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I saw this article on Motosport and thought it was pretty good. Anyone add anything?
You might think hopping on-board an ATV and going for a spin is just as easy as taking your regular 4-wheel car for a ride around the block. After all, both have four wheels. How hard could it be?
In many respects, you're right. Some adventure riders choose quads over their two-wheeled counterparts of the dirt because there's less chance of crashing and it's easier to learn. ATVs also offer more manageability for younger riders to get acquainted with outdoor riding than a dirt bike.
However, beginner riders on ATVs tend to make the same mistakes that result in crashes, roll overs and injury that could be avoided with some instruction and know-how. If you're looking at a fun family outing by renting ATVs or want to get into the sport take advantage of the following points and avoid the same mistakes so many other first time ATV riders make that end their day early or before they barely get started.
1. Nerf Bars
Get Nerf bars. These are not soft cushy add-ons that are cousins to the football you use during backyard football games. In many respects, Nerf bars are gigantic foot pegs. Don't bother with traditional foot pegs because you'll constantly slip off and because of the "I feel safe factor" that comes with riding a quad you'll also have a tendency to let your feet drag when riding. That's a recipe for getting one or both of your feet caught in the back tire resulting in serious injury. Nerf bars allow you to stabilize your feet and get maximum control over the ATV
Rest your feet easy on Nerf bars
2. Rolling Over
Believe it or not, it's fairly easy to roll an ATV over. And you don't want to be on the bottom of that sandwich.
The most common way of ending underneath a quad is looping out. That's done by hitting the gas and having little to no experience with the power of an ATV. The front spikes up like an out of control stallion, throws you onto your back like a bucking bronco and then pins you like a UFC Champ.
The second way is when you're having a bit too much fun sliding around in mud or other slick conditions, the tires finally do what they're designed to do and grip the ground but the rest of the bike, with you on it, keeps going.
Finally, those who think they've found their bearings take aim for a steep slope and try to conquer it only to end up upside down or in their attempt to arch alongside said steep hill, tumble over the side.
3. False Sense of Security
This goes somewhat hand-in-hand with the roll over capability that many riders fail to appreciate therefore they also neglect wearing proper protective equipment. Don't think wearing jeans, t-shirt and sneakers is adequate protection when riding a 4-wheeled machine powered by a gas engine that doesn't have seatbelts. You need a helmet, goggles, gloves and riding boots at a minimum. Once you start ripping it on the track or trails add a chest protector, neck brace, knee brace, etc.
4. Throttle Control
Everybody wants to skip the kiddie stage and get right into hair-raising speed when it comes to riding ATVs. OK, most everybody. But for those who do so many put on the cloak of invincibility and think a quad is merely a mini car that finally enables them to release all sorts of pent up childhood inhibitions.
So they jab their thumb into the throttle with the expectation of a controlled roller coaster ride. Instead, they loop out and end up underneath the quad or manage to stay seated only to careen off course and introduce their 4x4 to a large tree. ATVs normally have a thumb throttle and most have an automatic clutch so the clutch is one less thing to worry about. So go slow and figure out how much "thumb" is too much and get used to the speed and power an ATV delivers before really going for a ride. Oh, one more thing, learn to take your thumb off the throttle!
It's not to hard to loop out on an ATV
5. Loading the ATV
Never, ever ride an ATV up a ramp into the back of a pick-up. If you want to know why just go to YouTube. If you want to know how to load an ATV check out this fine piece of quality information on How to Load a Motorcycle, Dirt Bike or ATV into a Truck.
The bottom line to riding an ATV the first time is treat it like you would anything that comes with a modicum of danger. Careless behavior endangers you and others but with common sense and a willingness to learn you'll enjoy of lifetime of riding quads.
For additional information on riding and/or maintaining ATVs see:
10 Quick Safety Tips for ATV Trail Riding Tips for New ATV Owners Choosing the Best ATV for Beginners 10 Things That Alter Your ATV Performance Written By: AndrewT
QUADCRAZY has been around over 10 years now and there a lot of members that have come and gone. We had a PM message going so I decided to start a topic. If I miss anyone, please post. Anyone can post, even if you are not an old member, but please keep to the theme of updating us on what you are doing now, what's new, where you are hanging these days, etc.
