I attended the Cycle World International show in Novi, Michigan today and got a close-up of the Stratoliner Deluxe. I looked over the Stratoliner Deluxe real well and I can tell you it doesn't hold a candle to the XC. The bike has an overall cheap look to it, the bags don't go well with the rest of the bike, no crash bars, no radio, no guages in the very small fairing, no cruise control, and a very unfinished look to the mechanicals at the lower front of the motor. You have to appreciate how Vic made that lower cover in front of the motor. On the Star you're staring at the horn, numerous ugly wires, the starter motor, etc., all exposed and ugly as hell. The bike is also lacking in chrome and the windshield is a very bad joke. The passenger seat is much too small unless your wife is a size 2 spinner. For $17,500 you can do much better by spending $500 more for the XC. The Strat Deluxe is way overpriced for what you're not getting IMHO.