TGB quad bikes come to the rescue with a range of safety compliant models

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Farmers no longer have to consider a future with an uninsured ATV as TGB reveal the first of what will be a range of fully compliant and safer quad bike models

Taiwanese giant TGB’s Blade quad bike is having an initial local launch of four models that will all be fitted with compliant operator protection devices by October 11 2021

When your favoured badge for many years said it will pull the plug on the ATV you always bought it left many farmers feeling deserted – but now there is a solution – TGB will offer everything and more that you want in a fully compliant farm model.

Now, there is a worthy replacement – well proven distributor Argo All Terrain Vehicles has taken over the distribution of TGB in our local market.

And all the quad bikes in the TGB range will be fitted with operator protection devices that safety experts say will save lives going forward

The big Japanese quad bike manufacturers are still insisting they will quit the Australian market rather than fit their bikes with the operator protection devices (OPD) that will become mandatory in October this year.

North American brands Can Am and Polaris also say they will not comply and Polaris has in fact already stopped selling its quad bikes here to promote its range of side-by-side vehicles instead.

The current position of the big brands is seen in some quarters as little more than a bluff and a way of putting pressure on franchises and dealers to petition the federal government not to enact the new regulations developed by the ACCC.

But while Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Canada’s Can Am continue to resist regulation, other brands see an opportunity to supply safety compliant models and grab market share.

Quad bikes are still very much in demand from farmers and the local distributor of Taiwan’s TGB models is more than happy to fit compliant OPDs to comply with the ACCC regulations.

TGB has just announced the launch of four new models, which the local distributor said will be fully compliant with the new federal OPD laws and will also be fully covered under insurance policies issued by Lloyds of London.

The dissenting brands continue to claim that OPDs are not the answer to the appalling safety record of quad bikes and helmets, education and banning riders under 16 from full-sized bikes is the better way to go.

And refuse to agree with the proposed compliant measure.

The ACCC, however, says its regulations are based on solid science and that there is good evidence that rollover protection saves lives.

The ACCC’s investigation included expert advice from engineers and detailed analysis of statistics associated with quad bike fatalities.

Its findings were that quad bikes are inherently unstable, and even very experienced riders that just happened to have that one unfortunate situation seemed to be over-represented in fatalities.

In addition, the ACCC disputes claims from the likes of Honda that no quad bike could be made compliant with the new regulations.

And the ACCC added that it had been advised by a number of manufacturers that there were no perceived practical difficulties with meeting the requirements. 

Another source of pressure on brands to comply with the new regulations is coming from insurers.

Already, a Lloyd’s of London underwriting syndicate has said that it will not insure importers and distributors unless they fit OPD devices to their machines. Even before the legislation becomes mandatory in October.

There have already been two quad bike rollover fatalities in Australia in 2021 and those deaths come on the back of a total of 23 deaths in 2020 from rollovers, collisions and other accidents.

TGB steps up

The TGB brand has been in the Australian market since 2010 and its bikes are tested and tuned for tough local conditions.

TGB has now revealed the first of four new models for 2021 with the Blade 520, Blade 520 EPS, Blade 600SE and Blade 600SE-X EPS. With further models to be released later in 2021.

All four share high-end features like a solid chassis, front and rear independent suspension, an automatic CVT transmission with selectable 2WD/4WD and a front differential lock.

Plus, a comprehensive digital instrument gauge and sturdy steel front and rear racks.

The two EPS models also boast Tri-Mode electronic power steering.


Blade 520

The Blade 520 is driven by a 503cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder 4-stroke engine that puts out 29kW (39hp) at 6500rpm and delivers 47.1Nm of torque.

Cooling is backed up by an auxiliary fan to combat even the toughest conditions and fuel capacity is 18 litres.

The CVT transmission provides Low, High and Reverse gears and there are hydraulic disc brakes both front and rear. Engine braking is also available for situations like steep or slippery descents.

The bike is shod with Kenda tyres front and rear and the Double A-arm independent suspension provides 22cm of travel at the front and 24cm at the rear.

