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Need My Bike? ’Sno Problem!

9 Mar

Editor’s Note: The following blog entry was authored by Mustang Vice President, Mike Panasci.

As you might recall from our Feb. 2 blog post, we just completed work on our new heated motorcycle seat for the late model FL Touring models 2008 and up (see Mustang Puts on the Heat for Harley FL Seats). Our next step was to design a heated seat that would fit the 1997 to 2007 FL models, and the idea was to use my personal 2001 Road King — a bike that’s been the guinea pig in the design of many of Mustang’s seats and accessories.

Mike "'Sno Problem' Panasci

The problem however was climatology more than logistics. I needed to get my bike to Gary Kendrick, our VP of production and head of our design department. Of course, it was January and Connecticut had just been dealt a cold hand. In fact, the state had just experienced a record snowfall unsurpassed in the past 100 years. What to do?

One option was to load my bike on a truck, but that would be tricky, given the icy condition of my driveway. And riding the bike to the shop wasn’t even a consideration. But the extended forecast was looking better (in New England, that means temps above freezing) and I’ve always been one of those ‘weird’ riders who actually enjoy cold-weather riding.

In fact, when I was a kid (and we’re talking more than 40 years ago) I used to ride my Honda S90 year round with full knobby tires. Back then, I couldn’t wait for the first snowfall. All winter long, I’d do donuts in the (more…)

Mustang Puts on the Heat for Harley FL Seats

2 Feb

Heated-Motorcycle-SeatWhen you see a Harley-Davidson FL on a cold night with a rider who’s sitting large and smiling big, chances are his or her butt’s plunked down on a heated motorcycle seat from Mustang. The only way we could possibly improve the comfort of our legendary seats was to install some heat for the cold months and that’s just what we did.

Our new heated Touring seat features illuminated switches on the side for you to conveniently adjust the dual zone and high/low settings for both yourself and the passenger. The seat is constructed of triple-layer fiberglass and installs easily. It comes with a wire harness that hooks to an accessory port in front of the battery. There is no need for OE controllers or switches.

Our one-piece heated Touring seat provides the fullest seat possible — providing comfort both in the front and back. Featuring a 17-inch-wide front bucket and a 14-inch-wide rear seat, our heated Touring seat is also available in a “Super” style that offers a 19-inch-wide front bucket that puts the driver 1.75 of an inch further back than the stock seat.

Both our standard Touring and the Super Touring heated seats fit Road King, FLHT, FLTR and FLHX Street Glide 2008-up models and are (more…)