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Mustang Annual Picnic Brings Lots of Fun for All

7 Sep

August 18th turned out to be a sunny, pleasant, balmy day for the 163 Mustang employees & family members who attended Mustang’s Summer Picnic 2012. Employees with families in tow started arriving at the park at 10:00 am for a fun-filled day at Six Flags Amusement Park in Agawam, MA.

Some stayed in the park and tested their mettle on rides like the new Goliath roller coaster while others spent the morning cooling off in the water park.

Starting at noon, everybody made their way to River’s Edge Picnic Grove and quickly identified which pavilion was Mustang’s. Employees and their families first posed for a souvenir photo taken by the company’s HR Manager, then dug into a lunch buffet consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, salads and all the fixin’s.

The kids thought the best part was the portable freezer stocked to the brim with frozen treats like ice cream sandwiches and fudgesicles. It was such a thrill to meet the families of co-workers, some of whom we’d only heard about and now could put a face to a name.

Some families showed up with newly acquired toys such as inflatable bats and colorful capes. The parents wanted to linger over lunch, enjoying the seating in the shade. The kids, however, were eagerly encouraging a return to the main park so as not to miss any of the excitement. By 2:00 pm, the buffet was being packed up and the last of the employees were making their way back to the main park where there awaited costumed characters, spontaneous group dances, a parrot show, a refreshing water park and all the rides and excitement you could ask for.

The following Monday, employees received their souvenir photos of the day and reminisced about the wildly successful 2012 Company Picnic thanks to Mustang and Six Flags.

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!”

 

Report from Americade Rally in New York

11 Jun

Mustang’s Human Resource Manager, Cathy Twiss, spent a day at Americade in beautiful Lake George, NY.  Here is her view of the rally:

June 7 was a lovely sunny day as I drove through the Berkshires on my way to attend Americade, arguably New England’s biggest bike rally.   As I rode into lovely Lake George NY, there were thousands of bikers and the excitement was palpable.  Nobody was in a rush because everyone seemed to understand that it was the journey, not the destination, that was the source of joy at this particular event.   As I walked to the main gate at Tour Expo, Lake George beckoned with calm water and a pristine beach.   Tour Expo is located at “Million Dollar Beach” which is aptly named.

The first thing I noticed was the Mustang logo on the white pillar of the main gate.  Perfect.  I walked through rows of vendors selling everything from motorcycle sound systems to beef jerky.  Everyone was in a good mood and enjoying the weather.  I made my way to the Mustang booth where employees in red shirts were showing customers seats, saddlebags, tank bibs and a variety of other high quality wares.  Three customers were on three different bikes trying out their Mustang seats, wiggling and bouncing to get a better sense of how the seat molded to their body.  Many were smiling and exclaiming “soooo much better than the stock seat!”   Customers who purchase a Mustang seat may have it installed for free by the booth staff.  Customers are issued tickets which allow them to bring their bike into the show and then into the Mustang booth for the install.  The old seat is shipped home for the customer for their convenience.  Many people were availing themselves of this service.  Mustang staff moved quickly and efficiently and the day passed with uneaten lunches lying untouched.  One customer walked by the Mustang booth carrying Roxy, the best dressed dachshund of the day.  Roxy was wearing Harley Davidson gear which included a leather doggy vest, a tiny leather doggy hat and smokin’ doggy goggles.  This was one laid back lady.  Roxy lamented that Mustang does not make a seat quite small enough for her canine behind.

As I made my way back to the parking lot at the end of a long day, I thought about what I had witnessed.  I had seen and heard first hand the fellowship of strangers coming together, bound by a common interest and love of motorcycles and riding.  All other differences were set aside.  Everyone accorded one another a sort of automatic respect simply by virtue of being a fellow rider.  We all knew we had something in common and somehow it made life better.  I was proud that Mustang was at the heart of it all and proud to be associated with Mustang.  As humans, we have a need to belong and a need to be a part of something greater than ourselves.  For one day at least, for one glorious day at Americade, we all did belong.  I only hope this feeling of kinship lasts throughout the year.

Cathy Twiss

Daytona Bike Week 2012

23 Mar

Now that Bike Week has ended, we are concentrating on building our seats.

 

Thanks again to all of you who stopped by one of the three Mustang locations!

 

We hope we helped make your ride home a lot more comfortable!

 

 

 

Bike Week 2012

7 Mar

Will you be among the thousands of people heading to sunny Daytona Beach to attend Bike Week?

If you are, then keep an eye out for us!

 

Mustang will be at three locations this year:

March 9-17th – Miller’s Custom Parts, 1863 S. Ridgewood Avenue in South Daytona

March 7-17th J&P Cycles, Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach
March 8-18th at the Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W International Speedway in Daytona Beach.

We hope to see you there!

Looking Back at 2011

31 Dec

Now that the wrapping paper is all picked up and the gifts are put away, we have time to take a breath and look back at 2011.  We have survived the holidays, seen ups and downs of the economy and experienced the wrath of Mother Nature.

