Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Home in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Work in KL, Singapore and Jakarta.
Yes - I coated mine.
I have a 2015 and found the bike unbearably hot in traffic and simply unable to cool when running slower than 70 kph due to heat soak into the frame, etc (Bangkok). Worse, the bike wouldn't stay under 105 degrees celsius on track.
I deleted the cat to try and cool things down with no noticable impact on engine temps or radiated heat. Frankly, did nothing for me. At 115 degress the warning light comes on... so it should!! (Had it happen 2x on track when pushing)
I took the headers off and had them ceramic coated on the outside by a local turbo shop (done in house, took about 5 a week to clean them and coat them - it was the hot flame coat method, white which they said was the best). Got it done from the collar down to the link pipe.
At the same time I really spent a lot of time cleaning my radiator fins. More than the normal high pressure cleaner, I used a very soft toothbrush and got "right in there". Noticed a little bit of grit on the brush, no noticable blockage.
Anyway, after I got the headers back and fitted I got about 10 degrees cooler track temperatures. The bike also cooled much faster in traffic and the fan could hold the temp at around 103-105 degress if I was stuck not moving. That said, I still went up to 103 on the track when pushing really hard - but previously it would be 112 or higher!
What I noticed other than the immediate 10 degree drop in temperature was the frame does not get hot like before. The bike is pure track now but before the frame would be too hot to touch. Now its warm, but certainly not hot.
In short - YES it stops the frame heat greatly. If you are in a hot climate this is a very good investment.
Please note that most Thai riders will put the carbon fiber guards on to reduce the heat on the legs. That wasn't an option for me as I needed to keep the temps down while track/racing. I was constantly short shifting to keep the revs under 10k and stop overheating late in a race.
The only warning I would have is the ceramic coating is really brittle. I've had a small chip come off where it was bumped when removing my fairing one day. This is going to create a hot spot on my header and eventually lead to a failure. I'm not worried about that as I think this would take a few years and I won't keep the bike forever but its something to be mindful of. Plus the coating seems to attract any sort of discolouration it can find, so don't go the full pipe to the slipon or you'll get some shocking ugly stains. I found to the link perfect for me, hidden but effective.
Lastly, I WOULD NOT PUT IT ON TITANIUM HEADERS. I think the extra heat caused by the coating could potentially destroy titantium headers due to the heat build up. That's just based on my understanding that titanimum is fickle with heat and can turn very brittle. I have stainless headers (Akra). You can really see how hot it gets when you take a look at the point past the ceramic coating after a hard track session... its obviously cooking!
Best of luck!
HP4 2013 - road
S1000RR 2015 - race bike
S1000XR 2016 - street
CBR600RR 2008 - track