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The Best ATVs for Beginners

When you’ve never owned an , it can be hard to know what you need to look for in a four wheeler. There are so many classifications and features that it can quickly become overwhelming. Here at Family Powersports Lubbock, we aim to make your life easier. That’s why we created the following guide for beginners shopping for ATVs below. You can always visit our dealership to ask any questions and receive more tailored help. We proudly serve those in Lubbock, Lake Tanglewood, Plainview, and Seminole, Texas.

What Should I Look For?

You will want to find an ATV that suits your given riding ability. Since you’re a beginner rider, that means a four wheeler that is easy to control. Stick with models that are smaller and lighter, which are much easier to steer and navigate on those backwoods trailers. They’ll come with a less powerful engine and lower speed potential, which means less of a steep learning curve for you.

For adult beginner riders, you’ll likely not want anything more than a 250cc model. For youth beginner riders, you’ll want a youth-specific model with extra safety features to keep your child safe. These include throttle limiters and automatic transmissions, which also help make it easier to learn how to ride.

When it comes to the type of four wheeler, that depends on the style of riding you plan to do. Maybe you hope to ride the open trail for hours on end. Then you’ll want a touring ATV that provides comfortable seating. Maybe you plan on using your ATV as part of your hobby, such as hunting. Then you’ll want a utility ATV that provides plenty of storage for your gear and supplies. Maybe you are hoping to fulfill your need for speed. Then you’ll want a sport ATV that offers the power and speed potential to keep up with you.

What Brand Should I Consider?

You can’t go wrong with most ATV brands, especially the ones who have been on the market for several years and offer state-of-the-art technology and features. But one brand we see beginners flock to is Polaris®. They are one of the most popular powersports vehicle manufacturers and it’s because they deliver such quality machines! The Sportsman® is one of the most popular lines and there are models among it tailored to youth riders. The Polaris ACE® is another great choice. It’s a single-rider four wheeler that handles similar to a car, complete with a full roll-over protection structure.

What Gear Do I Need?

It’s not enough to have the right four wheeler – you also need the right gear! An ATV, after all, is an exposed vehicle. You’ll need protection from the elements, from the trail, and from a crash. First, you’ll need a helmet designed for high-impact extreme riding (such as a motocross helmet). You’ll need eye protection, either in the form of a helmet face mask or goggles. Wear sturdy boots with great tread and gloves with great grip to help you stay in control. Don’t forget full-length clothing to protect your skin!

We hope you found these tips helpful! If you want more advice, stop by Family Powersports Lubbock. Our friendly staff can answer questions and help guide you to the right model for your budget and intended riding style. We love helping people find their first ATV! Check out our wide range of four wheelers and even take your favorites out for a test drive. Don’t forget about our financing options to help you get your dream model home sooner. We proudly serve those in Lubbock, Lake Tanglewood, Plainview, and Seminole, Texas. Stop by today!

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