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WE HAVE A WINNER!

15 Oct

Mustang Helps Garage-Girls 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover

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Once again this year, Mustang was proud to join with Sara Liberte and the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover program. Although we shared an update on the winner via social media, there is more to the story, much more.

Garage-Girls 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, Chris Gibbany of Harrison, Arkansas, was among 84 contestants who sent in a 600-word essay describing why they were most in need of a Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. Her essay touched upon her sacrifices and commitment to “hunker down” and put herself through school in order to open new career opportunities.

“We received more submissions for the 2014 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest than for any other previous contest,” said Garage-Girls marketing coordinator, Sara Liberte. “It was definitely a challenge choosing a winner among so many great entries.” Of course Sara is quick to credit the sponsors, and we were honored to be included. “We want to thank GEICO as well as our other sponsors for their commitment to make this contest possible. Frankly, there would be no Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest without their continued support.”

As the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner, Gibbany is enjoying a multitude of prizes, including new shoes from Harley-Davidson® Footwear, a brand new jacket and matching gloves from Roland Sands; a Speed & Strength helmet from J&P Cycles; a cleaning kit from Wizards Products; a case of synthetic oil from Spectro; clothing from Hijinx Apparel and a set of Avon tires. Last but not least, a set of saddlebags from Mustang… We offered a seat of her choice, but she really wanted the saddlebags.

“Mustang sent me the saddlebags I picked out, PLUS they sent me another box with T-shirts, hats, pens, stickers and a zippered tote bag,” Chris told Garage-Girls after getting her “care” package. “Mustang really went all out, especially since they swapped in bags instead of a seat.”

Chris also got the jacket and gloves from Roland Sands Design. “Beautiful brown, with pockets inside and places to put the Kevlar inserts which I would like to get. The gloves are black and fit perfectly. It’s just like Christmas around here.  And seeing how we don’t “do” Christmas, makes it just that more exciting. I told the UPS guy to “keep ’em coming”. I hope to ride tomorrow (raining today) and try out the new jacket. Husband really likes it and says it will be my “new look” to come out riding the Panhead!

Thanks so much Sara, Garage-Girls and all the sponsors ~ Chris

 

“Chris puts a lot of miles on her motorcycle and we wanted to make sure she has the latest and safest riding equipment,” said Liberte. To read more about Chris Gibbany’s story and for more information on the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, please visit www.garage-girls.com.

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

3 Oct

Mustang Brings Back Breast Cancer Awareness Program

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Once again Mustang is been proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our new “Fight Like A Girl” custom seat program and the ability to donate a portion of the proceeds of every pink seat or pink ribbon to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is close to our hearts, literally and figuratively.  We continue to honor the determination and compassion of those fighting breast cancer.

MarjThere is more to this story than just a publicity stunt… much more. This cause directly impacts several members of the Mustang family. Long-time Mustang rep Pat Pierantozzi is a breast cancer survivor of 35 years and this October marks one year cancer-free for Rallymeister John Glynn’s niece. John’s lovely wife Marjorie, who many of you have met at the Mustang big rig at the rallies has been an advocate of Breast Cancer Awareness for years and it was her pink flamed Softail Deluxe that inspired Mustang’s original “Think Pink” seat campaign. We ask Marj for an update on her niece’s battle:

“It has been a year since our last Breast Cancer Seat came out,” says Marj. “As you know, Mustang did this for me in honor of my niece Robin and what she had been through all year. I am so happy to say my niece has been cancer-free for a year now and doing well.  Here are a few pictures, that tell the tale!”

RobinBradley“The picture with Robin Bradley (my niece) on the porch was leaving for her last chemo, the neighbors and town friends put them there to show their support in July 2013,” she explains. The townspeople lined the streets of the path that she would be taking to her last treatment with signs and shouting their support. The last group just outside of town was her three sons. “It was so touching to see the entire community come out in support.”

“My niece is often asked “what can I do to help, do you prefer one charity over another?” She always replies: “if you want to and are able, donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Center in Boston.”

RobinBradley3 celebratingThe wine glasses are the celebration: chemo was over and the diagnosis was cancer-free (August 2013). Both pictures were taken in  Skeneatles, NY where Robin lives with her husband John and three wonderful boys, Cader, Graham and Nolan.

“The motorcycle with the breast cancer awareness seat is one of the customers that came in to thank me in Daytona 2014. She and her husband personally thanked me for helping to start this “movement” of awareness with something as big as a motorcycle. They were thankful that Mustang would make the custom seats and contribute to a Breast Cancer Awareness charity.”

It was a very difficult year for her, family and friends, but she is now a survivor! I thank God every day. http://robinbradley.blogspot.com/2013/10/past-finish-line.html (posted with permission)

Pink Seat3Marj’s message has hit home. In fact a customer came to the Mustang truck at Daytona Bike Week to show off her “Think Pink” seat this year, and dozens of others have done the same since.

I am thankful to Mustang for allowing me to be a part of the new “Fight Like A Girl” program (Marj received the very first seat of the new series with the custom embroidered message). I am excited about my new seat and what it represents to me… and all for a great cause, too. Thank you so very much Mustang!”

Marjorie Glynn

Did You Know that Nearly a Quarter of Motorcycle Riders Are Women?

11 Oct

Two of our favorite words here at Mustang Motorcycle Seats are “unsolicited testimonial.” And when we get a good one, I like to share it.

What’s real special about this letter — other than the writer goes on and on about our seats — is that it’s written by a woman who has an obvious passion for anything on two wheels. I mean, she had the wherewithal to complete an agonizing Iron Butt endurance challenge without a whine or a whimper. We’re talking a thousand miles in less than a day! Get outta here!

Makes you kind of wonder where the female contingent of the motorcycle-riding public stands in relationship to the menfolk. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. First, the aforementioned letter from rider Darlene B.:

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I just completed a 30-day, 7,247-mile, “around the U.S. in 26 states” trip with my Mustang seat with driver back on my VTX1300R. I started my month-long trip doing a 1,000-mile Iron Butt run in just 21 hours — and I was comfy all the way!!

What a comfortable trip. I bought a Mustang seat for my VT750 and drove a total of 6,000 miles on day trips.  Now, with the new one on the 1300, I am sold that Mustang is the best, most comfortable seat!  Thank you!!

— Darlene B., Carson City, Nev.

We appreciate Darlene’s kind words, and we’re especially pleased that her ride was comfy on the Honda VTX1300R. It’s always nice to hear good things about our seats from the metric crew, and Darlene’s note is one of several we’ve received from riders who prefer the modern metric models and sport bikes over the old-school Harley-Davidsons. It just goes to show that riders of both sexes and both sides of the generational fence love our seats.

Which brings us to the purpose of this blog post — the ladies behind the handlebars. The latest findings from the Motorcycle Industry Council Owner Survey show that among the millions of Americans climbing on a bike these days, an increasing percentage are women and (more…)