I weighed 215 when I had that sporty, once I set the preload on the rear right, it almost never bottomed out. The fact that most harleys don't stay stock speaks more to people wanting a bike set up exactly the way they want it. People don't buy a harley for blistering performance. They buy it for intangible reasons that only Harley fans get. To buy one and then complain about buying upgrades is a bit crazy.