I was among the first wave of journalists invited to Palm Springs, California for a day aboard the big Star. Yamaha reps start out these things with a presentation that frames their thinking about the bike, its positioning in the market, and its technical and other features. The Stratoliner was created because there is a clear and growing demand for motorcycles that add some touring function to a cruiser. These bikes, which Yamaha are now calling "cruiser touring bikes," tend to be ridden more miles per year, on longer trips, and to more events according to Yamaha's research. Their riders tend to be slightly older and more experienced, and are more likely to bring a passenger. However, they appreciate the same basic cruiser character that attracts buyers to bikes without the touring equipment. They just want to wrap it to go.