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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MUSTANG’S 35th ANNIVERSARY PHOTO SHOOT

2 Apr

G0140559-1Have you seen any of our new ads or 35th Anniversary edition catalogs yet? Paying homage to our namesake, the P-51 “Mustang” aircraft, the iconic “Pegasus” winged horse continues to soar to new heights in 2015. Thanks to a little help from our friends at Progressive Suspension, Roland Sands Design and Vance & Hines, not to mention Hot Bike Baggers magazine, we were able to celebrate three and a half decades in high-flying style. A complete squadron of bikes and the V&H race semi converged on the Planes Of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, for the photo shoot in mid-December.

IMG_0244In addition to being home to several P-51Ds, the only surviving flying P-51A Mustang in the world — Mrs. Virginia — is based at Planes Of Fame, which made it the perfect venue for the catalog photo shoot. They have one of the largest collections of flying warbirds in existence and are motorcycle riders themselves. Director Jerry Wilkins even does the annual Run For The Wall ride from Chino to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC on his Harley every year.

In addition to static shots of bikes in the hangars with the historic planes, we also arranged with Nik Wogen from Design By AHAVA to shoot action photography and video. This meant pressing the Burly Brand and Progressive Suspension types into doing some riding (like we had to twist their arms). We also hit up Joey Cisco, Mini Moto racer, former Miss Racer X Supercross and active member of the motorcycle community to be our stunt rider and Merissa Dale did double duty as a stylist and model.

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New products and a new look commemorating our milestone anniversary meant for a looong day of shooting, but the results were definitely worth it! Highlighting the merging of old-fashioned values with high-tech delivery, Mustang has made digital editions of both its Metric and American V-Twin catalogs available. “We have traditionally launched our catalogs in Daytona as part of the Bike Week festivities, but we realize not everyone can escape to Florida in the spring,” says Mustang’s Business Development Director Marilyn Simmons.

MMP15_Catalogs“This year we are making the catalogs available in their entirety online as well as the printed versions,” notes Marilyn. Old-fashioned paper copies are available at the Mustang big rig at most major rallies, or you can get a copy sent to you via snail mail from the website. For instant gratification, virtual viewing is available at http://www.mustangseats.com/Category/Seat-Catalogs

In addition to digital editions of the two new catalogs being launched, Mustang’s social media campaign has also taken off. Starting with the first of the “5-For-35” seats awarded to the top vote getters on Mustang’s Facebook page was presented in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week. Four more free seat will land in lucky winners hands later this season (the Laughlin River Run is next up). More details can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/335581126641080MMP15_FB-35th-GiveawayWinner1_v2

Mrs. Virginia, The Mother Of All Mustangs

IMG_0420Not nearly as widely known as the D-model variant, the first “Mustang” was the P-51A. According to the Planes of Fame records, the Royal Air Force approached North American Aviation to build P-40 Warhawks under license from Curtiss. North American believed they could build a better fighter for the British, and the first NA-73X prototype was flown on 26 October 1940, from Mines Field (now Los Angeles International Airport). The airframe had been completed in a remarkable 102 days!

The early machines were afflicted with aerodynamic problems that increased drag and led to fuel starvation. Later redesigns of the radiator and carburetor ram air scoops solved those problems, and the first production model was delivered to the RAF in October 1942. Meanwhile, the Army Air Corps received its first XP-51 on 24 August 1941. However, the Army Air Forces’ fighter budget outlook was grim, so North American Aviation executives and their Air Force counterparts conspired to fund the aircraft under the attack budget. Accordingly, bomb racks and dive brakes were added, and the Mustang became the A-36, thus keeping the production line open.

On 24 August 1942, 1,200 NA-99 versions were ordered by the AAF, and designated P-51As. The first P-51A flew on 3 February 1943, and the first deliveries began the following month. Mrs. Virginia was restored to flying condition by the Planes of Fame and first flew on 19 August 1981.

