Well, Yamaha does list it within their "Star" lineup where all their cruisers live. They don't have a "Standard" category on their site like Honda and Suzuki and it doesn't fit in the sport category. I've always considered any bike with little or no fairing, an upright riding position, and pegs under your ass as a standard. Cruisers tend to have pegs or floorboards out in front of you.
You're right, it wasn't a production hiatus, but more of a design / remake hiatus. After all this time, I would have expected a prettier bike. Eh, it's like the BKing I guess, you either love it or hate.
2009 Honda Goldwing
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.