That is the question... so me riding with my girlfriend puts a little "load" on the sportster... to the tune of I could swear I heard the frame bottom out a few times. (Just the jiffy stand making contact?!????) I'd like the sportster to ride just a tad higher too.. sure can't corner like my maxim, around the streets.. Now I'm still looking into which progressive setup to get (help on suggestions for that would be great too!) Especially since I'm about 270 (at a modest 6'4") and my little lady lord forgive me... she's about 130. I reckon the bike's at max load with the two of us on there... And god knows I've felt the suspension bottom out too, a couple times. :shock But I also want a little bit better performance and the true harley sound (hence the exhaust quandry). But then, my girlfriend rides with me at LEAST 50% of the time... Shoot, I just bought her all the necessary riding gear for her to ride with me too! (darn motorcycles get expensive!!! ) no chaps for us yet, but now I'm yammering... Any insight ladies and gentlemen? Will a better suspension also help with my passenger's sore hiney after a good 45 minute ride too?