Originally Posted by Ceri JC
I'm surprised by how many Quads were sold.
Yes, they had been growing by leaps and bounds, but still had the same general peak and decline that bikes have had in the last 7 or so years.
Snowmobiles were very popular here with annual sales topping 300,000 units (more than 20 years ago) Less snow, and new technology of the ATVs, have ushered in a new "farm vehicle" to get around in almost any conditions.
Snowmobile sales are (I think) less than 75,000 units.
Not nearly as good, fun or versitile in the snow, ATVs have stolen a lot of the snowmobiles sales because they do work in some (most) snow conditions and can continue to be used throughout the year.
The ATV category once very simple, has during its growth, become very fragmented. The newest segment, side by sides, are more like little jeeps or trucks & are where all the new growth has been in the ATV side of the market.....because boys will be boys and we wish to go fast this has spawned a new segmenst of side by sides that are basically dune buggies.
It is interesting.