Originally Posted by MotoTex
It mounts to the same sacrificial bracket and engine points that the OEM mounts to.
The reason "why not" is answered by the bit about how "REAL" skid plates transfer the forces to the frame (steel) rather than to the engine (aluminum).
The idea is to protect the soft aluminum from damage. This is why attaching the protective item to the thing it is supposed to protect may not be such a great idea.
It is a very cool looking piece of kit, if that is all that matters it is as good a choice as any of the others.
It will protect the engine from thrown rocks and such as well as any of them.
It, like the other current offerings, is not designed to support the weight of the bike on an object such as a log, embedded rock, motorcycle lift, etc.
When companies, like Ducati, started to make the engine as an integral part of the frame, that design went bye bye. Now we have a bike with the engine as a piece of it structure. There are no frame mounts.