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Tiger In the Swamp
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At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
So my daughter is 3.5 and I'm considering buying a Polaris 90 4 wheeler for her this Christmas instead of buying another $300 p.o.s. Power wheel. If governed down to the slowest it can go and wearing a helmet, do you see this as irresponsible? Or a safety hazard? I know it's heavier than a power wheel. Just looking for the boards opinion/ experience with this. Thanks for the help


bamarep
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
I used to be a sales rep in the atv industry. I bought my boys their first one at 4 but I'd probably put them in go karts on the first go around if I had it to do over again.

By all means, PLEASE never let her ride without a helmet. Also, don't go spend $2K on an ATV for her then $20 on some cheap arse helmet. Don't forget it's protecting her brain and price matters. I can't tell you the heart breaking Monday's I walked into dealerships across the South and they were torn up about a kid dying or getting severely injured on a product that had been bought in their store.

There is some absolute shite as far as atv's and go karts out there. Polaris actually bought a stake in one of the factories that I used to rep and do R and D work for. Start her on a Hammerhead kart. They are pretty good quality and she'll have a cage around her for protection. Once she's comfortable with the concept and principles of driving something that has the potential to hurt her and others then you can move her to an atv. Both come with a safety throttle limiter screw; USE IT!

Some of my best memories are with my boys riding atvs.

Feel free to ask any questions.
This post was edited on 11/19 at 7:10 pm


Chris4x4gill2
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
I bought a 70 for my son at 5. He had no issue controlling it. At 8 now and he has about outgrown it.


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lsufan112001
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
Good info


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Tigerhead
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
The Polaris website shows the youth Polaris Outlaw 50 to be rated for 6+ years old. Maybe because they don't think a kid can physically manage the machine any younger than that. Boys are usually a little bigger and stronger and may be able to handle it earlier.

I think you need to think about the "what ifs" in a situation like this. Nowadays, you put a 3.5 year old on a machine that the manufacturer says is for 6+ and she gets injured? I wouldn't be shocked to see an ER doc notify the authorities. Charge you with parental negligence or something.


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deathinthedelta
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
I think you about 2 Christmases too early for a 90 and a 3.5 year old. My older kids rode a 90 and will be passed down to my littlest who is 3.5 now. No way in hell would I let him operate it solo, helmet or governor not gonna keep him from getting hurt on something that big that he would struggle to control.


Tiger In the Swamp
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
Thanks for all of the replies. Looks like we'll be going with a john deere gator power wheel and save the real four wheeler for a little later down the road.


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257WBY
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
Kids need to run and jump. They’ve got all their life to drive something.


fishfighter
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
If you really want to put them on wheels, a go kart is best below the age of 7 and maybe 9. 4 wheelers are not to be used below the age of 16, so they claim. It all depends on the kid. Go karts are much safer for the young ones. My grandson has a very nice one that he has been having two years. He is 6 now. He has been driving it by himself all that time and rides along mom and pop. They do set the max speed on it.


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Snipes318
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
Probably depends on the kid. A buddy of mines kid rides a Outlander 800 by himself and he is 8. Been doing that for 2 years.


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lowhound
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re: At what age is it appropriate to buy a kid a real four wheeler?
Santa brought my kid a Razor 4-wheeler when he was 3. This isn't a run-of-the-mill powerwheel. It goes about 10-12mph, has disc brakes, and turns on a dime. Now, it took him a crash or two to figure out how to work the brakes or to not turn too fast or he'll flip it over, but at 3yo he handled it pretty well. He's almost 6 now and still drives the heck out of that thing. It's pretty powerful and will get through mud. His favorite thing to do is go full speed then slam on the brakes to make a skidmark. I would recommend something like this first, mainly because it's lighter and less powerful than a gas powered 90. I would also strongly recommend a helmet with face protection.

Image: https://assets.academy.com/mgen/08/20048408.jpg


Also, something else to consider is a small go-kart with a roll cage. A family member has one for their 7yo that's governed down. Alot more stable than a 4-wheeler and has seatbelts and roll cage. That's the biggest danger with atv's and small kids is rollover. Just be prepared for a permanent dirt track around your property if you get a go-kart.
This post was edited on 11/20 at 11:00 am


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