Archive | April, 2011

Reflections from the Backside of a Bike

22 Apr

Editor’s Note: We asked Ann Altieri, Mustang’s marketing coordinator, to give us a first-person account of what it’s like to ride in the passenger seat of a motorcycle.  Below, she describes the attributes — and disadvantages — of being the person behind the person behind the handlebars. Here are her thoughts on playing second fiddle on the seating chart:

Reflections from the Backside of a Bike
By Ann Altieri, Marketing Coordinator – Mustang Motorcycle Seats

Ann with her driver, Randy.

When it comes to road trips on a motorcycle, the glory goes to the rider. Let’s face it. Even when viewed from a distance, the passenger on a motorcycle appears to be an afterthought. Excess baggage. Extra weight.

Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m one of those people who prefer the perspective from the passenger seat, because we definitely have a different view of things (literally) when it comes to the best place to be on the bike. There are plenty of advantages to bringing up the rear, and not the least of these is fewer bugs in your teeth.

In fact, having a rider right in front of you deflects more than insects. If the person behind the handlebars is a significant other or even more special, there’s the closeness and warmth of wrapping your arms around him/her. And if it’s a buddy doing the driving, you’ve got an instant windbreak — even at arm’s length.

Let’s not forget the views afforded from the passenger position. Outside of directly in front of you, the world is your oyster. Unlike your two-wheeling chauffeur, you’re allowed to take your eyes off the road. You’ve got unobstructed views from both sides, and the rear also, if you’re willing to toggle your position around a bit and turn your head.

And being out in the open, there’s really nothing between you and what you’re looking at but open space. No dirty windows, no stickers, no doors or even (more…)

Switch Out Your Seat for a New Look, Feel to your Ride

13 Apr

When you think about it, switching motorcycle seats to achieve a different look or to suit a specific purpose makes perfect sense — especially when you consider how simple it is to change out a Mustang seat. There’s really no easier way to dramatically alter the appearance of your bike — or the overall feel of your ride.

We all change our look, don’t we? We’re always switching sunglasses and hats. We wear shoes one day and boots the next. We change from one lane to the other even when the first lane was just fine. Why? Because we can. Like David Byrne sang in Life During Wartime: “I changed my hair style, so many times now, I don’t know what I look like.” We like change. So why not change the overall look and feel of your bike when the mood strikes you?

Say we start off with a two-up wide touring seat (like the one pictured above) with a driver backrest for those longer trips with a partner to Sturgis or Florida. Then we switchy-changy to a low, lean or a solo seat for hopping around town or short day trips with our friends (like the one pictured below).

It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. You can invest in a Harley-Davidson XL 2004-2011 vintage solo with no studs and no Conchos for just over two hundred bucks. Or you can impress your main squeeze on the back of a Yamaha V-Star 1300 by mounting a comfy, 12” wide passenger seat matched to a 17” wide solo with driver backrest—all for a little more than $700. And then the two of you can travel about a million miles without getting butt cramps. Can’t get much more romantic than that!

The best news about all this, of course, is that changing out a seat is (more…)