Originally Posted by NLS
"Model year" is an arbitrary thing of the New World, I don't understand why it even exists.
It exists because it is a convenient way to group together bikes of a common spec so that when I say I have a 2010 R1200GS, people know what the bike is. It would be pretty chaotic otherwise. Mfgs do occasionally make mid-model-year running production changes, but they are rare. Mfgs also like to group changes together by model year to avoid confusion.
If you want a mfg that makes random changes to their bike's spec willy-nilly without respect to model years, then KTM is your brand. And it makes dealing with the brand for sales, service, and support much more difficult.