Kickstart Corner is a moto blog edited by Chris Worden.
"when I was a Budds Creek I couldn't find a rockstar energy drink anywhere. I found a track worker with a headset...but he couldn't help me...so...I settled for the next best thing....!!"
LeoVince (say "Leo-Vin-CHAY") has been in the business of improving motorcycle performance since 1954, crafting high-end exhaust systems for dirt, street and dual sport motorcycles. Only recently they've ventured into the world of carbon bits for bikes, a natural progression for an exhaust manufacturer who already has the tooling to create unique and custom carbon molds.
Our long term 2010 Honda CRF 250R seemed like a good fit for the LeoVince X3 carbon treatment so I rang them up for a set. When the box arrived I was treated to a carbon fuel tank cover, left engine case guard, glide plate, front sprocket cover, front disc guard, rear disc guard, caliper guard (shown in lead photo) and a chain guide.
The application of each product was relatively seamless. Pull off your radiator shrouds and seat and the fuel tank cover slips over a stock tank with ease. One thing that most will experience in dealing with aftermarket carbon fiber, especially when it's fairly thin carbon like that of the tank cover is some twisting of the material. This particular tank cover's holes lined up fairly well without much contortion, but one was slightly askew. Not to worry though, because once the bolts were installed in the other holes and the seat was in place, all was good. And now that it's had time to settle, it goes on and off without a hint of trouble.
All the other pieces of carbon are very thick, ideal for the kind of protection their intended to provide. The tank cover is more about bling, the rest help protect some very important and fragile pieces of your motorcycle.
In use, each piece has held it's own against the rocky terrain of SoCal's gnarliest of tracks. Rocks, mud and fellow competitors have come up against each piece a few times now and I'm happy to report that I've seen no sign of cracks or wear. Each piece cleans up nice, too. Not many scratches or scrapes to report as the days and hours wear on, which is atypical for carbon that comes up against sand and rocks, plus the frequent blast from a pressure washer.
In total, I'd say that the LeoVince X3 Carbon is a great purchase for anyone looking to dress up their bike with that factory look while adding protection to some of the most vulnerable areas of the machine. The parts are available individually, too. So pick out your most crucial pieces first (hint: brake guard pieces), then round out the whole set when you can afford it.
Price: Left Engine Case Guard $59.99, Glide Plate $119.99, Front Sprocket Cover $39.99, Tank Cover $69.99, Front Disk Guard $129.99, Rear Disk Guard $54.99, Caliper Guard $39.99, Chain Guide $59.99
Applications: Most late model bikes, see LeoVince's website for availability.
More info: www.leovinceusa.com
Ryan Dungey had the 2010 Lucas Oil Championship well in the bag before the season even came to a close. His dominant performance this summer was nothing short of historic and has garnered him the attention of a lot of action sports rags throughout the industry. Fuel TV pointed their camera's at the Minnesota native for this week's edition of First Hand. Check it out:
Another thrilling Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations took place in Thunder Valley and Team USA obtained an eventual win at their home track in front of a passionate crowd of 32000 weekend spectators. Second overall was Team Belgium, who improved his last year's third position, and third was Team Germany making their podium comeback.
Team USA was in second position behind Germany when the third race started, but a superb performance of Ryan Dungey and Andrew Short brought USA their 21st victory, their sixth in a row. Steve Ramon, Clement Desalle and Jeremy Van Horebeek handed Belgium a second final position.
Team Germany, who was leading the Nations point standings after race two, had a bitter sweet ending completing the podium in the Thunder Valley track.
Great Britain finished fourth overall just one point behind Germany and Italy completed the top five. France was struck by bad luck as Marvin Musquin dnf'd twice due to mechanical problems, dropping the team down to seventh.
RACE 1 (MX1 & MX2)
Race one started with a surprising holeshot of Barragan, but the Spaniard could not stand the pressure of his pursuers and he finally finished fourth. American Dungey got the lead already in lap two and dominated until the end, while his team mate Canard was involved tangle with Osborne just after the start as both went down at turn one - Canard ending an eventual twelfth.
