I don't understand why they complicate things. There are two important dates for the life of a vehicle. 1) ITS PRODUCTION as also posted within its VIN. THIS is how the factory (and the normal world) knows what model it is, what spares it should use, what updates are needed in case of recalls etc. (recalls DO take place based on VIN ranges anyway) 2) ITS FIRST SALE to an end customer, when it gets its first (and usually only) license plates. This is when the warranty starts (whatever this means) - which also relates to if the model is current or at least close to current (because if someone managed to find a 1100GS UNUSED in a BMW shop, I doubt it would have a BMW official warranty, maybe I am wrong though because this is BMW after all ). At least in Europe both those things (along with many other things) are printed on the vehicle ID papers. "Model year" is an arbitrary thing of the New World, I don't understand why it even exists. In BMW Motorrad, this is proven to be wrong, as aside from "major" updates (the oilhead had 2 major updates), within the years are continuous minor updates, which easily translate to different spares etc. My own GS is such an example. I cannot specify "model year" as my exact model was only produced for a few months (less than one year). It is the last GS before the first face-lift (which also gave 5HP to the engine), but DID have an (bit) updated shaft, didn't have servo brakes and had ASC (things that are normally accredited to the model with the first face-lift). So... Doesn't make to much sense to talk about a model year. Any more news on topic? :) Edit: A minor news update that concerns my country. Seems it is available to see (and demo?) already in Greece. I haven't seen it yet, but people reported at least two BMW shops have them. I wonder how many can purchase a new GS here... Even with trading their own (which sucks here anyway as there are HUGE numbers of second/third-hand GSes...). Stupid people (like myself) bought it new.