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TAS Country : August 5th 2010
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 6, 2010 Advertising feature Farm ATVs AUSTRALIA S FASTEST GROWING ATV BRAND IN THE 400CC & OVER CATEGORY* Cash ac Avai ab e inance avai ab e Smithton Brian 0418 142 015 Peter 0428 138 779 Devonport Tim 0408 369 096 Jim 0438 279 198 Travis 0147 592 537 Launceston Ted 0418 122 914 Dean 0457 930 228 Hobart Dale 0409 803 486 Andrew 0419 899 500 SALES REPS CAN-AM CONFIDENCE FROM THE FACTORY TO THE FARM THE WARRANTY WITH SERIOUS GRUNT Model 400 Outlander 400 4x4 EFi Outlander MAX 400 EFi Model 500 Outlander 500 Outlander 500 XT Outlander MAX 500 XT Model 650 Outlander 650 4x4 Outlander 650 4x4 XT Outlander MAX 650 Outlander MAX 650 Model 650 XT Outlander MAX 650 XT camo Model 800 Outlander 800 4x4 Outlander 800 4x4 XT Outlander MAX 800 XT Outlander MAX 800 LTD Rec-Sport Segment Renegade 800 Renegade 800X xc Smithton 0364 521 222 Devonport 0364 241 511 Launceston 0363 431 633 Hobart 0362 636 377 COVERING THE COAST - SMITHTON - DEVONPORT - LAUNCESTON - HOBART 2055542-100806 as BA K $750 T $1 000 nditi ns a l P AL 400 4 4 $10 880 nl at t is ri e inan e Availa le AUGUST 3 Tassie leads in quest to keep the Wearing personal protective equipment on an ATV is essential, as is certified training --- that's what we are about.' ---STAY UPRIGHT NATIONAL ATV MANAGER BRENDON THOMPSON A LEADING quad bike training program is saving lives on Tasmanian farms and forging the way forward for the rest of the country. Quad bike research has shown crashes are the main cause of deaths on farms, with one Australian dying each month from quad bike related accidents. However, since the Tasmanian branch of Stay Up- right Motorcycle Techniques introduced its all terrain vehicle safety course five years ago, deaths have been dramatically reduced. There has been just one work- place ATV death in our state in the last few years, the organis- ation says. The program was initiated after a spate of eight deaths in Tasmanian within a two year period. In Queensland and New South Wales a death occurs every 11 weeks. Stay Upright national ATV manager Brendon Thompson said ''not long ago, we were in the same boat'' but the results of the program ''speak for itself''. ''A national committee has been meeting since last Septem- ber, we are working towards implementing similar programs in other states,'' he said. ''The committee includes farming groups, the heads of Workplace Safety, bike manu- facturers and training organis- ations, all joining forces to get the message across that we need to recognise the risks and change the culture to protect workers. ''Wearing personal protective equipment on an ATV is essen- tial, as is certified training --- that's what we are about.'' About 4000 ATV operators have been trained in Tasmania. The course covers control techniques, inspections, diffi- cult terrain, turning, braking, towing and carrying loads. Motor Safe Tasmania market- ing and program manager Kim Schultz said any Tassie farmer who rides this kind of vehicle should take the proper pre- cautions, be fully aware of their machine and learn the relevant skills. He said taking the time to assess risks is not being too critical, it should be a priority. ''Is it up to the challenges of the farm's requirements and terrain? Are the tyres correctly inflated? Tyres are the only thing that separates a rider from the ground and if they are not in proper working condition you can expect things to go wrong,'' he said. Workplace Standards Tas- mania's 2009 ATV Safety Alert said ATVs had become an inte- gral part of many workplaces, but about 15 fatalities a year in the rural sector were associated with using quad bikes. Coronial inquests have high- lighted a number of serious safety concerns, including: oper- ating quad bikes without hav- ing attended certified training; carrying or towing loads on terrain that is not level and flat; riders not wearing helmets. Mr Thompson said about 50 per cent of quad bike deaths happened when a rider had overloaded attachments such as trailers or spray equipment. ''This is one of the topics we will be looking at at the national committee meeting in Launces- ton, August 11 and 12. We will be discussing attachments, aware- ness advertising campaigns and an increased role for dealers selling quad bikes,'' he said. Stay Upright's one-day course is run on demand with groups of six or more. A nationally recognised state- ment of attainment will be issued on completion. Information and bookings: stayupright.com.au Polaris the brand of choice THE latest Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry market share figures confirm that more Tasmanians are choosing Polaris ATV and side by side (SxS) utility vehicles than ever before. In the first half of 2010, one in every five ATVs sold in Tas- mania were from the premium US brand. Polaris' national market share for the first half of 2010 was 17.5 per cent, up from 15.3 per cent for the same period last year. ''Polaris' continuing in- crease in sales and market share can be attributed to the market leading products across all segments of the ATV and SxS business,'' Peter Alexan- der, managing director, Polaris Industries Australia and New Zealand said. To continue this growth Polaris is offering unmatched deals on the most popular ATV and SxS models until Septem- ber 30. With customer demand growing rapidly for the best value ATV in the 300cc category, Hawkeye has been reduced to $5995. Designed specifically for the Australian and New Zealand terrain, Hawkeye is the world's best riding, best value 2x4. And for those that need 4x4 traction, then Polaris are also offering some massive savings. For a limited time, Polaris has taken $1000 off the nimble Sportsman 300 ($6995), the powerful midsize Sportsman 400 HO ($7995) and the full size Sportsman 500 HO ($9695). Polaris has maintained domination of the big bore ATV market and will continue to do so with $1000 off Sports- man XP 850, XP 550 and Sports- man X2 550. Sportsman XP has won multiple awards for the best ATV on the market with standard features such as op- tional electronic power steer- ing, 14'' alloys, massive horse- power, industry leading towing and rack capacities. Competitors can't match the Sportsman X2 550 for towing, carrying or for its unique converting two seat setup. Polaris almost doubled its sales of SxS vehicles in the first half of 2010. Keen to continue this growth into the SxS recreation market, while stocks last, buy a new Ranger RZR 800, and get is a free RZR 170 for the kids (excludes RZR S). Offer ends September 30 or while stocks last.
August 12th 2010