LeoVince Carbon Fiber Parts Review

MotorcycleUSA Staff | September 28, 2010
LeoVince makes high-end exhausts for street and dirt bikes and regularly uses materials like titanium and carbon fiber to reach peak performance. The company has expanded the use of its carbon technology to make guards for modern dirt bikes. Currently available for Honda, KTM and Yamaha machines, we tested the new bodywork kits on a 2009 Honda CRF450R.

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The pieces are sold separately, which is fine because you might have to save for awhile to afford everything.

Like we’ve come to expect from LV, the quality is top-notch and our guards were fabricated without a single visible flaw. We installed a rear brake caliper guard ($40), rear disc guard ($55), front disc guard ($130), chain guide ($60), drive sprocket cover ($40), glide plate ($120), left engine cover ($60) and fuel tank cover ($70). Every piece is constructed using pre-impregnated carbon fiber and we bolted them on without any issues. The only thing that you need to consider before ordering is that the front brake rotor, like OEM and other replacement guards, do not fit if you have an oversized rotor installed.

Carbon is known for its light weight and strength, which has made it the perfect choice for making race-worthy guards. However, it’s not quite as durable as plastic in some cases. The Honda’s stock plastic components flex more which can be good or bad. It allows objects to come into closer contact to your machine, but it also bounces back to its original shape better. Our glide plate is the only piece that has shown any wear after months of use with a small fracture. These are definitely aimed at the motocross crowd and we’d be leery of bashing over logs and rocks.

Not everything is designed for protection. The fuel tank cover doesn’t actually enhance performance in any way, and realistically it adds weight if you’re being picky. But, it definitely adds a lot to the aesthetics of the bike. We’ve been scratching each piece with repeated use and have been brutal with the powerwasher, but so far everything is holding up with very little sign of abuse.

There’s no doubt that carbon comes with a price. This whole kit racked up $575 worth on the MotoUSA credit card. On the up side, if you’ve already invested $8000 on a new dirt bike, you might as well protect the investment. There are different ways to go about safeguarding the vulnerable parts of your steed, but there isn’t anything that has a higher cool-factor. Besides, if you chip away at it one component at a time as the stockers need replacement, before you know it you’ll be stylin’.

MSRP: $40 – $130
www.leovinceusa.com

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Left-to-Right: Fuel tank guard, chain guide, countershaft sprocket cover, front brake guard, rear brake guard, skidplate.

MotorcycleUSA Staff