Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Upstate New York
We have both a Custom and an LT in the family and were having this conversation not long ago -- my Custom "feels" lighter and easier to turn or, perhaps, easier to lean into a turn than my dad's LT. This is even with a MS batwing fairing on my Custom. There's a good bit more mass associated with the Classic/LT tire that plays a role (I'm not sure of the weight differences, if any, between the rims). I agree that the LT feels more "stable" -- and the tire/spokes combo should certainly be able to absorb bumps a bit easier.
However, seating position and handlebar width/angle will matter greatly too in terms of the leverage applied to the bars for turning... as will rider weight and any other accessories like bags or top cases. I came to the Custom from a Ninja 500, so am used to (and I like) the slightly "lighter" feel of the Custom, as well as the flatter bend of the handlebars.
'04 DL650 V-Strom
Gone but not forgotten...
'08 VN 900 Custom in Kawasaki racing green
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