Italian Cairoli went on the track committed to beat American Dungey, but he could only finish second almost six seconds behind the American after an early chase. Australian Metcalfe did a consistent race and finished third ahead of Barragan.
Paulin completed the top five, while his team mate Musquin could not finish the race due to a mechanical problem on his KTM machine.
Roczen was blocked by Canard and Osborne, whom he found on the ground in front of him when taking turn one. Though he worked his way up to finish in a solid sixth position. Belgian Ramon finish seventh, followed by British Wilson and Portuguese Gonçalves.
Race 1 top ten: 1. Ryan Dungey (USA, Suzuki), 35:56.436; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.598; 3. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Honda), +0:22.000; 4. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:25.704; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.917; 6. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:39.361; 7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:43.201; 8. Dean Wilson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:47.329; 9. Rui Gonçalves (POR, KTM), +1:15.068; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +1:22.218;
Nations top ten: USA, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Portugal, New Zealand.
RACE 2 (OPEN & MX2)
American Short opened the second race with an incredible start taking the holeshot and leading the heat until he made a mistake. After a crash Short dropped back to position 25th but committed himself to do his beat for USA and took an eventual 13th.
16 year old Roczen, who received the Ricky Carmichael Award for being the youngest best placed rider in the Nations, took advantage of Short's mistake and led the race until he was overtaken by Townley -on the bigger machine- in lap five. The New Zealander managed to keep the lead until the end of the heat and finished six seconds after Puerto Rican Regal.
Roczen was finally third followed by Belgian Desalle, who would become the overall winner of the Open class by the end of the day. Nagl and Wilson finished fifth and sixth respectively, while American Canard, who started 15th after a bad start, managed to end in seventh position.
Brit Anderson was eighth, while Italian Monni and Belgian Van Horebeek completed the top ten.
Again French Musquin had a mechanical problem and did not finish the race.
Race 2 top ten: 1. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 36:11.627; 2. Kyle Regal (PUR, Honda), +0:06.246; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:07.235; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.171; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:37.809; 6. Dean Wilson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:41.751; 7. Trey Canard (USA, Honda), +0:56.298; 8. Brad Anderson (GBR, Honda), +0:58.070; 9. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), +1:20.316; 10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:25.010;
Nations top ten: Germany, USA, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal.
RACE 3 (MX1 & OPEN)
Race three started with Germany at the front of the Nations point standings, USA second and Belgium third, all the countries being really tight in points. Americans Dungey and Short gave their best for their country in the last heat and they actually dominated the race, starting with Short first and Dungey second then swapping position to see the Suzuki rider victorious.
Belgian Desalle finished third ahead of Italian Cairoli, who had to race all the way through from an initial 14th position,
and Australian Metcalfe completed the top five.
Other Belgian Ramon contributed to his country's final second position by finishing seventh in the third heat, followed by French Boog and Swiss Tonus. Paulin did not have a good start and could only finish ninth and Australian Marmont completed the top ten.
Race two winner Townley had a mechanical failure while he was second and could not finish the heat.
Eventually Team USA moved up to the top of the podium, exploiting also the crash of Germany's Nagl who did not finish the race. Belgium clinched the runner up position while Germany came back onto the podium courtesy in third, even though the trio's hopes for victory came to a bitter end in the final heat.
Dungey (USA) took the individual MX1 victory, Roczen (Germany) won the MX2 as well as the Ricky Carmichael Award and Desalle (Belgium) won the Open class.
Race 3 top ten: 1. Ryan Dungey (USA, Suzuki), 36:41.709; 2. Andrew Short (USA, Honda), +0:10.230; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:17.577; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.593; 5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Honda), +0:27.187; 6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.778; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.946; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:33.135; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:58.530; 10. Jay Marmont (AUS, Yamaha), +1:05.494;
Nations top ten: USA, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Puerto Rico.
