Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
The way I understood how it works in the States is that the individual dealers place an order with the USA parent company, who then place an order with the main company. The USA parent company might not get all the bikes they asked for depending on supply & demand, so they may choose to give preference to high performing dealerships (which sounds like why it's the "Powersports" dealers who are first in line).
My local BWM dealership operates this way and it sounds like what I saw with Piaggio. So it's important to remember when you talk to your local dealer you are not talking to an employee of Honda with a direct line to Takahiro San, he's more like a employee of a franchise that goes through a middle man. My advice is to take everything they say (good or bad) with a pinch of salt.