The one demo ride I did was just b4 i bought my FJR.Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if they made full M a requirement for any bike...just to make sure the rider has at least rode a little and at a minimum passed both the M2 and the ministry road test. If they actually do scrap the demo days (including Rock the Red) that will be a sad day, as it would make test riding pretty much impossible. Not sure how many want to drop $12,000+ on a brand new motorcycle having never rode it, especially if they are interested in 2-3 different models.
I had read up on pretty much everything re. the bike and a demo ride was just the final deciding factor... Even if a demo wasn't available I probably would have bought one anyway..
I remember the demo ride did have rules re. licensing...
Some bikes were off limits if you didn't have your full M.
As far as demos being discontinued.... it's down to a cost/benefit analysis... if they don't see that demo's lead to increased sales... Why bother with them.