Here’s one way to tackle the problem of
U.S. vs Canadian pricing on motorcycles: slap discounts onto previous
years’ models. Honda is chopping prices on nearly all its remaining 2006-07
motorcycles (and ATVs).
The price of a VTX1800 cruiser, for
instance, is chopped by $5,000, while the Gold Wing loses $4,000, and the
CBR600RR is $2,000 cheaper. At the lighter end of the scale, the
off-road CRF 50 – 100 models are discounted $500, and the NPS50
scooter’s price is cut by $600.
A brief survey shows that the
discounted prices of at least some pre-2008 models are close to what
you’d pay for a comparable U.S. Honda – maybe even slightly less, once you factor in the
costs of importing.
The base model ’07 VT750 Shadow Aero,
for example, lists at $8,699 but drops $1,800 to $6,899. That’s just
$100 more than the U.S. model, if you take the dollar at par.
But not all price cuts will bring pricing close to the U.S.. For the ever-popular CBR600RR,
even with two grand off, the discounted price is $10,499, while the equivalent U.S. model still lists for a grand less at
Discounts apply to ’06-07 models, provided you buy the bike before year’s end.
for more information.