The royal star tour deluxe is a full bagger intended for touring and riding 2 up.
I have taken the windshield, saddle bags and passenger seat off my Royal star "Boulevard" and only put them on when needed.
There is a great V4 bike under all that extra gear. You can also crank the rear suspension up higher, and the front forks have an air preload that can C A R E F U L L Y be set from 0 to 7 psi to stiffen up the front end. (with a bicycle pump it only takes about 4" of stroke on the pump handle to go from 0 to 7psi. About 8" of pump handle stroke = blown out front shocks)
The tour deluxe carbs are bigger than the base model Royal Star, you are looking at 90 something HP (74HP for a base model Royal Star).
So... yes you can tighen and lighten the bike up, but its still a ~700 lb machine with all the bagger/touring stuff removed.
If you really want a sporty touring bike, I would recommend the FJR1300 - same engine displacement but about 150HP, water cooled, shaft drive, but its designed to be a sport touring bike.
In general the V star bikes are configured to be cruiser bikes, not cool looking sports bikes.
The closest thing I would compare a Royal Star bike to is the early 4 cylinder Goldwings, but in a cruiser bike format instead of a UJM style bike.
Last edited by KCW; 10-10-2018 at 08:33 AM.