I'll eat my shorts if you can prove that you could actually feel the weight of this skid plate in the handling of your bike. It would have to weigh like 200 lbs to be noticeable. I've carried two 1.5 gallon gas cans strapped low to my skid plate and couldn't tell a difference in handling. I think you had some other issue going on......."I felt it was like a huge pendulum in the tight twisties. Bike felt like it was fighting me the whole time changing directions.