In this modern age, I'm increasingly boggled by the price disparity between the same bikes being sold in Australia as in the USA. Now, in the USA, the +ORC portion is about the same as in Australia. In the USA, sales tax varies from state to state - from as little as 0%, to as high as 10%, and when you see a price for a bike in the USA, it's minus any sales tax. In Australia, we have GST which is included in the price, so therefore to get a comparible base-line USA price, minus ORC, we would just add 10% to the USA. I'll cite just one example though. The Ducati 848 Australia: $21495 AUD USA: $12995USD Now, add 10% to account for GST, and divide by 0.89, to covert from USD to AUD, we arrive at a value of $16060AUD Eh? The 848 costs $5435 more in Australia than the USA. Can someone explain to me, why? No, I don't mean any smart-arse answers, or lame-arse answers regarding keeping second hand bike-prices high. I mean an honest to goodness answer as to why a newly released model, released at a time when the Australian dollar has been steady at 80-90c USD value for the last 18 months, with costs of shipping from Italy to the USA, and Italy to Australia NOT adding up to $5500 difference, just why are Australian's being ripped off to that extent? Take the Triumph Daytona 675 as another example. People in the USA will walk out the door with one, meaning on the road in states that are charging 8.5% sales tax, for $1000USD on the road, or around $11230. Also, Triumph dealers in the USA are prepared to do deals. In Australia, the best you'll get, out the door, is $15800, and that requires twisting and arm an a leg. Most dealers won't budge from the regular $16300-16500 out the door price (depending on the State you're in). What gives? Japanese 600's (super-sports). Most can be bought in the USA, on the road, for $11000 Aussie equivalent.