Farmers' demand for quad bikes has been "absolutely crazy", Border dealers say, because of both incoming safety regulations and the promise of a good season.
Albury businesses told The Border Mail the news some manufacturers would pull out of the Australian market rather than adapt to the new rules had led to more sales and orders ahead of the changes.
Blacklocks Motorcycles Lavington sales manager Aidan Robertson said his firm had sold more than 40 all-terrain vehicles in a month, about double the same time last year, and had taken up to 20 preorders.
"It's been absolutely crazy, most manufacturers have run out of stock two weeks ago," he said. "We don't have any ATVs left on the floor in Australia to be able to sell to the public."
He confirmed one buyer had purchased eight quad bikes for their properties.
"It's multiples; they'd probably get two units on a normal year, but this time around they're getting up to four units (per property).
"Across the board (they're) taking up the last hurrah or the last push to actually get four-wheelers on to their property."
Buzz's Bikes and Bits owner John Sutherland said more customers were seeking to buy quad bikes even though his own business stocked a manufacturer that was staying in Australia.
"We're like every other shop, we're out of stock," he said.
"One, because it's a good year and two, because that law's coming in."
Other dealers contacted also raised the end of the financial year and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supplies as factors in the increased demand.
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The safety standard announced by the federal government last October includes improved information for potential purchasers, enhanced quad bike stability and rollover protection to reduce injuries and deaths.
From October 2021, the fitting of operator protection devices on all new general use quad bikes will be mandatory.
Since this decision, Honda, Suzuki, Polaris and Yamaha have reportedly said they'd stop selling quad bikes in Australia.
Mr Jochinke said the new regulations aimed to reduce quad bike accidents, which caused 15 deaths and 650 hospitalisations a year, according to Safe Work Australia.
"More than 5000 Victorian farmers have participated in Victoria's quad bike rebate scheme, demonstrating their commitment to farm safety," he said.
"We may be a small portion of the international quad bike market, but we also understand that we are not the first country to mandate roll over protection and that we will not be the last."
Mr Robertson said the situation remained "a massive concern to a lot of farmers who have used ATVs for their whole entire life".
He said side by side vehicles were now attracting more interest while autumn rainfall also affected sales.
"When them heavens opened up, a lot of farmers opened back up to the possibility that they may start to have a few more bumper seasons coming up," he said.
"Obviously the knock-on effect of that is farmers and people with properties upgrading their machinery."