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2022 ENDURO BIKE PRICES: 6-BRAND COMPARO

6 months ago | Words: Andy Wigan

Has the pandemic’s impact on freight and shipping costs meant price tag increases for 2022? If so, by how much? Which manufacturers offer their enduro models in up-specced ‘special edition’ versions and/or cross-country guise, and how do their prices compare? And, finally, what the hell is the difference between ‘RRP’, ‘MSRP’ and ‘Ride Away’ pricing?

All good questions; the answers to which are made particularly difficult due to the large and diverse range of enduro models that most of the European manufacturers now offer. So, to save you from having to wade through a dozen websites for pricing details (and/or pester dealers over the phone), we’ve compiled all of the currently available 2022 prices in this easy-to-compare table (note that manufacturers appear in alphabetical order)…

2021 VS 2022 PRICING

Here’s a few brand-specific notes to help put these 2022 RRPs in better context…

BETA

  • Standard (RR) four-stroke models: up between $400 and $600.
  • Standard (RR) two-strokes models: up between $200 and $400.
  • Up-specced (RR Racing) four-stroke models: up between $500 and $700.
  • Up-specced (RR Racing) two-stroke models: unchanged for the RR125 Racing; up between $300 and $900 for the other three capacities.
  • 2022 X-Trainer 300 (Beta’s biggest-selling model in Oz): up $500.
  • Incidentally, Beta’s up-specced (RR Racing) models are between $1300 and $2000 more expensive than their standard (RR) counterparts.

GASGAS

  • The four 2022 enduro models: up between $575 and $740.
  • Note also that five 2022 cross-country models (EX250F, EX350F, EX450F, EX250, EX300) will now be brought into Australia. These models were available in Europe and the USA for 2021 and appear in Oz for the first time in 2022.

HUSQVARNA

  • Enduro models: up between $560 and $670 higher.
  • Cross-country models: up between $620 and $715.
  • The two 2022 Rockstar Edition models: $515 above their standard-model counterparts.

KTM

  • Enduro models: up between $540 and $650.
  • Cross-country models: up between $565 and $610.
  • 2022 6 Days and Erzberg models: up between $640 and $715.
  • Incidentally, KTM’s up-specced (6 Days) models are between $1750 and $2000 more expensive than their standard (EXC/EXC-F) counterparts.

SHERCO

  • Standard (Racing) models: up between $300 and $600.
  • Up-specced (Factory) models: up between $200 and $300.

YAMAHA

  • 2022 WR250F and WR450F: up between $800 and $1000.
  • Cross-country models: pricing is still TBA.

PRICE 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 from having to pay for ‘hidden costs’.

Why is 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. However, 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, manufacturers now factor in pre-delivery and freight into their pricing to ensure there are no hidden charges to the consumer. For these models, it’s generally about $450-$500.

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