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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-10-2005, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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inexpensive race body recommendations?

toying with the idea of putting a race body on my 954, or just an upper/lower. Looking for something relatively inexpensive (don't need the best, but don't want complete crap either). Godfather racing has pretty cheap prices but I assume you get what you pay for, wondering if anyone here knows more about their stuff. Any guidance on this is appreciated.

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Personally, I recommend Sharkskinz. I ran/crashed the same set of bodywork for 4 seasons - the fit and repairability factors are superb. If I was to amortize the initial cost over time, factoring in the number of times this stuff was bounced/dragged/etc across the pavement (and quickly/easily repaired), it would be pretty darn cheap.


When you buy "cheap" bodywork, you get what you pay for - poor quality fitment, brittle materials that "shatter" upon impact, etc.

Like anything else, I'd rather buy bodywork once than several times over.

Somebody get DanO in here - I think he's busted up more bodywork than anyone else on this forum and would qualify as a "Subject Matter Expert". (Nice cartwheels on Saturday, man - I hurt inside watching that!)

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i cant tell you this.

hot bodies took me alot of reinforcing stress areas, adding flex putty to those area cause they were cracking as i was prepping them for paint.


they are light, they are somewhat cheap, but for the amount of time i spent getting them strong to last and take a nice paint job, i wish i would have went with a more costly brand, ASSUMING i was gonna get a better overall product.

how have they lasted since i did all the work?

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I've heard some damn good things about Godfather Racing bodywork. It's made by racers and for racers. If they have something for your bike, I'd give it a shot. It's pretty much prepped for painting and they hate fitment issues as much as everybody else, so I'd expect it to fit good. And considering they sell a lot to CCS/WERA folks, you can be damn sure it's crash tested.

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The last set I bought were used off ebay. Already fitted and painted. Went right on no trouble. And cheap $325 shipped. Another set new from Port Huron MI. I'll try find the info, but they are very light and match up with Sharkskins, Hotbodies, and others. Another suggestion, check with Matt Drucker. His stuff is great and very competitive. Leadtime is the only issue this late in the season.

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The bodywork from Port Huron, MI is made by a friend of mine named Brad Reese. It's called Body by Brad.
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I have to add my $0.02 and give props to Sharkskinz bodywork. That stuff is tough. It fits great, is flexible, paints well, and holds up well in a get-off. The downside is that it costs a pretty penny.

Check eBay and see what you can find. I'm sorta looking for bodywork for the 10R.

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wow great responses so far, keep em comin. Used, already drilled and painted would be ideal, but unfortunately they are hard to find for the 954. I checked out sharkskinz having already heard their reputation for high quality race glass, but was suprised at the cost. Too much of an investment for me now. Keep an eye out for used stuff for me lol...

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The bodywork from Port Huron, MI is made by a friend of mine named Brad Reese. It's called Body by Brad.
Right you are. When the box got here I thought it was empty it's that light. Really good stuff.

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I have had nothing but great dealings with Godfather bodywork. TSB Graphics charged me $725 for a set of Godfather bodywork painted 2 colors with # plates #'s and sponser stickers mailed to my door. If you need contact info PM me.
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I have had nothing but great dealings with Godfather bodywork. TSB Graphics charged me $725 for a set of Godfather bodywork painted 2 colors with # plates #'s and sponser stickers mailed to my door. If you need contact info PM me.
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cool, now I just have to make sure its in the budget....thanks all

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I have had nothing but great dealings with Godfather bodywork. TSB Graphics charged me $725 for a set of Godfather bodywork painted 2 colors with # plates #'s and sponser stickers mailed to my door. If you need contact info PM me.
Was this for the SV? How did it fit?

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Somebody get DanO in here - I think he's busted up more bodywork than anyone else on this forum and would qualify as a "Subject Matter Expert". (Nice cartwheels on Saturday, man - I hurt inside watching that!)
uhhhh thanks...nothing like crashing out of a 10 second lead...lol

anyhoo,
You really get what you pay for. sharkskinz and Armour seem to be the best as in quility, fit, and finish. If you're going for a killer paint job I'd say get sharkskin the finish is pretty good. I just can't justify paying double for body work on a race bike. This year (2005) I'm sponsored by Hotbodies. Their stuff is much better this year than last year but their prices also went up...lol they offer contingency and is pretty decent stuff. Oh and it crashes okay.
I know scott over at Godfather...great guy, they have really cheap body work so if you're going for the cheapest stuff you gotta go godfather which is not really such a bad idea for a racebike. Plus he totally stands behind his stuff!!!
I've never run it before but it seems like it may be a bit brittle.
Drucker (MD Racing) offers body work which seems very similar to the Godfather stuff.

But I'd say roll Hotbodies or Godfather save the money and spend it on tires, which will help you in NOT falling down
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sounds good. I'm thinkin godfather is what I'm going with, now I just have to wait for my first tuition reimbursement check

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