Yamaha's attempt to overShadow the competition is well-executed. All of the models in the Star cruiser series feature a striking visual balance and keen exhaust note. The V-Star 1100's long, low stance, consolidated components and rounded edges integrate in a flowing visual effect. If worthiness were based on beauty alone, this new V-Star would be runner-up only to Honda's Shadow Aero ($9700). We love the drag bars, spoked wheels and pert bobtail rear fender. And the hidden monoshock leaves the V-Star looking clean and hard in the tail. There's always more than meets the eye, though, and the new Yamaha is up to the challenge in that area too. In terms of performance, the V-twin-powered V-Star 1100 is, alas, easily outrun by its fraternal twin, the Virago -- reigning King of Performance in the 1100 class. The Honda Shadow Aero, A.C.E. and Spirit are left behind in that order, when it comes to acceleration and top speed.