I tend to echo the experience of x11 … all anecdotal of course.
I have observed that from the 2013/14 time the bike evolved from a fairly 'bright' bike with quite a lot of silver elements/highlights and glossy paint to a more sombre machine with black 'manly' panels and matt black mudguards and such. I am sure it happened in a planned way but it seems to me it happened bit by bit over several model years.
So I am not entirely surprised the OP was a little confused (notwithstanding what the owner actually did)
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