Tag Archives: Mustang Seats

VIVA ITALIA!

22 Jan

Mustang Returns To Motor Bike Expo In Verona

Verona_PerewitzMustang Seats will be joining in the festivities as the custom motorcycle world congregates in Italy for the 2016 Verona Motor Bike Expo (MBE). Set for January 22-24 at the Veronafiere facility, this international trade fair encompasses 880,000 sq./ft. with more than 600 exhibitors. A strong American contingent, led by Mustang, Küryakyn, Crusher, Bahn, Performance Machine and Vance & Hines will be highlighting this year’s show.

“Verona is one of the must-attend European shows for Mustang,” says Director of Global Business Development Marilyn Simmons. “It gives us an opportunity to meet our riders as well as to personally educate, support and build even better relationships with Mustang’s dealers and international distributors.” Recognizing the importance of the Motor Bike Expo, Simmons is showing off several new seats for the European market, including a pair of Signature Series saddles from legendary builders Dave Perewitz and Fred Kodlin.

MMP16_kodlin-seatRenown European bike builder Fred Kodlin has been recognized as one of the Top 50 customizers in the world by S&S Cycles and was honored as the 2005 Bike Builder of the Year. “For 2016 we are launching the Kodlin Signature Series seats,” says Simmons. “We can’t wait to show off what we have partnered up with Fred and his son Len to create.”

PerewitzMustang’s New England neighbor and original Signature Series seat partner Dave Perewitz will be joined by his daughter Jody in Verona. In addition to a Perewitz-designed seat on display in the Mustang booth, Dave is presenting a custom paint show at the Motor Bike Expo, sponsored in part by Mustang and Küryakyn.

“Please come by the Mustang display for the finest seats in the house,” says Marilyn Simmons. Mustang will be located in Hall #1m, Booth 8D at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona. For more information on the MBE, visit www.motorbikeexpo.it

Mustang Has The Best Seat In The House For IMS Tour

30 Oct

IMS Portland CoverPortlandia? The 2016 Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) series — the largest motorcycle show series in the world — kicks of this weekend with a new venue in Portland, Oregon. Mustang rolls into the shows with some surprises starting this Halloween weekend. We will be treating people in Portland to the finest seats in the house. No tricks, just treating folks to the most comfortable motorcycle seats they have ever experienced.

To facilitate even more experiences, a couple of new “seat-horses” (think saw horses for motorcycle seats) have been incorporated into the display. Not only does this give a rider a better feel for the seat, but we have even positioned some foot pegs on the seat horses so that a passenger can feel the difference when riding two-up. IMS show-goers should look for the brand new Mustang kiosk in the Marketplace section.

Featured at each stop on the IMS Tour, the Marketplace is an interactive retail space for motorcycle parts and accessories. This unique show-within-a-show offers attendees the opportunity to touch, test and/or try the newest top parts, accessories and gear while interacting with factory specialists from leading manufacturers.

Mustang’s Rally director John Glynn will be on hand for the weekend to work the display. “We think it is important to have factory trained experts on hand to explain the Mustang difference,” says Glynn. “There is more to a seat than meets the eye!”

One year after Mustang celebrated its 35th anniversary, the IMS tour kicks off its own 35th edition of the largest motorcycle shows in the country. Spanning 10 cities and stretching from October 2015 to the final stop in Phoenix on February 20-21, 2016, Mustang will be at every venue this season to show off what a difference comfort makes.

Se the full schedule of International Motorcycle Shows at:

http://www.mustangseats.com/Mustang/Rallies-Events

Who Knew?

30 Oct

Getting Caught In The Spyder’s Web

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 3.43.22 PMDid you know that more than 100,000 Can-Am Spyders have hit the highways and byways of North America in the past seven years? If you didn’t realize there were that many Spyders out there, you probably didn’t catch the fact that Mustang now has replacement seats for the interesting three-wheeled machines either. However if you are one of the growing legion of fans who have been caught in the Spyder’s web, we invite you to discover the Mustang difference!

Can-Am-Spyder-F3-S-Sturgis-Looking like a cross between a snow machine and a touring bike, the Spyder is creating a new niche for itself. According to our friends at BRP/Can-Am, the majority of the Spyders out there are being used for long-distance rides and touring. We saw plenty of them headed to Sturgis this year and Can-Am even had the “Spyder Experience” area downtown just off Lazelle Street so folks who were at the Black Hills classic could see what they have been missing.

