Learning how to ride a quad is like anything else, you can read about it, talk about it, but eventually the only way to actually practice your skills is to get out and get dirty with hands on experience. We strongly recommend taking an online course or better yet some on-site awareness or certification programs. We wanted to point some of the information that comes up when we search “How to Ride a Quad” on the internet. Take some time and make sure you kids are reading about safe riding techniques or at the least that they understand the difference between what is beginner information and advanced. Here are some examples of both. You will quickly notice that everyone has there own idea of what learning to ride means with their own personal touches and preference.
How To Ride a Sport Quad, the RIGHT way!
Ok, here are the 2 most important rules of sport quad riding. First, do not let people on big utility quads intimidate you. Often they buy those kinds of quads because they are too afraid to ride a fast quad, or are scared they will get stuck in the mud without 4WD. But many of them do not even know how to ride. With enough practice, you can do anything they can. Second, while riding a sport quad, you need to use BODY ENGLISH. This is when you lean and shift your weight while riding. It is important you do this, as not doing it can cause you to get stuck or flip over.
Make sure you’ve got both hands on the handlebars an two fingers on the clutch. Clutching is very important while on the harder portions of your ride. Now we get on to the real riding. First is rocks. Getting over rocks can be very hard, depending on your skill and quad. First, I’ll tell you how to get over a rocky section of trail or up a rocky hill climb.
The first part is that you need to stand up and put your hand on the clutch. Then, put it in first or second gear. Next, you need to look at the hill and find a path up. If someone went up before you, try to take the same path they did. If not, then you will need to find your own path. Try to scout out an area that looks not too hard, and if you are looking for challenge, not too easy. WARNING: IF YOU ARE ONLY A BEGINNER, DO NOT TRY TO GET UP EXTREMELY ROCKY TRAILS! There is almost always another trail around. After that, lean back and rev the quad up to around half of the power-band. When you get to the hill, start to take your path and try not to stray off it. If you see an area that will cause your wheel/wheels to dip down, do not go near it, you could flip. Proceed up the hill, gradually increasing throttle, but try to keep your speed the same. Do not spin your tires, and do not let anyone go behind you, do not follow anyone up. Keep going, and before you know it it you’re at the top. Make sure to use LOTS of body english.
Second, we’ll talk about rocky flat trails. These are basically flat trails with many rocks (not gravel) or rough cobblestone roads. For these, stay in second, third, or fourth gear, and go fast. Make sure you lean on the back fenders as much as possible, but do not let the front tires lift more than a few inches. Also, you need to have a quick reaction time for this. More speed now=less backaches later.
Tips For Taking Jumps And Sharp Turns On Your ATV
You may notice that some ATV riders can make certain obstacles and jumps look like child’s play while others make them look dangerous and impassable. Although superior equipment may be partially responsible, experience and familiarity with your quad is what separates the men from the boys. Riding time is the best way to get better, but there are a few techniques, like making you quad pivot around a corner or taking a jump, that can make riding a lot more fun.
If you want to take a corner quickly without losing much speed, depending on your ATV’s setup and capabilities, you may be able to conquer the turn by making your quad pivot around it. Although this technique works best with light, powerful sport quads, it can be used with utility ATV’s as well.
Copied with permission from: http://plrplr.com/68281/tips-for-taking-jumps-and-sharp-turns-on-your-atv/
For advance riders this can be helpful information to improve their rider skills and knowledge, but ADVANCED would be the key words for these articles. We need to be talking to our kids and giving them tools to learn the basics first and understand the risks. We don’t teach our kids to drive by reading and watching NASCAR or street racing then handing them the keys for the afternoon; so we should not let that happen with quads. Keep in mind that rollovers, hills and obstacles are the #1 cause of kids and adults being injured on quads.
See Ya in the Mudd!