Originally Posted by Chaotic
In general, be careful about how you use CF. The intended purpose of CF is to replace
things in order to shave weight.
CF all over the bike not only defeats the purpose, but can look cheesy and poserish if overdone...especially on a street-only bike.
In other words, CF wheels, engine covers, bodywork, exhaust etc = perfect.
The CF trinkets"" and accessories some people add all over the bike just end up in the bike looking like that old truck you see decked out with 425 accessories from Autozone.
Of course this is just my opinion, it is your bike.
this is absolutely true. CF can get very addictive however, and I ended up adding any part that was carbon fiber to my 2010 bike. Looked nice, but really didn't serve any practical function.
I really liked SSR carbon parts in terms of fit and finish, but they were pretty heavy - no weight savings there.
I spent the money for a carbon fiber full bellypan - that saves quite a bit of weight. But I'm drawing the line there. Front and rear fenders will save some weight as well, but for the cost versus saving a few ounces...not worth it.
Also note that true racing carbon fiber looks like crap. To get minimum weight...no lacquer coats, ultra-thin construction (race fairings are disposable), and it is assumed that they will be painted for a particular team's livery. I bought a one-piece alpha Racing tank and side cover piece, and while that DID save weight, it did not have that deep gloss look, and alpha Racing was very clear that this was a race part, same as what they used on race bikes, and the cheap cost had to do with the thinness and zero effort in polishing or finishing the part.