Because we're not as important to the manufacturers anymore. I've noticed as well that increasingly NA bike launches are happening in the fall or end of summer. UH. How about Jabuary/Februrary when all the gear heads are undergoing serious winter angst. You want to sell them bikes, get them when they're suffering serious withdrawl LOL...Yeah. We seem to get shafted on new bike delivery times here in the US. Don't know why.