Cycra Speed Armor Plates have the right amount of protection for motor and lower frame rails. Injection molded high impact plastic gives them incredible toughness. Speed Armor plates allow the frame to flex and have a predictable feel without the ridged feel of an aluminum plate. Speed Armor plates are built for pro level racing with over a year of development on the national outdoor motocross and cross country series races. What else would you expect from Cycra.
Injection molded high impact plastic.
Rear tongue keys onto frame cross member.
Special high tensile strength tie straps secure the skid plate to your bike.
Overall it's pretty protective but a little narrow. It also covers the drain plugs so I've cut the guard to make both bolts accessible. I installed it on my 2008 ktm450 and I've noticed it reflects a little bit of the engine noise, but it's lightweight. We'll see how it holds up over time.
Looks stout, install was pretty easy, it's just 6 zip ties held to the frame. There are no other holes in the bottom of the plate, so no way to get to the oil drain plug on my yz125. Unrealistic to have to cut all the zip ties every time.
06-09 yz450f I went to install the plate and the tongue would not fit right, then I noticed it was the wrong one, cause they had same bike in instructions. So I figured screw the shipping around the holidays and being busy so I took the tongue off and tried to install with zip ties, they all broke lol, it sucked so I just used safety wire with the no tongue on it but it is better thank a rock jacking up a case but beware, I regret not buying at least a metal glide plate but I can see it is worth it to have a skid plate ( protects water pump and ignition cover too) Can not believe cycra put wrong tongue on there plate xD
I was pleased to buy an inexpensive skid plate. Very simple concept, easy to install, minimal protection (more of a glide plate). One of the big zip ties broke on installation (probably because it was cold). Used hose clamp instead. Like the skid plates I used to make myself. Good for my practice, mostly track bike.
Wanted to try a more affordable skid vs using a large aluminum skid plate. Stock up on zip ties if you do alot of oil changes but it's holding up well. May upgrade to a more HD full skid in the future. It's better to have something rather than nothing.
fit will and easy to install. I cut some access holes to oil plugs so it doesnt have to be removed for oil changes. zip ties have held for several rides, but will expect to change with all the reviews saying they break. so for so good.....put it on 08 yz250 looks good,
I am pleased with this purchase. I bought it to have some protection for the frame rails on my KTM 250sx and keep rocks from nicking away at the engine bottom. I used heavy duty zip ties purchased separately because of the negative reviews I read here. The plate had to be bent into a curve to align with the rails, and it has held up now for 1.5 years and about 50 hours of track riding. No problems on my end whatsoever. The protection and coverage are perfectly fine for my riding at the track, but I would swap out to a pricier aluminum for trail riding, that's why I give those two categories a 3 of 5.
I like most products from cycra, but this skid plate is really terrible. I mean zip ties for mounting?? it does go on and off fast, just sometimes off when you least expect it. I really don't know who they thought would benefit from this skid plate, maybe someone riding through a field with high grass and didnt want to scratch up the frame on their bike? Because that is about all it is good for. I hate to be negative towards cycra becasue I use alot of their products, but this thing had to be designed pushed through by some close relative of one of the big shots at cycra, nobody in product development could have seen this thing and went oh ya thats gonna be a hit...LOL!
I like the skid plebe cause its cheap. I had to get some skid plate foam to fill the gap so that mud wouldn't gather between the skid plate and motor. I am happy with it . It does the job just fine . The zip ties aren't as bad as some folks say just take your time and purchase some extras . Harbor freight has Em for two bucks. Good bang for your buck
The plate itself may be ok, but I don't know because I broke two of the straps trying to put it on, so I was very carful with the two extras that it came with and managed to get them secured. Then the next day taking the bike off the stand all straps broke plate on the floor?? Yeah they sell straps separately but your going to have to buy a box of 1000...
This is a basic frame slider. Which is what I wanted. Not a five star product because the included zip ties that are used to secure it are garbage, they all broke as soon as I tried to tighten them down. Front portion eventually broke off after about a year of racing enduros, but this could be because I was pretty hard on it.
