I thought the same at first. I can offer a likely scenario. This engine may not be made anymore, and had to be resurrected and replicated. So we're talking purchasing an original, fitting it to a chassis, making a custom pipe, etc. Overall two strokes are pretty easy to make and don't change significantly year after year for the most part, thus allowing for a lower price point. You may have to make little changes here and there, but look at Yamaha; no changes for years, KTM changes after 7 years or so, etc. This is first year production on what very well may be a brand new engine, whereas the NC250 has already been made and has proven itself for at least 7 years now. When you get down to the nitty gritty, $5699 is a lot, but it's still cheaper than it's competition. The YZ250X is $7499. You don't get 6th. You don't get the button. You don't get lights A new 2T euro bike is even more.