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MUSTANG FACTORY TOURS CONTINUE

19 Jun

You Never Know What (Or Who) You Might See!

Tour3TV types and daredevils alike have toured Mustang’s historic Three Rivers factory this summer… and that is just the locals! Seriously: WGBY Channel 57 in Springfield re-aired the episode where “Connecting Point” host Tony Dunne took the Mustang factory tour last WP_20150429_11_16_57_Prosummer. Motorcycle jumper “Doug Danger” Senecal from the neighboring community of Wales, came by before his attempt to clear 22 cars on Evel Knievel’s old bike at Sturgis this summer. Industry icon and IronTrader News publisher Marilyn Stemp covered the factory as well… Pretty lofty company!

Tour5Just last week the American Motorcyclist Association sent a delegation to our little corner of New England. AMA Road Riding Coordinator Rob Baughman and Chris Harrison (AMA Recreation Riding Manager) stopped by to tour Mustang yesterday between working the AMA display at Americade and the Laconia Rally over in Weirs Beach. Since they were so close to the original home of Indian Motorcycles, sales manager Jesse Sargent took them on a tour of the Springfield “Indian” museum. Jesse says that Rob and Chris loved the museum. Guy McLain, director of the “Wood Museum of Springfield History” conducted the in-depth tour for them.

Tour1When we decided to change long-standing company policy and open our doors to a limited number of factory tours a couple summers ago, we never really anticipated doing more than one or two quick walk-throughs… this summer we have everyone from the AMA to our pal Dave Perewitz dropping in and wanting to see how things work! Three years of practice and we finally have the drill down.

MMP FactoryOverwhelmingly positive response from riders taking the tour has led us to keep the program going all summer long and into the fall. Located in Three Rivers, Massachusetts, the facility is only 75 miles west of Boston and 150 miles northeast of New York City. Our two hour tours are by reservation only and we can accommodate groups from 2 to 24. Speaking of fall, our friends from Backroads Motorcycle Touring Magazine are planning another fall colors ride through the New England countryside, highlighted by a tour of Mustang.

For those of you who can’t schedule a fall foliage run or take a personal tour this summer, take the virtual trip here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qA1f9p-C-I

To see WGBY’s Connecting Point episode, click here: http://bit.ly/Sw9RxE

To schedule your own tour, click here for all the details:

http://www.mustangseats.com/mustang/factory-tour

MUSTANG FALLS IN LOVE WITH ITALY!

13 Feb

2015 Motor Bike Expo In Verona

GirlVeronaVerona is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy… and in literary circles it is also the setting for the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. In the motorcycle world, Verona is better known for the passionate fans who flock to the Motor Bike Expo. After sitting out the big trade show in Milan in 2014, Mustang is back in the International show saddle in 2015, starting the new year off in Italy.

Mustang was on hand to support our European fans by booking booth space at the 2015 Motor Bike Expo at the Veronafiere complex January 23-25. The highlight of the show for us was the world MustangVeronalaunch of a line-up of seats for the new Harley-Davidson® Street 750 & 500 models, but we really appreciated the time spent with the people at the show. More than 160,000 rabid motorcyclists surrounded 560+ exhibitors and filled the 67,000 sq. meter indoor area. There was also another 20,000+ meters of outdoor entertainment areas, so it would be an understatement to say this show was rocking!

JodySkunkMustang was located directly adjacent to our New England neighbors from Perewitz (what are the odds of traveling 3,000 miles and ending up in adjoining booths?)… although Dave couldn’t make it, Jody seemed to be having a great time, but we were not sure what she was doing with a live skunk in the booth one day! We were also located between two of Mustang’s leading European distributors, Parts Europe and Motorcycle Storehouse. Indian and Victory motorcycles, as well as the gang from the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis were also at the Motor Bike Expo, so we were definitely in good company.

The food, the people and the passion for motorcycles… what’s not to like? We’re thinking that Montagues and the Capulets would have been better off with riding motorcycles and hanging out at the Motor Bike Expo than feuding over petty matters.

More Motor Bike Expo show details can be found at: http://www.motorbikeexpo.it/en/

VINTAGE SEATS FOR NEW INDIANS

24 Jul

Close To Home!

MMP14_LB_IndianImageWith our neighbors at Indian Motorcycle of Springfield hosting the “Indian Come Home Rally” last weekend and the fact that there is an Indian dealership in Sturgis for first time since the 1950s, we have been thinking about Indians a lot lately. After all, the original Indian factory in Springfield is just 17 miles away from Mustang’s historic factory in Three Rivers, Massachusetts. This sense of history, combined with the monumental efforts to bring the venerated Indian brand back is definitely not lost on us.

Our R&D team took extra care in creating our replacement seats for the new Indian Chief and we will begin the widespread roll out for them out at the Sturgis Rally. The Indian dealership on Lazelle Street makes for a perfect backdrop to show off our Vintage Wide Touring seats, literally. The dealership is just across the street from Mustang’s display at the J&P Cycles Store during the Sturgis Rally.

JCHoelSturgisAccording to our friends at Indian, “The opening of the new Indian Motorcycle Sturgis marks the first time that the brand has had a dedicated retail presence in Sturgis for decades.” Which is only fitting given that the very first Sturgis Rally was started by local Indian dealer J.C. “Pappy” Hoel back in 1938. Indian Motorcycle Sturgis Dealership is located at 2106 Lazelle Street

Riders in Sturgis will be among the first in the nation to sample the two versions of Mustang’s popular Vintage Wide Touring style seat configured to match the all-new Indians. Although both styles offer 16.5″ solo seats that position the rider 1.5″ back from stock, the key difference is cosmetic. Regardless of the level of trim, both versions start with Mustang’s proprietary 16-gauge steel baseplate and controlled-density foam.

IndianSeatConchosNo matter how much foam you layer on, the key to comfort is to start with a proper base. Mustang’s combination makes for ample support and all-day riding comfort. Passenger comfort wasn’t omitted either. Matching 13″ passenger seats get the controlled-density foam for ample support and all-day riding comfort, and there is the option of a built-in passenger backrest (sold separately). We did not want to compromise on Mustang’s reputation for making the world’s most comfortable motorcycle seats, however we wanted the seats to look authentic to match the Indian’s classic styling cues… as we said, connecting to this sense of history was very important to us.

If you can’t make it to Sturgis to see history in the making and get a gander at the new Vintage Solo seats for Indian in person, take a sneak peak here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vA7Vmr-soo