Dropped off my ECU today and had a chat with Paul Carter. Here is what I found out...
We all know why flashing the ECU is one of the most beneficial things you can do for you bike. According to him, an ECU flash does not require a custom dyno tune or a piggy back system such as PC or Bazzaz. I was really curious about why a dyno tune wasn't necessary. He informed me that essentially the map that is installed in it would be no different than a map you could pull of the internet for a piggy back system - if not better. This pretty much eliminates the need for a PC/Bazzaz all together with the timing retard eliminator, rev limiter increase, fan temp adjustment to 190F, and flashed with the new mapping. He is sending mine to a guy in Houston who spends most of his time with gixxers. He spends most of his time working with CMRA racing teams.
Initially, I was under the impression that RapidBike would be the alternative to a custom dyno tune. That would be the case if I just threw on a piggy back system. The difference with RapidBike is that is actively manages the AFR live, making adjustments to increase efficiency and maximize performance. Once you get a custom dyno tune, you're stuck with that map. RapidBike does it for you constantly based on your riding style and exterior conditions. I was told to look at all of the Moto 2/3 guys. I'll see RapidBike some where at some point. This is exactly what they use. However... This is for people who are looking for the last 5% of engine performance. There are few people who are actually to the point of which they are trying to squeeze every ounce of power out of their engines to win races.
Evo Vs. Racing
Apparently Evo offers everything Racing does. The best way he put it is that if someone wants to spend an extra 200 so say they have the Racing module, they have that ability
The additional features do include the capabilities for adding a sensor for quick shifting, traction control with a control for adjustment, launch control, and a pit lane limiter. There may be something I left out, don't mark my words. Remember, the Evo offers the capability but you still need to purchase the parts and switches for you bike in order to use the functions. I'm unsure if Racing comes with it.
To sum it all up, unless you are a top tier racer looking for that extra bit of performance, this is completely unnecessary. This is still really cool technology that the Europeans are bringing to the table. It's not very well known in the US as of yet. I've decided that throwing on their system on my bike won't do nearly as much for me as seat time on the track will. I'm sure it will make a difference in performance, but the ECU flash alone will be more than adequate for the stage I'm at.
Still interested in what you all have to say about no dyno tune with ECU flash. I hope this helped!