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Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

21 Aug

ubm-2015-mainWe have a winner! As announced during the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, our friends at Garage-Girls and GEICO picked a winner of the 2015 Ultimate Biker Makeover. As we have been proud to do in the past, the family here at Mustang Seats was happy to lend a helping hand to this worthy cause again this year. In something of a surprise the Garage-Girls winner was a man… but no less deserving!

“Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Matthew Palmer,” said organizer Sara Liberte. “Matthew was selected among more than 130 entries to this year’s contest. It was a tough decision, as it always is, but the votes went in favor of Matthew.” GEICO Motorcycle made the official announcement live on stage at the Buffalo Chip during this year’s 75th Sturgis Rally on August 6th.

The tale begins as Sergeant Matthew Palmer, a medic in the United States Army for the past 5 years, was headed off the base when he endured a horrific accident on his motorcycle. “Coming home from Camp H. M. Smith on a sunny Oahu day, I was forced to make a life or death decision….” Is how Matthew’s story begins.

mattTold he may never walk normally again, Matthew is already determined to ride again! “The bike and I were badly hurt,” he admits, but that just serves to fuel the fire in this serviceman. “Once I got to the hospital I was told I had a broken leg and arm and that both would require surgery to fix properly. I was also told that the cops never got the individual’s information before he left the scene, leaving myself and my insurance to foot the bill.”

The double whammy of both financial and physical impact would daunt a lesser man… or woman, but it is a motivator for Sgt. Palmer. “I don’t know if I will ever walk properly again or have full recovery in my hand, but I will ride again. That is why I think I should be given this prize package. Not because I want you to feel sorry for me; but because I want to show everyone who has been in an accident and not gotten back on the bike or for everyone who is too afraid of what could happen, that it is okay.”

Mustang joins Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle and all the other companies who have stepped up to support the Ultimate Biker Makeover. We are proud to help Matthew along during his recovery.

Joining in the rewards package, Matthew takes home all the prizes, including a wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear; a case of synthetic oil from our fellow New Englanders at Spectro Oils; new Mustang Seat and some swag; a set of AVON Tyres; a new Bell helmet, RSD jacket and gloves courtesy of J&P Cycles and Roland Sands Designs; clothing by Hijinx Apparel, Biker’s Choice and more!

Sgt. Palmer, we salute you!

What Happens In Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay In Vegas…

30 Oct

But Maybe It Should?

Mustang decided to switch things up a little this Rally season. Instead of ending our year at the Legendary Lone Star Rally deep in the heart of Texas (actually in Galveston November 6th-9th), we added stops out west in Reno for the Street Vibrations Fall Rally and Las Vegas for Bikefest and skipped Texas on the way back across the country to end the season at Biketoberfest in Daytona. In retrospect, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea…

BonanzaBut we digress. The return to Reno was well worth it. Although a downpour dampened the crowds in The Biggest Little City In The World, things worked out pretty well for Mustang at Street Vibrations, according to Rallymeister John Glynn. The giant awning on the big rig kept riders dry while their new Mustang seats were being installed free of charge. A steady stream of appreciative bikers gave a positive vibe to the Street Vibrations event. So far, so good on our westward swing.

BikefestOn to Sin City and everything was coming together without a hitch for Las Vegas BikeFest the following weekend. Unseasonably mild weather saw Mustang Seats set up with our friends from Biker’s Choice, Crusher Performance, J&P Cycles, Küryakyn, Vance & Hines, to name just a few of the exhibitors. Then the wheels came off… literally! Where there is smoke, there is fire as they say and although the details were somewhat hazy, it seems that one of the Mustang motorcycles was involved in a sordid incident that involved a questionable decision, a big crowd of people and a smoked tire.

BikesLinedUpExhibit A: John Glynn’s immaculate Dyna that is an integral part of the Mustang Seats’ traveling road show. This bike is kept on the big rig for “Display Purposes Only” and not meant to be ridden around. Exhibit B: one cooked carcass! According to eyewitnesses and some sketchy surveillance video footage, the metal flake red Dyna is alleged to have won second place in the Las Vegas BikeFest Burnout Contest.

Burnin RubberBurned tire  Despite his claims that he was “home in bed” at the time of the incident, Küryakyn brand rep Willie G. smelled suspiciously like burnt rubber and hydrocarbons the next day.

Burned Tire

 

 

 

Of course what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, so don’t tell anyone back at Mustang Seats HQ! Good thing the burnout was sponsored by Metzeler since the Dyna’s rear rubber was roached!  In hindsight, maybe next season Mustang should return to the Lone Star Rally and avoid the temptations of Las Vegas?

Check out the video footage on our Facebook page for more circumstantial evidence: https://www.facebook.com/video.php v=10152832897796995&set=vb.141120856994&type=2&theater

 

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.

Perewitz Signature Series Seats Sign In At Sturgis!

1 Aug

Limited Edition Posters Of The Legend Himself

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To help launch the Perewitz Signature Series seats in Sturgis, bike building legend Dave Perewitz will be signing limited edition posters exclusively at the Mustang displays during the rally. Designed by Dave, made by Mustang, the name really does mean something! Everything we know went into making these seats before the Perewitz name was put on it!

So who is the man behind the mythological “Perewitz” name? Dave Perewitz built his first bike back in 1973 and his Cycle Fab shop quickly gained a reputation. Since then, his artistry and skills have earned the Perewitz name a global recognition, particularly for Harley baggers (or “Baggas” as Dave says with his distinctive Massachusetts accent).

Dave and the team at Mustang worked closely together to create the Signature Series, comprised of one solo seat and four new Fastback styles. In addition to the Solo seat introduced in our 2014 catalog (see pages 36-37), we now have Perewitz Signature seats for most Harley-Davidson® FL models from 1997 and up, in addition to 2006-10 FXST models.

MMP_Perewitz-n-bikeSee the full range of Perewitz Signature Seats in Sturgis, as well as our replacement seats for the all-new Indian motorcycles and the instruction of our retro metal flake inserts. From 12-2 p.m. on August 4th, Dave will be signing these posters at the Mustang big rig located at Black Hills Harley-Davidson. On August 5, he heads over to the Mustang display at J&P Cycles on Lazelle Street, again from 12-2p.m.

If you can’t make it to Black Hills in time to have Perewitz personally sign your seat and grab a poster, you can still download your digital Perewitz wallpaper poster version and also check out the line of Signature Series Seats at:

http://www.mustangseats.com/Categories.aspx?varSearch=perewitz

http://www.mustangseats.com/Mustang/Wallpapers

 

 

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