Had an 1100 Vstar...
Was a long time member of ISRA, wore the patches and the whole bit.
I have a 30" inseam, the lowered and raked VStar had a seat height of 24" (or about the same height as the computer chair I'm sitting on).
I really liked my Star as it was pretty much a custom bike once I was finished with it. I won a couple awards in 2 shows that I entered. But I spent more time cleaning it then riding it. 2 minutes of riding in the rain would entail several hours of getting all the chrome cleaned. I had to get away from that.
After several months of deliberation, I decided my replacement would be a 650 Strom.
Other than getting flashes from women at stoplights
and people wanting to get there picture taken while I'm getting gas, the Strom wins in just about every department...
Almost twice the tank range, 480kms vs 250kms.
Stock clock, real fuel gauge, tach and 6th gear.
Less maintenance. But I'd like to have the shaft drive on the Strom.
Much better handling. I couldn't keep up to a school bus on twisty roads.
High seating which is better in traffic.
Can move around on the seat more which add to riding comfort.
The VStar was more stable at highway speeds and you'll notice when riding a Strom you'll get blown sideways a little.. When I raked and lowered it then added fat tires it made it even more stable, but away went the low handling ability it did have.
I wanted a good do it all bike and for me the Strom IS that. Did I say less cleaning? I commute yr round hear on the wet Coast an I've only washed my Strom a few times since I've owned it.
I'd like to build a Custom chopper some day, just to bar hop, and I miss the flashing, but I can honestly say.. I'll never have another cruiser as my main ride.