I wouldn't know about 'bytching', as you put it, about Japanese motorcycles, since I haven't owned one for over twenty years. Did H-D make special editions of the Pan in the year before the shovel debuted, or special Shovels in the year before the Evo? I don't think they did. But the recent business of pushing the special 100th Sportster and then replacing it with a new motor the following year left a bad taste in the mouth of many Sportster owners, and they lost money at trade-in time.
But in spite of all that, you're very wrong to label me as a riceburner. What do you think the 'xl' in 'xlr8r' stands for? Yup, a Sportster - and not a 100th-anniversary one, either. I've had it for longer than any other bike I've owned, and I can't see me selling it any time soon. It's a solid piece of kit - I just wish the Motor Company's marketing ploys had the same sort of integrity.