Quad bikes rev ru­ral econ­omy

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

A 10.8 per cent in­crease in the sale of new quad bikes is strong in­di­ca­tion that farm­ers are fo­cussing on pro­duc­tive in­vest­ment.

Yet, as Fed­er­ated Farm­ers points out, not all quad bikes are des­tined for the farm

‘‘It is pos­i­tive eco­nomic news that the Mo­tor In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports the sales of quad bikes are up 10.9 per cent over 2010,’’ said Bruce Wills, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers pres­i­dent.

‘‘Quad bikes take a pound­ing so is one as­set we need to plan for pe­ri­odic re­place­ment. That ex­plains why 6570 were sold in 2011. Let me put it this way, when com­pared to trac­tors, there’s very few ‘vin­tage’ quad bikes around.

‘‘Quad bikes are the farmer’s Swiss army knife but aren’t cheap. With­out op­tions, a new quad bike rep­re­sents a five-fig­ure in­vest­ment. Any in­crease in sales, such as 645 more sold in 2011 over 2010, in­di­cates that farm­ers are fo­cused on pro­duc­tive in­vest­ment.

‘‘A strong in­crease in sales may in­di­cate greater con­fi­dence from the non-dairy sec­tor es­pe­cially.

‘‘Bet­ter re­turns are see­ing farm­ers tackle de­ferred main­te­nance and that’s good.

‘‘It is also in­ter­est­ing to read that quad bike sales were some 70 per cent higher than the sales of road-go­ing bikes over 50cc.

‘‘While there are more quad bikes, users need to un­der­stand that they are un­for­giv­ing if abused. Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, Farm­safe, ACC and the Depart­ment of Labour all stress the need for users to be com­pe­tent and trained.

‘‘That’s a mes­sage that the size­able re­cre­ational mar­ket needs to heed. Ca­sual and re­cre­ational users need to un­der­stand that quad bikes aren’t toys and train­ing is es­sen­tial,’’ Mr Wills said.

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