The 2015 v 2013/14 450 is gonna be like the 1980 CR250 v the '78/'79.
But, I could be wrong.
I'm wondering "what", EACTLY, you're calling a "Stock Geico" bike...?
I can't find the post since ive been a long time lurker but I swear I saw GuyB say that Geico or one of the Honda teams had one of their riders test a stock bike and they said they fell in love with it because it was easy to ride..
I also read that Tomacs motor is pretty stock too..I mean im sure it has all the bits and goodies to make it "Factory" but its power delivery is pretty close to stock, if not stock.
Ok...let me take a stab at this...
Geico builds there own "In-House" version of a CRF450R race bike...and then there's Honda's (American Honda) version of their pseudo RC450/CR450R built with their collection of HRC goodies and their "Concept" of what it should be..."pseudo" implies that we (AMA) can't really run the Japanese RC stuff; 'cause, that pretty much implies "Works" as in Narita and his new frame, swing-arm and other Exotica...Because: THAT AIN'T PRODUCTION by a Damn-Sight! (Humor)
BUT...calling the Geico bike "stock"...? That's almost an insult (More humor). Also, I'm pretty sure whatever Geico wants is avail should they want it (Honda-HRC...etc).
Watching them practice/test at their track, I can promise you: their bike's have got the goods...their way. Their bikes make a Nice Looooooong pull from Waaaaaaaay down low...their chassis appears to be set up firm/stiff enough to make their Guys happy...or so it seems.
Geico (FC) has a history of doing things "their way".
And, it works. Really well.
dont shoot the messenger dood
maybe i read that the bike was more "stock"-ish compared to their fully blown "works" bike or watever reiteration they can run in the AMA series