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Which ATV Should You Buy?

Which ATV Should You Buy?

Nov 2nd 2022

As anyone who has ever ridden an ATV could tell you, there are few things as exciting as learning how to ride. If you're in the market for a new ATV, there are a few things you should know. There's no one ATV that's best for everyone, so you'll have to do some research to determine what type and brand will best fit your needs. To do that, you can read on to find out about:

●The current state of the ATV market 

●The different types of ATVs

●The best ATV brands

●Good ATV options

ATVs aren't cheap, so invest wisely. Think of this article as a jumping-off point to the wide, wonderful world of off-roading, and investigate any potential model carefully before making your final decision.

The ATV Market 

ATVs offer a perfect mix of utility, versatility, and good old-fashioned fun. They haven't been around as long as motorcycles, but they've been growing in popularity every year. Around 230,000 new ATVs are sold each year, and in 2020, the North American ATV market was valued at around $5.69 billion. It's expected to reach 7.54 billion by 2026.

The rise in ATV demand can be attributed to multiple factors, including their utility to hunters, landowners, and outdoor enthusiasts. The United States is currently home to many of the top ATV manufacturers in the world, including Arctic Cat and Polaris. Along with the global leaders Honda and Yamaha, these US brands account for 90% of international sales.

You can also check on sites like Facebook and Craigslist to find used ATV options. Occasionally, dealerships will also have used options for a more cost-effective alternative to buying new.

The Types of ATVs

Before looking at specific brands, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with the different categories of ATVs. Each of them is designed for a slightly different intended use and type of rider.

Sports ATVs

Sports ATVs are lightweight, fast, and easy to maneuver. They're used primarily for competition and don't come with the creature comforts associated with other ATV types. A good sports ATV will feature a manual transmission and clutch, a simple swing-arm rear suspension, and narrow seats that make it easy for riders to make adjustments to their body weight.

If you want a light vehicle that you can take off-roading at maximum speeds, a sports ATV is probably for you. They're sleek, fast, and exhilarating to ride, but don't be surprised if your new quad doesn't make a good work vehicle.

Utility ATVs

Utility ATVs feature more advanced, versatile suspensions and hitches that allow them to pull trailers and haul heavy loads. They tend to be more comfortable to ride and typically come with automatic transmissions. Utility ATVs are heavier and more powerful than sport ATVs, but they're also a bit slower.

If you're looking for a practical option for hauling cargo around your farm, timber stand, or hunting land, a 4x4 utility ATV is probably your best bet. They're very flexible, and many models come with useful add-ons like storage outlets, power boxes, and removable headlights.

Sports-Utility ATVs

These days, you don't have to choose between power and speed. A good sports-utility ATV will offer both. It may not be able to tow the heaviest loads or perform amazing tricks at competitions, but a sports-utility ATV can do most of the work associated with utility quads and it will be great for off-roading and leisure riding.

Youth ATVs

As the name implies, youth ATVs are designed specifically for young riders. Their engines range in size from 50cc to almost 200cc, and these quads are generally smaller, lighter, and easier to handle. Youth ATVs are designed for fun and learning responsible ridership rather than for utility. If you plan to buy one for a child, make sure to discuss ATV safety and provide adult supervision.

Top ATV Brands of 2021

There are tons of ATV manufacturers out there, but not all of them have been around for long enough to develop reputations as leading brands. If you want a more reliable, common brand you'll be able to find parts and accessories for, check out:

Honda

Polaris

Yamaha

Can-Am

DRR (for youth riders)

Apex (for youth riders)

You may be able to find good machines made by lesser-known brands, but be cautious. Check reviews and, if possible, try to find a friend who's bought ATVs or other equipment from the manufacturer to ask about his or her experiences.

Good Options for ATVs 

Now that you have a general idea of what's available, let's move on to the fun part. Here are some good options for race ready ATVs.

Honda TRX250X

The Honda TRX250X is ideal for steep climbs and tough trails. It is the perfect option for beginners wanting to transition into more advanced riding thanks to its semi-automatic transmission. Its versatility also makes it great for more advanced riders wanting to extend into racing.

Yamaha YFZ 450R

The Yamaha YFZ 450R is a race ready ATV with a 449cc liquid cooled engine. You'll find this ATV is a popular choice among racers due to it's aggressive ride ability and sleek design that is race ready right off the showroom floor. Check out our team riders Ronnie Rusch and Cole Richardson on their YFZ 450's.

Can-Am Renegade 500/800R/800X/1000

The Can-am Renegade is simple to operate while delivering power and accessibility. This machine is ideal for mud and terrain, equipped with Fox shocks and a standard front bumper. Senge team rider Cody Collier's quad of choice is the Can-Am Renegade. 

DRR DRX 50/70/90

The DRR DRX is extremely popular for youth riders. They are built for safety with their low seat height and wide wheelbase. New models are available in 50cc or 90cc. The Ohio based company is family oriented and parts are readily available. You can find their story here.

It's Time to Get Riding

Whether you're completely new to ATV riding or you're an avid ATV aficionado looking to upgrade, there's no better time to start looking into options than now. Just make sure you do your research and buy from a reputable vendor, and look for the machine that will best suit your needs. If you choose wisely, you can expect to be out riding for years to come. We offer many graphics options for whatever bike you chose.