycle & Powersports News and PowerSports Business, respectively.

MPN-2015MMPawardFirst Motorcycie & Powersports News announced the Tripper Fastback was a “Best Of The Web” award winner in its January issue. MPN editor Brendan Baker presented Mustang’s sales manager Jesse Sargent with the award in person at the V-Twin Expo, a trade-only event in Cincinnati back on February 7th. “These awards are determined by the dealers themselves,” Brendan explained during the presentation. “We tabulated the number of views each product received over the course of an entire year, and Mustang’s Tripper Seat for the Bolt was #4 overall.” That is pretty impressive and a true testament to the buzz that Yamaha created with the new Bolt.

PSBNifty50The following weekend, on Valentine’s Day no less, PSB announced their picks for the annual “Nifty 50” awards. For the past 16 years, editors from PSB and its sister consumer publications (including Rider magazine) has elected 50 products and services they believe will help boost dealership profits. IMG_9017smTo be eligible, products must be new or substantially improved from previous years. These products must also be ready for delivery in calendar year 2015. As the first to market with a replacement seat for Harley’s new Street 750/500 motorcycles, Mustang is honored to have made the PSB pick.

Our venerable Fastback design literally had to be recreated from scratch to match the first new motorcycle platform The Motor Company has introduced in more than a decade. Talk about a match made in Harley heaven, this new seat offers our most popular style for an all-new bike. About the only thing we didn’t bring to the wedding party was something blue… At least not yet! There might be some options added to custom seat program later this year.

In the meantime, we are honored to feel the love from the dealers and industry insiders. But this is only the beginning of some big things Mustang has in mind to help celebrate our big 35th Anniversary this year. Stay tuned!

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!

Retro Metal Flake Seats Shine At Sturgis!

25 Jul

MMP14_LB_Sturgis Retro-v1There may be nothing new under the sun as the pundits claim, but that is exactly where the latest seats from Mustang look their best! We are introducing a galaxy of metal flake seats to match the retro color schemes found on the Harley-Davidson Hard Candy Custom™ models. Next week during the Sturgis Rally, Black Hills Harley-Davidson will be the center of the universe for Mustang’s newest custom seat option — Rally goers will see everything from “Deep Space Blue” to “Vortex Green” and even a special surprise retro color scheme!

MMP72_72greenFlake1[1]Part of the extensive custom seat program we introduced last fall, customer demand for metal flake has added even more options when it comes to creating your own seat. Our selection of different stitch patterns, thread colors and now metal flake inserts to choose from makes it possible for anyone to create a truly one-of-a-kind seat.

MMP14_CustomCandy 2Of course Mustang’s staff claims they are all too young to remember when metal flake was first popular, but Mustang is old school. In fact, we have been manufacturing the world’s most comfortable motorcycle seats in our historic New England factory since 1984. With countless combinations of stitching options, 12 contrasting thread colors and now 8 metal flake panels, our custom seat option is available for three of our most popular seat sales for starters: Tripper™ Solo, Tripper Fastback™ and DayTripper™ — but more seats and colors are coming.

Seeing is believing, but these out of this world colors have to be seen in the light of day rather than on a computer screen to really do them justice. We wanted something really special to share with our friends from Black Hills Harley, since they have been such great hosts during the Sturgis Rally. This will be the first place to see the rainbow of retro metal flake colors actually sewn into the seats and mounted on a motorcycle.

Check them out at http://www.mustangseats.com/custom/75625 — but you will have to stop by the Mustang truck at Black Hills Harley-Davidson to see the exclusive unveiling of their “Cosmic Purple” colorway and some other surprises during the Sturgis Rally.

TRACTOR SEATS?

15 Jul

Mustang Springs Solo Seats On Bolt Buyers

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Who knew what a blank canvas Yamaha was introducing back when they busted out the Bolt during Daytona Bike Week in 2013. Like its namesake, the Bolt electrified the marketplace and charged up a bunch of custom builders to create their versions of the bike. DZ BratBolt2Ranging from the Roland Sands Design dirt track-inspired machine to the Burly Brand “Brat” bike built by David Zemla, the Bolt has proven to be an incredibly versatile platform for the customization crowd.

