We travel to Three Rivers, Mass., for a tour of Mustang Seats factory to see how the world leader in aftermarket motorcycle seats conducts business the old world New England way.
- Mustang Seats was set-up at Laconia H-D for the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week.
- The finished products are put on display outside the Mustang big rig that travels the country to various motorcycle rallies.
- Gary Kendrick of Mustang Seats has been with the company pretty much from the beginning and heads up the design team.
- The Mustang Seats factory in Three Rivers was once a textile mill.
- Mustang Seats makes everything in-house, down to molds for prototypes.
- Mustang stamps its logo onto every seat with a radio frequency machine.
- Trimming off excess fiberglass from one of Mustang's molds.
- Mustang's plasma cutter cuts through sheet metal at 4000 psi.
- Mustang Seats buys or gets motorcycles on loan for its research and design department where it also photographs seats for its catalog.
- A BMW R1200GS arrived in Mustang's R&D dept. during our visit and the team wasted no time tearing it apart.
- 'Rolling the pan' involves covering the fiberglass baseplates with an even layer of resin.
- A Mustang Seats seamstress has the concentration of a surgeon as she feeds the leather swatches into her machine.
- The seamstresses at Mustang Seats are the rock stars of the company.
- Spraying fiberglass in the 'fiberglass chop' stage.
- Mustang Seat's plasma cutter uses digitized patterns to cut out baseplates.
- Some of the design prototypes, including ones from the RSD line, sit on a shelf in Mustang's R&D department.