The economy has been on a roller coaster ride, and we are happy to be still strapped in our seats at the end of the year.  We hope the 2012 brings much needed boosts to the economy for all concerned.

Mustang, for the first time in years, closed for a day due to weather related conditions.  Mother Nature decided to “trick us” with a surprise snow storm before that practically shut down Connecticut.  Once the snow was cleared and the power turned back on, we were up and running with business as usual.  We were one of the lucky ones that did not lose power for a long period of time.  It was quite the ordeal for many others, some being without power for 10 days or more.

Even though it is the end of the year when many businesses are quiet during the holidays, we are just beginning to hustle and bustle with things to do.  This is the time of the year that we begin planning our line of seats, creating new ones and continuing to produce the seats that everyone has come to know.  We are preparing our catalogs for printing and distributing, and planning our attendance at dealer and retail shows during 2012.  We always look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at these shows.  Our scheduled shows in 2012 are listed on our website, so if you are going to be attending one or more of them, please stop by and say hello.

We hope that 2012 brings good health and prosperity to all.  We also hope that Mother Nature will be kinder to everyone in the weather department.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  See you in 2012!

Mustang Makes the Rounds at SEMA

18 Nov

Anyone who’s professionally involved in any industry involving cars, trucks and motorcycles knows that the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) convention is absolutely the top dog of such events in the United States.

SEMA is a trade association consisting of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, magazines, builders, restylers, race teams and more. And each fall, this industry’s brightest minds and hottest products are drawn to the Las Vegas Convention Center like moths to a light bulb.

And while this is strictly an industry-only event that’s not open to the public, even civilians know this trade show by one simple acronym: SEMA.

This month, Gary Kendrick, Mustang’s vice president of manufacturing, joined more than 60,000 of his closest friends at SEMA, touting our world-famous motorcycle seats and talking them up to anyone who would listen. He said he spent three full days making (more…)

Mustang will be Well Represented this Month at a Pair of Trade Expos

4 Feb

We’re shipping a bunch of our staffers off to a pair of motorcycle industry trade shows over the next couple of weeks, which gives them the perfect setting to meet and interact face-to-face with distributors, dealers, retailers and the press. Some see industry trade shows in general as junkets, but not us — we put a lot of stock in what can happen at such events and how the knowledge we gain from our peers helps you, the motorcycle enthusiast.

The first February trade show we’ll be attending is V-Twin Expo, which begins this Saturday and runs through Monday at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. We’ll be in Booth No. 315 for this, the V-Twin industry’s biggest trade show of the year. While we’re in The Queen City, we’ll be talking with folks about what’s new for 2011 and attending a number of seminars that are tailor-made for industry professionals.

Then on Friday, Feb. 18, we’ll move one state over to attend the 44th annual Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. This is where everybody who works in the powersports industry gathers to (more…)

Mark Your Calendar for Mustang’s 2011 Rally Events

28 Dec

Our dance card is full with 17 rallies in 11 states scheduled for 2011, and the chances are good that our huge tractor-trailer chock full of motorcycle seats, parts and accessories will be arriving at a rally near you sometime during the next 12 months.

Here at Mustang, we make these rallies into memorable events, allow you – our beloved customers – to try out different Mustang seats on your bike before you buy. And if you’re indecisive about which bike seat best suits your needs, the capable and efficient Mustang mechanics and installation specialists who attend these rallies can help you choose the right size and style of seat for you and your passenger. Installation is quick and free, and we’ll even ship your old seat home at no charge so you don’t have to tote the darn thing around with you.

More details —  including exact locations, dates and hours — will be listed here on the blog and on our site as the date of each event approaches. In the meantime, you can find updates to our 2011 rally schedule online at our 2011 Motorcycle Rally Page. Or you can make a copy of this preliminary list and hang it in your garage for reference: (more…)

Galveston is the Last Hurrah for Our 2010 Rally Season

4 Nov

We’re closing the curtain on the 2010 rally season this weekend at the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas, and we’re bringing along everything that’ll fit in the Mustang rig.

It’s been a great year and we’ve met thousands of riders at events from Florida to New Hampshire and from Sturgis to Nevada. The Lone Star Rally is our last hoopla of the year so we hope that “y’all come on down” to Galveston!

Since everything is bigger in Texas, we decided to end the year with a big bang! In addition to our huge Mustang Seats truck and a full team, we’ll be set up alongside trucks from Kuryakyn, Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, and Metzeler Tires. You can outfit your bike from tip to toe without even leaving the area! 

Trying out different Mustang seats on your bike has never been easier — or more fun. Our capable and efficient mechanics and installation specialists will help you choose the best size and the best style seat for you and your passenger. Installation is quick and free, and we’ll even ship your old seat home at no charge so you don’t have to tote the darn thing around with you.

We’ll be at the same location as last year (Pier #21, right next to where the cruise ships are docked).  Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3pm on Sunday.

Hope to see you in Galveston this weekend or at another show in 2011!