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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

What’s All the Fuss About Foam?

2 Mar

Ever really think about what’s inside your office chair, couch or motorcycle seat?

In most cases it’s foam, and that’s the subject of this 4th chapter in our continuing series “Motorcycle Seats 101.”

For a seat to be comfortable, “it’s what’s inside that counts”. The most important component of comfort no matter what type of seat you are sitting on is the seat foam–both the quality of the foam itself and its shape.

Not all foam padding is created equal. There are essentially two ways to make a “seat shape” out of foam. You can take a large cube of foam and then whittle and grind it down to the shape you want (a relatively cheap and easy process) or you can create the foam in the density and the exact shape you need…all from scratch.

Mustang has perfected a “controlled density” polyurethane formula with the perfect mixture of open and closed foam cells to provide all day comfort for riders. For example, an open cell foam can be easily squeezed or flattened (like a kitchen sponge) while closed cell foam is extremely firm and can barely be compressed (such as a firm life preserver).

Before the foam is mixed, however, a heavy-duty fiberglass mold must be created to perfectly match the seat shape that was designed in Mustang’s R&D department. Once the mold is perfected, the liquid foam solution is poured into the mold.

The lid of the mold must be quickly and securely closed to withstand the force as, within minutes, the chemicals react and the liquid is solidified within the mold–a process similar to a giant waffle maker.

As soon as the foam has cured, the lid is opened and the foam mold is extracted and ready to be hand-built into a Mustang seat—but that’s a later chapter.

Mustang’s high quality foam usually feels firmer than stock but is less firm than other aftermarket seats. It will compress enough to mold itself to your body shape within about 15 minutes of riding time–every time you ride. You do not need a “break-in” period to be comfortable. Your 100th ride will be equal to your 10,000th mile.

Motorcycle Seats 101: Seat Construction: Baseplates

10 Feb

This is the third chapter in our ongoing “Motorcycle Seats 101” blog series. “Seat Construction:  Baseplates” is intended to help motorcyclists understand the basic construction of most seats—this is not specific to Mustang.

Motorcycle seats are made up of three essential parts: the baseplate, the foam and the cover (sometimes these are also referred to as the pan, the cushion and the top).

Before describing these three layers of a seat, you should know that some aftermarket or custom seat makers may use one or more parts of the original (stock) seat rather than actually provide you with all-new components. For instance, many custom seat shops simply take your stock seat off your bike and recover it with a different cover, just as an upholstery shop would recover your living room couch in a different fabric. Other custom seat shops might reshape the foam on your original seat and add their own cover.

If you and your passenger are comfortable on your stock seat and just want to change the look of your motorcycle, changing the cover on the stock seat is a reasonable way to go.

But for the large number of riders who do not find their stock seat comfortable, the best solution is a new seat “from the bottom up.” There are a few aftermarket seat manufacturers that create seats from scratch.  The following describes these three basic seat components:

Seats are constructed on a single baseplate (both the driver’s seat and the passenger’s seat are built on the same, single baseplate) or a two-piece baseplate (two distinct seats). Both of the pieces on a two-piece baseplate can be attached for two-up riding or separated to ride as a solo seat.

Most stock seats and a number of less expensive aftermarket seats are built on plastic baseplates which are cheap to build but are far less sturdy than other materials. Higher quality baseplates used by aftermarket manufacturers are constructed of either marine-grade fiberglass, finished with a high-gloss gel-coat, or black, epoxy powder-coated 16-gauge steel.

The baseplate is the starting point in the design of a motorcycle seat. Ideally, the baseplate is designed to mount the motorcycle using the exact same mounting holes or brackets as the stock seat. (Nobody wants to drill new holes in their frame or fender.)

The notion behind creating an aftermarket seat is to make it far better than the original. That requires a good seat designer to roll the motorcycle into their studio, remove the stock seat and set it aside. Then, starting from scratch the designer creates a baseplate as the foundation for a great seat.

One of the best ways to assess the quality of a motorcycle seat is to turn it over and examine the baseplate area or “underbelly.” When you pick up a premium seat, feel the weight and balance. That alone should show you how substantial a custom seat is compared to most stock seats.

