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Calls for crackdown on sale of ‘monkey bikes’

Neil Mitchell

There are calls for restrictions on the purchase and online sale of mini-motorbikes known as ‘monkey bikes’. 

It comes as Andrea Lehane’s husband told 3AW she has suffered irreversible brain damage after she was struck by youths on one of the small bikes at a Carrum Downs shopping centre.

3AW Mornings was contacted by a number of residents who say the bikes are terrorising their suburbs.

Peter Baulch from the Victorian Motorcycle Council said most of the bikes are cheap imports and often purchased online.

‘Most of them are cheap imports and are bought through non-conventional motorcycle channels,’ he said on 3AW Mornings.

‘So they are not bought through registered motorcycle dealers.

‘A lot of them can be bought on the internet and brought in in parts and you assemble them yourself, so there’s no quality control, no compliance with Australian design rules.’

He said they can be bought for anywhere between $100-$400.

‘They are not all that highly powered, but depending on how they are geared, they can be fairly quick,’ he said.

‘Speed is relevant to the situation you are in, in confined spaces relatively low speeds can be very dangerous.

‘Because they are not imported through regular channels, there are no importation figures, and no control over them.’

LISTEN: Victorian Motorcycle Council Vice Chairman Peter Boulch

Neil Mitchell