90CC ATVs are fun! These all-terrain vehicles do much more than just take you from point A to point B. Rolling up and down hillsides, or traversing through sand dunes, these four-wheelers have got you covered. If you live in a place with lots of outdoor space and want to get around it fast, or if you are looking for an action-packed activity to enjoy with your kids, then a 90cc ATV might be for you.
WHAT IS A 90CC ATV?
An atv is an all-terrain vehicle, sometimes referred to as a four-wheeler. 90CC is an engine size designation. The 90cc engine is usually used by amateur ATV riders because of the cap on power and limited torque output made by the 90cc engine.
Science is awesome, so the gear and engine tech on ATVs has advanced dramatically. This science-driven increase in quality has resulted in a boom of ATV growth over the last half a century. The power and sophistication of these machines is leaps and bounds over what they used to be.
What's So Special About the 90CC?
The low power output of 90CC ATV engines and the lower speeds make it so younger riders have the opportunity to start out with a more appropriate speed machine and learn the basics of ATV riding without the considerable risk that is inherent with a full-size ATV. The demand for 90CC ATV's has grown as ATV racing has risen in popularity. Because of this, many brands make their ATV models with the 90CC engine size as an option.
WHO SHOULD USE A 90CC ATV?
Generally, rider age and experience are the main factor when deciding what size ATV you should buy. That being said, the 90CC ATV is perfect for riders ages 8-12, give or take a year depending on experience, weight, and need for speed of the rider. We suggest riders under the age of 8 start with smaller four-wheelers, something like a 50cc, before gearing up to the 90cc.
Could a 90cc ATV Be for Me?
Just because you're not between 8-12 doesn't mean you can't ride a 90CC ATV. If you have never ridden an ATV before, then it would be dangerous to start out with a 1000CC ATV. Like anything you wish to master, it makes the most sense as a beginner to start out using the gear best suited to a beginner.
A 90CC ATV is a good choice for any beginner that doesn't exceed the weight requirements of the specific ATV they are looking at. A good rule of thumb is that if you weigh under 120 LBS, then a 90CC ATV could be the right ATV for you.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT 90CC ATVS
There is a lot we can talk about when it comes to 90cc ATVs, so let's jump right in!
The 90CC ATV Rise to Power
Remember the 80's? ATV enthusiasts do, as this was the time many ATV makers realized there was an opportunity to manufacture an ATV that could be used to teach driving skills to younger riders. This was a pretty smart move because it created a market for their future buyers.
When the kids who learned to ride on the 90CC ATV got a little older, they were ready to buy a higher-priced and more powerful four-wheeler. In recent years, ATV riding and racing have seen a popularity surge as prices have become more competitive, with more overseas ATV makers entering the market.
Safety and the Dangers of ATV Riding
We would be remiss in our duties as purveyors of all things power sports if we did not talk about safety and the dangers that ATV riding poses.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
First, always wear a helmet. Helmets are important anytime you are moving fast or riding any outdoor vehicle. In many places in the world, it is mandatory to wear a helmet, and it is our view that everyone riding an ATV should wear a helmet no matter what.
Never operate an ATV, or any other vehicle, when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
KNOW WHERE TO ROLL
ATVs are not supposed to be driven on paved roads except where permitted by law. A collision with a sedan or pickup truck could be fatal.
RIDE AN ATV THAT MATCHES YOUR SKILL LEVEL
Don't ride an ATV that is above your skill level. Many people have the need for speed, but riding an ATV that is faster and more powerful than you are ready for is not a wise decision.
ATV'S ARE NOT TOYS
ATVs are fun, but they are not toys. Any children that are riding ATVs should be taught proper usage and monitored for safety while they are riding. Falling off of an ATV can result in injury, so always be careful and teach children to respect these machines.
ATVs have a pretty large range in price. No one likes to get ripped off or pay more than they have to, so before you buy whichever model ATV you think will be the right choice for you and your family, make sure to do your research.
There are many different brands of ATVs with various quality, and because the nature of the market is to fluctuate, prices can vary a lot. The median price for a brand new 90CC ATV is between $650-$1100, considering all ATV makers.
If you are a person who values the consistency and performance that comes with buying a product from a name brand like Kawasaki or Yamaha, then the price goes up some $2500-$2800. For those more worried about budget constraints, there are newer brands like Coolster who offer their 90CC ATVs at a much lower price point hovering around $430-$750.
Coolster and other budget-friendly ATV makers are able to keep their costs low by keeping their manufacturing costs lower. Also, like any budget brand, compared to the premium label there are fewer options and special features on their models.
Now that you have read this article, you should have a good basic understanding of what to know before you invest in a 90CC ATV. These machines are a lot of fun, and, when handled responsibly, they can produce a wonderful experience. Happy riding!
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