Can-Am says that when you ride a Spyder “the destination becomes the ride itself; a one-of-kind experience in open-air riding.” We like the way they think! In fact, we would like to further enhance this unique riding experience with a new seat made specifically for the Spyder RT touring model.

MMP15_PR-Spyder-FloaterAdd to your Spyder’s comfort and character with Mustang’s touring seat designed specifically for the RT model. The new seat’s detailed gun metal stitching and carbon fiber vinyl accents enhance the Spyder’s striking design, while retaining all the positive features of the stock seat. Looking good is only part of the overall experience, though. Since form follows function, it is what is inside the striking seat cover that counts.

76196_72Mustang’s marine-grade baseplate and proprietary foam are carefully contoured to support both rider and passenger in the optimal cruising angle for all-day riding. The 16.5″ seat width (passenger width: 17.5″) is based on Mustang’s 35-years of expertise in designing touring saddles.

Spyder BackrestComplete the custom look and enhance comfort with matching backrests. The fully-adjustable driver backrest features an 11″ wide pad that tapers to 7″ at the base. This provides solid back support for the longest rides. Since touring is more fun two-up, make sure to get Mustang’s trunk-mounted passenger backrest for the Spyder RT.

The destination may be the ride, but the overall experience is even better when the pilot and the passenger are comfortable! Discover the Mustang difference and enhance your riding comfort! Get more details at the Mustang Seats website:

http://www.mustangseats.com/Categories.aspx?varSearch=Can-Am+Spyder

MUSTANG FLYING HIGH IN STURGIS

1 Sep

Freewheeling Trike Seats Take Off At 75th Anniversary

MMP15_Sturgis_Freewheeler_3Best rally ever? All indications are that the 75 Anniversary of the Sturgis Rally was a success. The record crowds were no shock, however the interest in Mustang’s latest seat for Harley-Davidson’s FLRT Freewheeler™ three-wheeler was a pleasant surprise. “We just wanted to show off the new Freewheeler seat, but had not anticipated the amount of interest it was going to generate,” admits Mustang Seats’ Rallymeister John Glynn. He attributes a more mature demographic, the fact that the riders are staying in the saddle longer than ever before and the sheer number of people at Sturgis to Mustang’s successful launch of the new trike seat. “Plus it is a damn good seat!”

Traffic at both Mustang’s locations in the Black Hills was up considerably compared to last year. “It took 20 minutes just to get across the street to Mustang’s location on Lazelle Street and foot traffic at our big rig was up by at least 70%,” he adds. “The star of the show really was our three-wheeler seat at both locations.” According to South Dakota DOT traffic entering the city of Sturgis was up… substantially.

“Traffic for the 2015 Official Rally Dates was up 30.7% from 2014. 2014 Traffic entering Sturgis at the 8 locations was 390,693. Traffic entering for 2015 at the 8 locations was 510,749. That is just the city of Sturgis and doesn’t take into account folks at The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Deadwood, Spearfish and Rapid City (with a very large concentration of vendors working at Black Hills Harley-Davidson). In addition, the South Dakota DOT does traffic counts only for the official dates of the rally, from Monday to Sunday. The methodology used to count traffic is based on portable road tube counters recording one vehicle for every 2 axles that hit the road tube. Counters and road tubes are checked daily during the week to ensure everything is counting correctly. Data is collected every Monday and Thursday. Taking traffic counts began with the 50th Rally in 1990.

MMP15_Sturgis_Freewheeler_4While the traffic count was no surprise, the hit of the show for Mustang was… Our new replacement seats for the Freewheeler™ were stopping traffic at the Rally Rig at Black Hills Harley. “The comfort level is second to none while the clean look and feel of the expanded vinyl cover and detailed automotive-inspired stitching has to be experienced first-hand,” adds John. With Mustang’s marine-grade fiberglass pan and all-day-comfort foam supporting the rider in the ideal cruising posture, racking up the miles to Sturgis or wherever your road trips may take you are no problem.

“With a Mustang seat, you can ride your Freewheeler™ all day, every day,” claims Glynn. Features a front bucket drain hole, matching fully-adjustable driver backrest and built-in driver backrest receiver (note, this will not work with a frame-mounted backrest kit). In addition to the standard seating position, Mustang offers a “forward” version, the Forward Touring which moves the rider 2″ forward on the motorcycle for easier steering, something to take into account on a trike.

