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2023 Enduro & CC Models: 6-Brand Price Comparo

1 year ago | Words: Andy Wigan

What lingering impact has the war in Ukraine and Covid had on freight and shipping costs, and what will the knock-on effect of those factors be on dirt bike prices in 2023? How much will price tags increase for 2023 year-models? 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 damn good questions because, these days, there’s a large and diverse range of enduro and cross-country models now offered by six different manufacturers – five from Europe and one from Japan.

So, to save you from having to wade through a bunch of websites for pricing details (and/or pester dealers over the phone), we’ve compiled all of the currently available 2023 prices in this easy-to-compare table (where manufacturers appear in alphabetical order)…

2022- VS 2023-MODEL PRICING

Here are a few brand-specific notes to help put these 2023 RRPs in better context – that is, how each brand’s 2023 prices compare with their 2022 counterparts…

BETA

  • Standard (RR) models: up between $400 and $700.
  • Up-specced (RR Racing) models: up between $400 and $600. These RR Racing models are between $1200 and $2000 more expensive than their standard (RR) counterparts.
  • 2023 XTrainer 300: up $800.

GASGAS

  • The four 2023 enduro models: up between $635 and $695.
  • The 2023 cross-country models (EX250F, EX350F, EX450F, EX250, EX300 are now brought into Australia): up between $395 and $655.

HUSQVARNA

  • Enduro models: up between $225 and $320.
  • Cross-country models: up between $65 and $150.
  • Husqvarna’s up-specced (Heritage) models are between $170 and $210 more expensive than their standard (TE and FE) counterparts.

KTM

  • Enduro models: up between $440 and $550.
  • Cross-country models: up between $410 and $460.
  • KTM’s up-specced (6 Days) models are between $1410 and $2030 more expensive than their standard (EXC/EXC-F) counterparts.

SHERCO

  • Standard (Racing) models: no longer brought into Australia.
  • Up-specced (Factory) models: up between $200 and $500.

 YAMAHA

  • 2023 WR250F and WR450F: up between $265 and $300.
  • Cross-country models (including Off-road/Rec Kit): up between $645 and $950.

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 minimising the risk of consumer disappointment from having to pay for any ‘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 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 than its RRP?
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? What’s the difference between their RRP and ‘Ride Away’ prices?
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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