On the very morning that we saw the new Road Star, we were mulling over the hefty VTX that the new Yamaha would be compared to. We wondered why no one was trying to reduce mass to improve performance. As a result, Yamaha's announcement of "added lightness" came as a pleasant surprise. Unless you still believe in the fairy tale of road-holding weight, there simply aren't any advantages to a heavier motorcycle, all other things being equal. A lighter bike accelerates quicker, stops shorter, turns more readily with less effort and puts less strain on components. Although cruisers are looking increasingly attractive to aging experienced riders, many say the idea of a motorcycle that weighs 200 or so pounds more than what they are used to is off-putting. It isn't just performance either. Just wheeling that extra poundage out the garage can be intimidating (for comparison try pushing around Yamaha's 458-pound dry-weight FZ-1). For riders who seek out cruisers because their low saddle heights offer confidence at a stop, this additional weight is a significant detriment. In other words, although Yamaha's primary reason for a significant weight reduction is to improve performance (we estimate it will shave approximately a quarter second of the bike's quarter-mile time), it is a win-win situation no matter what your riding habits.