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SRP CRF450 SLATER SKINS
WHAT IS IT? A one-piece shroud and side panel with attract a lot of attention and get valuable exposure for your
more room for sponsor logos and artwork. sponsors with something unique and visible. Slater Skins are
a billboard on a bike.
WHAT’S IT COST? $649.99 (for skins and semi-custom (5) Performance. A positive aspect of the one-piece
graphics). panels is a smoother rider interface with the bike. The
negative aspects include a little more mud getting trapped,
CONTACT? www.srpinternational.com or (203) 878- a more open airbox, which can let more dirt (as well as
2379. more air) inside, and some engine overheating issues.
(6) Future development. Currently, the Slater Skin is
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that only available for modern Honda CRFs. Slater is working on
stand out with SRP’s CRF450 Slater Skins. the 2010 Yamaha body style. He is also getting involved in
(1) Construction. The plastic material is thermally some wind tunnel testing.
formed, high-impact, high-density, heat-resistant (7) Pro status. In the past, Slater Skins have had the most
polypropylene. John Slater makes his own molds exposure among freestyle guys like Mike Metzger. Currently,
in-house. Slater Skin graphics are six-mil convex vinyl Slater is testing with race teams who may be interested.
with an eight-mil laminate. Titan MX designed the
MXA graphics, while Side Line Graphics and Affordable WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We noticed a few compromises
Sign handled the layout and printing. with the Slater Skins. (1) If one breaks, you have to replace
(2) Graphic design. For your $649.99, you could get the entire thing. (2) It’s held on with fewer bolts than the
the same graphics that we got, but with your name or stock plastics, making the
company in place of the MXA logo, and use a basic existing attachment points MXA RATING
sticker kit for sponsors to fill in the gaps. For an extra more critical. (3) Although it’s
charge, you can do a totally custom job. The graphic difficult to notice when on the
is one giant piece, making the visual presentation bike, the lower portion of the
seamless. The downside of this is that it is very difficult Slater Skin doesn’t rest flush This is a five-star
to install smoothly. against the main spar of the product for a
(3) Paint. The Slater Skin plastic is unique in that it frame. (4) The Skins need to marketing man and
can be painted. For active motocross bikes, paint isn’t be modified to run certain a two-star product
practical, but for a show bike, it can take the look to things like radiator braces, for a functionalist.
another level. head pipe oxygen sensors, oil Slater Skins don’t
(4) Sponsorship. Slater Skins are all about more coolers, etc. (5) To stop the directly help lap
signage. The one-piece, streamlined Slater Skin panels bike from overheating in long times on the track,
are designed to help promote offroad racing by giving motos, you would need to but they could
corporate sponsors 1200 square inches of advertising make ducting behind the get you more
space (which is 900 square inches larger than the stock Slater Skins to help get air sponsorship, which
panels). Odds are you aren’t one of the few riders who through the radiators more definitely helps
can compete for wins at the top level, but you can still effectively. performance.