Well let's see....do you really think they can begin producing the 1997 bikes after Jan 1st 1997 and fill the shops in the 40 countries GT was sold in at the time and satisfy all the dealers needs by spring in what three to four months production out of a not really that big plant in Santa Ana, CA??? I've been there stood next to the line and there's no way. In case you didn't notice there are companies that already have their 2011's on the water and arriving in warehouses and it's July 2010. Some of the 1997 LTS's were even manufactured in late June of 1996. Saw it happening with my own eyes. From the time they are built and boxed it takes another 30 days to ship them overseas clear customs and get them in a warehouse. Follow me...frame is made in September...gets put on a rack....gets sent sown the road to the subcontractor that does the ball burnishing....is there a couple weeks. Comes back to the assembly area and get put on racks by size...may sit there a couple days or a couple weeks depending upon what's need most. Finally gets assembled and boxed and goes on a container which may take a couple days to fill since they are all going to one country/distributor. Sails and arrives a month later at the destination country a couple weeks before Christmas maybe in time for a dealer to order one and have it assembled as a gift just 10 days before the new year. Reality!
Imagine that the 2011 cars are hitting the dealers lots and it's only July of 2010.
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