I dropped my bike this morning and wasnt hurt at all. Thanks to these sliders I saved almost my entire cowling plus my leg. I consider that a successful disadvantage. I would definitely recommend these sliders.
I was unable to figure out how to put these things on. I am very mechanically inclined and rarely am stumped by things like this. But these sliders came with no real instructions. I am very dissatisfied.
These are racing sliders. It might not spell it out on the site, but they are made for hitting the ground at speed. They may shatter in a low speed drop, so this might not be what you're looking for. Install is quick and easy, depending on how accessible/stuck your engine mounting bolts are (one of mine was a real bear!)
Definitely a product you never want to actually "use" but the Sato products are clearly top-shelf. Having a 2011 RC8R I had to mount the sliders in reverse from what the directions stated as there were changes on the bike from 2010 to 2011. Installation was easy and the fit and finish is outstanding.