When people first get interested in ATVs and ATV trailers, they often don’t realize how many differences there are between models and attributes. This can be quite a shock! To help you understand the lingo a little better, we’ve put together this quick primer.
- ATV stands for “all-terrain vehicle”. This may be a bit of a misnomer, as there are certainly some locations where ATVs are probably not suited to ride. Still, they can handle a lot of muddier environments that would make the heartiest truck blush with envy!
- ATVs come in 3-, 4- and 6-wheel models. The 4-week models are often referred to as “quads” or “four-wheelers”.
- Hunters in Canada and the United States were the first groups to really see ATVs for their utility purposes rather than purely for enjoyment.
- Numerous manufacturers have gotten into the ATV scene, including Honda, Suzuki, Polaris, Kymco, Kowasaki and John Deere.
- From 1987-1997, 3-wheel ATVs were banned because they were considered unstable. The ban has once again been proposed by representatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Like some car models, ATVs are created with both manual and automatic transmissions.
- Today, there are sporty “racing” ATVs that are designed just to be raced in competitions. They are not meant for their usefulness, but rather for their ability to win races.
- Because ATVs are built by so many companies and come in varying shapes and sizes, ATV trailers have been designed to accommodate these unique traits.
- Sales of ATVs have continued to grow around Canada because the off-road vehicles are kept at a moderate price point and provide so much enjoyment.