Yep. The wheel is going to last plenty; and I don't think there's a meaningful difference in tire wear. It just comes down to handling. You'll get more road feel from the skinny tire (tires ARE part of the suspension of a vehicle!); but it's not going to prohibit you from riding long distances. My wifes bike has a skinny front wheel and she does just fine. Conversely, if you're like me and prefer to find a twisty road over the interstate; the Customs better handling could pay off there. (But it'll handle interstate just fine, too.)Can the Custom go on long distance rides just as good as the other two? I like it but I just worried about that skinny front wheel. Will that small wheel last a long time?
I don't ride without a windshield. I don't think I've ever been on the road without one on this bike. I bought the bike in March '07 and my windshield was delivered a few days later. Back in '81 on my first bike I got hit in the chest by a large bumble bee and believe or not, it nearly knocked me off the bike (yeah, I was a nubie). A few days later, in my car, a truck coming the other way kicked up a stone that I estimate was traveling at about 100 mph when it struck the windshield in front of my face. It was embedded in the glass and had even broken through the mylar film. I had a mental picture of the event had I been riding at the time and bought a windshield the next day. Nowadays I don't even like the looks of a bike without a windshield and it's always been the first mod I make when I get a new bike. But aside from safety, I can ride literaly all day without any arm or back fatigue. The group I ride with often meets at 8am and I don't get back 'til 9 or 10 pm. The few riders we have without shields always want to stop to rest and usually bail on us early. You would be amazed at the difference in comfort even with a small shield.@SteveJB Do you have any issues with riding the custom with no windshield on the interstate? I figured with a full cover helmet, it wouldn't be a big deal.
Dunno why everyone has to slap a windshield on their rides. It kills the MPG for one. Only bike I owned which came with a shield was a VN750. Took that sucker off almost immediately. Also, I'd personally like to have foot pegs over floorboards. I rarely ever use the heel portion of the shifter.Yep,once you have the floorboards you will probably never want to go back to pegs.I have had both the custom and the Classic,find I prefer the classic.Add a nice big windshield to block the wind(huge difference)and you're good to go..
I have checked my gas mileage on many bikes with and without windshields.Never did notice a difference,just the shield blocks the wind rather than the body.Never use the heel part of the shifter either but it sure is nice having the floorboards.Dunno why everyone has to slap a windshield on their rides. It kills the MPG for one. Only bike I owned which came with a shield was a VN750. Took that sucker off almost immediately. Also, I'd personally like to have foot pegs over floorboards. I rarely ever use the heel portion of the shifter.
how does tubeless make repairs much easier?The one kind of big deal for me though is the spoke rims. I live with them but would prefer tubeless tires for ease of repair. I just picked up a big nail about 50 miles from home and if I didn't have tubes, the repair would have been much easier