Bradie Sweeney checks out one of the latest bikes at Firestorm Motorcycles in Machinery Drive Tweed Heads South.
Bradie Sweeney checks out one of the latest bikes at Firestorm Motorcycles in Machinery Drive Tweed Heads South.

Motorbike sales rebound

TWEED motorcycle dealers are hoping a rebound in the market for motorbikes and scooters will continue after sales fell slightly Australia-wide last year.

Tweed Heads South dealer Sam Hurley, of Fire- storm Motorcycles in

Machinery Drive, said demand for more afford- able brands was growing and offering a bright future for the industry.

According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, sales for motorbikes, scooters and all-terrain vehicles were down 8.9% last year, but showed early signs of a recovery in the last quarter of 2010.

Mr Hurley said while the motorcycle industry had seen some turbulent times over the past 12 to18 months, especially with the recent wet weather, the demand for more affordable motorcycles had seen brands such as Sachs, TGB and CF Moto record some impressive increases in 2010.

“These brands offer scooters, road bikes and trail bikes and are priced cheaper than many second-hand bikes and come with a full 12 months to 24 months warranty,” Mr Hurley said.

“The Sachs Amici 125cc was the fourth-highest-selling scooter in Australia in 2010.”

The slump in sales of bikes Australia-wide was a surprise to Murwillumbah businessman Phil Taylor, who is well-known for using his Honda scooter.

“It's economical and it's practical as far as parking goes,” said Mr Taylor, who has had his scooter for 15 years.



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