i got mine ceramic coated but i haven't gotten out on the bike yet... gonna get it dynoed next month sometime although i don't have anything to compare it to, but it'll be cool to see how much hp she puts out... there are benefits to ceramic coating but i think they're all pretty minimal... i got my headers and midpipe done for $190 so it's not overly expensive... i really like how the color came out though, and since i took all the heat shields off it helps a lot with the heat coming from the midpipe where my legs are... can hardly feel the heat when bike was idling... i found this on the net too... hope it helps
Benefits of Ceramics:
• Decent range of colors available, with more coming every year. The most popular colors available are a ceramic “chrome,” semi-gloss black, satin black and aluminum.
• Withstands a wide range of heat. Ceramics really shine where powders or paint cannot. Ceramics generally operate best in the 1100F – 2000F range and are considered “bulletproof” for cast iron manifolds.
• A ceramic coated set of header pipes will last many more years than ones with header paint. Powder coats will not last beyond the first engine start.
• Ceramics block excessive heat radiation, with 130F+ temperature drops recorded by major trade publications like HOT ROD magazine. The thermal protection provided by ceramic coatings will extend the life of other engine components, especially electronics, through reduced exposure to heat. Thermal barriers applied to complete exhaust systems will reduce floorboard and firewall heat.
• Minor performance boost. Dyno tests have revealed power gains of 8-10 hp in a 550 hp engine. This is mainly due to the heat barriers trapping heat inside the header pipes and increasing exhaust velocity. It was also acknowledged that more gains could be had when installed in an engine bay, where hot air robs power. Ceramics may also be applied to internal engine parts, creating less drag and longer burn cycles during engine operation.
• Durable coats. Ceramics are much tougher than paints and match powder in durability.
• Rust protection. Select ceramics provide excellent rust protection against the elements.
• Good chemical resistance.