Break out the 'frizzle'....take a big GULP! Sit back, and read on....****GREAT NEWS**** and remember who broke it first, lol....****MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HANUKA****!!!!!
...and now...(drum roll...) the REST of the story...:
From my dealer conversation with the owner, just minutes ago...I just hung up!----------->
There will ***BE*** a 2019 (and ***beyond***) Yamaha SVTC/Eluder model
They (Yamaha Corp) have acknowledged that the one main criticism of the 2018 production bike (in features, was the LAME GPS/Navigation system, notably the software/features set that drives it. There is a MAJOR software update that is going to be released for the '18, and will come resident on the 2019. That is one thing.
Secondly, they are aware of the fact that some owners have experienced a cam lobe/follower burnishing and burning failure, due to choice of oils the owner has decided to put in, and they are investigating that, (my dealer said, as was said to him in the meeting/update phone call) that there is going to be a Yamaha response to it...and most likely a roller-bearing solution, (this is not confirmed, but what is confirmed is that Yamaha is responding to this) that if that is so, on the 2019's, will be addressed free of charge to the owners of 2018's as a general re-call. It is not a fatal mechanical flaw...not everybody has experienced from the first mile ridden, such as I and my wife has not experienced this...(did use Yamaha full syn 15W50 with ester, after swapping out the break in 10W40) but...they have delayed the 2019 for this reason..(testing) as well as the MAJOR upgrade/update for software, which he was told, is why there was no model announcement for the 2019 year ***TO DATE***.
He was told a few days ago, at his Yamaha Dealer interaction.
This is their Flag Ship model...and they absolutely are in it for the long haul.... He also said, that like you, Joe...not one of the owners (he sold four as a total for 2018) has come back with any critical comment, or buyer's remorse...only that the Navigation System (software) was weak, and could be much better. Nobody has criticized the ride, comfort, other features, and as you, the bike would have to be pulled basically, from their cold, dead, hands....so..Yamaha knows from TRUE OWNER feedback, that they built a Grand Touring ****WINNER***! Folks...your 2018 SVTC/ELUDER just went up in value, let alone any financial loss, due to 'the one year wonder' syndrome. That...is no longer, in play...(
)...for there WILL be an upward pressure (Hooray!) on the MSRP, due to inflation and escalating, yearly production costs....YIPPEE...let them go up $3,000 to $5,000 'big ones' in the next few model years, for all I care...for WE HAVE ONE....lol...and....and...no new features....(the bike already has everything you could want...!) just was told, colors...but, was not told what the colors, (two) will be. I can't pass that on....I don't know...
Finally one more thing....you MUST (as we basically all did, at the get-go) and knowing now that the model is $$$$ and they don't want dealers sitting with stock for weeks (into months) or such.
..and that buyers later...can 'play the stock'...to negotiate a steal'er price...you can only get one, from here on out...on a one-on-one PRE-ORDER.
..in other words...to the buyer...either sh**, or get off the pot....put your money down...like we did...and you will be put into the delivery cue. This is going to protect and reassure Yamaha Dealers, that won't see a fair-cost of business, profit-margin flush down the toilet from 2019, on. ***VERY SMART, move by Yamaha Corp.****
That cuts off all the lay-back-and wait for 'left' over stock next season. What has this done for our 2018 investment...Yamaha has just protected us, as well...our bikes have just had a built in residual retainment as each year, the MSRP climbs in inflation and production cost pressures....Man...this is a very clever move by Yamaha...as they DID learn from their mistakes for the 2018 release....too many bikes were sitting on the showroom floors, as they did not know how well, this $$$$-expensive top tier bike was going to move....but they learned..and we 2018 investors/owners...have now been protected as well...
Trade in or private sale time? NO PROBLEM.....your 2018 SVTC/Eluder '18, is going to be sought after, by other's watching the MSRP climb 4.5% each following model year.....just like the prior Wing market...no......PROBLEM
! I am ecstatic, this afternoon....!!!! I hope all we legitimate owners...after reading this post...are as well...****MERRY CHRISTMAS**** from Joe and his great relationship with his Yamaha Dealer...