Sato Field Test Part I
The installation was for the second time, (I installed them on the dyno test bike at the shop too) the easiest install I have ever done on an RC. The slip-fit pieces slide together effortlessly, but precisely & require a bare minimum of time & effort.
The sound of the High & Banzai mounts is quite loud, actually to be quite honest it's the loudest I've ever heard on an RC & the sound is super deep, but still crispy like a GTO muscle car. Guaranteed to piss off the neighbors, make little children cry & cause birds to drop out of the sky from shear fear. The Low mounts however are actually pretty quiet when compared to other race cans & produce the best power gains of all three Sato configurations (Banzai, High & Low)
& finally what everyone wants to know, the power delivery is awesome & seamless except for a little bit of a flat spot while taking off from a dead stop, but that can be cured with one of the custom Sato Maps. We have them available for all models of the RC51 (00-01,02-03) for both the PCII & the PCIIIr. These maps are like nothing else on the market yielding phenomemal gains & super smooth power delivery as well as much more controlled throttle response.
BTW the entire exhuast set including brackets weighs 11.35 lbs (5.15kg)
Sato Low mount vs
2002 Sato High
mounts vs Stock
2002 RC51 Sato high vs Sato Banzai vs Stock
Sato slip-on vs a Moriwaki high mount slip-on
Two back to back runs of the
Sato Slip-ons with PCII with the initial Sato specific map
the most recent map revisions are much better!
Sato Slip-ons with PCII versus Moriwaki Slip-ons with PCII
Sato Slip-ons with PCII versus Basic Racer (kinda neat to see the better low-end performance, plus I think the topend would be comparable if we had removed the soft limiter)
Sato Field Test Part II
Not wanting to reinvent the wheel, this second review is little more than the info I had already posted on the forums
I just got back in
from a morning of riding (& trying to get my inspection tags
*failed*) & these are the best cans I have ever owned. The
numbers you see on the dyno charts are real. The torque lets you
dial in the elevation of the front end at will & everything
on the whole bike is just working smoother from the shift
engagements to the throttle control.
With the revised Sato Powercommander maps they are still just a bit weak below 4000, but that could just be from the simple fact that the back pressure has been reduced so much from the large cores (most of you will never even notice) & it's actually of no consequence because once you pass 5000 rpm you get R1 type midrange pull in a huge abundance. Trying to pass cars in the city limits now results in super long low wheelies (if your throttle hand is steady enough) & looping the bike is not out of the question if you get a bit excited.
I truly do not have the words to explain just how satisfied I am with these cans! Some of you know that I have never been pleased with the sound of a V-twin & I only ride them because of the advantage they have in making it through the twisties fast, but for the first time I really love the sound of this bike. The exhaust note turns peoples heads like never before. Someone joked in another thread about the sound of a P-51 eminating from the cans, well this is pretty damn close. The note is so deep, but still very sharp. It just pops out of the cans like nothing in the world can stop it.
These are without a doubt the finest slip-ons I have ever used. The power increase in the mid-range is so stout That I can't believe I'm riding the same bike. I've had alot of bikes & even more exhaust systems & never have I seen such a drastic change in the characteristic of any bikes power delivery by the addition of just cans.
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