As an avid fan of four-wheelers, I'd like to share my knowledge on dirt bikes and ATVs.
Purchasing a New 70cc ATV
When it comes to shopping for a brand new 70cc ATV, there are a lot of different models to consider from a range of different brands.
ATVs this size are generally intended for kids around the ages of 6 to 10, but I would definitely recommend that you:
- check your four-wheeler manufacturer's recommended age guide)
- check for any local and state age limits for ATV riding.
Considering your child's age and experience on a four-wheeler, you might want to get a 50cc four-wheeler or even smaller for your kid.
70cc ATV Models Available
Unfortunately, you won't see many of the major brands such as Honda and Yamaha come out with a 70cc model, they tend to jump straight from 50cc to 110cc or something in that range. There are plenty of Chinese and custom lesser-known brands that offer a 70cc four-wheeler though, and we give you a couple below to start off your investigation.
A 70cc engine with a chain-type drive and an electric starter system that works from a 12v 5Qh battery. It's a great-looking vehicle too, so your kid will certainly feel they are looking the part
Apache Mini ATV
This is a great little model, and you will see that it is also available in a 110cc version. How fast can a 70cc ATV go? Apache offers a 7.1 HP and claims speeds of up to 20mph plus: this is pretty fast for a 70cc ATV. If your kids ride it, make sure they are appropriately wearing the correct safety gear and you are present. If you plan to buy it for an adult to ride, be sure and look up the maximum weight the vehicle can carry).
As the options for a 70cc ATV are limited, you will see a lot of non-branded models out there. Make sure you carry out extensive research into these and they are backed by a warranty. The advantage of these models is that they tend to be available at a very competitive price.
Of course, as with any vehicle you intend to buy, do your research beforehand. Read reviews, better still get first-hand experience and see if you are able to test a model offline before going ahead and buying. We recommend that you do your research both offline and online to find the best price. We will go into how to buy a 70cc four-wheeler a bit later.
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Maintenance and Safety
Make sure the rider, whether it is yourself or your kid, is fully safe and are abiding by the regulations specified in the ATV manual as well as state laws. They will generally recommend that you wear a helmet, use specified safety gear, and operate the vehicle in a sensible manner.
The manual will recommend maintenance checks—for instance, ensuring the tires still have satisfactory grip—as well as making sure the engine is still functioning well. I recommended carrying out some further research beyond the manual on how to keep a gas four-wheeler to a high standard.
The video below gives an excellent introduction as to what you should be doing on a regular basis to ensure the four-wheeler has a long life and is performing to a high-quality standard.
Used or New?
After you decide whether you are looking for a branded model like a Honda or are okay with an unknown Chinese brand, you have to decide whether you are going to buy a used 70cc ATV or get a brand new one. Consider how much use you will get out of the machine. There is going to be a time when the kid outgrows a 70cc and will be wanting something a bit more powerful. If they are already ten years old and you get a brand new 70cc, chances are it will get somewhat limited use. It might be better to go for the used non-branded model.
Where to Buy?
There are plenty of options out there when it comes to buying a 70cc ATV. However, we can break it down simply into online versus offline. I believe you should be pursuing both avenues.
First, carry out your research online: this will give you a quick idea of what you do and don't want in an ATV, and which models have the features you want. Then once you have narrowed down some select models, go see them in person, to get a good feel that 'online' simply can't give you. This will then allow you to hone in on a particular model.
Then you can start price hunting based on used models. You can visit ATV dealerships and say you are interested in XYZ model and want a good price, and then contrast the result with ATV sellers online as well as secondhand market places, specialized ATV forums, or even eBay and Craigslist. This will set you up to get a great deal overall.
When Is It Time to Upgrade?
There is inevitably going to be a time when you are going to want to trade in the 70cc ATV and get an upgrade. If it is for a kid, generally the age is going to be around 11, depending on their experience. They are probably going to be looking for a model that boasts around 110cc or 125cc.
Make sure you do your due diligence, though, and carry out the research into the next upgrade of models. As there is a big difference in riding experience between 50cc, 70cc, 90cc, and 110cc ATVs, I always recommend that you try them out in person—asking to go on a test run—before you go right ahead and buy them, as it is quite a bit of money to lay down.
Take into account the years of experience. If they have been driving 12V kids' ATVs since the age of 3, then chances are they will be comfortable with making the max upgrade as soon as possible. If it is their first time riding one, then it might be best to take it a bit slower.
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.
© 2019 Harry Sheen