I recently decided I wanted to check out the KHS Green bicycle. I checked their site, found some local dealers and took a drive. None of the shops had a Green in stock, in fact, they had no KHS bicycles at all. They could order a Green for me, if I paid for it in advance. Since my intention to check one out before putting any money out, that's not something I want to do.
It's not just KHS either. I stopped by to see about a Schwinn model that's similar to the Green. The shop is named "XXXXX Schwinn". Nothing in there but Giant bikes. "Oh Schwinns aren't any good any more so I don't sell them." the owner told me. So why "XXXXX Schwinn"? It's like going to Acme Ford and finding a lot full of Dodges. Yet XXXXX is on the Schwinn website as a dealer.
Do the manufactirers actually check to see if the dealers they list on their websites actually carry any of their bikes?