Today I was fiddlin' around with the bike removing some things that I felt were unnecessary (don't worry I kept the brakes on) and I decided to go on a little ride around the neighborhood which turned out to be a run to my favorite twisties. During my travels I felt like the bike responded better, my question is, does the little loss in weight like 2 lbs. here and 3 lbs. there make that much difference? This is the first bike I have really messed with as far modding goes so I don't know if I am getting better as a rider or if my bike is bumping my skill level up. Also, I only have about 1/4" left of chicken strip on my rear tire and I'm afraid if I push her any further I'm gonna lose my traction, is this just rookie jitters or should I ease up?