I hear you about the stiffness of the springs. I have an 84 CB700SC that has really soft springs, it's a much softer ride. I would love to upgrade the springs on the V, but don't have the money for it.
I'm curious to hear more about the surging you mentioned. I had some surging too that at first was mild around 3000 RPM and then eventually on a 2500+ mile trip this summer got so bad I practically limped her home. Turned out to need a new Throttle Position Sensor. Is it surging when cruising or is it just a little jerky when you first open the throttle? It took me some time to get used to the response when opening the throttle, I often feather the clutch now to smooth it out and have also just gotten used it. But I do like the smooth response from my carburated bikes too.
My guess is that you're issues should be fixable.
Keep us posted!
2011 Imperial Red
Givi V46 / V35's SW Motech mounts
Skidmarx hugger Moto Werks bar riser
Mondo Motors LED Driving Lights
A little bit of road rash
Last edited by BaileyMan; 10-05-2013 at 11:40 AM.