Motorcycle race fairing: Avio Fibre or Carbon Fibre, which one suits my needs?

Carbon or Avio fibre? The colour is not the only difference.

Avio fibre and carbon fibre are two most commonly used materials in the world of motorcycle racing, each of them with its’ own advantages. Let’s take a look into the details.

Avio Fibre

Avio fibre side panel for the 2020 Honda CBR 1000 RR-R. The black triple wings are 3D printed.

The name ‘avio fibre’ comes from aviation as this technology is widely used for covering the open structures on aircrafts. In the world of motorcycle roadracing it’s an alternative to standard fibre glass fairings. Comparing the two, avio fibre is better in many ways: it’s stronger, lighter, much more flexible and, maybe the most important, it doesn’t brake or crack that easy. For sure something a racing team is looking for is to have less damage after a slide or a crash.

The reason for that is high quality synthetic fibre (avio cloth) with tighter fiber density in combination with epoxy resin. Though avio fibre is still not as strong as carbon fibre, in Carbonin we reinforce all our avio fibre parts edges and the places of fitment (where the parts are fitted with the bolts) with some extra carbon fibre stripes for optimal combination of strength and flexibility.

All our avio fibre parts come in a white gel coat, which offer a smooth and easy finish, which enables us to easily upgrade and personalize the final look with spray paint and/or decals design. It’s also possible to just put the stickers directly on the white gel coat.

Carbon Fibre

Carbon fibre: ultra light, strong and prestigious material.

Carbon Fibre (also called graphite fibre) is the most prestigious material that’s used not only in racing but also in aerospace, military and other competition sports where lightness is the most important factor. It’s fibres measure only about 5-10 micrometres in diameter (about 10 times thinner than a human hair!) and are mostly composed of carbon atoms. Several thousand carbon fibers are bundled into a tow that are then woven into a fabric. In Carbonin we mostly use prepreg (pre-impregnated) fibres that are then vacuumed in moulds and finally heat treated (‘baked’) at 130°C (266°F). After the process the parts are polished for the final shiny look – without any extra varnishing. The result are great looking light and strong top end quality parts that precisely fit on the bike. The carbon fibre parts can be used raw or can be spray painted and embellished with decal design stickers (we offer complete customisation of decal designs).

The material has several advantages: it’s ultra light, has high stiffness and tensile strength, plus it’s also temperature and chemical resistant. Feedback from our partnered racing teams is that carbon fibre parts are not as flexible as carbon-reinforced avio fibre parts (mentioned above), but when you’re looking to save every gram possible, carbon fibre is still the best choice – total weight difference can be up to 0,5 kilograms (1,1 pounds) on a fully equipped race bike when comparing avio and carbon fibre race fairing.

Our suggestion: make a combination!

When preparing a race bike, use avio fibre for the most exposed parts when crashing (like lower, front, side panels and the seat) and combine that with pure carbon fibre smaller parts like front and read mudguards, fuel tank cover, clutch, frame and engine protectors (which can be huge saviours!) etc. This way you will get a light, durable and not too expensive bike with a fantastic look!

2020 Suzuki GSX-R, full dressed in Carbonin avio fibre parts. The rest of the bikes are equipped with carbon fibre parts.

All Carbonin products are developed in cooperation with top racing teams to be used by professional and amateur racers all around the globe. Only the best lightweight and durable materials are used and when it comes to accuracy of final product, there’s no doubt. It fits – it fits your bike and your needs.