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2024 ENDURO & CC MODELS: 6-BRAND PRICE COMPARO

6 months ago | Words: Andy Wigan

How much have price tags increased for 2024 year-model enduro and cross-country bikes? Which manufacturers offer their enduro models in up-specced ‘special edition’ versions and/or cross-country guise, and how do their prices compare? And what’s the difference between ‘RRP’, ‘MSRP’, ‘Ride Away’ and ‘Ready to Ride’ pricing?

All 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 2024 prices in this easy-to-compare table (where manufacturers appear in alphabetical order)…

PRICE FAQS – ‘RRP/MSRP’ VS ‘RIDE AWAY’ PRICING

What’s the difference between ‘RRP/MSRP’ and ‘Ride Away’ prices? And what is a ‘Ready to Ride’ price?
RRP (Recommended Retail Price) and MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) are essentially the same thing. 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’. Manufacturers generally use the term ‘Ready to Ride’ price (rather than Ride Away price) for their non-registrable models – their cross-country and MX machines, where on-road costs are not applicable.

Why is a bike’s pricing is sometimes quoted as ‘RRP/MSRP’ and sometimes as ‘Ride Away’?
Recent legislation changes means that motorcycle manufacturers and 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.

For enduro models, 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 ‘Ready to Ride’ 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. Manufacturers generally use the term ‘Ready to Ride’ price (rather than Ride Away price) for their non-registrable cross-country and MX models, where on-road costs are not applicable.

Sooooooo, to summarise:

  • RRP/MSRP include GST, but exclude PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) & ORC (on-road costs)
  • Ready to Ride prices include GST, freight & PDI
  • Ride Away prices include GST, freight, PDI & ORC

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