Tools to keep you safe

Yamaha’s equip­ment helps keep the man on the land in safe hands

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

❝ Re­search has shown that most se­ri­ous ATV or SSV in­juries can be pre­vented by wear­ing a cer­ti­fied hel­met.

ALL-TER­RAIN ve­hi­cles, or quad bikes, are em­braced by Aus­tralian farmers for their sim­plic­ity and ver­sa­til­ity – from fenc­ing to mus­ter­ing, weed spray­ing and gen­eral tasks around the prop­erty.

ATVs are both eco­nom­i­cal to pur­chase and main­tain and leave a small foot­print that of­fers less en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on the land than a ute.

When used in the cor­rect way and for the in­tended pur­pose by trained and ac­tive rid­ers wear­ing the cor­rect safety gear, the ATV is also a safe ve­hi­cle.

Yamaha Mo­tor Aus­tralia has a long his­tory of pro­vid­ing rider train­ing to en­sure Yamaha cus­tomers stay safe and get the most out of their ATV.

YMA is a Reg­is­tered Train­ing Of­fice (RTO), and pro­vides ac­cred­ited ATV rider ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses around Aus­tralia for users of ATVs.

To en­sure the high­est stan­dard of train­ing, YMA was the first to run ATV safety cour­ses with in­struc­tors ac­cred­ited by the Spe­cialty Ve­hi­cle In­sti­tute of Amer­ica (SVIA).

Yamaha was also the first com­pany to de­velop a side-by-side ve­hi­cle to give farmers the op­tion of more load car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity with an ex­tra worker – but still with a smaller foot­print than a 4WD.

SSV train­ing was im­me­di­ately added to the cur­ricu­lum. Now Yamaha’s ATV/SSV Safety In­sti­tute (YASSI) has ex­panded its pro­gram to cover all states with ex­pe­ri­enced op­er­a­tors of­fer­ing the high­est stan­dard of train­ing across the na­tion.

Re­search has shown that most se­ri­ous ATV or SSV in­juries can be pre­vented by wear­ing a cer­ti­fied hel­met. With that in mind, YMA has teamed up with mem­bers of the ATV in­dus­try to de­velop a new ATV/SSV farm safe hel­met.

Over a pe­riod of two years, at field days and agri­cul­tural events, farmers in Aus­tralia and New Zealand were asked the rea­sons for not wear­ing a hel­met.

Four ar­eas were iden­ti­fied – hel­mets were too hot, too heavy, had a cum­ber­some buckle and farmers were un­able to hear what was going on around them while mus­ter­ing.

Shark Hel­mets were en­gaged to de­velop a prod­uct to ad­dress all is­sues.

The Shark ATV Drak is the re­sult – a hel­met that’s glob­ally cer­ti­fied road le­gal, is light­weight, has great ven­ti­la­tion, an easy to op­er­ate buckle, and is de­signed for ease of hear­ing.

In ad­di­tion to that, the hel­met is also blue­tooth ready for phone or rider-to-rider com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The Shark ATV Drak has a re­mov­able in­ner lin­ing for easy clean­ing and the de­sign of the lin­ing means users can eas­ily wear glasses or sun­glasses.

Across New Zealand and Aus­tralia the cli­mate and con­di­tions vary mas­sively and the Shark ATV Drak has op­tional packs to adapt to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The sun pack has a vi­sor ex­ten­sion and a rear neck pro­tec­tor to pro­tect against sun dam­age.

There is also a dust pack op­tion that pro­tects against wind and dust and in­sect mesh pro­tec­tion for when those flies just won’t give up.

Fi­nally, the noise pack of­fers ear pod in­serts for users who want ex­tra pro­tec­tion from wind or in­dus­trial noise.

As a mem­ber of the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­try (FCAI), Yamaha sup­ports the ATV/SSV in­dus­try code of prac­tice, which is: se­lect a ve­hi­cle that is fit for pur­pose, com­plete ATV train­ing, wear a hel­met and protective gear and never ride un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol, never carry a pas­sen­ger and never al­low a child to ride an adult size ATV and follow the man­u­fac­turer’s rec­om­men­da­tions.

The in­dus­try has also de­vel­oped free on­line train­ing so farmers in re­mote lo­ca­tions can ac­cess vi­tal safety in­for­ma­tion and ba­sic tech­niques be­fore they par­tic­i­pate in prac­ti­cal train­ing with an ac­cred­ited ATV/SSV trainer. Sim­ply go to www.atv

Yamaha am­bas­sador and coun­try and west­ern singer Lee Ker­nah­gan spends plenty of time on the land and un­der­stands the im­por­tance of farm safety. His mes­sage is sim­ple: “Farm life is great. Let’s keep it that way”.

For more in­for­ma­tion about skills train­ing, free on­line train­ing, the Shark ATV hel­met and five-star safety go to www.yamaha-mo­ own­er­ship/atv-ssv-safe­tyin­sti­tute.


SPEAK­ING OUT: Coun­try singer Lee Ker­naghan sup­ports hel­met safety for all farmers.

Re­search has shown that most se­ri­ous ATV in­juries can be pre­vented by wear­ing a cer­ti­fied hel­met.

The Shark-ATV_SSV-hel­met will keep you safe.

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