How To Ride An ATV – The Complete Guide
As a big offroading fan and enthusiast with more than 13 years riding ATVs, I think I know a thing or two about riding quads. I discovered 4-Wheelers back in 2005 because one of my family’s neighbors let me use it for a while. I eventually bought my own quad and the rest is history. I learned to ride quickly and over the years my riding technique has improved a lot. I started racing on dirtbiking trails and offroading when possible too! so in the journey, I learned a lot of small little tricks and tips that made me a better rider. I was thinking of making a tips and tricks page, but I instead decided to make a complete ATV riding guide today. if you apply the information that you see here, then you will improve quickly. please enjoy.
1. Prepare Yourself (Water, Equipment, Gas)
If you are going to ride an ATV, you need to be prepared. It doesn’t matter if you are going to ride the quad in a motocross trail, in an offroading situation, or even in the street. failing to prepare properly for whatever terrain you are going to ride on will most likely ruin your time riding. and when I mean to prepare, I mean several things, including getting the correct quad for your needs, the proper supplies and equipment, knowing where to ride etc…
When it comes to supplies and equipment, I’m talking about carrying around a backpack of things like water, food, insect repellant, a cellphone, or anything that you think might be useful if you are going to go riding on a trail or in a track. if you are going offroading, it’s also super important that you get a winch, which is a device that you clip to your quad when it is stuck on the mud or it has no traction. you simply attach it to the chassis of your quad, press a button and the winch will pull the quad out of the mud or sand. there’s obviously no need to be carrying it if you are just going to be riding casually at home, but if you are going to the trail, then it’s a must-have.
The next part talks about the very first step to learning how to ride a quad: getting an ATV that fits your needs. if you already have a quad you can skip the next part, but if you still haven’t made a decision on what quad you should be buying, if it should be a manual or an automatic, a used model or a brand new one from the local dealership, then read on.
Different Types Of Quads: Sport, Sport Utility, Utility, and Offroading.
Just like there are different classes of cars depending on your needs or budget, there are also different type of quads that are designed to be used in a certain way or in a certain type of terrain. there are 3 major types of quads currently available on the market today: Sport, Utility, and Offroading quads. there’s also a fourth type available with is a Sports Utility quad which is a mix of both sport and utility quads. now, please keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that if you have let’s say, a sports quad you cannot go offroading with it or you cannot ride in an MC track if you have a utility ATV. those categories simply mean that your quad is most fit to do a particular type of activity or it is suited for a particular type of terrain.
There are a few things to think about when trying to find the ideal ATV type. to help you in that process, I made a series of questions that you should ask yourself so that you can find what’s best for you. the questions are:
- What is my budget? (Utility quads are a bit more expensive than sport and offroading models)
- What are you going to do with the quad? (What terrain are you going to be riding on? do you prefer riding on a Motocross track with it? are you going to be using the quad for utility and work purposes) etcetera.
- Which ATV size is appropriate for my body?
- Do I need a 4WD or a 2WD?
- Am I going to be riding with more people on the quad?
Anyways, below I talk about the different types of ATVs in more detail.
The sports quad is manufactured primarily for speedy and sporty riding. a common sight in motocross tracks, these quads are pretty small and they have small but peppy engines that accelerate quite well. these quads are generally the loudest of the bunch and their suspensions can be quite unforgiving which is something keep in mind. other things to mention is that these quads are the best handling of the bunch which makes them ideal for driving fast on corners. these quads are the lightest of the bunch which helps with the maneuverability of the machine.
The sports quad is ideal for those folks that have some experience with riding ATVs and they want something a little bit more exciting than the usual fare. it’s really easy to slide or drift these quads so if you are looking for that, this is the type of quad you should be getting. another reason to get this type of quad is if you have a smaller body frame, or riding and handling a utility quad is something that you are having trouble with. utility and offroading quads can be quite heavier than this and so many people don’t like them and ditch them for these models. if this is your case, then do not look back and try to get a sports quad. the last reason to get this quad is that they can be quite cheaper than both utility and offroading quads. I’m honestly not sure why this is the case (maybe it’s because most sports quads are smaller than utility and offroading quads)
The main pro about utility quad is their versatility. you can see these bad boys as kind of a jack-of-all-trades. these are not as fast as sports quads, they do not have the capability of an offroading quad, and obviously, they won’t have the utility of a UTV. utility ATVs are typically used for several things like farm work, snow plowing, towing, and even hunting. they typically have a boxier appearance and more space than sports quads, so riding comfortably with more than 1 person is definitely possible. don’t let the word utility fool you. these quads usually have a lot of torque and okay handling and performance, and they can be ridden on many trails too.
This quad type is, in my opinion, the second best choice for a beginner. this is because utility ATVs are good at everything. want to rip through a trail? a-ok. want to ride with your son on the back casually? go ahead. spirited riding on a track? no problem. let’s not forget these quads are made for utilitarian purposes, so if you are looking for something to provide assistance for snow plowing or hunting, look no further than these. the only downside about utility models is that they are generally a little bit more expensive than normal sports or offroading quads. this is because the average buyer of these quads is generally a farmer or somebody who is required to have these types of machines to complete their job.
