New ATV targets tough terrain

30 May, 2013 02:00 AM
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CFMOTO has produced a new X5 Farm Spec ATV specifically designed for Australian conditions.

The X5 comes standard with front protection bars, side guards, rear guards, underbelly bash plate and winch.

CFMoto national sales manager Alan Collins said the Chinese-built X5 was a 500cc ATV that was the third biggest selling ATV on the Australian market so far this year.

“We understand that our market here is agricultural which is unique in the global picture where the markets are predominantly on-road or recreational,” he said.

“CFMoto ATVs have been on the market (in Australia) for two years. Last year we retailed just over 1500 ATVS – close to 7 percent of the national market. This year we are expecting to come close to doubling that which will put us towards the 3000-unit bracket.”

Mr Collins said CFMoto had also been prominent in the UTV market with its latest model the U8 800cc utility vehicle.

“It was out in February. It was the highest selling UTV in Australia in February, so it has had a decent start. It is around $14,000,” he said.

“It has independent front and rear suspension, tows about half a tonne, has selectable two-wheel/four-wheel drive and a carrying capacity close to 300 kilograms. It is a real workhorse.

“It is a two-seater. It has a hydraulic rear tipping tray. It is the top of the range. It is one of three 800s CFMoto has brought out in the past six months.”

Mr Collins said UTVs were rising in popularity and were ideal vehicles for farms.

“The UTV market is a growing market. It was up 36 percent last year and the ATV market was up 10pc for a number of reasons, not least of which is OH&S,” he said.

“UTVs tick every box. They have a roll cage, seats with seat belts. Safety-wise they are fantastic, but also their capabilities. There is not too much they can’t do.”

Mr Collins said the U8’s V­Twin four-stroke, four-valve liquid cooled engine providing 46kW of power built for extreme off road performance.

It features high and low range transmission with selectable two and four­wheeel drive.

It has shift-on-the-fly 4x4 traction and a differential lock switch.

Dual A­arm, independent rear suspension and adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers ensure precision handling and a minimum of vibrations.

The U8 has 280 millimetres of ground clearance and a 26-litre fuel tank, a large gas-assisted rear tray, a roof and windscreen and a 3000 pound winch and tow ball as standard.

"The U8 is a showpiece for what CFMoto stands for," Mr Collins said.

"This model has all the features a farmer could need, built to the highest of quality, backed by a strong two-year unlimited kilometre warranty and an extensive nationwide dealer network at an unbeatable price point."

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READER COMMENTS

mug
31/05/2013 7:09:05 AM

why isn't the roll bar mandatory?
silly
31/05/2013 11:58:23 AM

Because some people need to ride under trees!
Jen from the bush
2/06/2013 9:25:42 AM

I'd like a one with the wheel on the right side so I can spray with my dominant right hand so it has NOT everything a farmer wants. As most people are right handed, I think which ever company brings out one with the wheel on the right side will be the dominant seller in the market
Beefy
4/06/2013 4:28:30 PM

Good for hobby farmers, great for weekend warriors. Get a proper quad for the cattle job.
nugget
28/12/2014 9:50:25 AM

!00% happy with my x5 farm spec. Always used Hondas on our farm but decided to try one Cf moto due to price. It is value for money and very robust. Its way better than I expected only downfall is .... bit thirsty on the fuel and the gear selector is very stiff to shift...

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