Riding ATVs the Right Way

By: Detro Canaro

There is a group of people that is growing larger everyday. This is the group of people that have, enjoy and promote all terrain vehicles. They can go by several names but each is hardly more than a different label. Some call these unique vehicles that have slowly gained popularity a quad, some a ATV, some a 4 wheeler still others a All Terrain Vehicle. Farming, hunting, cursing the beach or the woods they can do it all.

As with many types of new activities the younger age groups first accumulate to it. Because of the nature of this activity as a sport it also is possible better suited to the young because of the rough nature of sport riding.

The legal system has stepped in to a degree to try to limit the ages of young people by requesting that the manufacturers create guidelines for riders based on a matrix of age and engine size. Some manufacturers say a 70cc engine should only be ridden by a person 12 or older likewise they say that a 90cc engine ATV should be only ridden by a 16 year old. The issue with these guides is that they are suggestions and anyone can ignore them.

Until the legislature decides to step in and mandate age requirements it will be the rider who holds all the responsibility for the right fit of the ATV. Does if feel right, is it the right weight to control? How about the fit for the riders height? All these things are important to determine if a ATV and a rider go together.

From the very beginning there are some differences in All Terrain Vehicles that will ultimately determine their usefulness. Utility 4 wheelers portray a body style and structure that screams that it is made to work. Even the hefty feel of the ride feels powerful. The body is designed for specific tasks like hauling or pulling too. The frame, the tires, the torque and even the colors are chosen to create an identity associated with work.

After the utility 4 wheeler there is the sport market that appeals to a younger crowd and like any sport the sleek, swift appearance are paramount. The sport ATV is designed completely different and must withstand different forces like increased braking at higher speeds, faster acceleration and the pounding that riding for fun may entail. They generally are more minimal in design but have more exciting colors that exude fun.

Whatever 4 wheeler is right for you keep safety upper most in your mind at all times and remember to respect this powerful tool that is moving quickly and weighs a lot more than you do. Do your homework and find the one that fits you best and enjoy the advantages these great little vehicles have to offer.

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