Except when you are short and it is too far away to put on your board and sit on the back (like my girlfriend). I have an 01 X-star and the dealer put the wrong platform supports on. They replaced them because it is standard equipment.
Just an FYI all X2/X-Stars should have the raised platform. I just left my local dealer and asked about this. According to him some got out with the 205V brackets, but you should be able t get them replaced under warranty.