Australians are getting on their (motor) bikes

Sales of quads and side-by-sides jump almost 60pc

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JUMPING AHEAD: Increased sales of quad bikes and side-by-sides show their popularity is growing among recreational and farmer buyers.

JUMPING AHEAD: Increased sales of quad bikes and side-by-sides show their popularity is growing among recreational and farmer buyers.

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Sales of quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles are continuing to soar.

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Sales of new quad bikes and side-by-sides jumped by almost 60 per cent in the first three months of 2021.

Sales of motorcycles and off-highway vehicles (which includes quads and side-by-sides) for the first quarter reached 27,256, a 51.6pc lift compared with the same period in 2020.

When releasing the results the chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Tony Weber said the big hike in sales reinforced the view that motorbikes, scooters and off-highway vehicles (OHV) reflected a growing confidence in the economy.

People were using their disposable income to either upgrade or buy a motorcycle for the first time, he said.

The big increase in off-road motorcycles and OHVs also indicated the changed social environment brought by COVID 19 had encouraged many people to look to this area as a positive form of recreation.

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Sales of OHVs were 5455 units for the three months, a rise of 57.2pc compared with the first quarter of 2020.

Road bikes jumped 20.9pc to 8684 units.

Off-road bike sales grew by a whopping 88.9pc to 11,642 units.

Scooter sales were up 26.9pc to 1475 units, or 313 units more than in the first quarter of 2020.

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