Don't know what to tell you Mr. Excellence. I did a quick google search asking the simple question of: is star yamaha making a 2019 Venture and actually got one response that sounded positive in that it stated there was going to be a new "S" model introduced sometime this fall,, sounded promising.. The only problem was, that post was dated in the summer of 2017 according to google and I didn't click on it to see who wrote it (I dont make a habit of clicking on posts that dont seem to make sense, I am always afraid of my computer getting zapped or something). On the other hand, if you go to the factory website of Yamahamotorsports.com and search "touring" it shows, as you mention, no 2019's when the rest of the categories are all showing new 2019 models..
I know you are riding one of those gorgeous new scoots and should have a reliable contact number laying around for Star? It would be interesting to hear what they would have to say if asked about this by someone who has already invested deeply in this product.
I will say this, with all the amazing deals being offered on the left over SVTC's and Eluders and no 2019's being listed on Star's homepage, I can honestly see why one may come to the conclusion that you suggest. TERRIBLY sad if its true!!
Since my wife and I intend to keep this bike for the next 10-15 years, any residual trade in, or private sale $$$ recovery, is of no more concern to us. By that time, we will have over 150,000 fabulous memory-packed miles aboard her. So, in otherwords, pragmatically, we have suffered no financial loss whether the bike remains an active model, or not. I/we feel fortunate indeed to be the proud owners of one...and this past summer riding season, took three major vacation trips, and countless weekend sojourns, with 100 percent excellent reliability, of Charlotte bringing us home safe and sound, each and every time! The 2018 SVTC is the most modern, feature packed large bore, V-Twin genre. If someone loves the V-Twin, as much as my wife and I have discovered that we certainly do....this is the Grand Dame to own. In Canada, they sold well, my dealer could have sold three more, had he been able to get them. He felt lucky that another dealer had one, that dealer's son used as a demo..and then sold to him...and out the door to one of his other customers. I/we have seen three other SVTC's and one Eluder in our Canadian travels...and not one of those dual riding teams had a scowl upon their faces...but in fact...had BEAMING smiles and thumb's up waves to the both of us. Yep...as we passed each other...we KNEW...that we both, couples were riding the finest V-Twin Grand Luxury Tour-purposed motorcycle, yet built.
Yamaha shot themselves in the foot with a fatal, stumbled launch of this flag ship Grand Touring model...and paid the price for it
....in lack luster, and anemic sales in the USA. Today, when it was apparent, that Yamaha has walked away from producing further model years of the SVTC...I went out to my garage...sat upon our beaut...sipped my coffee, turned on the Sat Radio....leaned back...and mused upon the coming April,...and the ****-load of miles the rear wheel is gonna put behind it, next year with all the planned tours we have already spread across the rec room table!
Then, with a large smile, I shut the tunes down....stepped outta the saddle, turned out the lights of the garage...and was glad that WE...had the pleasure to own one this past riding season...and look forward to the many years of touring destinations, and memories that will be created, aboard 'The Mile Gulper'...the Queen of the Tour, our 2018 red Star Venture Trans Continental.