Choices to Make for Your First ATV

For whatever reason, the ATV bug has bitten you. You've seen them on television, or you have a couple. Day in and day out, in all sorts of weather and in each season, people are enjoying recreational ATV trail. On Caetla you can find more articles about ATVs.

But when you're new to this activity, where to begin? What needs consideration before making a significant purchase of an ATV? Do you need to have a driver's test or a safety program? Would you like the ATV for recreation or for work? Do you think about racing?

How much is this whole venture currently going to cost? 

The first thing you need to do is take down a trip to your ATV dealership. Will you be able to examine and try out various versions, but you can speak with the dealer for information also. Don't be intimidated about asking questions; salespeople are there to help – and also to make a sale. If you do not like the service at one dealership, take a look at another.

A good idea would be to try and rent a particular model before you buy it. Renting an ATV for a weekend is a smart thing to do if you plan on having a child as a passenger on your ATV. Many times, a child is going to want to try a hobby only to discover they do not like it on the first day. There are some adults like that also, so if you're unsure whether or not an ATV is for you, then do try renting one first for a test run before signing the papers to buy. 

There are two different types of ATVs on the market: Sport and usefulness. Some ATV models claim to be hybrids of the sport and the utility models. The utility ATV will have racks on the front and back of the car, while a sports model will have no racks. A hybrid model might have a rack. The sort of ATV best for a hunting, fishing, or camping trip would be a utility ATV. Those activities involve hauling lots of stuff in and out, and you will need front and rear racks. Sport ATVs are for trail riding or racing and will usually have more rates available, as well as colors for high visibility on the trails. 

The engine type is also another consideration. Two-stroke engines have a system where they lubricate themselves by burning fuel. There is a particular gas-to-oil ratio mix used in order for the vehicle to operate properly. A few models require that the oil reservoir be emptied every five or six tanks of gas. Noise is also a drawback, a by-product of higher RPMs.   Two-stroke motors are fading from popularity as technology improves, and more people lean towards the clean-burning engine. Four-stroke engines are quieter and are more fuel-efficient than their counterparts.

The automatic clutch is another feature that may cause some confusion. An automatic clutch requires putting the ATV into the appropriate gear when the engine hits on the corresponding RPM for that gear. A clutch doesn't imply an automatic transmission. Models with an automatic clutch will not have a foot peg for shifting; rather, it is a shifter for your left thumb on the handlebar. An ATV with transmission has its drawbacks as well, as to be able to have the machine engage the auto transmission, the driver must maintain a specific number of RPMs. This may be a problem when climbing steep, rugged terrain. 

Another question is whether you need two-wheel or four-wheel drive, otherwise known as "two by two" or "four by four." A driving vehicle has the wheels do the work and push the vehicle, whereas a drive employs all four wheels to provide grip. Four-wheel drives do cost more but are great for extra traction in hard terrain. Newer machines in the marketplace will allow for"on-the-fly" four-wheel drive, where the four-wheel drive is engaged as needed.

Finally, there is the choice of belt drive, or a drive shaft, chain. All three methods of the drive are good ones, but an enclosed drive shaft appears to make sense for a variety of types of terrain. With a chain or a belt-drive, there's always the risk of snapping out the string or the buckle while on the paths, and then you might have to do some emergency repairs. In the long run, the shaft drive will pay for itself with lower maintenance.