I tried out the classic and the custom, and fell in love with the custom immediately. Granted, it was my first cruiser after a life spent on dirt bikes and four-wheelers, with only a few cruiser rides in my years past, so I didn't have much to compare either to except my own wants. I found both of them VERY easy to maneuver in slow speed situations like parking lots, etc, but found the custom to be a bit easier around the twists and bends of the highway. I also found the pegs to be more comfortable to me than the floorboards, but I have large feet, and all those dirt bikes of the past sort of got me used to pegs anyway.
Also, I have to admit, the cool factor won me over as well. The custom is just a meaner looking machine IMO. I love all the oooh's and aaaah's and "nice bike" and wow's, and just plain old envious stares I get going down the road, and many a companion on other bikes has admired that "huge skinny wheel" on the front. *MASSIVE HAPPINESS GRIN GOES HERE*
I've even taken it on a few long rides, and I have to admit that the only thing I really miss is the storage space of some saddlebags, which I can get aftermarket. Add some easy brackets, and I don't have to carry them all the time...
The passenger set-up isn't quite as nice, though, so gonna need a backrest sometime soon, or the wife is gonna revolt.
And, as with all bikes, that stock seat needs something a little more.
Now, having said all that... DO NOT BUY A BIKE based on anyone else's opinions other than maintenance records, etc. for a specific brand. Go and sit on them, test ride if ya can, and weigh out the pros and cons, then buy what ya want. You can ride along with ANY of us, and we'll all drool over your sweet ride as truly, we all LOVE motorcycles!! I can almost guarantee, whichever Vulcan you get, you're gonna be addicted within moments!