The suspension can be fine-tuned for individual riding styles or load carrying.

Dry weight of the bike is 350kg and it will take a load of 45kg on the front rack and 75kg on the rear.

The 520 is also fitted with a 50mm (2-in) receiver and hitch ball and will tow up to 555kg.

High and low beam headlights are standard, as are taillights and brake lights.


Blade 520 EPS
TGB Blade 520 EPS

The Blade 520 EPS shares all the attributes of the 520 but adds Tri-Mode Speed Sensing Electronic Power Steering (TMSS EPS) to the mix make for a more comfortable ride and reduce operator fatigue.

All conveniently set from the digital display, the TMSS EPS not only senses the bike’s speed for varying levels of assist, but the rider can also select no assist, minimum assist and maximum assist steering.


Blade 600SE
TGB Blade 600SE

The Blade 600SE is driven by a 561cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder 4-stroke engine with Electronic Fuel injection that puts out 31kW (42hp) at 6500rpm and delivers 53.6Nm of torque.

Cooling is backed up by an auxiliary fan to combat even the toughest conditions and fuel capacity is 18 litres.

The CVT transmission provides Low, High and Reverse gears and there are hydraulic disc brakes both front and rear. Engine braking is also available for situations like steep or slippery descents.

The bike is shod with Kenda tyres front and rear and the Double A-arm independent suspension provides 22cm of travel at the front and 24cm at the rear.

The suspension can be fine-tuned for individual riding styles or load carrying.

Dry weight of the bike is 387kg and it will take a load of 45kg on the front rack and 75kg on the rear.

The 520 is also fitted with a 50mm (2-in)  receiver and hitch ball and will tow up to 555kg.

High and low beam headlights are standard, as are tail-lights and brake lights.


Blade 600SE-X EPS
TGB Blade 600SE-X EPS

The Blade 600SE-X EPS shares all the attributes of the 600SE but adds Tri-Mode Speed Sensing Electronic Power Steering (TMSS EPS) to the mix make for a more comfortable ride and reduce operator fatigue.

All conveniently set from the digital display, the TMSS EPS not only senses the bike’s speed for varying levels of assist, but the rider can also select no assist, minimum assist and maximum assist steering.

TGB will ensure Quad owners can continue to buy quality models that meet the safety standards as defined by the ACCC.

Contact TGB distributor Argo All Terrain Vehicles direct to find your local dealer on toll free: 1300 731 082 or mobile: 0418 749 159.

The full range of models and accessories can be seen at: www.TGBATV.com.au

TGB 600SE-X EPS SPECS
Engine power (kW/hp):31/42 7000rpm
Engine torque:53.6Nm/5500rpm
Engine type:4-stroke SOHC
Transmission:V belt CVT Auto
Drive system:2WD/4WD/LOCK
Gear selection:L/H/N/R/P
Braking system:EBS
Fuel capacity (L):18
Hitch type (mm):50 receiver
Tow capacity (kg):555
Load capacity front (kg):45
Load capacity rear (kg):75
Payload capacity (kg):240
Weight dry (kg):393
Ground clearance (mm):320
Dimensions L/W/H (mm):2120/1240/1280
Tyres:Front: AT25 X 8-12, Rear: AT25 X 10-12
Wheels:Aluminium (Flat Black 12”)
FULLY COMPLIANT TGB MODELS

This is what you will get with a fully compliant TGB Quad bike:

•  All TGB quad bikes will be fitted with an operator protection device (OPD)*

•  TGB quad bikes will meet the new legislation stability requirements

•  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)

•  TGB quad bikes meet requirements of the US quad bike Standard – ANSI/SVIA 1-2017 or the EN 15997:2011 Standard

•  TGB quad bikes have been tested for static stability – and display the details of test result angles on a hang tag at the point of sale

•  TGB quad bikes have a durable label affixed and visible during operation – This label alerts operators to risk of a rollover and TGB also includes rollover safety information in the owner’s manual

    * TGB customers have a choice to install an OPD prior to the legislative safety requirement date of October 11th 2021.