Bill, a lot of people don't like the V's rear shock. there's certainly higher end shocks out there. but don't toss it until you've properly done a basic set up on your suspension, and see where you stand (forks too). the V has a rather harsh suspension, but make sure part of it isn't because it's not set up properly. depending on what you're using your V for... track, touring, city, sport, limited dirt, or all of the above, will determine where you stand with the suspension. for me, it's touring, city, a little sport/dirt --- and properly set up, the 2008's shock covers my needs. what was worse was the front forks. very harsh. required some changes, but overall I'm content with the set up. it's one of those goldilocks things. everybody's different.