“Our seats are preferred by motorcycle riders who want comfort, quality and style from a company that firmly stands behind their products,” John says. “Whether it is two wheels or three, Mustang continues to earn its wings with every ride!”

 

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’S ON TAP FOR INDIAN?

18 Aug

Mustang Makes Replacement Seats For Scouts!

 

IndianBeersmSomething has been brewing around Mustang Seats for months. But we kept the news bottled up until recently. You may have noticed a series of social media posts featuring historic Indian motorcycles shot in a local museum and cryptic hints to “scout around” for more clues. The Facebook hints finally came to a head with the official announcement that Mustang now has seats for the new Indian Scout. Not just one seat, either… several seat styles and both black and brown colorways. Hopefully this makes the suspense worth the wait.

However, we didn’t want to make an announcement until we were sure that we had everything right. After all, the birthplace of Indian Motocycles is in Springfield, Massachusetts, less than 30 minutes from Mustang’s historic factory in Three Rivers, so we have always had a soft spot for the brand around here. As much as Mustang may have wanted to be first to market with a seat for the new Scout, we would not comprise on what went into the seat before the Mustang name went on it!

MMP15_Scout_tan_34viewIndian Motorcycle’s new Scout combines classic styling cues from the 1920s with modern day refinements and performance upgrades. Mustang’s new line of seats and related accessories for the Scout follow this “best of both worlds” philosophy. This allows you to combine the latest in comfort with the look of yesteryear. Whether you opt for an all-day comfort two-up or flying solo for short hops,  Mustang now has Indian Scout riders sitting pretty. A choice of a Touring seat or our low and lean RunAround™ cater to to completely different types of riders.

MMP15_Scout_blksolo_floater1Our Touring solo and passenger seats offer you and your companion support and comfort for the entire journey. The Touring seats feature Mustang’s medium-density foam, precisely molded to the shapes and angles needed for optimal cruising comfort combined with our durable steel-reinforced, marine-grade fiberglass baseplates.The 13″ wide solo and 8.5″ wide passenger seat provide ample room for both the pilot and passenger without compromising the clean lines of the bike.

 

While you can’t judge a book by its cover, Mustang’s seat covers are pretty telling as to the over all quality that goes into the Scout saddles. The cover designs are brand-new concepts developed by our designers just for the Scout. Available in classic black or the new Indian brown vinyl, a distinctive two-tone pattern complements the look of the motorcycle. The distinctive center stripe ties the solo, passenger seat and the mini driver backrest (developed specifically for the Scout) together visually.

 

MMP15_Scout_Tansolo_floater1But even bigger news is the fact that Mustang now offers leather panels exclusively for the Scout Touring solo seats. We heard plenty of requests for both brown and for real leather seats when we asked Indian owners what they might want in a replacement seat. The market has spoken, and Mustang has delivered.

 

For riders preferring to cruise closer to home, we suggest the RunAround for bar-hopper style bikes. Mustang’s engineers developed this 9.5″ wide solo to be low, lean and mean as possible so you will look classy and cool all around town. The vinyl cover features distinctive styling and is also available in black or brown. Whatever your style, Mustang has an option for your Scout that will let you show off the look and go the extra mile…. Cheers!

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

BLAST FROM THE PAST

12 Jun

ThrowBack™ Looks Back To 1980 For 2004-Up Sportster Seats

MMP15_FB_Throwback-4We are celebrating our 35th anniversary of comfort and innovation by bringing back a look from yesteryear — or, at least, from 1980 when Mustang was founded. Our “new” ThrowBack™ style seat fits all 2004-up Sportsters. The Sportster line has been in continuous production in one form or another since 1957, which makes it the perfect platform to bring back the ThrowBack-style seat with its characteristic sissy bar and distinctive pillow top cover!

75126-smThis seat will make you nostalgic for 50-cent hamburger and dollar-a-gallon gasoline. While we can’t do anything about gas prices, we can bring back the classic styling of an earlier era. The ThrowBack is the perfect touch for people wanting to give their Sportster a period correct touch. Don’t let the look fool you, though. We utilized all of our 21st Century seat-building techniques to bring this old style forward into the present.

We utilized our 21st Century seat-building techniques to fast-forward this old style seat into the present. The steel-reinforced marine-grade fiberglass baseplate is going to last the lifetime of your bike, so durability is not an issue, either. However, it is still what is on the inside that counts in terms of comfort, and nothing beats Mustang’s world-famous proprietary polyurethane foam for long rides. Firm enough to offer full support, yet soft enough to make all day rides a reality.

