Buying a Gas 50cc Four Wheeler ATV for Kids

Updated on August 30, 2019
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An avid fan of four-wheelers. I'd like to share my knowledge on dirt bikes and ATVs.

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A growing number of companies manufacture all-terrain vehicles intended specifically for kids. These ATVs are equipped with smaller motors and bigger brakes, as well as safety features.

Here we are going to look at exactly what you should consider when buying an ATV for your kid, particularly a 50cc.

We will discuss:

  • At what age your kid should start riding a 50cc ATV
  • Why a 50cc ATV is probably the best option for your kid
  • At what age you should upgrade
  • What child safety precautions you should take
  • How to operate the ATV safely
  • How to maintain it properly
  • What models you should consider
  • What you should look for when buying at ATV
  • The best place to get one
  • Ultimately, is getting one the right choice?

When Should Children Start Riding an ATV?

Six years old is the ideal age your kid should start riding an ATV. The smallest four- wheelers are normally intended for children age six years old and above.

If you plan to teach your kid to ride an ATV, it is highly advisable to start them out early on, but kids under six may not have the strength to handle a quad safely.

Many types of all-terrain vehicles are available for children. They are extremely light and powered by a battery or a 50cc gas engine. As you can see from the videos, they are generally quite slow.

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50cc All-Terrain Vehicles for Kids: An Overview

Once your kid has learned the basic skills required to drive an all-terrain vehicle, he or she must be prepared to move up to a 50cc ATV. A 50cc four-wheeler is small and light, normally without a suspension. It is also armed with a limiter to handle the maximum speed. It is vital to stay slow when your kid first rides an ATV. As he or she gets better and more confident, you can turn up the speed slowly.

A 50cc all-terrain vehicle may also have a security kill switch, linked to a harness which a grown-up can hold while strolling behind the all-terrain vehicle. If you want to immediately stop the vehicle, you can pull the harness and stop the engine.

A lot of people think that 50cc ATVs are too small for kids who are already skilled riders, even if they are under six years old. The reality though is that is not the case. Riding an all-terrain vehicle safely isn’t just about experience or skills; it is a matter of strength and size. You should keep your kid on 50cc all-terrain vehicles until he or she is both an expert rider and either six years old or the physical equivalent of an average six-year-old kid. A 50cc all-terrain vehicle with four gears can travel at more than 30 miles per hour, and a person needs physical power to manage an ATV at these speeds.

Recommended ATV Sizes by Age

When it comes to all-terrain vehicles, the perfect size for your child is going to depend his or her age, and on other factors including his or her weight.

Experts suggest that you allow your child to sit on the ATV you are planning to purchase and ask your child how he or she feels on it. Is your kid is at ease when sitting? Is he or she able to get to the handlebar without stretching out his or her arms? Is the all-terrain ATV user-friendly and easy to manage?

Below is a breakdown of the ideal ATV sizes by age. Remember that this is an imprecise estimate of the ideal size for a person the age of your kid.

For 6-Year-Olds to 10-Year-Olds: 50cc All-Terrain Vehicles

As the name suggests, these all-terrain vehicles come with an engine size of 50 cubic centimeters, the smallest size in most manufacturers' lineups. This size is best for kids aged six to ten.

Popular models of 50cc ATVs include the Polaris Outlaw 50, Kawasaki KFX 50, Can-Am DS 70, and Yamaha YFZ 50 (see the two videos below).

These four-wheelers are 25 to 35 inches tall, which is ideal for a six-year old kid. Almost all models of 50cc ATVs come with a throttle limiter that will enable the rider to set the highest speed limit, so he or she doesn’t go harder on the thumb throttle.

If you have a kid aged six to ten, then a 50cc ATV is the best size for her or him, if she or he is not too short or too tall.

For 10-Year-Olds to 16-Year-Olds: 90cc All-Terrain Vehicles

The next larger size after 50cc us the 90cc models, more powerful and a little bit bigger. These are ideal for ten to sixteen years old. Popular models are Can-Am DS90, Yamaha Raptor 90 as well as Honda TRX90X.

Like 50cc ATVs, 90cc ATVs come equipped with essential features such as rev limiters to reduce the speed to an appropriate level.

16 Years Plus to Adult: 250cc All-Terrain Vehicles

If you have a large sixteen-year-old kid, a 250cc ATV is the best choice. Smaller ATVS may be overtaxed as they aren't powerful enough to handle the weight of a person that size. Keep in mind that a lot of ATVs of over 250cc don’t come with a throttle limiter or rev limiter.

Safety Precautions When Your Child Rides an ATV

Even after you buy an all-terrain vehicle that meets the needs of your child, there are more factors you must consider for safety. All-terrain vehicles are not safe to use just as is, especially by children.

You need to get your kid safety gear: the most important stuff is a chest protector and a helmet. According to research, over 30 percent of lethal injuries involving ATV involve either the spinal cord or the head. Therefore, the helmet is very important, while the chest protector will shield your kid’s body in the event of a rollover.

You should look for an ATV with a throttle limiter, which restricts the top speed to a certain number of miles per hour. Many 50cc all-terrain vehicles have them. The device limits the ATV's power so it can be controlled and handled with ease.

Even if you use a throttle limiter, you must look after your child while he or she rides. Never allow your child to use the 50cc quad alone.

A low of parents have the mistaken idea that all-terrain vehicles are safe for children to use alone, and that this is a smart way to keep their kids busy while they are busy doing important stuff. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Helmets and Dress for Safety

It is highly advisable to use a face shield helmet for utmost protection. Make sure the helmet fits snugly and securely. The ANSI or American National Standards Institute Z90.1 label shows that a helmet meets the national test standard. In the forested country, if a helmet doesn't come with face protection, it should have eye protection demonstrating the ANSI Z78.1 label.