While we can’t answer the question posed by Cycle World magazine: “Is Yamaha’s Bolt a better Sportster than the Sportster?” — we were ready with the answer for aftermarket seating options. Initially we offered our Wide Studded Solo, Tripper Fastback™ and Vintage Solo seats for the Bolt. Now lightning strikes again for the Bolt with our new Spring Solo seats exclusively for the Yamaha bobber.

While some pundits say it is a “tractor seat” that is exactly what the customer wants in many cases. While it may look the part, Mustang’s Spring Solo seat combines an old-school look with 21st-century comfort. A pair of seat springs installed on a solid steel frame cover serve a functional purpose rather than being just a cosmetic afterthought.

Technological upgrades from your great grandfather’s John Deere include an advanced expanded vinyl cover, marine-grade fiberglass baseplate, and Mustang’s controlled density molded foam for maximum support and comfort. A well-contrived hinge at the nose of the seat makes accessing the matching underseat storage pouch a snap!

BikeBoltSpeaking of a snap, the customization process takes less than 5 minutes, and requires just a couple tools. No trimming, grinding or welding required! There is even a comprehensive installation video demonstrating just how easy it is to make the switch to the retro spring solo seat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oF60lXQbUg

DOES THIS FAT REAR TIRE MAKE MY SEAT LOOK BIG?

10 Jul

Mustang Breaks Out Seats For The FXSB Softail Breakout® At Laconia

HistoricCelebrating 91 years of history in 2014, Laconia Motorcycle Week is the granddaddy of all motorcycle rallies and Mustang’s home turf, so we had to do something special for the occasion. We decided to break out comfort for one of the hottest Harley’s around at Laconia and introduced a brand new seat specifically for the 2013-14 Harley-Davidson® FXSB Softail. Fans of the fat-tired CVO Breakout® were treated to the first look at these seats at Mustang’s big rig. Special shout-out to our friends at Laconia H-D in Meredith, NH for hosting this big deal for us during the mid-June festivities.

MMP14_LB_Breakout-v1Rally-goers had the first look at two versions of our Tripper Fastback™ seat, and consensus was that the tapered Fastback made the really accentuated wide-tire look of the Breakout. Although both seats offer a 13” front width for the driver and a 7” wide rear, the big difference is the addition of a Tuck and Roll option. Style and comfort combined into one eye-catching, super clean seat that is particularly well suited for the lines of the Breakout.

HDShopThe low cut Tripper Fastback is more than just another pretty face… um, seat. It offers good back support and places the rider a little closer to the ground. Although the seat is tapered in back, it still offers a reasonable degree of passenger comfort as well.

If your Summer Vacation didn’t start in time for you to make it to Laconia to see the new seats in person, we invite you to check it out at:

http://www.mustangseats.com/Product/76780/Harley-Davidson-Softail-Breakout-2013-2014-Tripper-Fastback

Beating The Bad Weather Blues With A Bolt Out Of The Blue!

9 Jan

WaDCSnowWith apologies to Ray Charles and his seminal lyrics, if it wasn’t for bad weather, we would have no weather at all this winter. Our big plans to take a bite out of the Big Apple and bring attention to Dave Perewitz “Signature Series” Custom Seat program at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows event in New York was something of a bust. A native New Englander like Mustang, our friend Dave had no problem making it to the Jacob Javits Center in December, but the media and the crowds were another story. Rather than crying the blues, we decided to press on.

When the IMS tour started back up in January, the forecast for the Detroit show was looking pretty grim. Hoping that the record cold snap would uh, snap, we held onto the electrifying news of Mustang’s new seats for the Yamaha Bolt for another week until the IMS tour reached Washington, DC. Hopefully it was worth the wait for owners of Yamaha’s galvanizing new bike.

