November 5th 2020 - we're open!
The Government is encouraging factories to keep working during Lockdown (5 Nov-2 Dec) and we're doing our bit to keep the economy moving (in a socially-distanced way). You can order screens, huggers and fairings online for delivery and you can contact us by 'phone or email (but please don't visit the factory - we aren't open to the public).
British manufacturer Skidmarx is pioneering the use of forged carbon composite for motorcycle bodywork in the UK.
Until now, most carbon fibre body panels have been made by laying up sheets of woven carbon in a mould and infusing them with resin. Originally developed by Lamborghini and Callaway Golf Company, forged carbon composite parts are produced using a 'paste' of chopped fibres that are mixed with resin and then pressed into various forms. This gives it the distinctive 'marbled' appearance, unlike the uniform check pattern of regular carbon fibre.
Although not significantly lighter than traditional bodywork, forged carbon is up to five times stronger and has greater impact resistance, because the fibres are multi-directional. Skidmarx is the first company to provide forged carbon as an option for parts in the UK, all of which are made to order in their Weymouth factory, using bike-specific moulds.
Track bodywork kits, including fairing, tank cover and seat unit, are being developed and should be available ready for the 2021 season.
HUGGERS FRONT MUDGUARDS
Riders taking their GSX-R1000R on track, can now kit out their bike with full race bodywork, thanks to Race Products.
Tailored to fit the L7 2017-on models perfectly, the Race Products kit is made in the UK using high grade fibreglass, It features mounting points reinforced with carbon Kevlar cloth and the seat unit also has a built-in support for extra rigidity. The fairing comes in four separate sections, top, two side panels and belly pan. and is supplied with pre-drilled holes and Dzus Fasteners, ready for assembly. To attach to the bike, simply offer up each section, drill over the existing mount points and secure using the original bodywork fixings. The seat unit and front mudguard are both pre-drilled for the existing mounts, so can be fitted without drilling. The kit consists of full race fairing, seat unit, front guard and screen, and is available in white as standard or black double-gelcoat. As you’d expect, both meet current UK racing regulations. All components are available to buy separately and a fibreglassn cover is also available for riders running a stock fuel tank.
GSX-R1000R L7 WHITE GSX-R1000R L7 BLACK
August 2020 - Skidmarx go higher on the Himalayan
New from Skidmarx, the Himalayan Tall screen provides extra protection from wind and rain for riders of Royal Enfield's popular adventure sport bike. Manufactured in the UK, the screen is 80mm taller than standard and is made from 4mm cast acrylic, which gives it extra rigidity. However, it is actually 10mm narrower than the original, to allow the handlebars to be turned to full lock with the optional factory handguards fitted. Skidmarx design their road bike screens to fit directly onto existing mounting points, using original fasteners, so it's simply a matter of removing the factory-fitted screen and replacing it with the new one. Himalayan Tall screens are available in clear and light or dark tints, selling for £69.95 including VAT.
Skidmarx have added race screens for the latest generation Ducati Panigale V4, Yamaha R1 and BMW S1000 RR to their range.
Based on screens used by 2019 BSB Champ Scott Redding and road racing superstar James Hillier at the TT and NW200, Skidmarx racing screens are manufactured in the UK from 2mm cast acrylic, which is 33% lighter than the material used for road bikes. The thinner design not only saves weight but also offers better optical clarity than road-going screens - crucial for short circuit and road racing, where riders spend a large proportion of every lap tucked in behind the screen. Skidmarx Race Screens are available in Standard (superstock), Double Bubble/Tall and 2-Piece TT Tall versions. Skidmarx also offer a made-to-measure service for riders with specific requirements. Screens can be supplied pre-drilled with 6mm diameter holes, so they can be fitted to standard fairings using race fixings, or undrilled to allow custom fitting to race fairings. The three new versions fit the 2018-on Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S, Yamaha R1 2020 models, and 2019-on versions of BMW’s S1000 RR. Screens are also available for older models.
Skidmarx have introduced a selection of taller and wider screens for BMW's best-selling R 1250 GS adventure sport bike. Made in the British motorcycle bodywork specialists' Weymouth factory, using 4mm cast acrylic, the tall screen (pictured above) measures 43cm high by 41cm wide, which is 5cm (2 inches) taller than the factory-fitted screen. For riders seeing maximum coverage, the Tall & Wide screen (below) is 48cm by 44cm, adding 10cm (4 inches) to the height and 3cm (1.2") to its width. Like all Skidmarx screens, they fit directly onto the original mountings, for a straightforward job - no drilling or cutting, and no fiddly brackets or fixing kits. Available in clear, light and dark tints, there is also a standard size version. The R 1250 GS screens can be fitted to the R 1200 GS (2013 on) as well as the 1250 model.
R1250GS Tall Screen R1250GS Tall and Wide Screen R1250GS Standard Screen
Skidmarx have developed a Tall & Wide Screen for Yamaha’s new Tenere 700 adventure sport bike. Made in the UK from 4mm cast acrylic, so it won't flex in the wind, it measures 35cm tall by 35cm wide, providing more than double the coverage of the factory-fitted screen. Like all Skidmarx screens, it’s designed to fit directly onto the original mountings, for a straightforward job - no drilling or cutting, and no fiddly brackets or fixing kits. Available in clear, light and dark tints.
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.