One thing Yamaha does with it's cruiser line is incorporate features NOT found on other cruisers. AS WELL AS probably the best jewelry and fit and finish of any IMPORT. Typically you see brakes taken from a sport bike they build or a tourer, their aluminum frames on their cruisers are second to none and allow for better weight distribution, better handling (considering it's cruiser shortcomings here) and less flex. And they actually prioritize horsepower when they build ANY engine. There are a lot of goodies on that bike that on an "American made" bike would cost you 2 and a half times as much with LESS power, and arguably not as well handling.
Cruisers have their niche. It depends on what you are wanting out of the RIDE. In the USA, cruisers dominate everything else 4 to 1. Just go to any bike rally. There's a reason. I won't go into why I think this is, but that many people appreciate the RIDE for the kick back, relaxed ability for the bike to basically ride itself and take-in the scenery.
That's a crazy price on a LOTTA bike ... I would jump on it. I don't think you are going to find more cruiser, better quality in an import, or reliability
anywhere else... at any price. Hey'll it even has pushrods
I have had 3 cruisers, and I understand the purpose. They are work-horses and carry the most important thing for slab-touring long distances. WEIGHT. They ride close to the ground, and that weight carries LOW so it's more manageable than a standard bike of similar weight. The big engine cruisers lumber along with little effort, at low rpm and this allows for a relaxed ride that doesn't tire you out as fast, and the road doesn't "get to you as fast as a higher strung suspension geared for performance". You can also go broke doing things to the bike to make it your own. Feet forward is the biggest difference, but you'll get used to it. The weight sits low... Biggest difference is cornering clearance, and flick-ability. But hey, it's a C-R-U-I-S-E-R ... It's purpose is different.
If you like good old American V8's with a rumble, you will love a v-twin cruiser ... It has the same persona