ATV brands to quit Australian market over operator protection devices

Honda is one of several major brands that says it will stop selling ATVs in Australia rather than meet new safety standards set for October 2020 and 2021

Major brands like Honda, Yamaha and Polaris have announced they will be quitting the local market for ATVs rather than adhere to new safety standards introduced by the Australian government.

The primary reason quoted for the move is that the companies do not want to fit rollover protection devices to their quad bikes as they claim the devices are impractical and ineffective.

The ACCC disputes this claim and all ATVs sold in Australia will have to be fitted with the devices at point of sale as of October 11 2021.

The CFORCE 400 EPS from CFMOTO boasts selectable 2WD/4WD, a CV transmission, electronic power steering (EPS), alloy wheels, winch and an Australian made Quadbar operator protection device (OPD)

However, one brand is happy to meet the new regulations, CFMOTO.

Mojo Motorcycles, the Australian distributor for CFMOTO, is introducing an updated range of quad bikes that meet stage 2 requirements of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard.

The entire CFMOTO quad bike range will be updated to meet the requirements of stage 2 by October 2020 – one year ahead of the mandatory timeline.

“We want to reassure Aussie farmers that CFMOTO quad bikes are here to stay,” said Mojo Motorcycles Director, Michael Poynton.

“By introducing a new quad bike range that complies with the safety standard requirements by October 2020, we are showing our commitment to remain in the Australian market.”

A requirement under the standard is that all general-use quad bikes meet new minimum stability requirements.

Mojo Motorcycles engaged Crashlab in Sydney to perform the required tilt angle testing and CFMOTO customers can rest assured that the entire range of CFMOTO ATVs exceeded the minimum tilt angle requirements.

The lateral stability requirement is a minimum TTR of 0.55 (28.81 degrees), whereas the front and rear longitudinal pitch stability requirement is a minimum TTR of 0.8 (38.65 degrees).

The CFMOTO CFORCE 400 model, for example, comfortably exceeded these minimum standards, recording 32.6 degrees (lateral) and 44.6 degrees (rearward pitch).

To assist customers when researching ATVs, tilt angles for all CFMOTO quad bikes will be displayed on the relevant model pages on the CFMOTO Australia website.

Stage 2 of the standard also requires the fitment of an operator protection device (OPD).

To meet this requirement, Mojo Motorcycles worked closely with Quadbar, an Australian OPD manufacturer located in Clifton Queensland, on a tailored OPD solution that is installed by their dealer network during the pre-delivery process.

“Quadbar was one of two OPD manufacturers listed in the Government standard.

Being an Australian made product with 13 years of research and development invested in their design, we viewed them as a good partner to work with for the supply of OPDs,” Poynton said.

Take a look at this video and see if you think having a operator protection device (OPD) fitted could save your life.

The decision to release an updated model range one year in advance of the mandatory regulation is to help execute a smoother transition for CFMOTO customers and dealers.

To ensure all CFMOTO quad bikes are stage 2 compliant one year ahead of time by October 2020, Mojo Motorcycles will be working closely with their dealer network to supply the required items to meet the standard, including Quadbar OPDs.

This will mean that all CFMOTO quad bikes sold in Australia from October 2020 will be fitted with a Quadbar OPD.

Government moves to improve the safety of ATV quad bikes means big changes for manufacturers and importers but the CFMOTO brand will meet all requirements a full year earlier

The Australian Government announced the introduction of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard in October 2019.

The standard is being introduced over two stages. The requirements under stage 1 must be met by October 11th, 2020, and the requirements under stage 2 by October 11th, 2021.

The mandatory legislation that applies to all new ‘general-use’ quad bike models sold in Australia is outlined below.

STAGE 1 (by October 11th, 2020)

  • All quad bikes must meet the specified requirements of the US quad bike Standard ANSI/SVIA 1-2017 or the EN 15997:2011 Standard.
  • All quad bikes must be tested for static stability using a tilt table test and display the angle at which it tips on to two wheels on a hang tag at the point of sale.
  • All quad bikes must have a durable label affixed, visible and legible when the quad bike is in operation, alerting the operator to the risk of rollover and must include rollover safety information in the owner’s manual.

 

STAGE 2  (by October 11th, 2021)

  • All general-use model quad bikes must be fitted with, or have integrated into the design, an operator protection device.
  • All general-use model quad bikes must meet the minimum stability requirements of:
  • Lateral stability – a minimum TTR of 0.55 (28.81 degrees)
  • Front and rear longitudinal pitch stability – a minimum TTR of 0.8 (38.65 degrees)

The first of the compliant CFMOTO quads available is the CFORCE 400 EPS , based on the proven 400cc platform.

This bike is loaded with work-ready features including selectable 2WD/4WD, electronic power steering (EPS), alloy wheels, winch and an Australian made Quadbar OPD.

The CFORCE 400 EPS is available now from your local dealer for the ride away price of $7990.

From the CFORCE 400 to the highly optioned UFORCE 1000 UTV, CFMOTO has a range of models with work-ready features for farmers.

For further information on the CFORCE 400 EPS and other CFMOTO quads go to: www.cfmoto.com.au

To find out more about the Quadbar operator protection device go to: www.quadbar.com

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