I like the Yamaha Stratoliner but frankly it deserved to be panned on some counts. It really is just thrown together rather than being designed as a touring cruiser.
The lack of sound system, electronic cruise are two things that strike me right off the bat.
It comes off as Yamaha just trying to cash in the batwing cruiser craze with a halfhearted attempt.
The Stratoliner is a great platform and deserves far better.
Having seen (and ridden) both a Street Glide and a Stratoliner come and go in the kid's garage, I'd have to say neither one was all that great. Neither one stayed for very long, however, the Glide lasted a few months longer than the Star. The only two-cylinder, air-cooled motorcycles that seem to stick around are BMW 1200 GS models, which are (of course) totally different machines than the road sofas tested.