On meandering country roads, both bikes are fairly equal. As long as the pavement is smooth, the Interstate does just fine. The Star's superiority intensifies as the roads get more challenging. On tighter roads with braking, accelerating and turning in the mix, the Star simply shines. It's not only more powerful and smoother, but its suspension is both more plush and more controlled. A feather-light touch on the controls will set it on a new course, while the smooth powerplant blasts you on your way. It's a very different experience on the Interstate, as the chassis flexes mid-corner and any bumps encountered while cornering will completely disrupt your line-unlike the sensitive (but very planted) Star. The Honda's shaft drive, while fairly invisible most of the time, is occasionally noticeable on curvy roads as back-end jacking can change the bike's trajectory slightly. The easy fix is to simply to slow down, but even at lower speeds the Interstate is not very confident if the road isn't smooth. The Honda's saving grace is the very wide ratio transmission, which is mated perfectly to the engine's powerband. The Star is slightly less accurate, missing shifts a couple times, but it's largely irrelevant, as the wider powerband makes shifting mostly optional.