Quad bike sales on the rise

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

Sales of quad bikes are up nearly 20 per cent as farm­ers continue to in­vest in new equip­ment, the Mo­tor In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion says.

A to­tal of 3694 quad bikes were sold in the first six months of this year, up nearly 20 per cent on the same time last year.

As­so­ci­a­tion mo­tor­cy­cle division man­ager Clive Hell­yar said the ‘‘num­bers con­firm con­tin­u­ing strength in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor’’.

Some of the growth in quad sales could also be due to an in­crease in sales of side-by-side quad ve­hi­cles which were mainly used in agri­cul­ture, Hell­yar said.

A 3.2 per cent drop in twowheeled off-road bikes sales to 3050 was largely due to fewer sales of recre­ational bikes, he said.

Two-wheeled bikes to farm­ers were ‘‘much the same’’ as last year.

Sales of road-go­ing mo­tor­bikes were down 21 per cent.

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