Allan Reinikka

Gladstone loves the life on two wheels

MOTORBIKE lovers are going the whole hog in Gladstone.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads data shows the region is home to 3719 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson rules the road with 782 bikes carrying the iconic American manufacturer's badge.

Yamaha owners are not far behind in the bike race, with 649 registered across the area.

Rounding out the top five makes are Suzuki on 600, Honda with 500 and Kawasaki with 354 on the roads.

Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns said the experience of riding a motorbike was like no other.

"There is a feeling of release when riding that is just not present in an enclosed vehicle and unfortunately for those that have never known the experience it can be something that is hard to fathom," he said.

Mr Mearns said motorcycle ownership had a range of benefits.

"There is the obvious benefit that they are far less expressive to buy and operate, which for quite a growing number is the main reason for them choosing to ride," he said.

"Even when a motorcycle is owned primarily for recreation purposes the cost of operation is the lowest of any of the motorised alternatives and hence the owner gets the maximum bang for their buck."

Jennifer Woods, of Australia-wide motorbike group Ulysses Club, said once you owned one you never looked back. "People enjoy the freedom that motorbikes provide," the club's national vice-president said.

RACQ technical and safety policy executive manager Steve Spalding said motorbike lovers were very loyal to their chosen brands.

"To some extent it really starts with those fond memories of having them when they were younger so they may return back to them later on in life," he said.

"It's very much a case that people become very loyal to brand or a style whether that be a Japanese bike or a Harley-Davidson."

There are 70,500 vehicles registered in Gladstone.

ON YOUR BIKE

  • Vehicle total - 70,500
  • MOTORCYCLES - 3719
  • HARLEY-DAVIDSON - 782
  • YAMAHA - 649
  • SUZUKI - 600
  • HONDA - 500
  • KAWASAKI - 354
  • MOPEDS - 303
  • BOLWELL - 80
  • PAGSTA - 55
  • HONDA - 42
  • SSANGYONG - 31
  • YAMAHA - 24
  • MOTORISED WHEELCHAIRS - 120
  • PRIDE - 25
  • SHOPRIDER - 18
  • INVALID CHAIR - 11
  • INVACARE - 7
  • CTM - 4

* These figures are the number of vehicles by model listed on the Qld registration database. They are not an indication of current vehicle sales.

Source: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.



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