Sir Robin’s Lead Minstrel
Or so he said. I'm extremely cynical by professional training, as I'm paid to be near-paranoid and distrustful, I'll admit, but if my dealer told me the exact same thing, and claimed to be reading an email from BMW, my brain would be going, "Interesting. Maybe. Maybe not. It'll be fun to see if he was lying through his teeth, or telling the truth."The guy in the dealership was reading an email from the mothership.
Now, a much more relevant context in my mind would be how the discussion came up. If you stopped in to discuss adding a S1000RR to your stable on top of your K1600, and the dealer just happened to mention it, for example, that would make me MUCH more likely to believe it was accurate, than if there was any chance I might be tempted to trade or buy another K1600, thus the, "better get one now, before it's too late," sales pitch.
And again, I'm NOT discounting the possibility that your dealer was telling the truth (and if they were, I'd expect to see confirmation here soon from other posters, upon inquiring from their own dealers). I'm just not yet taking it as gospel, either.
Obviously, we don't have all the relevant business facts to which the Mother Ship is privy, so it may make perfect sense if this is true. But just based on what we know, it sure seems like the way they've played this wasn't the wisest financial move, and I'd love to privately talk with one of their bean counters about cost/profit on the B/GA for only several years of production before killing the K1600 entirely.
Last, if I'm a dealer, and you're killing off the K1600 line, I want to know what your plans are to replace it in the lineup. I wouldn't expect a scoop on exactly what they're planning, but I would want to know if there will in fact be a replacement in the luxury-sport-touring segment, or if in 2021 when someone comes by my dealership and all my K1600s are sold, and they're cross-shopping the Goldwing, I just need to tell them to head on over to the Honda dealer.