For all of the things that it does well, the fact is that the Wee Star is showing its age. Despite a heavily under-square bore/stroke (49mm x 66mm), less-than-ideal fueling throttles torque at low rpm and it often stumbles away from stop signs. Then, to achieve freeway speeds, the motor needs to be spun to what feels like stratospheric rpm. It’s baby-cruiser competitors can’t compete with the stately V-twin style and sound, but there are more players in the game now. Honda’s CBR250 is cheaper, faster, and more modern from start to finish, with such innovations as fuel injection, a disc rear brake, and a digital dash. But it’s not a cruiser—low seat height and promise of kitten-like docility in full view—like the Star.