LRD Performance Specialties & Bill Ballance Team Up for Victory in Morganton! - New LRD aluminum ATV frame

Apr. 01, 2002 By ORC STAFF

April 2002


At the Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, NC, Bill Ballance got the holeshot and rode a new LRD Aluminum Frame to his first victory of the season. Ballance made the decision to ride LRD's USA made 6061 T6 Aluminum Frame after both of his quads were stolen following the GNCC opener in Florida.

LRD 250R aluminum frame
LRD 300cc motor mounted in LRD frame

Combined with a brand new LRD tuned 300 cc motor and LRD exhaust, the aluminum frame provided Ballance with a lighter weight overall package that allowed him to stay much fresher throughout the grueling two-hour event. After the race Bill commented, "The frame handles just like I'm used to and the weight savings made it a lot easier on my body. I could not be happier with the frame setup, its handling, or the results." The results are all the more impressive given Ballance's one day of practice on the new ride before the race.
Place Rider Time
1 Bill Ballance 2:04:59
2 William Yokley 2:05:55
3 Matt J. Smiley 2:06:15
4 Chris Borich 2:06:16
5 Jeremy Rice 2:10:16
6 Todd Knippenberg 2:10:55
7 Chad Duvall 2:11:34
8 Santo Derisi 2:12:02
9 Bryan Hulsey 2:15:15
10 Andris Lagzdins 2:15:33
The LRD frame ridden by Ballance has resulted from the collaboration of LRD founder Arlan Lehman and his new partner Mike Cowan of MC Products. "Mike has aluminum in his veins and has worked with the material his entire life in applications ranging from aerospace, to bicycles, to motorcycles. He was intimately involved with the aluminum frames for the Harley Davidson VR 1000 racing project and has manufactured ultra-light mountain and road bicycle for the likes of Trek, Specialized, Schwinn, Yeti, and Santa Cruz," states Lehman. Based on a shared passion for ATVs and the related performance technology, Cowan and Lehman combined their expertise to address the deficiencies they saw with existing ATV frames. After nearly two years of engineering, prototyping, and testing in near total secrecy; the duo debuted the frame at the 2002 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis. Constructed entirely of extruded US aluminum tubing and CNC'd aluminum bits, LRD frames feature weld quality, construction, artisanship, and anodized finishes never before seen in off-road motor sports.
A closer look at the front end of this peice of art!
Closeup of new frame
Offering an approximate 20% weight reduction over stock frames, LRD frames strive to offer that elusive combination of light weight, ride quality, handling, and durability. "Aluminum has proven itself in such demanding applications as aerospace, auto racing, Super Bike, and Moto Cross. We are confident that LRD frames will set a new performance benchmark for the ATV frames of the future," comments Cowan. LRD is in production on its first batch of 250R frames. Look for frames for the Honda 400 EX and Yamaha Banshee this summer with others to follow.

Bill Balance's winning bike!
Rear view of Bill's new ride
Custom Axis shocks!
Anodized frame, Which color do you want?

Contact Information

200 NE Victory Ave. #A
Gresham, OR 97030 - USA

Contacts: Arlan Lehman: 503-661-6700
Cache Mundy: 303-516-9407

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