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Old 02-28-2011, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need Help On First ATV

I have owned a motorcycle before, but never an ATV. I am buying one in the next few weeks, but I'd like to ask something first:

I am 6' 2" tall, and weigh about 240lbs. What is the smallest ATV I can buy to ride? I will eventually get something much bigger, but I am looking for something to get accustomed to before I do. At that time, I will pass it down to my son.

So, simply, what can I get away with buying? The Yamaha dealer told me nothing less than a 350 would do. Honda told me a 250 was plenty powerful. I was told by others that a 125 would also work.

I realize that bigger is better, but I want the smallest I can get away with getting right now.
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Welcome to the forums. Sport ATV or utility ATV?
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Oops, sorry! I am looking at a utility ATV, and it is primarily used for fun, no hauling.
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I'm assuming you're asking about Utility (like Recon or Rancher?) because you said 125. The only utility 125 they make is the Yamaha Grizzly and you'd look like Will Ferrell in the movie Elf if you try to go trailing on that thing!

You haven't said how old your son is, that will help with the decision too. I would say a Recon 250 will fit most people for 1st ATV. I know there are many who still have fun riding them years later. They are fun.

Also, are you buying new?
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The Recon 250 has enough power to pull you, but with your size, I would get something a little bigger. You might be a little cramped on the Recon 250. If you're looking to buy a new ATV, the 420 Rancher is the next biggest ATV in the Honda line and it would have more than enough power for you. There's a few more bigger models, but you're probably not interested in those, since you want the smallest you can get. I would stay away from the 125, it's way to small for you, in my opinion.

If you're buying used, there's a few more options, such as the Fourtrax 300 or the 450 Foreman.

I'm not sure about Yamaha, but I know they make a 350, 450, 550, and 700 Grizzly. You can get a 660 Grizzly used, but they don't make them anymore. The 350 would have plenty enough power for you.
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I will be buying new. My son is currently 10 years old, but he has ridden ATV's for a while now.
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I am also looking for the most dependable ATV for the money as well. Any suggestions on that?
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I will be buying new. My son is currently 10 years old, but he has ridden ATV's for a while now.
If you're looking for the smallest that you could get and that would have enough power for you and you're buying new, I would say the Recon 250 or 420 Rancher. The Recon 250 is really a great ATV, but my only concern is that you might be cramped up sitting on it. Go look at the Recon and sit on it and if it feels comfortable enough, that would probably be a great choice for you and your son. If it's uncomfortable for you, you may have to go to the 420 Rancher, but keep in mind, the 420 has quite a bit of power and may be a little too much for your son. You would have to be the judge of that, based on his riding abilities and such.

ADDED: After thinking about it, the 420 Rancher would probably be a little too much for a 10 year old.
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I am also looking for the most dependable ATV for the money as well. Any suggestions on that?
For dependability, I don't think you could beat the Recon 250 or the 420 Rancher. To be a small machine, I really like those Recons and I'm the type of person that prefers bigger quads.

One thing though, if you're looking for 4wd, that eliminates the Recon 250 because it only comes in 2wd.
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The price difference isn't that much for a jump between the Recon and the Rancher. (2WD). Where do you live? Southern Honda in Chatanooga, TN has some of the best prices because of their high volume discounts. (Southern Honda)

Also, you have to remember that your son has to be able to shift these things too unless you get the ES model. I think a 90 or 125 is great for a 10 year old. I think 250 is a little much, but that's just me. I know plenty of people who say otherwise. My 7 year old nephew rides a 350...his feet don't even touch...I think it's dangerous, but what do I know? He grew up on 4wheelers riding them since he was 3.
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