I agree. If the Concours is going to be expelled from the Pantheon of the Holy Trinity of Motorcycledom than much more somber consideration must be reflected in the decision. For yea the Big Kahuna speaketh "Bring me the jawbone of a kp and I will lay thee down the righteousness of two wheeled wonders. Showeth thee not the false graven images of poseurs or the Lord of Hosts will get medieval on thy buttocks" or something like that
The SV650, Concours, and VFR are part of the holy trinity according to past posts. No matter what the story, someone would always post "what about the (VFR,SV,Connie).
So, the trinity has become a sacrosanct part of MO. However, with the recent record posts about the exclusion of a bike that most of us have yet to see on the road (M109), I figured it was time to include it.
One aspect of the V-Star 1300 engine design not mentioned in your article is the oversquare displacement configuration; rather odd for a cruiser. I'd assume that this may rob some low end torque in return for higher end power.
If that's the case, Yamaha, err...Star may have done so on purpose, recognizing that the market for middleweight cruisers may include some sportbike or standard riders who are more accustomed to using an entire powerband.
Clearly, Yamaha/Star has taken aim at the Honda VTX1300 and, it appears, come up with a superior product for about $600 more.
Honda's success with the VTX1300 may have played a role in other design decisions, as well. Star has apparently learned that it's best to make a middleweight cruiser that closely resembles its larger siblings than its smaller brethren. (One of the problems of the V-Star 1100 was that it was almost indistinguishable visually from the 650 version of the bike.) The family resemblance to the other, larger, Star bikes is, I think, very savvy.
At the same time, they had to guard against putting too much in their smaller cruiser to avoid killing sales for more expensive bikes. This, I suspect, is the reason the V-Star doesn't get the very trick removable windshield available for the Roadliner and Royal Star lines. The implication in the article that the permanent windshield is more stable is, I think, incorrect. They've done a great job with the removable shield on the other bikes. It's a shame that every manufacturer hasn't adopted such a great feature.