Installed in minutes. Not a heavy duty skid plate but adequate for most off-road applications. If you're going to be dragging your frame across logs, rocks etc. you might want to consider a different plate. This work's great for glancing blows from rocks and logs but I cannot say how it would hold up under severe abuse.
This skid plate was a good general protector for rocks and other things hitting the cases. If you are looking for a solid skid plate that can "skid" across stuff, then look at a higher end product. this is held on by heavy duty zip ties that will break if you contact them to the ground (rocks, hard dirt, logs, whoops, etc.)
Machine this part was bought for: 2006 HONDA CRF250R
Installs easily and provides excellent protection for frame and engine cases. The zip ties are easy to manage on install and so far after 10 hours of rugged enduro conditions only one has gone missing and the skid plate stayed in place. Product comes with extra zips so just a spare handy and your good to go! Would by this product again and recommend it.
Machine this part was bought for: 2014 KTM 200 XC-W
This skid plate fell off on my first ride. There was a harsh G-out on the track and my suspension bottomed out all the way. Next lap it was in the middle of the track. I thought about buying some of the works connection mounts to mount this skid plate so that I could have the flexibility of the plastic but have the strong mounting of the aluminum skid plate.
Machine this part was bought for: 2013 HONDA CRF450R
I like this skid plate, it fits well, is light, wasnt too expensive and should do the job. At a minimum it keeps all the mud from collecting on the bottom of my case, and keep rocks from dinging the case as well. I dont do much hard trail riding, so I dont know about protecting from logs or big rocks though. The zip ties that came with it were garbage. It takes 6 to put it on, they give you 12 so you can take it off and put it back on again, but 7 of mine broke just putting it on for the first time, so I had to go to home depot for an alternative solution. I would buy it again though, just know the zip ties might break when installing. Also, for the ktm there is no issue with having to remove it to change the oil, so that is nice.
Machine this part was bought for: 2013 KTM 250 XC-W (E-Start)
KTM owners will love this skid plate. Due to KTM having a side oil drain plug versus a bottom plug. You mount the plate and forget about it. I have this on my bike (listed above) and I have had no issues. I race mx and the plate was easy to install and provides worry free function. I would buy this again. BTW, you can get replacement 175# zip ties at Harbor Freight and I have even seen them at Wal-Mart for a few bucks.
I had one of these on my KTM and really liked it, but the drain plug for that was on the side. For my Yamaha, the drain plug is on the bottom, so you would have to replace the straps every time you change the oil, which could be expensive. I just drilled it out, but had to remove the back mount of the skid plate to do so. If you have a drain hole on the bottom of your bike, buy a different brand skid plate or be prepared to spend more than the price of the skid plate on industrial zip ties over the course of the year.
I have used cycra products before with good results so I thought this skid plate would be good. I am OK with the material it is made of, I actually prefer it, and I'm OK with the way it is zip-tied on, but I am not OK with the coverage it provides. If this plate covered like it should I wouldn't have any issues with it.
On my 07 crf450 this plate doesn't come close to reaching where the frame splits near the exhaust port. There was a 3.5 inch gap between where the frame Y's and the skid plate began. The plate covered up to where the bolts are for the white plastic engine guards.
This is an important area to cover in my opinion, and this skid plate didn't get the job done.
I bought a works connection aluminum plate instead, the WC plate covers great.
Machine this part was bought for: 2007 HONDA CRF450R
Seems beefy enough. Have not had any hard hits with it, but I can only imagine if you manage to break through the thick plastic, then you can just buy another one and be happy it was the guard and not your engine case.
I am fortunate that I don't need to remove it to change the oil on my 2012 150sx since the plugs are on the side.
If you want to save on the expensive zip-ties, just go get some of the huge ones from a home improvement store for pennies compared to the absurd price from cycra. HVAC contractors use them all the time.
The unit works as described. You bend the front of the plate to form with the frame and then zip tie it in 6 places around the frame. It comes with 12 zip ties but you have to remove the unit when changing the tranny fluid so I'll eventually have to buy more. If you try to drill an access hole you will drill out a riveted piece that holds the back of the plate to the frame.