Don't get hung up on a dealer having the latest model year on the showroom. As far as I can tell the only difference between a 2018 and 2019 is color. You can score a great deal on a new 2018 with full factory warranty with a little searching. My 2018 cost me $9977 plus $99 in doc fees in USA currency.
the problem is that I haven't even sat on a current generation 1000.
the first dealership only had a 2018 demo that was sold. they said I could sit on it because the guy hadn't paid all the money yet, I declined. that's pretty low, the guy has bought it and they're installing extras, it's his bike. makes me wonder if my bike will be their demo when it's in for work or before I pick it up.
the second dealership only had a 2016 demo, which I sat on but I'm not interested in a demo. sure I like to save a buck where I can but I know what I'd do on a demo and that's not how I'd like my engine to be broken in.
maybe there isn't much difference between a 2016 and the next gen but I'm not all that comfortable dropping $18k after taxes and stealership charges without even seeing the colour in person or actually sitting on the thing. to be honest, I cant even believe this is a thing in 2019.
I guess I'm just going to have to expand my search area and maybe take a run to newmarket. I'm sure I'll eventually find a dealer that wants to take my money.
again, thanks for all the replies. my concerns about the engine are long gone, not so much about the state of Canadian dealerships.