NEW ATV LEGISLATION

Mojo Motorcycles Pty Ltd, the Australian distributor for KYMCO, has reinforced its total commitment to the Australian quad bike market with an updated KYMCO range that complies with stage two of the Australian Government mandatory Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard.

 

The Australian Government announced the introduction of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard in October 2019, which applies to all new ‘general-use’ quad bike models sold in Australia and is outlined below:

STAGE ONE (by October 11, 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 TWO (by October 11, 2021)

  • All general-use model quad bikes must be fitted with, or have integrated into the design an operator protection device (OPD)
  • 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)

TILT ANGLE

As mentioned above, a requirement of stage two of the Consumer Goods Quad Bike Safety Standard is that all quad bikes are 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.

 

For general-use quads, the minimum standard to pass the lateral stability tilt angle test is 28.81 degrees. The test is conducted with the vehicle in a stationary position and weighted as if a rider was on board. All testing is conducted with a Quadbar OPD installed.

 

Sydney-based Crashlab, which operates under the NSW Centre for Road Safety umbrella, conducted the tilt angle testing for all KYMCO quad bikes for both lateral stability (sideways) and longitudinal stability (forward and back) tilt angles. The results for the KYMCO quad bikes were as follows:

The KYMCO quad bikes not only meet the minimum standard, they easily eclipse it. Quad bikes with a higher stability test result are more stable.

 

The results of all the Crashlab tests are listed on each KYMCO model page and display the legislation’s minimum standard in comparison to each model’s recorded test result for lateral stability.

 

Please note the minimum tilt angle figure only relates to ‘general-use’ quads with an OPD fitted.  Currently, KYMCO’s four general-use quads are the MXU 300R, MXU 400, MXU 550i EPS and MXU 700 EPS.

 

Under the legislation, youth quads do not require an OPD and have no minimum tilt angle. KYMCO has two youth quads: the Maxxer 50 and Mongoose 90S.

 

KYMCO has no affiliation to Crashlab.

ABOUT QUADBAR

Quadbar is an Australian-owned company involved in the engineering and manufacturing of OPDs sold under the Quadbar brand internationally.

Established in 2007, Quadbar has sold in excess of 20,000 OPDs to Australian farmers with no reported fatalities.

 

The Quadbar is an approved OPD listed in the Quad Bike Safety Standard and is manufactured in Clifton (Qld).

 

All stage two complaint KYMCO quad bikes are fitted with Quadbar OPDs that are installed by the dealer network during pre-delivery.

 

KYMCO has no affiliation to Quadbar.

HOW DO I KNOW IF A PARTICULAR MODEL MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE STANDARD?

There’s no ambiguity: from October 11, 2021, all general-use KYMCO ATVs on dealer floors will be compliant with the stage two requirements of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bike) Safety Standard.

 

That means every KYMCO general-use quad will have an OPD installed, as required by the legislation.