I saw one yesterday, got a few minutes to look it over.
Have to give them credit for making a water cooled engine and not putting fake air-cooled fins on it (like my Royal Star V4).
You are use to riding a 950, I think the Scout scrapes in the corners about the same, so that is an even swap.
All the things you listed as being a fresh design are not really anything new. Yamaha did a pretty good job of giving riders the option to choose what they want, from fairly simple engines with carbs and electronic ignition, or fuel injection, over head cams, or push rods, drive shaft or belt drive - they covered all the bases pretty well.
BMW has demonstrated that putting the bells and whistles on a motorcycle is not free, their bikes are more expensive, and they are less reliable (bottom of the list on Consumer Reports) simply because the more things you put on a bike, the more things there are to break, and render the MC un-usable until it goes back to the dealer for repairs.
Let us know how it goes (pun intended). For all the good qualities of Vstar bikes, there is one fatal flaw: Yamaha stopped making them a couple years ago, and we are all orphans now. There will be good used Vstar bikes available for years, but sooner or later we will all be thinking about what to get next if we decide we want a brand-new motorcycle.
PS: This thread is useless without photos :^)
Last edited by KCW; 06-08-2019 at 12:03 PM.