The rest is conjecture on your part much like saying "all Harleys are the same"
This is spot on, on my part and you're right. But I like riding, I like bikes, but it is how I see it. I think I represent an 'average' of people who ride, but aren't die hard knowing every single make and model by memory. And nowadays, you can't.
But that aside, my point being, Star wont make one single actual Touring, full blown touring, that is. I think they shoulda reamped the Royal Star when they redid the Vstars. And I get that, 'any bike can be a touring'. I have a 950T, and have a massive tourmaster bag. It works, and its a great bike, and I can cruise the entire country, but its no full blown touring. A Wing is, a Electra Glide is, a Vision is, a Roadmaster is.
Not trying to talk smack, just Star has been my first bike, my second and current bike. I know them, comfortable with them, and like them. So I guess I'm kinda bumed that they don't offer the next bike I want, and I don't want to 'make' a bike a touring. I don't want garbled aftermarket, afterthought cruises and heated grips and different seats, etc. I want it OEM, and meant to go there.
Like I said, just a rant and crying. Maybe they're planing on a new touring and I just don't know about it cause I don't keep up with it.
This is EXACTLY why the Gold Wing F6B and Cross Country Tour are on the top of my list…currently, the XC Tour is winning out due to more features, better ergonomics, better value. There is nothing in the Yamaha lineup that has what I am looking for. The closest thing is the FJR1300, and I don't want a bike like that.
Oh sure, the Wing is king. And that's where I'll end up in a few years, or sooner if I could afford it. Just wish Star made something comparable. The CC visions are too futuristic, the Indian Roadmasters are too uppity and pricey, and I'm anti harley, so that leaves me with Goldwing. Maybe if I found one of the last year made Venture S' 2013 or so for a great price. But why, no cruise, no heated nothing? Carbureted, really? in 2013? 10:1 compression, so probably 89-91 gas instead of 87.... no thanks. I just like the way the Venture S looks, Goldwings are wonderful bikes, just look like they are for old farts. Not sexy, but they are damn good bikes, and after 9+ hours in the saddle, comfort trumps looks.