It's been just over five months since Ryan Villopoto was shining bright in the racing spotlight. The road to recovery has been a long and somewhat boring one for the Poulsbo, Washington native, but he's back riding and ready to return to that spotlight. We chatted with Ryan for the first edition of Idle Chat to see how his summer has been without racing.
You've had to come back from injuries the past two years. How different have the two injuries been in terms of healing and rehabilitation?
The ACL was a lot easier to return from because there weren't any complications. It was a pretty straight forward surgery. The leg injury this year was harder because not only did I break my tibia and fibula, but I broke my ankle too. The doctors had to make sure everything healed perfect before I could start doing anything with my leg. This time I got plates and screws to make sure it healed correctly, which does make for a longer healing process. My doctor was very concerned about it healing properly so I could be 100 percent when I came back. After my last check up, he said it looked great.
Since you had more time to kill than before, what did you do to keep busy? It's been a while since you've raced.
It was hard at first because I couldn't put any weight on it until the beginning of July. I was on crutches for a long time. We didn't do a whole lot during that time, but make the trip back and forth from Florida, where I'm living part time. Once I started walking, I was really happy. Crutches aren't fun at all.
You recently went to Alaska. Can you tell us a little bit about your trip?
Casey (practice bike mechanic) and I went up there to visit my cousin. We went to do some hunting and fishing, but we basically had a black cloud following us the entire seven days we were up there. Our luck wasn't good with hunting and we didn't catch the amount of fish we were supposed to.
But you did have a little fun? I saw a video of you guys mud boggin'.
Yeah. That was probably the highlight of the trip. It was pretty fun. I ended up tearing the axle out of the truck I was driving. My cousin Spencer did pretty good, but broke on the last lap of his race. It was a last man standing. I didn't really do too well. We started with six and they started dropping like flies, but it was fun to watch even after I was done racing.
What do the next few months look like for you?
I'm just riding and training for now. If everything goes as planned, we'll be going to Australia at the end of November.
Are you excited for Australia? Have you ever been there before?
I've never been. I'm really looking forward to it. It's always fun to go to a new place. I'm scheduled to race the supercross events in Sydney and then Brisbane. I haven't raced since April so it's a good opportunity to get back into the swing of it. You can only ride so much until you need to get behind a gate and go race.
Lastly, you recently got engaged. Congrats! How does it feel to take that next step?
I'm really excited. Kristen and I are really happy. We don't really have any set plans yet for the date or anything. It's exciting though.
Motocross racers and their fans from around the world are converging on ThunderValley in Lakewood, CO. The RiderDown Foundation will be there and hard at work raising funds and awareness for injured riders and their families. Stop by and lend a hand if you can. There will be a 500M rowing challenge sponsored by Concept2 and Sicass OffRoad Racing. Silent auction items will include a very special Team USA Concept 2 Rower with graphics from 139Designs.com and signed by the team. You can also take home a beautifully restored, 1982 KTM 495 signed by some of the legends in our sport or one of several autographed jerseys. RiderDown gear is also available for a small donation with 100% of all proceeds helping riders in need.
RiderDown's slick Concept 2 graphics kit created by 139Designs.com
About RiderDown Foundation: With a nationwide network of volunteers ready to lend support and assistance to injured riders, RiderDown is actively giving back to the off road community. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization, RiderDown has been delivering on its mission of "Helping Riders Up" since 2005. Dedicated to helping responsible off-road motorcyclists and ATV racers who have been injured, proceeds are used to provide assistance to riders and their families when faced with medical expenses and related issues. In cooperation with their partners in the field of medical bill review, RDF has saved injured riders thousands of dollars on excessive and/or unnecessary medical charges. RiderDown Angels visit injured riders in the hospital and at home, offering a friendly voice during difficult times. To find out more about RiderDown and ways you can help, go to www.riderdown.org