It can be difficult to determine whether a baseplate is fiberglass or steel, but it’s pretty easy to tell if the baseplate is plastic. In some cases, you can actually flex a seat made on a plastic baseplate and literally snap it in two with a little effort.

Whether your new custom seat is built on a fiberglass or steel baseplate, be sure to look for the following features:

• All exposed brackets (visible when the seat is mounted on the bike) should be chrome plated.
• Polyurethane rubber bumpers should be strategically located and riveted to the baseplate to protect the paint and minimize vibration. (Bumpers made of polyurethane are ozone protected and will not crack with age.)
• The edge of the cover material should be hemmed, not just cut off and left ragged.
• The cover should be riveted to the baseplate at close intervals around the edges. (Most stock seat covers are merely stapled on.)
• Although not readily visible, if you were able to lift up the cover, you could note whether a steel-reinforced, impact-absorbing vinyl-edge trim had been secured to the edges of the baseplate to protect the seat cover material from wearing.

•    A label specifying what make/model/year of bike the seat is designed to fit should be visible as well as the manufacturer’s name, warranty and contact information.
•    Finally, complete mounting information should be attached to a replacement seat.

In our next segment we will discuss foam.  See you then!

Watch us Design and Build our Latest Seat

20 Jan

We just added a new line of seats and we’ve documented the design and creation on video.

No matter how you pronounce it, Mustang has the final word when it comes to comfort for the Kawasaki Vaquero.

The deeply pocketed driver seat on the one-piece Wide Touring style with Driver Backrest is a full 16.5” wide and sits you at the ideal cruising angle.  The 13” wide passenger seat utilizes Mustang’s unique internal steel support wings.  The optional driver backrest provides superb back support for those longer rides and is fully adjustable and easily removable.

The Vintage style seat is sold as a three-piece set including solo, removable driver backrest and passenger seat with a backrest receiver for $739; the optional passenger backrest (shown) is $200.  Also available with studs and conchos.

Mustang seats for Metric Cruisers and H-D® models are proudly handcrafted in the USA.  For more info, visit MustangSeats.com or call 800-243-1392.

Click to watch the how Mustang designed and built their new line of seats for Vaquero!

Motorcycle Seats 101: Chapter 1, Seat Fitment

22 Dec

Replacing your stock motorcycle seat with a Mustang seat is easy.  Have you ever taken off your stock seat?  If so, you are well on your way to installing a Mustang seat.  If you still have concerns about replacing your original motorcycle seat, rest easy. It’s a relatively simple process and you don’t have to be a trained mechanic.
Mustang is very careful to build seats that use stock mounting points. We try to make the installation as easy as possible.  If different hardware is needed for mounting the new seat, it will be included with the new seat.
Mustang seats come with printed mounting suggestions; we are also creating a library of video mounting instructions.  For example, you may be mounting either a one-piece or a two-piece Mustang seat.

 

As long as you purchase a Mustang seat that is specifically made for the exact make, model and year of your bike, there’s no need to worry about fitment.  Choose your seat style, mount your new seat and ride in comfort and style!Passenger Backrest

Mustang Offers Up an Encyclopedia of Info on Motorcycle Seats

30 Jul

The very fact that you’re visiting this blog site tells us you’ve got an interest in motorcycle seats and boy, did you stumble upon the best spot on the Internet for that information!

Hands down, Mustang Motorcycle Seats is among the premier makers of quality seats for your ride. So, whether a friend referred you to our blog or you arrived here through an act of God, you’re in luck. In fact, maybe you should scoot out sometime today and buy a lottery ticket.

Our website – MustangSeats.com – features a half-dozen articles under the heading “Motorcycle Seats 101” that are designed to help you make an informed decision when buying a motorcycle seat. We’ve researched and written sections that cover everything from seat fitment to the important questions you should be asking anyone who’s trying to sell you a motorcycle seat.

These sections of our website go deep into the construction of a good motorcycle seat — the materials that work and the ones that just look pretty but fall into ruin faster than a Las Vegas wedding.

