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YAMAHA’S LAST ATV SHIPMENT TO AUSTRALIA WILL BE AUGUST 2021 — PREORDER NOW OR MISS OUT!

As you may know, from October 10th, 2021 new legislation regarding mandatory Operator Protection Devices (OPDs) to be fitted to all new ATVs has forced Yamaha Motor Australia to cease importing ATV’s into the country.

This is the situation we are in — Yamaha Motor Australia will not be able to supply units on demand so all ATVs must be forward ordered before the 31st of July 2021.

Independent studies have shown that OPDs are not an effective safety solution and are likely to cause as many injuries as they may prevent. In addition, there is no safety standard for OPDs. These are the main reasons that Yamaha engineers will not make the design changes that are proposed for the AUS market. This means the end of the line for Yamaha utility ATVs in Australia.

The decision to make the fitment of OPDs compulsory is disappointing. The ruling has forced us to withdraw utility ATVs from the Australian market because as a manufacturer we are not willing to gamble with our customers lives by bolting untested devices onto our specifically engineered and designed ATVs. Fortunately, our utility ATV customers can transition to our equally capable lineup of AG bikes and expanding SSV range.”

Yamaha Motor Australia Director Brad Ryan
Yamaha Grizzly ATV

After this date customers will not be able to purchase a new Yamaha utility ATV in Australia – but sport and youth models will continue to be available. This is because new sport and fun ATVs do not need to be fitted with OPDs. In addition, side-by-side vehicles (SSVs) are not affected by this ruling, so YMA will support our utility ATV dealers and ease the transition from ATV to AG bike and SSV business.

We understand this is a difficult situation and we would love to be able to order enough stock to cover everybody’s needs, but given that any ATV stock held at the October 10th, 2021 simply can’t be sold by law.

Final shipments are expected to sell out early so make sure your ATV doesn’t miss the boat! Click here to the ATV range.

Please call or email Luke and the Rocky Yamaha team to discuss your options. Please don’t leave until after the 31st of July because we simply won’t be able to help!

Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you to discuss your Utility ATV Needs.

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