If you ever have a chance to ride around Southern California, do yourself a favor and drop in at the Planes Of Fame… there are even a couple of motorcycles stashed away in the hangars. You can see Mrs. Virginia, Spam Can and a couple other airworthy P-51 Mustangs in person or click here for a virtual tour: http://planesoffame.org

Cruiser Customizing Inc. Helps Bikers Choose Mustang Seats

23 Aug

 

MMP_Ldr1220612-art1We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Eric, Kyle and the crew at Cruiser Customizing have done a phenomenal job of researching and compiling the ultimate Mustang Seat buyer’s guide, complete with testimonials from happy customers. Everything you ever wanted to know about Mustang seats and how to determine which is the right seat for you can be found here:

http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/motorcycle-guides/mustang-motorcycle-seats-buying-guide-2013

CCAs the motorcycle rally season has hit high gear this summer, Cruiser Customizing Inc. has been busy serving up related buyer’s guides. These buying guides outline the most popular motorcycle parts and accessories for customizing your Harley, Metric Cruiser or Gold Wing, along with tips on how to install key components and get the look you want.

Made in the USA and in the business for more than 30 years, it’s only natural that Mustang Seats would be one of the first brands to garner a top spot in the Cruiser Customizing Buying Guide section. With riders across the country gearing up for their summer adventures, Mustang offers motorcyclists a wide gamut of seats that are ideal for the long haul. Ultimately, “It’s All About the Ride!” as we like to say around here and bikers are looking for ways to increase comfort and function on the road, while still looking cool.

Cruiser Customizing Inc. (CC) is an e-commerce website that has been in the motorcycle business for 12 years now. Its main focus is aftermarket customization — that is to say, what happens when you ride your bike off the dealership lot, and really begin to infuse your own style and standard of comfort. CC helps motorcyclists treat their baby right, and create the ultimate machine for any biker who wants to upgrade and style their OEM parts.

Mustang Seats has made this easier than ever — take the built-in, removable driver backrest, for example. This style of seat allows motorcyclists to choose their riding style each time they mount their bike. It’s also adjustable, and allows for full back support, no matter where your destination lies. CC highlights these key specs to give bikers smart buying options, and get the best experience possible on the road.

As you may know, Mustang Seats recently teamed up with Roland Sands Design (RSD) to manufacture aftermarket seats. Watch CC’s visit with Roland Sands himself, as they discuss why Mustang was the best option for his personal designs. Also featured in the guide is a step-by-step video that shows the production of a seat in our Massachusetts factory, a quick recap of all the new changes for 2013, and hints at an exciting new program that will allow bikers to customize their seat before it even hits the production line.

Visit Cruiser Customizing’s Mustang Seats Guide and find out why Mustang saddles are deemed “The World’s Most Comfortable Seat”.

Mustang Hits The Road For 2013 Rally Season

27 Feb

Riding season is finally here and the entire crew at Mustang Motorcycle Products is more than ready! To celebrate our 2013 mission statement — “It’s All About The Ride” — we are hitting the road with a new look and a new big rig to help launch the season in style as part of the Bike Week festivities in Daytona Beach, Florida.

If you are planning to take Spring Break early and going to Daytona for Bike Week, be sure to stop by the Speedway to see Mustang’s new look and new products first hand. “After 30 years of making the world’s most comfortable motorcycle seats, our focus has shifted to the ride ahead,” says Product Manager Matt Kulman. “Mustang now has seats for Gold Wings, with Victory Cross Country and Triumph T100 models coming very soon.” Which means Mustang may just have a seat for you!

“We have several other exciting additions to our full range of seats for metric cruisers and Harleys to be announced very soon,” Matt adds. Some of this excitement stems from collaborations with our friends at Küryakyn and racer-turned-designer Roland Sands. “Working with talent like this has resulted in cutting edge designs that are combined with Mustang’s well-established reputation for comfort.”

We are proud of the fact our seats are still handcrafted in the historic facility in Three Rivers, Massachusetts, but we recognize that it was time expand into new markets. To help get the word out, we are taking our rig on the road, starting with Bike Week in Daytona. Be sure to stop by the Mustang display at the track to see what’s new. While you are there, check out the RSD café racer seats (available exclusively through Drag Specialties) and our full line of luggage… and don’t forget to get a copy of our 2013 catalogs for Gold Wings, Metric and H-D® applications.

Of course, even if you can’t ride to Daytona for Bike Week, you can still “Like” Mustang on Facebook@ www.facebook.com/MustangSeats.