DPelletier, pdwestman, Thanks for the information. I was afraid that would be the answer.
I will have to think about it a bit before I put that much more into the bike. For me, it is a vehicle, not a passion, so continuing to upgrade components to fix known issues or questionable design choices is becoming tiresome. That said, I tend to have crap luck on these things, so it may be just one of those things. I have already done the dohicky - mine was coil bound at under 6,000 miles. It was a good thing I had the side cover off at that time because my bike had the "deep hole" issue and the starter gear had already chewed up the cover enough that it had to be replaced. Did the thermo-bob because the bike would not warm up most of the time - I'm on my third or fourth thermostat since then (in three years). Bike fell over the first day I had it, in grass, no rider - broke the right side plastics. Put SW motech crash bars on (a little late) and, a week later, tipped over on a trail, fully stopped (foot slipped). A sneaky rock completely missed the crash bars - broke the left side plastics. Etc... Sorry about the rant (not enough coffee I guess)
Anyway, I have the bike set up with a 1" lowering link and the seat has been shaved down about as far as possible and I am still on my toes at a stop (before the suspension got so soft). So I doubt I would be comfortable with it any higher. I would love to go the custom shock route, but I am not sure it is worth it (for me).
Has anyone tried TopGunMotorcycles' shock rebuild service? For about three bills, I could get the rear shock rebuilt and resprung for my weight (understanding that I would still have some of the stock shock issues) and a new set of progressive front springs as well. Is that a 25,000 mile fix? Perhaps at that point I would figure out if I really like this motorcycle thing and commit. :-)
Again, thank you for the information. Great food for thought.