Look for a DoT (Department of Transportation) supported rating or SNELL rating on the helmet. Several low-quality helmets don’t have a rating of approval because they haven’t undergone tests by any of the accredited testing organizations.

When riding, your kid must wear over-the-ankle footgear with durable non-slip heels as well as soles. He or she must wear pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves.

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Operate Your Four-Wheeler Safely

Operators regardless of age must observe ATV operation rules, such as:

  • Make use of the reflectors, flags as well as lights, to boost the smaller all-terrain vehicle's visibility.
  • Do not show off, speed, or try to do aerobatics. Speed always enhances the risk of accident and injury as well as death.
  • Avoid carrying passengers. All-terrain vehicles come with a single seat for one rider.
  • Keep away from paved surfaces and public roads. ATV tires aren’t ideal for road travel. The continuous tread can grab the surface of the road, thus increasing the chances of losing control and rolling over.
  • Look for the safety decals on the vehicle and follow the recommendation of the manufacturer.

Mechanical Issues: Precautions and Maintenance

Hot Engine Components

The exhaust and muffler as well as other hot engine parts must be guarded while your child is using the ATV, to avoid burns. Dry trash close to hot exhaust components can increase the risk of fire.

Brakes

The 50cc ATV might have just a rear brake, or it may have both rear and front brakes with independent control. Your kids must be taught how to use the brake properly to lessen the danger of losing control because of sharp braking.

What Is the Best 50cc ATV for My Child?

Know the age range suggested by the vehicle's maker. Some manufacturers will increase the age range because of liability issues. Use common sense and consider your child's strength and height relative to his or her age, as well as her experience with a motorized vehicle.

You don’t want to put your five-year-old kid who doesn’t any have experience driving an ATV onto a 110cc model, just as you don't want to put your teen on an ATV that has a top speed of 10 miles per hour.

Even though your choice of ATVs is limited until a child reaches a certain age, young kids can enjoy ATVs. An ATV gives them a head start on other children who get into power sports. An ATV teaches self-belief, courage, and responsibility. Your kid will take a sense of possession of her or his new ATV.

Encourage Adventure

Dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles are used outdoors by kids and adults alike and have led to a range of sports such as motocross and BMX. Children find it easier to get into ATVing while young. Whereas dirt bikes tend to pose a challenge when one sets off, an all-terrain vehicle has characteristics like a small car, thus making it stress-free and exciting to ride.

The best thing about all-terrain vehicles is that children generally enjoy control and speed. You will never go wrong by purchasing one for your kids. Just be cautious as their friends will surely want to come over and try the ride themselves.

What Are the Things to Consider When Buying a 50cc ATV for Kids?

Below are the things you have to think about when choosing a 50cc ATV for your children. You better check this out!

Gas vs. Electric Powered ATVs

The best all-terrain vehicles today come in two major types, electric-powered and gad powered motor. For kids ages six to ten years old, I highly recommend purchasing an electrically powered unit due to security reasons. Electric-powered ATVs are user-friendly, easy to maintain, and in general, last up for to an hour of constant use. There is also no need to buy expensive fuel. Just wheel the unit into your garage and then plug it in once they run out of power.

If you decide to buy an ATV powered by gas, your kid has to learn to use the ATV with extra care and caution.

Top Speed Feature—How Fast Will a 50cc ATV Go?

An electric ATV, in general, will not go as fast as a gas-powered model. You must search for a device which meets the experience and skill of your kid.

If your child is only starting to learn how to use this four-wheel vehicle, look for a top speed of only ten to fifteen mile per hour maximum. Consider a unit whose top speed you can change as your kid gets older. Rather than purchasing two or three machines as your kids get older, you can boost the top speed. This saves you a considerable amount of money in the end.

Style

Some people don’t give the style of an all-terrain vehicle any consideration. But if you are going to spend a lot of money on an ATV you might as well choose something with amazing style and design. Children love a dirt bike which is patterned after fully grown-up ATVs, and even more when it has flashy vivid colors. ATVs with "power wheel" styles or themes from movie and TV franchises would be the smart choice for extremely young kids.

Safety Features

Here are some of the safety features you need to consider in a 50cc ATV for kids:

  • The quality of the tires. Well-threaded and all-terrain tires boost the performance of the ATV and are tougher.
  • High-speed lockout
  • Lights for use in dim light settings
  • Cushioned handlebars
  • Power brakes

Some ATVs for kids come equipped with a remote kill switch, so you can cut it off if your kid gets too wild.

A 50cc ATV for kids can have additional features like all-terrain storage space, which allows for stress-free transportation of snacks and drinks.

Where to Find a 50cc ATV For Sale

Once you have decided you want to pick up a 50cc four-wheeler, the next natural question might be where to shop for one.

Consider whether you are going to get a new one, a reconditioned one, or a second-hand one. For the latter two, you can head to places such as eBay and Craigslist and even the Facebook marketplace, but you do potentially risk something not being quite right with the machine you buy. If you want to stay on the side of caution, then go for a new one or at least a second-hand one that has been backed officially by the manufacturer.

Of course, there is the offline route as wel, though make sure research the seller as much as the actual ATV itself.

Should You Get a 50cc Four-Wheeler?

An all-terrain vehicle or ATV is one of the most common investments for leisure and recreation, not only in the US but all over the world. ATV riding is exciting for the entire family, and gets your kids outdoors as well as occupied. Riding trails, shorelines, or dunes gives hours of fun and entertainment.

Consider whether you and your kid are ready to use a four-wheel vehicle. If you are ready and you go ahead and buy it, remember, don’t leave your child unattended while she or he is running the unit. Tell him he can use the vehicle only when you’re around, at least until he becomes familiar with it and skilled enough to control it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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