Some of the old timers: @SunLrider @CK1999_400ex @trailblazer_02 @hangingon @pete59edsel @fox300exchic @powermaddd400ex @Raptor8 @GREENIE @NEWACRIDER @atvredefined @lawny @jigolbeep @cheriah @Mudflap64 @pony @Lildaisygrl18 @Tagels @mikeexplorer @Lildaisygrl18 @Jonny450R @yokochrist @DeadAim @Bimmerdog @CRAZYKIWI @KnightHawk @Senator @mellowyellow @DJLime @Desert-Hawk @davefrombc @jeeptuff @kidatvs @kfx450r @hvy_chevy_one @Roody @rappy97 @Gunny @ALLYRATT @PolarisRich @Tim-ANC @jerod400ex @MIKEL5469 @swampcat07 @DirtDemon @quadmaniac @WillyPoP @marioweldinginc @BioWare @Sc0tt @wylde1 @nueymansiyami @oxidized_black @mywifeknowseverythin @BuckBilly @Ajmboy @Stoopidbot1 @DrtyGrlKristin @outlander560 @01 RAPPY 660 @joet82 @wheeler0801 @Sparrows @quadnut20
Sorry if I missed anyone. Looking forward to hearing how everyone is doing. 😎
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A New President! Now What?
Recreationists Must Unite and Mobilize
By Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador
Recreationists who enjoy the backcountry, waterways, off‐pavement trails and SUV exploring have a
huge new door of opportunity open to us – as well as a new challenge. The time has never been more
critical for us to unite and mobilize to enjoy this new door and meet this new challenge. No matter how
you wanted this election to turn out, we have to step up, work together, and mobilize our forces to help
this new administration understand our sports and access issues.
Inherent with new Presidents, rotating congress critters, and term limits, we will always be in the game
of educating new elected officials. It is our destiny if we are to survive.
I think there are a few steps we can take to ensure the future of our sports, no matter how you view this
change in American politics. And one thing is for sure: we can all be proud of the fact that it is America
and we can affect change by speaking up and working together. This is not the time to sit by and wait.
We must act and help the newly‐elected politician at all levels understand that we are the responsible
stewards of our public lands and that we deserve access. Here are my suggestions for “now what?”
Step one is to unite our various sports and access interests at every opportunity. Leadership meetings
and Summits, intra and inter‐state, will help us find new ways to cooperate. Differences must be put
aside and past intra‐sport conflicts must come to an end. We need an Army now, more than ever.
National groups like the BlueRibbon Coalition are an obvious membership for every recreationist in this
country because “mixed use” will be an important strategy for keeping trails and riding areas open.
Groups like the North American Motorized Recreation Council (NAMRC) and the new BlueRibbon
National Land Use Advisory Council (NLUAC) that facilitate regionalized communication will help us
breech gaps in communication and facilitate long‐term solutions to local and regional problems, as well
as national issues. But no matter who works for us, we all need to be united in our efforts.
Step two is to engage recreationists at all levels to join up and be part of organized recreation. There
are millions of us out there waiting for a reason to join up and get involved. This new Administration is
the reason. They need us to help them understand who we are and what we stand for.
A quick internet search shows that those who oppose our access outnumber us by well over a million
members and hundreds of millions of dollars. Just the numbers for a few key groups are shocking:
The Wilderness Society has over 300,000 members and supporters, with $60 million bucks in the
The Sierra Club with over 730,000 members and over a hundred million dollars in their kitty.
The National Audubon Society with net assets at the end of 2007 at over $300 million and tens
of thousands of members.
So why do we have so many off‐pavement and waterway recreationists who are not members of
something? The reality is that our state, regional and national organizations have not yet found the
magic formula to engage all these pending members. I think this election changes that. We all now
have reasons to jump in with both feet and to engage our friends and fellow recreationists to turn this
Article: New President; Now What?
door of opportunity into one we’ll never forget. We have to be the solution with our large
organizations and become the empowerment to get others to join the cause. Membership in our
standing organizations and clubs is absolutely critical to the survival of responsible recreation.
Step three is to adopt more of our public lands and engage with our state and federal land management
agencies. We have to partner up with land management agencies at every opportunity and find ways
for us to be involved in the use, management and future of those lands and waterways we love to play
on. We need to be at the table when decisions are made, problems are identified, and solutions are
We have to take “ownership” of our resources. Oh, excuse me, we do own America! Let’s not forget
that. When it comes to public lands, they are YOUR public lands. So we need to do everything we can
to ensure our lands are protected FOR the public instead of FROM the public. ☺
(That is the motto of the BlueRibbon Coalition).
BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands,
and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1200
organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. Call 1-800-
258-3742 and visit BRC online at BlueRibbon Coalition: Preserving your recreational access to public lands.. Also visit Del’s website at Land Use, Access and Rubicon Trail Home Page by Del Albright including Volunteer Training and Outdoor Photography.
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