75126_app-smAs good as it feels, the ThrowBack seat stands apart visually as well. The 10” wide driver area and 6.5” wide passenger seat feature the handcrafted look you’ve come to expect from Mustang, finished off with an intricate diamond-stitched pattern and covered buttons. Get into that 1970s-80s groove and check out the ThrowBack!

We even kept the price down, with retro MSRP of only $409.

LowDown Launches For High Flying 35th Anniversary!

22 Apr

_MG_0365-1What better way for Mustang to celebrate its high-flying 35th Anniversary than coming up with a low down seat? Actually our 35th birthday present to touring bike riders is the LowDown seat. Touring riders have been asking for it.. and we have been listening.

79912_AppMustang’s newest Solo seat for touring bikes. The LowDown™ Solo was specifically engineered for 2009-2015 Harley-Davidson® FL Touring models to give riders a lower seat height without compromising on comfort. The LowDown’s 13″ wide bucket is shaped and angled for optimal touring posture on the go, but the real benefit is when you come to a stop. The LowDown™ really does drop the rider down closer to the ground and it is also cut narrow at the front so you can plant your feet firmly on the ground at a stop.

76082_hdAvailable with or without studs, riders can opt for chrome studs… or really bring on the birthday bling with black pearl-centered chrome studs! The LowDown™ seats also come with slotted mounting nuts and Mustang’s mini bib for a complete custom look. Pair it with a Mustang passenger seat if you want company, or run it solo to go it alone.

79912_1_hdFor even more long-distance comfort, add Mustang’s fully adjustable, easily removable driver backrest. Bottom line for the LowDown: it puts your butt closer to the ground, without being a pain in the posterior… or your wallet! For more specifics, check out the website:

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

In addition to seats for FL series touring bikes, Mustang has replacement seats for virtually all late model Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. How would you like a free seat for your bike or trike? Mustang’s customer GIVEAWAYS program kicked-off during Bike Week in Daytona and the next winner will be announced at the Laughlin River Run. See the website for details on how to win the Mustang seat of your choice here: http://www.mustangseats.com/mustang/history-35thanniversary

Mustang Gets Some Love On Valentine’s Day

17 Feb

Trades Tab Two Top Trenders

MPNBestOfTheWebMustang gets some love: Cupid was doing double duty this year as a couple of the top trade publications recognized Mustang’s new product development efforts just in time for Valentine’s Day. A tip of the helmet visor to Dan Rice and the R&D team for both Harley-Davidson® Street 750/500 Fastback seat and the Tripper Fastback for the Yamaha Bolt as these two seats were picked to click by Motorcycle & Powersports News and PowerSports Business, respectively.

MPN-2015MMPawardFirst Motorcycie & Powersports News announced the Tripper Fastback was a “Best Of The Web” award winner in its January issue. MPN editor Brendan Baker presented Mustang’s sales manager Jesse Sargent with the award in person at the V-Twin Expo, a trade-only event in Cincinnati back on February 7th. “These awards are determined by the dealers themselves,” Brendan explained during the presentation. “We tabulated the number of views each product received over the course of an entire year, and Mustang’s Tripper Seat for the Bolt was #4 overall.” That is pretty impressive and a true testament to the buzz that Yamaha created with the new Bolt.

PSBNifty50The following weekend, on Valentine’s Day no less, PSB announced their picks for the annual “Nifty 50” awards. For the past 16 years, editors from PSB and its sister consumer publications (including Rider magazine) has elected 50 products and services they believe will help boost dealership profits. IMG_9017smTo be eligible, products must be new or substantially improved from previous years. These products must also be ready for delivery in calendar year 2015. As the first to market with a replacement seat for Harley’s new Street 750/500 motorcycles, Mustang is honored to have made the PSB pick.

Our venerable Fastback design literally had to be recreated from scratch to match the first new motorcycle platform The Motor Company has introduced in more than a decade. Talk about a match made in Harley heaven, this new seat offers our most popular style for an all-new bike. About the only thing we didn’t bring to the wedding party was something blue… At least not yet! There might be some options added to custom seat program later this year.

In the meantime, we are honored to feel the love from the dealers and industry insiders. But this is only the beginning of some big things Mustang has in mind to help celebrate our big 35th Anniversary this year. Stay tuned!