Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'd consider a lowering kit after I've ridden it a bit and see how the curves are - I'm not aggressive in the curves (on this style bike, hehehe, the Ninja is another story).
But, not to sound stupid...but...I have not a clue what you are referring to in flip the dog bone around?
2003 Roadstar - "Princess"
2003 Ninja 500 R
2003 Vstar 650 Custom (sold)