Motorbike sales leap by more than 13 per cent in 2021
More than 123,000 motorbikes were sold last year, with the majority being off-road machines, as Australians made further investment into making their own fun.
It seems Australian motorcyclists headed off-road in 2021 as a way to cope with the pandemic and get outdoors, even if they couldn’t travel interstate. The 2021 VFACTS motorcycle sales released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), highlighted the growth of dirt bikes and off-highway vehicles.
The off-road bike brigade grew by almost 19 per cent to 53,118 sales, accounting for 43 per cent of the market - a huge jump fuelled by people trying to maintain fitness and experience the great outdoors.
FCAI chief executive Tony Weber has urged authorities to take note of the off-road motorcycle sector.
“More and more Australians are using off road motorcycles to increase their physical fitness, as a form of mental wellbeing and as a way of experiencing the Australian bush,” Mr Weber says.
Off-highway vehicles (quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles) also jumped by almost 14 per cent with 28,321 vehicles sold. The leap has been attributed to farmers stocking up ahead of the mandate for quad bikes to be fitted with rollover protection.
The major quad bike sellers, including Honda, Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki and Suzuki, have since withdrawn their quad machines from the local market, citing concerns the regulations may detrimentally affect the performance of the vehicles.
Road machines on the rise
Road bikes accounted for 32,270 machines, representing a 6.8 per cent rise on 2020 figures, while scooters rose by 8.1 per cent with 4821 sales.
Mr Weber says governments should be actively looking at motorcycles as a way to mitigate congestion in metropolitan areas.
“Traffic is a major issue across Australia. Getting more commuters onto motorcycles and scooters will help to reduce congestion and increase traffic flow.”
“We are encouraging Governments to consider how they can motivate commuters to use motorcycles and scooters as safe, practical and efficient ways of getting around our cities and urban centres.”