STUNNING: Chloe Walker of Carters Ridge is wooed by the Yamaha V Star 650 cc road bike at Gympie Motorcycles. It’s Yamaha’s highest selling bike of its type in Australia.
STUNNING: Chloe Walker of Carters Ridge is wooed by the Yamaha V Star 650 cc road bike at Gympie Motorcycles. It’s Yamaha’s highest selling bike of its type in Australia. Greg Miller

Gympie's love of motorbikes has a Japanese badge

MADE in Japan, loved in Gympie.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads data show the region is home to 2535 motorbikes and Japanese badges rule the road.

Yamaha is the most common brand, with 517 on our streets.

Honda sits at number two with 472, Suzuki has 373, iconic US manufacturer Harley-Davidson has 338 and there are 250 Kawasakis.

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 expensive 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.

"Once you are on the road, you can't think about much else.

"It's the best anti-depressant ever."

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 71,300 registered vehicles in the region.

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ON YOUR BIKE

Motorcycles

  • 2535

Yamaha

  • 517

Honda

  • 472

Suzuki

  • 373

Harley-Davidson

  • 338

Kawasaki

  • 250

Mopeds

  • 290

Yamaha

  • 77

Honda

  • 67

Taiwan Golden Bee

  • 34

Vmoto

  • 21

Bolwell

  • 15

Motorised wheelchairs

  • 508

Pride

  • 131

Shoprider

  • 85

Invacare

  • 45

CTM

  • 30

Invalid chair

  • 16

Vehicle total

  • 71,300