Bolt3Yamaha seems to have captured lightning in a bottle with the new Star Bolt. Since it was first presented to the public during Daytona Bike Week last spring, response has been nothing but positive… even among the normally negative media outlets. The bare bones bike has struck a chord with many customizers, while the fuel-injected 950cc air-cooled engine really resonates with hardcore riders. About the only thing we could see shorting out was the stock seat. So Mustang charged ahead with a range of three seats, matching pillions, fully adjustable back rests and accessories such as matching fender bibs, tank bibs and even studded sissy bar pads.

Starting with the Tripper Fastback™ and progressing to a pair of solo-style seats, we have a replacement seat for virtually every Bolt owner. Our popular two-up Tripper Fastback features a 10″ wide driver seat, cut low to provide good back support for the rider. The “Fastback” portion of the Tripper seat is tapered in back, but still offers a reasonable degree of passenger comfort.

If you prefer to fly solo, then perhaps the Wide Vintage Solo version is the seat for you? The 14” wide front bucket positions the pilot at the ideal cruising angle. Like the Bolt itself, the stripped down Vintage Solo saddle comes without studs or conchos.

A third option is the Wide Solo Seat, complete with optional studs and conchos for those so inclined. The 14” wide front bucket sits the driver at the ideal cruising angle. The optional 10” wide passenger seat extends forward to provide ample back support for the driver. Further increasing the versatility of both solo saddles are the matching passenger seat. The 10″ wide passenger pads feature Mustang’s unique internal steel support wings to keep the entire width of the molded foam supported.

But we aren’t done singing our praises, yet. Fully adjustable, easily removable driver backrests are optionally available for both styles of solo saddles. These built-in backrests offer more features than any other backrest on the market and are ideal for longer rides.

Clean, class, comfort… Mustang has three compelling reasons for Bolt buyer’s to consider swapping saddles. Despite being handcrafted in America, Mustang’s replacement seats for the Bolt won’t break the bank, either: MSRP for the Tripper Fastback and Wide Vintage Solo is just $319 and the Wide Studded Solo version is only a couple bucks more at $329.

If you couldn’t make it to the IMS tour stops, click on:  http://bit.ly/1evfKQV

Good, Better, Best… MUSTANG! Upgrading The World’s Best Touring Bike

22 Oct

FB_Cover_F6BRemember the old “good, better, best” approach? It works great for household appliances like toaster ovens and dishwashers, but it begs the question “what is better than best” in the motorcycle world? People tend to have higher expectations for their motorcycle than they do of their toasters!

According to Honda, the new Gold Wing F6B takes the world’s best touring motorcycle, the Gold Wing, and makes it that much better. The new F6B is lighter, trimmer and leaner than the old ‘Wing. It takes the “good” features of the Wing and makes them a good deal better, starting with plenty of storage and upgraded performance. However we have found one area where better than best is available : The Seat!

Not saying the stock seat is bad, but Mustang’s all new Tripper Fastback is better by design. The 17″ wide front seat sits the rider about 1″ lower than stock for maximum control of the bike while stopped. With the Tripper-style seat, the rider is also positioned further back “into the bike” rather than perched on top, while the notch in the stepped seat offers a full 8″ of all-day back support.

Even better than the Tripper Fastback saddle from Mustang is our Tripper Fastback Deluxe model. The “Deluxe” version offers a Tuck and Roll pattern in the center panel for a “better than best” upgrade for the F6B. High style combined with luxurious comfort sounded like a good mix to our product design team, so the all new Tripper Fastback Deluxe was patterned after classic high-performance Mustang designs and intended to complement the luxurious feel of the F6B.

Adding to the comfort is the pillion portion of the saddle. The passenger seat is 14″ wide and is contoured to take pressure off the co-pilot’s thighs, so you and your passenger can now enjoy outstanding comfort and longer rides together. Both the standard and Deluxe Tripper Fastbacks are designed to work with or without the stock passenger backrest.

Don’t worry about “good, better. best” — cut to the chase and get the better than best option: Mustang!

Clean, Class, Comfort… And Now Custom!

12 Sep

AIMB adIn a radical departure from long-standing Mustang tradition, we are now offering custom seats with a selection of different stitch patterns, inlay panels and thread colors to choose from. This gives you the opportunity to make your seat as unique as your ride. For those of you saying “finally” just know that we would not release anything that did not meet our strict quality control standards.

