No, Star's new midsize custom was not named for the troubled Lt. Ted Stryker in Airplane, but that's not important right now. What's important is the economy, and it's in the toilet. If you're a giant multinational motorcycle manufacturer, it's no time to swing for the fences; it's time to go for what you know. What's worked for Star in the past has been cruisers, and right now, the hottest cruisers would be custom ones, i.e., chopperesque. Which in layman's terms means Star needed a midsize bike to combat the Honda Fury. The big-displacement Star Raider does alright, but it's $14,990. The V Star 950's okay, and nothing's particularly wrong with the V Star 1300—so the new Stryker takes that bike's engine and hits a nice, custom-bike line drive up the middle.Looks are what it's all about in this class, and the Stryker comes through with a Yamaha-quality level of paint, fit, finish and a lack of plasticity that few other manufacturers can match. Forty degrees of rake take you all the way back to Chopperville, but six of those degrees are in the triple-clamps, helping to keep trail at a reasonable 109mm. That means the Stryker exhibits perfectly benign steering habits at slow speeds along with unshakable stability when all wound up, a thing the bike's 1304cc (80 cubic-inch) liquid-cooled V-Twin seems to like.