"Made in Japan, loved on the Fraser Coast".
While waiting to see my doctor I was searching thru the magazines and newspapers that were piled on one of the little tables in the corner of her waiting room. I came across this article from the 'Fraser Coast Chronicle' in Hervey Bay, Australia.
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads data shows the region is home to 3,401 motorcycles and Japanese badges rule the road.
Honda is the most common brand, with 651 on our streets. Yamaha sits at number two with 609, Suzuki has 509, iconic US manufacturer Harley-Davidson has 480 and there are 348 Kawasaki's.
Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns said the experience of riding a motorcycle 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.
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.
My doctor from Australia, in case you were wondering why there was an Australian paper laying around.
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