Invention targets quad bikes
A team of young entrepreneurs believes their invention may help to reduce quad bike accidents and provide farmers with an innovative storage solution.
‘‘There are pretty shocking statistics on quad bike deaths and one of the leading reasons is inadequate storage solutions when farmers are travelling with equipment,’’ Flatpak chief executive Anika Bayly said.
The Flatpak, developed by four Christchurch students over the last three years, sits above the rack at the rear of a quad bike.
The prototype has been manufactured by Petone company MB Canvas, who had been ‘‘ incredibly helpful’’ with design ideas, Bayly said.
Price of the pack will be ‘‘between $400 and $500’’, Bayly said.
Made of non-rip, water-resistant PVC on the inside and outside, with close cell foam in between, the pack’s flexible design allows it to be used like a storage box, or flattened down so large posts or hay bales can be carried on top. to attach the pack to the quad bike.
‘‘We started it off at school through the young enterprise scheme. The students have just launched a Pledge Me campaign to raise $40,000 to manufacture their first 100 Flatpaks.Bayly said at present farmers had the option of transporting materials on a trailer, in a metal or a plastic box.
Each of these methods had their problems.
‘‘Things fall out of trailers, metal boxes jam and plastic disintegrates. The first prototype was built in 2012, but only now does the team – Bayly, Emily Tasker, Alysha Terrizzi and Kryten Vlug – feel the design is good enough to go into production.