Tag Archives: Sturgis Rally

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!”

 

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