Race Products – one of the UK's longest-established motorcycle race bodywork producers – has been given a new lease of life by Skidmarx. Founded in the 1970s, Race Products specialise in grp (fibreglass), supplying club racers, track day enthusiasts and even world championship winning teams with race bodywork, including fairings, seat units and mudguards. The company's future is now secure, following a buy-out by Skidmarx, who have moved production to their factory in Weymouth.
“We're already well known in the paddock for our race screens” says Skidmarx director Matthew Dench (pictured left). “Adding bodywork to our range makes perfect sense, because now we can offer customers a complete service and we have complete control over quality, start to finish.”
Co-director Ian Merrill (pictured right) adds; “Our priority is to get get production of current lines up and running. As we move into next year we'll be looking to start work developing bodywork for popular models, and we'd be interested to hear suggestions from anyone.”
The current range covers most popular track bikes, from the Aprilia RS125 to the Yamaha R1, including 'modern classics' like the Honda NC30 and Suzuki RGV250.
Skidmarx enhance race relations by expanding range of track screens to include the Ducati Panigale V4R and Kwasaki ZX-10R. The British manufacturer has a long racing pedigree and currently supplies screens for the PBM Be Wiser Ducati BSB team and also James Hillier's Quattro plant Kawasakis, which he raced to podium finishes at the NW200 and TT.
"Skidmarx have done a top job with my screens for this year. Quite an important piece of the puzzle for the high speeds of road racing" comments James.
All Skidmarx racing screens are manufactured in the UK from 2 mm cast acrylic, which is 33% thinner than the material used for road bikes. This is partly to save weight but also because it offers better optical clarity, which is important for riders who spend most of a race tucked in behind the screen. Race screens can be supplied pre-drilled with 6 mm diameter holes, so they can be fitted to standard fairings using race fixings, or undrilled, so that owners can customise them to fit race fairings. Available in standard (super stock), double bubble and TT Tall sizes, Skidmarx even offer a made-to-measure service for riders with specific requirements. Ideal for competition and track day use.
Skidmarx offer a huge range of screens for pre-injection sportsbikes, with designs for use on road or track. Made in the UK from 3mm cast acrylic, the road screens come in standard or double bubble styles, in clear or tint, and are direct replacements for the original equipment. For track use, the race screens are made from 2mm cast acrylic - the same material used in the screens supplied to Be Wiser Ducati in BSB - which is lighter and provides superior optical clarity. In addition to standard and double bubble designs, Skidmarx also offer a TT Tall screen, developed for use in long-distance road races, providing extra wind-protection for riders, so they can adopt a more comfortable upright riding position. The popular Honda NC29 'Baby Blade' pictured is one of many models from all the major manufacturers covered.
British bodywork specialists Skidmarx have updated their rear hugger for the Triumph Tiger 800 to include the XR and XC models from 2018 on. Made in the UK from GRP glass fibre in a high quality gloss black finish, it fits neatly round the adventure sport bike's 17" rear wheel, shielding the rear shock absorber and suspension linkage from grit and grime thrown up by the back tyre, and has an integral chain guard too. Designed as a direct replacement for the Tiger's chain guard, the huggers is supplied with a tailor-made fitting kit and retails for £99.95 including VAT. It fits all XR and XC models from 2015 to the current 2018 design. For riders who want to keep weight to an absolute minimum, a carbon fibre version is also available, weighing approximately 1/3rd less than the GRP version.
Skidmarx have introduced a sports fly screen and larger touring screen for the Yamaha MT-10. A popular addition to naked bikes, the Sport Fly Screen is specially shaped to deflect wind and weather away from the rider. Compact - at just 330 x 330 mm - it is designed to blend in with the MT’s aggressive, streetfighter styling. The Tall and Wide touring screen measures 440 by 390 mm, shielding the rider from the elements for a more relaxing ride over long distances. Both screens are made in the UK from 4 mm cast acrylic, come in a choice of Clear, Light Grey and Dark Grey tints and attach to existing mounting points above the headlights for a quick and fuss-free fit.
British motorcycle bodywork specialists, Skidmarx, now offer four sizes of screen for Honda’s current GL1800 Gold Wing. Designed to reduce the buffeting and wind-noise some riders experience on the 'Wing, the Tall Screen measures 620 mm by 510 mm wide, (compared to the standard dimensions of 530 mm x 480 mm); there is also a 'super size' version, with an even larger surface area of 690 mm by 540 mm. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the shorter Spots screen is just 360 mm high, and, completing the range, is a replacement Standard screen. All options are made in the UK from 4 mm cast acrylic, so won't flex in the wind, and are available in a choice of clear, light or dark tints, to fit the 2018-model Honda GL1800. Like all Skidmarx screens, they’re designed to fit directly onto the original mountings - no drilling or cutting, and no fiddly brackets or fixing kits.
New from Skidmarx, a double bubble screen for the 2018 Ninja 400 from Kawasaki. Based on the race-proven screens that Skidmarx supply to Gearlink Kawasaki, who compete in the British Supersport championship, the double bubble creates an air pocket to give the rider greater protection at high speeds. They are a popular addition on road-going sports bikes, because they provide more protection from wind buffeting and weather, without spoiling the sporty lines of the motorcycle. Manufactured in the UK from tough 3mm cast acrylic, Skidmarx double bubble screens are a direct replacement for the factory-fitted items and come in a choice of clear, light and dark grey tints. Replacement standard screens are also available, in a choice of clear and tints.
Skidmarx now offer their Delta fly screen to fit Kawasaki's retro roadster, the Z900RS. Fly screens are a popular addition to naked bikes, providing protection from wind blast and rain, making longer journeys and high speed touring easier on the rider. Manufactured in the UK from 3mm cast acrylic, the screen measures 265mm tall by 235mm wide. It is supplied with stainless steel fittings that are designed to attach to exisiting mounting points around the headlight. Delta Fly Screens are available in a choice of clear, light or dark tints. Owners looking for more colourful options can order the Delta screen in .fluo green, dark green, bright blue, race violet, red, amber, bright yellow or black.
Skidmarx now offer three screen options for the latest generation BMW F 800 R - shielding riders of the naked roadster from wind and weather. The F 800 R comes with just a tiny cowl covering the dashboard as standard, offering almost no protection to the rider. Pre-drilled and ready to fit directly onto the 800 R's original mountings, all three Skidmarx screens offer a quick and cost-effective way to improve long-distance and high speed capability and comfort. The Sports Fly Screen measures 32cm tall, enough to keep pressure off the torso when riding at speed - reducing fatigue and making faster stretches much more tolerable. Offering even more protection, the Tall Fly Screen measures 37cm and is specially shaped to deflect wind above and to the sides of the front end - ideal for taller riders and those who prefer an upright riding position.For riders wishing to explore the F800’s long-distance potential, the Touring Fly Screen measures a generous 48cm tall and is also shaped to direct wind both over and around the rider, as well as creating a barrier against rain, road spray etc. All three screens are manufactured in the UK from light and durable 3mm cast acrylic, and are available in a choice of clear, light or dark tint finishes. They are designed to mount using existing fittings, so installation is straightforward and does not require specialist tools or skills. Owners could even swap between different versions depending on the season and conditions.