How to Start Riding an ATV

Three Methods:Preparing To RideYour First RideEnding The Ride

An ATV is an excellent hobby, and a great way to bond with friends and family. Whether you ride for fun or sport, ATVs are a nice way to spend your free time.

Method 1
Preparing To Ride

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    Choose an ATV. Some brands include Polaris, Yamaha, and Honda.
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    Choose a size. ATVs come in all shapes and sizes, and size is often measured by engine's displacement.
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    Buy proper safety equipment. Get a helmet, goggles, boots, and gloves. Though expensive, you'll be happy you got them if you wipe out.
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    Take a safety course. These courses will teach you how to safely ride an ATV.

Method 2
Your First Ride

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    Start the ATV. The ATV starts either by a pull cord or by turning a key and pushing the starter button.
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    Disengage the parking brake. This is usually done by shifting from park to another gear, or depressing the rear brake.
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    Put the ATV in drive. An ATV with an automatic transmission is highly recommended. To put the ATV in gear, you'll usually be moving a lever forward.
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    Slowly press the throttle. This is done by pushing a thumb lever forward, or twisting the right hand grip.
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    Drive slowly along flat ground. Don't go over 20 mph (32 km/h).
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    Pick up speed. Once you feel confident start driving faster and along bumpier terrain.

Method 3
Ending The Ride

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    Start to drive up to a safe place to store your ATV to prevent damage or theft of your ATV.
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    Press the brakes to slow down. By pulling the brake levers on the handlebars and/or pressing the foot pedal.
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    Put the ATV in neutral when you come to a stop. This will prevent you from accidentally accelerating away as you dismount.
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    Dismount the ATV. This is easy, just swing your leg over the seat and step off.
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    Remove the key from the ignition. Pull the key out to prevent theft.
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    Set the parking brake. This is detailed in the owner's manual.

Tips

  • For most ATVs, you won't need to mix the fuels.
  • The first 10 hours should be used for break in if it's a new ATV.
  • Attending a training course can help ease fears and teach you to ride safely.
  • An ATV is a tough machine, so don't worry about wrecking it.
  • As a rule of thumb, don't buy an ATV for under $1000, they're not very durable.

Warnings

  • Do not attempt to race or take jumps your first time out.
  • Always read the owners manual.
  • Know your limits and your machine's limits.
  • Always wear a helmet when you ride. You can buy a specialised ATV helmet, otherwise a motorbike helmet is good enough. Most people who die in ATV crashes aren't wearing helmets.
  • Always read the warning stickers on the ATV.
  • Don't ride with passengers.

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Categories: All Terrain Vehicles and Quads