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How did you get into Quads?

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It's amazing to me to see some of the new utility ATVs vs how there were in the early 90's. Fuel injection, dashboards and suspension alone have come a long way. I'm thinking my next machine should be some sort of SxS, but who knows. I do like the price point of the Textron ALTERRA VLX 700 at $6k, just don't know much about them. However the new grizzlys are pretty nice! 

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1988 the neighbor down the road bought a brand new Honda TRX250R... it was the most RADICAL bike any of us neighborhood kids had ever seen... it smoked the  A-Hole other neighbors Tri-Z...  After Chris took this little 6th grader for a ride, It was all over...

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When my parents died I bought their 5 acre home, outside of Mariposa CA. After 45 years of being a fashion designer in San Francisco, I was done. After seeing me struggle with the 1949 Allis Chalmers tractor my Dad left, my brothers showed up with a present , a used 2006 Outlander 800. That thing is a beast, it has handle every chore 5 drought stricken acres ( lost a LOT of mature trees) can throw at it. On the fun side; nothing compares to chasing a sierra thunderstorm up the side of a mountain. I recently flipped the quad on a severe slope, I managed to throw myself uphill, but my hand got mangle in the mirror, the quad had not a scratch on it and still runs like a dream. 

 

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I'm a bike guy I race motocross and ride single track. I'm 51 years old I might add. My wife was wanting to go with me since there's a bike trail and. Quad Orv trail that run parallel to each other. I bought her a 14 rancher she loved it. Then she got the bright idea of buying another quad. So we bought another rancher a 17 and I got a new 18 Honda crf450 bike. So now when I'm not racing or trail riding with the guys I take her riding. It's nice to ride with her and spend time on the trails with her.  Oh so now she found a mint 02 Honda 250ex. Yeah I bought it for her. I think she has a buying problem. She's up to 3 quads now.😳😂

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11 hours ago, Dravkracing said:

I'm a bike guy I race motocross and ride single track. I'm 51 years old I might add. My wife was wanting to go with me since there's a bike trail and. Quad Orv trail that run parallel to each other. I bought her a 14 rancher she loved it. Then she got the bright idea of buying another quad. So we bought another rancher a 17 and I got a new 18 Honda crf450 bike. So now when I'm not racing or trail riding with the guys I take her riding. It's nice to ride with her and spend time on the trails with her.  Oh so now she found a mint 02 Honda 250ex. Yeah I bought it for her. I think she has a buying problem. She's up to 3 quads now.😳😂

3 quads for the wifey sounds like "happy wife happy life"! That's pretty cool that you race motocross.

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To be honest, still i am away from quad bike but i wanted to purchase one. I will purchase one is the near future.

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Had to learn to drive stick and i figured it would be easier to start off getting the feel for the throttle and cycling through the gears on a TRX300 and then learning the clutch on the truck instead of doing it all at once. I was right. Never had an issue and picked it up quite smoothly (i think i got lucky and the old Chev i was learning on had a good/forgiving clutch).

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I loved them from the first time I saw one. But I was out of town working and i accidentally drank some motor oil from a old atv and got some kinda discease from it. every since then all I want to do is ride em, work on em, sit on em... pretty much do anything with em!!!!!

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Grew up on a farm, playing the way kids used to play... OUTSIDE with our IMAGINATION.  Older brother got in to dirt bikes, then there were mini bikes, then there were ATV's.  Still are, for the farm work (WONDERFUL!) and for the kids to have fun!

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Had to move out of the burbs due to Nazi HOA. Was able to buy a house with some land and had neighbors who had grown up riding quads on the land I bought. We went out and remade a ton of trails (~3-4 miles) on it and bought some used quads to ride. Been crazy into just local riding/working on the bikes ever since. (4 months now but totally awesome... wife calls it her happy place activity... to my dismay the other thing moved to the #2 spot...)

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25 years ago my boys got a Suzy 250 quad racer in rough shape. It had been sunk for days, frame bent etc. A lot of water clean up and a welder we got it going. Being a 2 stroke the engine work was minimal. We drove it until the piston blew a couple of years. Repaired the jug and piston, running great and it was stolen that night from our front yard. Never to be seen again. I've had ever since. Lots of fun and headaches. 

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About 34 years ago I jumped into cycle riding headfirst.  My 1st ride was a late 1970's Yamaha XS500 street bike.  My best street bike was a new leftover 1987 BMW K75T.  In that time frame a friend of mine bought a HONDA ATC 70 trike.  I rode it around his yard and of course ran over my leg, being used to 2 wheelers.  Within  a year or so I bought a Honda ATC 200S three wheeler.  I still love that trike to this day (it brought me to the sport).  Next was a 1986 Honda ATC 350X.  OMG what a HOT FAST Trike!!!  My third trike was a 1985 Honda ATC 200X.  My fourth trike is a 1985 Honda ATC250SX which will be buried or cremated with me (still runs GREAT).  Through those years I got to ride other peoples machines.  I rode a Yamaha Warrior, an early Honda TRX250 and others and enjoyed it.  I like the quads, but LOVE the three wheelers!  I wish the manufacturers would make modern three wheelers, they would be AMaZinG!  So because my woman is an amateur I recently purchased a Honda Recon.  I love the addition to my garage!  I rode her the day after purchase.  FUN!!!  Quads are great fun!

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1984 I went to buy a 250 Suzuki quad,dealer was out so i ended up saving a few bucks on a 185 Quadrunner.. Road the crap out of it,been put through hell. Darn thing keeps running and still have it and it runs.But its parked now i have a 99 sportsman .

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I started out on dirtbikes as a kid and had a blast on two wheels. Last year I had an high school automotive class I was teaching and keeping my eyes open for simple projects for my students. Found a honda rancher on Craigslist that had been rolled and appeared to be seized. $250 and I couldn't pass it up. Plastics were crap and handlebars bent, meter cracked but lights still worked. No battery just the pull start. Turned out the the piston wrist pin clip jammed under the wrist pin prevent it from being able to rock back and forth with the connecting rod movement. Drilled the piston off and hammered out the pin. $80 on a new piston and the thing fired up second pull! Eventually got different plastics and repaired a few other cosmetics bits and its been running great since (with a few aluminum piston bits inside lol). Same spark plug and head (just dingle balled it a bit).

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