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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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My wife and I are thinking about getting my 14 year old an atv. He's not a big kid but I'm sure will be growing. Likes the mud but also the ability to trail ride. I'm thinking something around a 300 to 400 cc atv. Maybe a grizzly or rancher. Not looking to break the bank either. Let me know your opinion on a good starter quad.

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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-05-2015, 04:19 AM
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I'll bow to Mike on this one!

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My wife and I are thinking about getting my 14 year old an atv. He's not a big kid but I'm sure will be growing. Likes the mud but also the ability to trail ride. I'm thinking something around a 300 to 400 cc atv. Maybe a grizzly or rancher. Not looking to break the bank either. Let me know your opinion on a good starter quad.
I've ridden a 400 Suzuki Eiger for quite a while. Decent quad, not too big or too much HP. Belt driven so no shifting. Does ok in the mud if you got the right kinda shoes on her. Solid rear axle. My friend rides a 350 Honda Rancher with the electronic shift. Very reliable quad and about the same size. I would think neither of those would be too much for a 14yr old with proper supervision, and he can grow into them.

If you want to go a little smaller, the 250 Honda Recon is a good little quad, but I believe they are only 2wd.

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Here's a vid of a kid romping through the mud on a Recon. Looks like it handled it fairly well, and that was with the stock tires. Put a decent mud tire on the back and it'd probably perform better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf90bDeB-ec

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My wife and I are thinking about getting my 14 year old an atv. He's not a big kid but I'm sure will be growing. Likes the mud but also the ability to trail ride. I'm thinking something around a 300 to 400 cc atv. Maybe a grizzly or rancher. Not looking to break the bank either. Let me know your opinion on a good starter quad.
A 420 Honda Rancher would make a great Quad and he would never grow out of it.........

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Found a 300 Polaris Hawkeye for $1800. Awd. Looks clean. What do you think?

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Found a 300 Polaris Hawkeye for $1800. Awd. Looks clean. What do you think?
Way back when, I looked at those, and the size looks appropriate for what you're looking for. I think you'd be alright with that. I've no idea what they are worth. With used quads, it's all about condition.

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Found a 300 Polaris Hawkeye for $1800. Awd. Looks clean. What do you think?
What year is it.......

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suggest you just make one rule up front .... if after you buy a rig your Son fully understands that if he ever gets on that ride without a helmet you will sell it immediately no questions asked. and never deviate from that rule !

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suggest you just make one rule up front .... if after you buy a rig your Son fully understands that if he ever gets on that ride without a helmet you will sell it immediately no questions asked. and never deviate from that rule !
amen on that.......

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