It was a minor point, but I figured it would get a response, just not so quickly! I know it's been sold elsewhere in the world, so to be more specific, I still foresee some changes being made in the next year's model based on feedback from US riders, as well as, as is pretty evident from looking at the history of other bikes, areas for improvement don't always get addressed right away, or an update on a few fronts happens 2, 3, or more years in. So adding the larger market here to that, such could be the case next year. Anyway, it all adds up--for me--to holding off. YMMV.