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HOT RODS TRANSLATE INTO THE QUEEN’S ENGLISH

5 Dec

hotrod_1The classic low-slung look of the hot rod may have started in America, but it has translated well into the Queen’s English as Triumph took the styling cues for the Speedmaster and the America straight from a 1950s jalopy. Since these motorcycles roots reside on this side of the pond, we decided it was high time for Mustang’s New England craftsmanship to merge with motorcycles from merry olde England. We now have a complete range of replacement seats and accessories for the Triumph America and Speedmaster.

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We wanted to improve the ergonomics for the quintessential British motorcycle, without disrupting the the aesthetics. Mustang’s seats flow with the long, low lines of this pair of Brit Bikes… but better yet, they bring Mustang’s legendary comfort into the equation. Now the best of both worlds is available to riders around the world.

The America is engineered around a unique engine, so you get a truly authentic ride… one that connects you to Triumph’s rich heritage. Since the soul of any motorcycle is its engine, the Speedmaster and the America’s upright twin configuration and unique 270-degree firing order really deliver on ride characteristics that are unique to Triumph. Mustang sought to accentuate this experience without dramatically changing the look or the feel of the motorcycle. The best way to achieve this goal was to add comfort to these classic cruisers with Mustang’s renowned design and quality.

Technically speaking, the 14.5″ wide seat sets the rider slightly back. The 11″ wide passenger seat is designed with the optimal seating angle for long-distance travel. There is also an extensive selection of options and accessories for the America and Speedmaster seats, including fender and tank bibs, backrests and sissy bar pads.

Bonneville-76828-Classic-left-appsmSpeaking of quintessential British bikes, don’t forget that Mustang also makes seats for the Bonneville, T100, Scrambler, Thruxton and Thunderbirds. Whether it is the Queen’s English or our own distinctive New England dialect, Mustang speaks your language when it comes to seats for Triumphs.

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Boldly Going Where No Seat Maker Has Gone Before

22 Oct

Mustang’s Latest Enterprise: Launching The Rocket III Touring Seat

Rocket IIITime for us to tackle the final frontier… at least the space where Triumph motorcycles are concerned. We already make seats for the Bonnevilles in all their various configurations and the big Thunderbirds, but now the enterprising crew at Mustang continues to boldly go where no aftermarket seat maker has gone before! The trek is now complete for Triumph’s touring star as we have launched our line of seats for the Rocket III Touring model.

IMG_1625-smTriumph’s “power tourer” has a massive 2.3 litre three-cylinder engine built for interstellar travel. No question that the Rocket has more than enough motor to blast off, but when it comes to the long haul, the seat can become a pain in the posterior! With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine on tap, the Rocket III is ready for long hauls, heavy loads and going across the cosmos (or at least cross country). No touring bike has more torque than the Rocket III — it has more torque at idle than most motorcycles have in total!  Out of this world torque is great, but for all day comfort, you really need a Mustang seat.

79780_hd-smShoot for the stars by combining the power of the Rocket III with Mustang’s legendary comfort. Not only are our seats built for comfort, Mustang’s two-piece seat for the Triumph Rocket III Touring sets the rider a half inch lower than stock and almost an inch further back than the stock position. The combination of controlled density polyurethane cushion and the more relaxed riding position make a real difference for the long haul.

The wide 17″ bucket and the 12″ passenger seat provide long-term support for your longest treks. The built-in backrest helps keep you at the conn much longer as well. As part of their five year mission, Mustang’s enterprising engineering crew has also created an array of styling options and accessories to match the Rocket III Touring seats, including fender and tank bibs. As you explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations on your Rocket III Touring treks, make sure you have a Mustang seat along for the voyage!shatner_motorcycle

Mustang Survives The Move…

27 Sep

MMP-3rivers1As mentioned in an earlier blog post, Mustang has been expanding our operation and bringing some of the satellite offices under the same roof as our factory. As the German philosopher Nietsche noted, “That which does not kill us only serves to make us stronger.” Unfortunately AT&T’s inability to transfer our phone lines is putting us to the test!

It seems as if everything is happening at once… with the exception of our phone system. In addition to adding staff, expanding existing seat ranges for Gold Wings, doubling up on offerings for Victory and introducing an all-new line of replacement seats for Triumphs, Mustang moved our sales and marketing departments last weekend. Instead of Terryville, Connecticut, sales & marketing are now located in the original factory in Three Rivers, Massachusetts.

Our goal was to bring all of Mustang’s offices under one roof and we thought we would only need to unplug for a couple of days in order to bring our state-of-the-art call center on line. With the notable exception of John Glynn and our big rig crew out at the rallies, our entire team is now in the same New England town we have been in since the company was founded back in 1980.

A benefit of bringing sales, marketing, R&D and manufacturing together is that we can greatly accelerate the time it takes to bring a new seat to market. We have already added a custom seat program and also rolled out a range of seats for Triumph’s Bonneville and Thunderbird models… and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The synergy of having all of us under one roof cannot be underestimated. What used to take weeks of back-and-forth e-mails can now be resolved face-to-face in a matter of minutes, which will really streamline the product development cycle.

Although we are expanding, we are not changing what brought us here. Look for the same unwavering focus on quality, comfort and total customer satisfaction, combined with our proud heritage of Yankee craftsmanship, to continue.

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.

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”.