The first step in the automated online seat design process is to pick a stitch pattern. Plain, Tuck And Roll and Diamond Stitch options are all available. Then comes time to pick a color… don’t worry, as you go through each step, you can see exactly how it will look. There is even a magnifying glass tool that enables you to take a close up look at the contrasting stitching colors.

Like Henry Ford with the Model A, you could have your Mustang seat in any color you like so long as it was black. We did add distressed brown to the mix last year, but now we have a full spectrum of colors to choose from, including everything from Sky Blue and Burgundy to Goldenrod and Gun Metal. For you traditionalists, don’t worry, we still offer basic black. However we know that not everyone’s computer monitor is properly color calibrated, so we will be happy to send you a color swatch to confirm it is exactly the shade you want before handcrafting your custom seat.

With all the endless permutations of stitching options, vinyl insert colors and 15 contrasting thread colors, we are introducing the custom seat option on three of our most popular models for starters. Tripper™ Solo, Tripper Fastback™ and DayTripper™ are the three seat styles currently available to design your own seat from.

As if the ability to custom tailor your Motorcycle Bagger Oct 2013very own Mustang seat wasn’t compelling enough, how about getting your bike featured in one of your favorite magazines?  That’s right, in order to kick off our brand new Custom Program, anyone ordering a seat from Mustang will get a 1 year subscription to their choice of American Iron, RoadBike or Motorcycle Bagger magazine… on us! That’s right, all custom seats come with a free sub, courtesy of our friends at TAM Communications Inc.

TAM Starburst Sub Promo Q4 2013Even better, one lucky winner will also have their bike (with its new Mustang seat, of course) featured in their favorite magazine. We will also be posting a custom seat gallery that can serve as inspiration for your own design ideas.

See it all at www.mustangseats.com/custom

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARLEY, MEET THE FAAKERS & WELCOME TRIUMPH!

29 Aug

Mustang Goes Global

They say there is no restHD 110 for the wicked, but Mustang is definitely on a wickedly crazy schedule! Even before we could get properly unpacked from Sturgis and the Parts Unlimited NVP, it was time to hit the road to Milwaukee to help our friends at Harley-Davidson® celebrate their 110th anniversary (and we thought being around since 1980 made Mustang old). Somehow we will have to be three places at once for the next week or so.

JP_EBW_Logo_smWhile John Glynn was taking our big rig to House Of Harley in Milwaukee where he and his crew will be through September 2nd, another herd of Mustang people was flying over Iceland on the way to European Bike Week held at Faaker See in Austria. Attending this show is a first for Mustang, but it is said to be the biggest bike rally in Europe and on par with Daytona Bike Week in terms of importance. Look for a full report later.

Faak_MapAs if that weren’t enough, more Mustang types were busy rolling out our new range of seats for Triumph Bonneville and Thunderbird models. Think of it as New England handcraftsmanship meets Olde English styling. The crazy travel schedule notwithstanding, the worldwide launch of our new seats for Triumphs is probably the most ambitious project we have tackled in awhile. However Gary and the guys in R&D really came up with something special!

Looking as if it could have come from legendary Triumph designer Edward Turner himself, Mustang’s Classic Seat for the Bonneville variants (T100, Scrambler and Thruxton) updates period correct styling with modern materials. The result is a saddle that looks the part, but feels even better!

Meanwhile our popular DayTripper™ and Tripper Fastback™ seats are now available for Triumph’s1600cc Thunderbird cruisers. If a one-piece Tripper isn’t your cup of tea, we are offering our two-piece touring seat for the Thunderbird as well. No matter which style you opt for, it’s what is inside that counts. Our proprietary padding is the perfect combination of open- and closed-cell foam — but you already knew that! Honestly, we can’t wait for Triumph riders to “discover what a difference comfort makes” to coin a phrase.

More styles and model Bonneville_softshadow2applications are coming soon… and we have some other surprises in store for you. But you are going to have to wait until after the 110th and European Bike Week wrap up and we have recovered from the jetlag to learn more about what else we have hidden back in the Three Rivers, Mass. R&D center.