In this brief series, the hard-working folks here at Mustang Motorcycle Seats bring you up to speed on motorcycle seat basics. For instance, in Seat Fitment 101, we talk about (more…)

Follow and Connect with Mustang on Facebook and Twitter

28 Jun

Yes, Mustang Motorcycle Seats has gone ahead and jumped on the social networking bandwagon and we’re not looking back. Social networking is a phenomenon that has swept the World Wide Web. Businesses from small one-person operations to Fortune 500 companies are capitalizing on the incredible power of what essentially are individual voices spreading the word to many in the global community.

Did you hear about Mustang’s new seat?

By utilizing our Facebook page, other Facebook users who “Like” us are able to stay up to date on the latest Mustang news and events postings. You can also post questions on our wall — and we promise someone at Mustang will respond. And best of all, you can share your Mustang story with comments and/or photos, thus adding the richness of your experiences to our global voice.

Twitter is another tool that enables us to quickly send out information to those that follow our ‘tweets.’ Using a 140-character message, we can expeditiously share a product announcement or news about rallies and events to anyone who follows us via Twitter.

How do I sign up on Facebook and Twitter,” you ask? 
The easiest way is to visit (more…)

Announcing Online Ordering for Mustang Dealers

21 May

Thanks to the efforts of a highly skilled team of designers, engineers, consultants and testers, we are pleased to announce the new Mustang Dealer website. More than a year in planning and development, the new dealer website brings features and capabilities with one goal in mind: making sure Mustang dealers get what they need with a minimum of hassle.

Mustang Motorcycle Seats - Dealer Website

Let’s take a tour!

If you’re a dealer and you go to www.MustangDealer.com or click on the Dealer Login link at the top of www.MustangSeats.com, you’ll be taken to the Dealer Login page. In the past, dealers had to use a number and a zip code to access the old dealer web site. That’s changed and now dealers can use the e-mail address that has been set up with their account. The new site is integrated with our in-house customer management and ordering software, and all the primary e-mail addresses have been set up as logins to the site. No password? No problem! Simply click on the “Lost or need password” link to create a unique password specific to the dealer account. Submit the e-mail address and a return message will contain a link to a secure page to order for you to create a new password.

Order Pad

Once you’ve logged in, you’ll land on the Order Pad page. This unique feature allows for rapid entry of products by part number directly into your shopping cart. Dealers who know what they want can quickly add and order without having to navigate the more traditional online store.

Order by Bike

Driven by a database that’s integrated with our in-house CRM/Ordering software, we incorporated a search tool that allows you to find all the seats and seat accessories for a specific make, model and year of bike. This tool not only guides dealers to the right product for each customer’s bike, but it (more…)

Unveiling the New Mustang Seats Website

9 Apr

Today, we are extremely proud to officially introduce our new website. For quite some time now, a team of truly dedicated and highly skilled individuals has been working around the clock on creating and launching a vastly improved MustangSeats.com. The new website (pictured below) incorporates many enhanced features and resources — all of which are intended to help you choose the most comfortable seat or the most useful motorcycle seat-related accessories for your bike.

One of the first things you might notice when you visit the new site is a section labeled “Motorcycle Seats 101” (originally titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Motorcycle Seats but Were Too Afraid to Ask”). If you ride a bike, you sit on a motorcycle seat, and the way we look it, you may as well know what goes into making one. We have been making motorcycle seats since 1980 (all here in the USA), and have learned a thing or two along the way that not only helps us make the most comfortable seats available on the market today, but can help you choose the right seat for you and your style of riding.

Our new website allows you to search for everything we manufacturer and sell. Simply enter the specific make, year and model of your motorcycle in the left column of the homepage and off you go. From there, it’s easy to view images of seat styles, find matching accessories, and even view mounting suggestions before making a purchase from us or your local dealer. You can also use the new Mustang website to track recent orders, read customer testimonials, find info about upcoming rallies and events, and reach our office for sales, support or dealer referrals.

And speaking of dealers, if you are a Mustang dealer, click Dealer Login at the very top of the homepage, where after entering your email address and password, you’ll find everything you need from catalogs to prices lists, including our exclusive dealer Biker Essentials catalog, packed with thousands of lifestyle merchandise items.

Finally, let’s not forget about this new blog and our social networking accounts, all of which can be accessed from the new MustangSeats.com. As always, we welcome your questions, comments and thoughts. To reach us about the new website, please leave a comment below.