As for the dealer gouging why wouldn't they if they have crates of bikes that are 2 or 3 years old. What better way to make them more attractive then to price the fresh one higher. Would you want to have 10 new 2 year old bikes sitting around for the same price of the new one?? Thats alot of coin tied up. If your so impatient and can't wait a couple months then you will pay. Everything that is "new" and inovative costs and is worth more if it is indeed better. Just remember you'll only get "raped" if you buy the first bike off the truck instead of waiting for a few months until the hype wears off. I personally, if I had the $$ which I don't, would give it 6 months anyways let some other guy find all the gremlins before I buy there is always something....sometimes small sometimes big. I know a BRP dealership had every 500ss snowmobile (20-25 I think)they sold come back with a blown engine one year because of a "minor" change to the otherwise reliable engine. All warranty jobs but who wants the down time and pain in the ass and the ever popular sentence"I have the new YZ450.....but its in the shop getting updates" ect. ect. Thats my $0.02. But its still nice to have the new shiney one regarless isn't it?? But I do trust Yamaha to put out good stuff.