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Why ATVs Come in so Many Different Sizes

Because How You Use it Really Depends on How Big it Is


Sizes of an ATV

Size Matters on an ATV. Letting a child drive a large ATV is not safe.

Matt Finley

ATVs come in all different sizes. From small electric quads for toddlers to large, fast ATVs for adults only.

Riding ATVs for recreation is definitely not new. In fact Suzuki introduced the first four wheeled ATV called the Quadrunner designed purely for recreation in the mid 1980’s, and Honda started selling a three wheeled cycle well before that.

Riding a Sport ATV Fast Means Body English

While ATVs are considerably safer and less prone to roll-overs and flip-overs than their earlier predecessor the three wheeled Honda ATC, they can still be dangerous. They require more interaction than simply steering and throttle/brake inputs like you would normally use in a car.

You have to use your body to lean, similar to the way you use your body to turn, stop and start a motorcycle. For that reason the size of the ATV you ride should be completely dependent on your own physical size, age, strength and riding ability.

Sport ATVs are very light and they MUST be physically ridden. They have 2 wheel drive with a lower center of gravity and accelerate very quickly to speeds of over 70 miles per hour.

Obviously, these kinds of speeds in bumpy, un-predictable off-road conditions with a vehicle that offers almost no external protection in the case of a crash can be a serious combination and care be must be taken.

Safety is Key on an ATV

As with anything we do, especially motorsports related, it is very important to have proper training AND experience before attempting to ride one of these highly technical machines. Safety gear is an absolute must no matter what size ATV you'll be riding, including a helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, long sleeve shirt and long pants, and a chest protector.

Something worthy of mentioning is about the seats on sport quads. They're big. No matter what size sport ATV you're on, the seat will look like it's made for two people, but they're not. Sport ATVs are specifically designed for a single rider.

The only reason that seat is so big is because you have to move around on the quad to control it properly. Similar to riding a motorcycle, you lean into turns and scoot forwards and backwards depending on conditions and traction needs.

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