No-one plans to drop a motorcycle. Often it’s the result of something fairly innocuous. Not spotting the dodgy camber at some traffic lights, attempting an ill-advised U-turn, or on the warm-up lap on a track day. Fortunately these new RDMOTO 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 crash protectors and frame sliders will reduce the damage. If not the embarrassment.
RDMOTO has been making crash protection for motorcycles since 2001, so the Czech Republic manufacturer has plenty of experience on a wide range of bikes. And that shows with a few different options to help owners of a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 that want to reduce the damage, and cost, of a tumble.
So first up are the RDMOTO PH01 protectors for the GSX-R1000. These are the classic ‘mushroom’ style crash bungs that you’ll probably have seen on countless bikes. Especially in race paddocks. You can choose either black or white polyamide, and they’re 60mm long by 50mm wide. Each example contains an internal steel insert for better strength and meaning that shorter screws can be used, which all improves the performance. And with a fitting kit included, they’ll cost you £57.60.
But perhaps you want a bit of colour to either match your bike, your sponsors, or just to stand out? Then you can always go for the RDMOTO PHV1 protectors. Which are very similar except for an anodized cap in a choice of 7 different colours, which will now cost you £80.40.
Not convinced by the benefits of crash bungs? They’re generally better if there’s no chance of them digging into soft terrain. So perhaps you prefer crash sliders rather than protectors? If so, RDMOTO still has a couple of options for you. The RDMOTO SL01 is available in black or white polyamide, but is designed to have a large sliding surface at 119mm long and 72mm high, and you can adjust the angle of the protection. With a fitting kit and a choice of 7 anodized inserts, you can pick the SL01 up for £102.
Or finally, there are the RDMOTO SLD Diamond Sliders, which are made from something called POM-C. Apparently, it’s a highly crystalline resin which is stong and rigid with a low friction coefficient. In other words, it’s really slidey.
The CNC-milled sliders are fitted with duralumin adapters. Which means you can rotate them to suit your bike and cost £118.90.
Duralumin is the name for an age-hardenable aluminium alloy. It was originally developed at the start of the 20th Century, but the modern version tends to be an improved aluminium-copper alloy used in aviation and elsewhere because it’s strong. Years ago, the earlier versions were used to build the ‘Great Airships’. But RDMOTO use it for other jobs. Like a set of fully-adjustable brake and clutch levers.
The options for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 are for Short (136mm) or Standard (170mm) replacement brake and clutch levers made from duralumin T 70-75 and with a stainless steel box inserted into the lever adjustment mechanism to help it last and perform longer. The levers come in the same choices of 7 colours, and are anodized with a UV-resistant varnish to prevent fading, for £94.95.
Just to complete the rundown of RDMOTO 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 crash protectors, there are also front axle protectors available in black polyamide with an anodized aluminium cap (If you guessed 7 colours are available, then well done!) They measure 25mm long and 49mm wide, and will cost you £43.20.
All of the above RDMOTO range are available in the UK via Skidmarx, on 01305-780808.