GB Racing covers are by far the SMARTEST and most COST-EFFECTIVE INVESTMENT you can make for your bike to prevent catastrophic damage. They CAN and DO make the difference between a crash resulting in a total loss, or...
mostly just embarrassment, injured body, minor damage to the bike... then once body heals, bike gets fixed, head is screwed on straight etc. ... GET BACK ON AND RIDE!
I had a recent high-side on my '09 Repsol. Sucked. Wasn't going too fast, maybe 30mph, but my rear tire hit a line of gravel left by previous heavy rains. I didn't see the gravel. I was swinging out to pass an agonizingly SLOW driver and was looking ahead to make sure I had ample room. I should have just mellowed. (THANK YOU, Capt. HINDSIGHT!!!)
But... I WAS able to pick my bike up and ride home nearly 100mi (in agonizing pain) because of GB Racing covers.
See this forum post for reference:
My previous CBR, a 929, hit the asphalt when I was rear ended by a texter, and that was all she wrote w/that beautiful bike. Hole in the engine case. An expensive repair, any way you look at it. A low speed crash, but it ended the 929.
I know a lot of you are big on frame sliders. My 929 had 'em. They're easy to install on a 929 cause there's a lot of exposed frame and it's got SILLY PERFECT OEM HOLES in the frame that serve perfectly for mounting them.
But not so easy on a '09 Repsol. You gotta make holes in that cherry Honda middle cowl, right thru the REPSOL graphics. And so I never put frame sliders on my Repsol.
But it was the GB Racing covers that saved the Repsol. They were installed by the first owner along with several other cool mods. The left side cover is really beat up. Worn down... needs replacing. My bike slammed HARD on the left side of the engine. Had it punched thru like the 929 I would have been stranded almost 100mi from home, prolly admitted against my will to hospital, and cited by law enforcement for passing in a NO-NO zone.
But I was able to RIDE my awesome Repsol home, and I will be repairing it to fully functional for about $120. None of this addresses the hassles I've had with injury and infection... but this is about the bike. And thank God, I'm better now.
And the bike (now with almost 50k miles) will survive to ride another day.
Without GB Racing covers the bike could have easily been totaled. I mean, repairs like fixing cracks in body plastic, I can do. Tearing down the engine and replacing a structural piece of the bottom end... forget it. I ain't paying my mechanic to do that right now. No way. The bike would have just sat for the rest of the fall and all winter. Who knows how long.
The set of three GB Racing covers for a current CBR1000RR sell for about $260. I understand that's a lot for a mod that doesn't increase performance one iota. But as a veteran of two wrecks within the last 7 years, where both bikes hit the tarmac hard, I can tell you with pleasure that I am SO GLAD this protection was in place on my Repsol.
Still think $260 is a lot for insurance
that will certainly stack the odds in favor
of your engine surviving a wreck?
$260 ? Well let's see...
- Paid $8000 for the bike in 2011, w/9,500 mi from the 1st owner
- I just came across a receipt from 2015 - upgraded rotors, BRAKING, and new pads. $812
- I rebuilt the front calipers. Know how long that took and how much of a PIA it was?
- I swapped in a Brembo MCyl, clutch lever and reservoir... $555
- Spiegler Rennsport lines + shpg $160
- Caliper spreader - $75 ... and fill and bleed and fill and bleed... bleh bleh already w/the brakes... UGH!! Pursuit of factory-hard feel to a brake lever is the BANE of my existence.
- ThrottleMeister AHR2 kit, standard weight + shpg $170
- Power Commander V and Ignition Retard Controller ... around $340 HOURS OF LABOR to put those bitches in, downloading maps, effin' around with DynoJet software
- Honda e-Cushion seat $290
- FIAMM freeway blaster horns and Eastern Beaver relay kit $82 (crazy difficult process, drill and tap passenger peg brackets to mount them, wiring, bad instructions, emails back and forth...)
... and ALL THIS STUFF doesn't go into the thousands of $$$ I've spent on routine maintenance on the Repsol in 9 years... chain, tires, oil and filters, Engine Ice, turn signal switch replacement, grips, K&N air filter cleaning... geez, you can read the list of mods in my sig. I'm prolly even forgetting a few.
Oh and BTW, did I mention the old '01 929 ALSO had Italian BRAKING rotors all around, a Brembo MCyl conversion, a Dynojet PCIII, custom seat, custom turn signals, taillight... a lot of work went into that bike. And a tiny hole in the engine destroyed all of it.
So if you think I'm a BELIEVER, that I'm drinking some kind of GB Racing Koolaide... you'd be right. Cause all those number$ above and the HUNDREDS of hours of labor involved... they're all preserved, they will all still be yielding concrete excitement, entertainment, and amazing economy and unsurpassed travel utility. With only the purchase of a footpeg and a side view mirror required to continue the fun. I didn't add up all the money I spent on this bike, just like I haven't tried to add the hours I spent on the mods. Cause it's not about what it costs.
It's about the reward... the return. Riding a motorcycle IS dangerous and when you play w/fire you WILL get burned. But the way I see it - it's a glass half full proposition at the worst.
And to the people at GB Racing - thanks for making a product that really DOES EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAY IT DOES.