Post Edit: "Or not....!"
...and after watching what they did to the front end of the faring...eyebrows?!?!?!?!? I went out to my sleeping 2018...and bent down, and gave the top of the rider's back rest, a kiss,...patted the seat...and left the garage. I am VERY happy to have the '18 version...love my 'Barracuda' front end. I think my bike just went up in value, LOL! Each to their own, of course. So, nothing new behind the faring....yep...my 2018 has retained good value...
Looks like they added lights to the air intake scoops...in the dead center...or what I think are LED lights...if not, I don't know what they/that are/is?!?!? The intake scoop new design, to me is not along the lines of Classic, but looks like something from Star Trek. What drew me to the reveal of the 2018 SVTC was a classic, and V-twin tour-de-force. The new air scoop intake design, is too busy for my tastes. My comments, and critiques, are all personal reflections, and not meant to sway another's initial viewing, on what has changed for '19.
My personal take?-----They are trying to bring in those that like the new 2018/19 Goldwing's front end appearance....hedging their bets...and that is 'my bet'...lol.
I wonder if they modified the cam lobe/H.D. lifter arrangement...roller bearing, maybe? Maybe not...for there hasn't been a large failure...only a few bikes...and what the owner chooses for oil...how they did their oil change...all of that, can be a large factor, if any failure is noted. My engine, has never had a failure, runs smooth, sounds right for an engine of this configuration, and I think if you put in a good premium synth...with additives that addresses high pressure, cam-lifter action...you'll travel thousands and thousands of care-free miles, years into the future!
Mechanically, there is nothing modified, new, or changed. You just WATCH the left over '18 models now fly out the dealership doors...for they are a good price right now...BUT...if a dealer is thinking the same thing I am...those end-of-season/year prices can start to climb back up to MSRP...especially if they have just tacked on 4-6 % MSRP for '19. My second 'take'? Watch for new members signing on within three months, stating they are the proud new owners of a "I got a great dealer motivated price on a 2018 SVTC/ELUDER!". Just me 'musing' out loud...but I think I have the handle on it...I'll just have to wait and see like the rest of us....
The following '18 front end...clean...the top deck, uncluttered.....'68 Barracuda, baby!