Originally Posted by Bandit
i believe the main cause is the front suspension, which does not compress when you squeeze the brakes. this gives the bike a "wooden" feel at slow, parking lot speeds, and makes it feel tipsy (at least to me) before you get used to it. that, combined with the high seat.
That is an affect of high C/G, not a cause. High C/G is strictly physics of having more weight high up than many other bikes. The heaviest part of the engines for instance is the crankshaft/flywheel assy, which is very low in big V-twins, much higher in the LT. Also on the LT that big aluminum frame casting is very high, most of it above the engine, where on the Harleys most of the framework is low, with just a little pipework above the engine.
It is not all bad though, as I found after getting back into riding on my son in law's harley, then buying an LT. The Harley was worse in gusty cross winds than the LT, which really surprised me due to all the "sail" surface on the LT. The Harley tried to go in the direction of the gust wind, the LT actually self corrected INTO the wind. Found an article that explained it. If the "Center of Area" that the wind is hitting is above the "Center of Mass" (C/G). then the bike will be leaned away from the wind, as on the Harley, shich is the way you do not want to go. When the Center of Area is below the Center of Mass, then the wind affect will partially lean the bike into the wind, as on the LT.
I had to ride a LOT in strong gusty winds here in SoCal due to the preponderance of mountain roads and "wind tunnel" passes and found the LT to be darned good, and if you just lightly correct and do not white knuckle the bars the bike practically takes care of the gusts itself. The Harley had to be manhandled in gusts.