The Basics of Quad Bike Riding for Young Learners (GUIDE)
Are you eager to discover how to ride a quad bike? If you're a young beginner between the ages of 5 and 15, who has recently been given one, it can be intimidating.
But with the right guidance, conquering your first journey doesn't have to feel so daunting.
In this article we will assist in choosing the ideal type of quad bike for you, finding proper tyres as well as teaching all that is needed in order to make sure your introduction into riding an ATV/quad bike becomes entertainment rather than anxiety!
Do You Need Initial Experience?
Even if you've never set out on a quad bike journey before, don't worry!
Getting the basics down is surprisingly straightforward - such as choosing the right clothing for your ride, and getting familiar with how it all works.
But to make sure your ride is safe and smooth, remember to seek out instruction from an experienced mentor or teacher who can help you learn the ins and outs of quad biking.
This shouldn't be too hard; there are many riding schools offering courses for beginner riders.
Also consider joining a local quad bike organisation for added safety and community support as you progress on your quad bike journey.
Choosing The Right Type Of Quad
Starting off on a quad bike journey? It can seem overwhelming with all the different types to choose from - tyres, petrol or electric, engine size, two or four-wheel drive, and even whether to buy new or used. But don't worry! It's totally achievable to find the right ride for you.
When it comes to tyres, you may find that some terrain requires specific types of tyre for optimal performance - such as ones with a strong grip for off-road conditions.
Petrol or electric
As for petrol or electric – petrol is usually more powerful but does require more maintenance whereas electric bikes are often more suited for beginner riders.
Engine size is another important factor to consider. A larger engine means more power but could also mean harder acceleration, so bear that in mind if you're a beginner.
Two or four-wheel drive
If you're looking for extra stability when riding over rough terrain, then opt for a four-wheel drive rather than two-wheel; although something to keep an eye out for is how much extra weight this will add onto your ride.
New or used
Finally, when it comes to used or new – well there are pros and cons to both options!
New models are likely to have better warranties and access to services within the dealer network should anything go wrong – but they tend to be pricier too.
Whereas if you go down the used route then repairs may be cheaper but check out the condition first as some wear and tear might mean your ride won't last as long as expected.
Selecting The Correct Tyres
Picking the right tyres for your ride can be a daunting task - especially if you're not sure what type of terrain you will encounter.
All-terrain or all-purpose tires are the most common and provide good all-around traction for general riding on multiple terrains without the extremes all year long.
When it comes to tyres, bear in mind that specific terrains may require different types – like high-tread ones for off-road conditions.
Manufacturers offer a range of options which vary depending on size, treads and load capacity – ensuring you have enough grip when riding over muddy patches and sand.
It's also important to remember that certain weather conditions may mean that your tyres need to be adapted accordingly, so keep an eye out for advice from experts in the field as well as tyre-specific manufacturers.
When it comes to motorcycle apparel, you want to make sure that you are wearing the correct clothing for your ride. Loose-fitting comfortable clothing and trainers are the best type of shoe - ensuring that air can flow freely between your body and the outer surface.
Besides comfort, safety is paramount and helmets & visors, scarves, sunglasses and other headgear will keep you well shielded from any flying debris.
It's important to remember that no shorts or t-shirts should be worn when riding - all skin must be covered in protective gear such as leather or sturdy fabrics.
Open-toed shoes, sandals and flip-flops should also be avoided when riding in order to ensure maximum protection for your feet.
Ultimately, bike apparel should provide a high level of comfort while offering optimal protection against potential hazards
How To Start A Quad
Starting a quad can be an intimidating task for the inexperienced rider, but it doesn't have to be!
Whether you're dealing with a petrol engine or electric motor, there are certain steps you need to take in order to get your quad up and running.
If it's petrol, then you'll need enough fuel, air, spark, and power in the battery. Ensure the petrol tap is in the upright position and that the ignition barrel is in the ON position.
Then all that's left is turning on the main switch and pressing down on the accelerator until you hear it start up.
For electric quads, you may need to make sure that the battery is charged and that the key switch mounted next to it is in the ON position.
Once everything is set up, just press down on either its throttle or switch button and you should be off!
Accelerating And Braking Techniques
When starting out on a quad, it's important to get the basics right. When it comes to accelerating and braking, the key is to do so slowly and gradually.
Start by getting a feel for the throttle and try not to accelerate too quickly – start off at a slow speed like 10-20 mph (16-32 km/h).
When braking, always apply both the front and rear brakes together in order to slow down smoothly.
Keep in mind that your braking power will be reduced if you have decomposed terrain like sand, gravel or dirt beneath your wheels. So if you need to brake suddenly, make sure you brake early just to be safe!
Posture is incredibly important when driving a quad. Sitting provides the lowest centre of gravity and most traction, so aim to sit in the centre of the bike with your weight forward for extra grip.
Make sure your feet are firmly on the footrests, with your toes pointing straight ahead. This will help you balance better and feel more in control when driving.
It's also best to keep both hands on the handlebars, making small but precise adjustments as needed.
You should also always remain aware of where you’re going and how fast you’re travelling to ensure maximum safety at all times.
Quad bike riding is a great way for young riders to explore the outdoors and learn how to safely operate powerful machines.
Although it can be intimidating to start, quad biking just requires some basic knowledge of engines and operating techniques.
Before you hit the trails, make sure you have the appropriate clothing and gear, such as helmets & visors, scarves, sunglasses and leather or sturdy fabrics for your body.
When riding, use slow acceleration and braking techniques as well as keep your posture low with both feet firmly planted on the footrests and hands on the handlebars.
With a little practice, you'll be sure to master this thrilling sport in no time!
Happy Quad Biking!
Image source: Jamie (from review)