After using our V-ride 36 for a few days we took off the weight plates you see in the pics. The plates were bolted under the front deck cover and weight 70 lbs. We removed the fold down platform extension so the operator can't stand as far back and cause the machine to get light in the front. The big pad was removed as well to allow the operator to stand about 6" closer to the center of the wheels to improve the weight balance. If I owned a machine shop I'd love to cut the whole dashboard control panel area off and push it a head about 8". This would allow the operator to really put the brunt of his weight between the back wheels and the front casters. You really want no weight to be supported behind the rear wheels if you can help it. This would also allow you to lean forward as you go up an incline which would be beneficial. It would also be nice if the forward fixed bar on the control panel was adjustable like the Super Surfers so you could use it for speed control. The V-Ride will go way faster than you can mow so it would be nice to dumb down the speed like my Scag SWZU's can do. Either a Super Surfer style speed control or even better yet a speed selector like my SWZU would be great. Are you listening Scag? We like the mower but with the suggested tweaks it will really smoke the other stand up mowers. Plus the mower will weigh less which is a huge benefit. Not needing to buy 70 lbs of extra steel per mower would reduce the manufacturing costs a little, PSI on the turf, and reduce fuel consumption a little.