Drop the rear ? Why -? the great thing about an R model is the suspension - have you checked your pre-load setting ? Mines on #4 and with wifey it's perfect. When she's not there it's perfect too as it's just stiffer enough to compensate for the increased speed I'm going to generate. Going to shorter shocks is just going in the wrong direction, IMHO. They make longer shoe heels, go that way before you short the shocks and increase the front rake, and remove from an R what it's really all about - the best steering V Rod out there for twisties !