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2021 Enduro Bike Prices: 6 Major Brands Compared

3 months ago | Words: Andy Wigan

Even though production disruptions due to Covid-19 has delayed the arrival of the 2021 year-model bikes from most motorcycle manufacturers by a few months this year, pricing for a greater majority of them is now available.

But how do you go about comparing prices for the major manufacturers’ 2021 bikes? Have price tags increased for 2021? If so, by how much? Which manufacturers offer their enduro models as up-specced ‘special edition’ versions and/or in cross-country guise, and how do their prices compare? And what the hell is the difference between ‘RRP’, ‘MSRP’ and ‘Ride Away’ pricing?

All good questions. And it’s a job made particularly difficult due to the large and diverse range of enduro models that many of the European (and one Japanese) manufacturers now offer. So, to save you from having to wade through a dozen websites and/or phone motorcycle dealers for pricing details, we’ve compiled all of the currently available 2021 prices in one easy-to-compare table (where manufacturers appear in alphabetical order)…

2020 vs 2021 PRICING

Here’s a few brand-specific notes to help put these 2021 prices in better context…

BETA

  • Pricing for the standard (RR) four-stroke models is unchanged from 2020, while RRPs for the 200, 250 and 300cc two-strokes are up between $200 and $400.
  • The four two-strokes in the up-specced (‘Racing’) models are $1500 more expensive than their standard RR counterparts.
  • The four four-strokes in the up-specced (‘Racing’) models are $1700 more expensive than their standard RR counterparts.
  • Pricing for the 2021 X-Trainer 300 is unchanged from 2020. Both the 250 and 300cc X-Trainers have the same price tags ($10,995).

GASGAS

  • These 2021 bikes are the first Austrian-made GasGas machines, meaning price comparisons with 2020 models is not possible.
  • Compared with their KTM equivalents, the 2021 GasGas enduro models are between $900 and $1100 cheaper, depending on the model.
  • Compared with their Husqvarna equivalents, the 2021 GasGas enduro models are between $1500 and $1700 cheaper, depending on the model.

HUSQVARNA

  • The 2021 Enduro and Cross-Country models are between $450 and $590 more expensive than their 2020 counterparts, depending on the model.

KTM

  • The 2021 Enduro, Cross-Country and Six Day models are between $450 and $600 more expensive than their 2020 counterparts, depending on the model.
  • The up-specced 2021 Six Day models carry a $1600-$1900 premium over their ‘standard’ EXC/EXC-F counterparts, depending on the model.

SHERCO

  • The 2021 models – both the standard (‘Racing’) and up-specced (‘Factory’) models – are all priced $100 above their 2020 counterparts.
  • The up-specced 2021 Factory models carry a $1400-$2200 premium over their ‘standard’ (Racing model) counterparts, depending on the model.

YAMAHA

  • Pricing for the 2021 bikes – both Enduro and Cross-Country models – is unchanged from 2020.

FAQs – ‘RRP/MSRP’ vs ‘RIDE AWAY’ PRICING

What’s the difference between ‘RRP/MSRP’ and ‘Ride Away’ prices?
RRP (Recommended Retail Price) and MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) is essentially the same thing, said a different way. RRP/MSRP only includes GST. Ride Away prices, on the other hand, includes GST, plus 12 months registration, all statutory costs, freight, and pre-delivery charges (often collectively referred to as “ORC” or “on-road costs”). In other words, Ride Away pricing ensures manufacturers highlight the full cost of buying one of their motorcycles, which means no risk of consumer disappointment after having to pay for ‘hidden costs’.

How come a bike’s pricing is sometimes quoted as ‘RRP/MSRP’ and sometimes as ‘Ride Away’?
Recent legislation changes means that the manufacturers and their dealers are now obliged to only promote/advertise Ride Away pricing when referring to any ADR-compliant motorcycle. The media, however, tends to still refer to bikes’ RRP or MSRP simply because it makes comparisons with previous year-models (prior to Ride Away legislation, that is) easier; a better apples-with-apples comparison, if you like. It’s likely that third-party media outlets will increasingly refer to Ride Away prices over the coming years, or be obliged to do so sooner via legislation.

How much extra is a bike’s ‘Ride Away’ price?
That depends on the type of bike, plus its capacity and value (as ORC is calculated on CTP insurance and registration costs, which are affected by these variables). But the difference between RRP/MSRP and Ride Away pricing for registrable enduro models is typically between $1300 and $1800. As rego-related costs in Australia vary from state to state, manufacturers calculate the ORC on the worst case scenario – that is, the most expensive annual rego costs. This is designed to provide consumers with an even playing field for Ride Away prices on a national basis.

What about non-registrable models; cross-country and motocross bikes?
For cross-country and motocross models, Yamaha Motor Australia now factors in pre-delivery and freight into their pricing to ensure there are no hidden charges to the consumer. For Yamaha’s 2021 cross-counry models, this amounts to about $450-$500.

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