WHAT IS IT? The Guts Racing GR-1 seat cover features
sewn-on ribs that improve traction, but you’ll be amazed
at the options that Guts offers with their seat covers.
WHAT’S IT COST? $59.90 (black with black ribs),
$69.90 (black with colored ribs), $69.90 (black with
colored sides or top), $79.90 (black with colored ribs
CONTACT? www.gutsracing.com or (800) 342-1272.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with Guts’ GR-1 ribbed seat cover.
(1) Purpose. There comes a time in the life of every
seat cover when it’s time to go to the elephant burial
grounds. In this case, our go-to seat cover source has
been Guts Racing. Guts offers five different seat cover
choices, from gripper material to ballistic knee areas to
basic designs to two-tones—MXA decided to try Guts’
GR-1 ribbed seat cover.
( 2) Installation. Thanks to Guts’ stretchy, synthetic,
nylon-based material, our GR-1 ribbed seat cover went on
without trauma. We started by stapling down the nose.
Then, we stretched it tight and stapled the rear. Next,
we stretched it from side to side and stapled the widest
part of the middle of the seat. With the seat cover
stapled at four spots, we massaged the wrinkles out
and stapled the remaining spots. Guts tailors its seat
covers to have extra material on the sides, mainly so
they can be used with their taller seat foam, but the
extra length makes it easier to stretch the material
to get a wrinkle-free fit.
( 3) Colors. Although MXA chose a black seat cover
with black ribs, you can choose different-color ribs, tops
or sides. KTM’s optional color choice is orange. Honda’s
is red or blue. Kawasaki’s is green. Suzuki’s is yellow or
red, and Yamaha’s is red or blue.
( 4) Optional foam. Guts offers replacement seat
foam in soft, medium and firm densities and in stock or
tall heights. The retail price of the foam is $69.95. Think
about replacing the foam if your seat is broken down,
too soft or decayed from being waterlogged.
( 5) Performance. Every MXA test rider
prefers ribbed seat covers to gripper material. Why?
Gripper material’s large, rubberized surface area can
get a solid hold on the seat of your pants and pull them
down. Ribs, however, are intermittent strips that don’t
grip as aggressively to the nylon in your pants. As a rule
of thumb, if you wear Italian-cut pants with a low-cut
waist or loose-fitting pants, neither gripper nor ribbed
covers are a good choice.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Our Guts GR-1 seat cover
ripped where the threads holding the ribs on had poked
holes in the seat cover. It was a major failure.
We loved the feel of the GR-1 ribbed seat
cover—but not for long.
GUTS GR-1 RIBBED SEAT COVER
MXA TEAM TESTED