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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2004, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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are hotbodys good for race skins?

also got a price of 560.00 plus shipping is that good price?
if this stuff any good?



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A friend of mine just got a set of hotbodies and they look pretty good. It camed primered and the insides are either painted black or the glass is black. He said he paid $450 the set. His was for an Aprilia RS250 so not sure if 560 is a good deal.

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Seems like an average price. Are selling your stock plastics and all that extra crap? I would.
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What's the difference? Are the hotbody plastics harder and less brittle? I mean, if you crash with either one it's gonna scratch and possibly break right?? What is the advantage?

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thats the thing i was wondering too, if there flex is not as good as the RACESKINZ (sp?)



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Pirate,
stock bodywork is usually made out of abs plastic whereas aftermarket race bodywork is usually made from fiberglass or some sort of composite material utilizing the lastest epoxies. They are usually alot more flexible can can withstand abrasions a bit better in the event of a getoff. They are also easier to repair then say plastic.

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they definately don't flex as nicely as the sharkskinz. The botbodies seemed a bit thicker too.

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Sharkskinz are very flexible.
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also too they weigh less then your stock panels do.

ok i will look into the sharkskinz

thanks guys.



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DON'T GET HOTBODIES!!! That is what I bought for Karens SV and they are ok, but certainly are not sharkskinz. I had sharkskinz on my Gixxer and they definitely fit and flex better than hotbodies. If you were just putting them on a street bike they are ok, but if you want them for track/race duty, I'd spend the extra $$$ to get sharkskinz, they can be repaired over and over again.
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cool info, thanks dave



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I've heard mixed results with Hot Bodies. Granted, they are less expensive than Sharkskinz and have a cool logo but don't fit quite as nice as Sharkskinz. Dave put them on Karen's SV. A lot of them don't fit with various exhaust, so check before hand.

I went with some goofy, SV-only bodywork from some guy named Ken. I wanted the R6 style front end Fit okay but very brittle.

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I can attest to the flexibility and durability of Sharkskinz. They just ROCK!

I'd be very leery of any gel-coated bodywork... it just screams "BRITTLE".

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Hot Bodies is nice if you want to spend half of the week trimming and fitting bodywork on your bike. It is a pain in the ass I know first hand my friend jaohn has it on his bike. I would go with Armour Bodies or Sharkskinz.
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I have hot boddies on mine and i didnt have any problems with them ken, and they crashed well

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fuck that right there in its self say i have to get the sharkskinz jim...lol



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I have Armour bodies and I think it is a waste paying extra money. If you hit tire wall, it just gonna crack. All of them should be pretty much the same when lowside.

For the fit, I believe that they are handmade and that means not all of them will be the same fit even the same brand.

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I too have the Hotbodies bodywork on my gsxr. The fitment was no problem what-so-ever. I crashed my ride at 130mph and the bodywork held up unbelievably well. The small section that needed patching was easy to fiberglass. The body work is very flexible too.
Is it the same quality as Shark Skinz, no. Is it the same price, no. Would I recommend Hotbodies or get it for another bike, YES!

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I have Sharkskins and Sebimoto body work for my ZX-9 and have liked both of them. I have low sided and had the bike flip into the air and do a 720 at a 100mph with the Sharkskins. For the most part they did well. The tail section was in three parts and the ears for the windscreen broke, but when you bend the forks, frame, and swing arm what can you expect.

The Sebimoto is very expensive stuff but very light and strong. It will slide forever on pavement and barely wear through. The stuff is very flexible also.

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I'm in the process of test fitting and painting a set of Hotbodies. While I've not seen other bodywork in their unfinished form, I'm confident there are better brands out there.

The fender mounting tabs are considerably thinner than the stock fender and the bodywork generally feels weak.

That said, I got mine for $425, so I'm no complaining too much.

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The fit problems we encountered where on a SV 650. So take that into consideration.
post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-22-2004, 10:21 PM
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Ken, I've got sharkskinz on my SV and Hotbodies on my 600RR. Sharkskinz are better, but for the price I'd do hotbodies any time. I don't know when you are needing them by, but Lockhart Phillips has hotbodies for a great price for racers and hotbodies has a decent contingency program. Sharkskinz contingency program is not quite as good depending on what class you race in.
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Sharkskinz is really good stuff, probably the best out there. It is also really expensive.

I've got both sets for my R6 - a set of Sharkskinz and a set of Hotbodies. The Sharkskinz hold up REALLY well. I've crashed on them a few times, and they held up pretty well. I haven't crashed on the Hotbodies yet - but DanO has. They seem to hold up just fine.

Keep in mind that regardless of the money you spend on bodywork... a good highside at 100+ with a resulting tumble will destroy ANY set.

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