Dirt Rider recently sat in on a bike-mod project headed up by Ken and Glen Laivins of Cycra, and the company’s brand manager Ryan Longstreth. Cycra, along with the help of Championship Powersports (CPR Mods) in Ohio, CV4 Products, Xceldyne, Motorex Lubricants, Braking, Wiseco, Hammerhead Accessories, X-Trig Triple Clamps, Renthal, ICW Radiators, Sunstar, Factory Connection, and Yoshimura, took a 2013 Honda CRF450R, tricked it out to the max, and then unleashed it at this year’s Muddy Creek round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series with former Arenacross champion Jeff Gibson at the helm.
At the end of the day, it was a good opportunity for Cycra to do a little field testing on some of its newest products, in addition to showcasing their new Powerflow bodywork. It was also a great chance for Dirt Rider to get the scoop on what Cycra has been up to lately along with getting in a test on their tricked-out Honda.
“Getting out to a race and testing our products under race conditions is what makes Cycra products great and this was a good chance to debut our new graphics package and do some field testing,” says Longstreth. “We have our new Powerflow plastic kits, which helps provide better air flow for the bike. Under the extreme conditions you find at an outdoor national, that is what the new Cycra Powerflow plastic is all about, dealing with the rigors and heat of these events.”
“Yoshimura was a huge supporter of this project,” added Longstreth. “They worked hand in hand with Championship Powersports and CPR and really put together a strong package for the motor with their cams. They gave us specs for the cylinder head porting, too, which was a big help.”
“We had been wanting to do some kind of project like this to feature our products and when Muddy Creek was announced on the schedule we thought it was a no brainer,” adds Longstreth. “We also immediately thought of Jeff Gibson. We’ve always had a good working relationship with Jeff, so it just made sense to do this with him. And Jeff’s had a lot of success here at Muddy Creek over the years. As you roll into this Muddy Creek facility, if you look up at the championship board you’ll see Jeff’s name up there several times for winning championships on 65s and 85s and Schoolboy classes. His career is sort of winding down now and he’s wanting to do select events just for fun and this was a perfect fit.”
Gibson pulled a holeshot in the consolation race in qualifying for the Muddy Creek national and he went 32-31 in the two national motos. The following day, off-road star Nate Kanney was brought in to do a test on the bike for an upcoming feature in Dirt Rider magazine – something you need to keep an eye out for in our November 2013 issue.
The race outing was also a chance for Cycra to get the word out about some changes going on with the company.
“We’re so excited to be out here,” says Glen Laivins. “There have been a lot of changes at Cycra, which some people may not know about. We have joined up with CV4 Products, and that company is well known in NASCAR and Formula 1. There are many different divisions of their company: Xceldyne is one, and there’s one that makes titanium valves, and they have an anodizing/coating company. We worked with them in the past with CV4, and they wanted to do lot more powersports, and the easiest way to do that is to buy into a great brand, and that’s exactly what happened. We make 100% of our products in the United States, and they understood what it takes to make these products and that’s why we did the acquisition with them.”
“What we’ve got here is a national-level bike that someone could build using aftermarket parts and accessories and if you add up all the components what we have is about a $25,000 motorcycle,” adds Glen. “So it’s great to have Jeff race it in the national and then have Nate Kanney ride it on Sunday to do this evaluation for Dirt Rider. It is possible for a privateer to build one of these if he wants to go racing and I can’t wait to see what Nate has to say about it.”
Ken heads up the graphics side of Cycra and looks at everything with an artful eye to detail.
“It’s an exciting thing to have Nate and Jeff ride the bike and it’s interesting to see how they interact with the motorcycle, which helps us understand how to make our parts better,” says Ken Laivins. “We are always excited when we can test at a national under race conditions and when we do this we always come back with new ideas and new concepts. We’re never sure what will be until we get back to the shop. So it’s a fun and exciting time for us to be out here.”