A combination of both sports and utility quad. everything that I said about both sport and utility quads apply here. they aren’t as fast or nimble as sports quads but they aren’t as useful, comfortable, or utilitarian as utility quads. this is also a great choice for newbies that are looking to do multiple things with their ATV. their qualities as a jack of all trades make them the best bet for somebody just getting into quads.
If you need a quad to climb rocks, rip through trails and travel in rough terrain, then you should look into offroading ATVs. while all quads have some offroading ability, these quads are very best when it comes to it. typically featured more road clearance than other quads and almost always featuring 4WD, these quads will go to places that other quads would easily get stuck on. these are the true all-terrain vehicles in my opinion. a locking center diff is generally optional on many of these quads but I would strongly recommend it if you are interested in riding on more challenging trails.
I would recommend that you choose this type of quad only if you are seriously interested in offroading and riding trails, because other than that the quad is quite limited in it’s capabilities. the extra ground clearance but be useful when trying to go over rocks but it’s something that might affect the stability of your ride on normal terrain. there are a few quads of these that allow the user to adjust the suspension to their liking but those aren’t very common.
Well, these aren’t even quads but I’m still going to include them on the list. UTVs, or utility task vehicles, are big 2 or 4 seaters primarily used for utility purposes. consider these the utility quads bigger brother. they are bigger, they have more cargo room, most of them have a steering wheel, and they much more expensive than ATVs. not all of these are used for utility purposes though. there are a lot of sport side-by-sides on the market and while I have never ridden on one of those, they are probably super fun.
UTVs are ideal for family fun or for serious farm or utility work in general. these babies cost quite a penny though so be ready to splurge if you are looking for one of these.
What Engine Size Are You Looking For?
After you decide on which quad type you want, then it’s time to choose the engine size of the ATV. the engine displacement of the quad refers to the cubic centimeters of all the cylinders in the quad. in other words, that is the size of the inside of the cylinder. and generally, a higher cc means a more powerful engine. and there are several options available in the market, from 90cc quads made for kids to 800cc speed demons. anyways, here’s a more detailed profile of the several engine size classes:
- Under 150cc: Anything under 150cc is not ideal for adults. this is more reserved for kids, younger teenagers, or maybe even petite women if their frame allows. these quads have underpowered engines and speed limiters so that kids do not go crazy on them.
- 150cc-300cc: This cc range is perfect for teenagers, and people that are just getting into the hobby. an engine in this range is pretty peppy, but definitely not fast and that is completely fine. kind of an entry-level offering from most brands.
- 300cc-450cc: Considered the “standard” cc, quads in this range are the most common. this cc class is ideal for full-size adults that are looking for light trail riding or learning to ride on a track.
- 450cc-700cc: These quads are very fast. not for everybody, these engines pack quite a punch and many people do not really expect this on their first ride. ideal for experienced ATV riders and heavy plowing or towing.
- 700cc and up: The fastest, most powerful quads you can buy. ideal for aggressive trail and track riding, or heavy plowing or towing.
2. How To Start Up The Quad
So you have your helmet, you filled up the gas tank, and have (if offroading) your winch with you? then you are ready to start! it’s now time to start the quad.
Depending on the quad that you have, you either are going to turn the quad with pull start or with key or button start. to turn on a pull start ATV, you need to have the quad in neutral. if the quad is in any other gear, then it’s not going to start. to put the quad in neutral you need to check where the gear lever is. it’s usually in the lower left side of the quad. if you sit in the quad, you will realize that the lever is really close to your feet. you are going to push that lever down until you hear a sound, usually a “clang”. this means that the quad is in neutral now. there are a few other quads that actually require you to pull it up instead of down, so check the manual of your quad if you are confused. another way to know if the quad is in neutral is to just push the ATV. if you can move it more than a foot without resistance, then it’s in neutral.
It’s important to have the quad in a level location with no inclination because if there’s even a slight tilt in the ground and the quad is in neutral, the ATV is going to start moving. Some ATVs have an engine switch. this means that as long as the switch is off, then the quad won’t start no matter how many times you pull. make sure that the switch is on before trying to start it.
After the quad is in neutral, you can do the initial pull. approach the quad and avoid making the first pull while seated. you are going to grab the handle with your dominant hand and you are going to pull firmly. as long as there’s some gas in the gas tank, the quad should rumble to life. now, sometimes the quad turns on and then it quickly turns back off. if this is the case, try a few more times. if you still can’t turn the quad after pulling several tries, check the gas levels. if you checked that the quad has some gas and it still won’t start, either there might be a battery issue or maybe even a mechanical issue going on. the last thing to do is just look for the carburetor choke if it’s an older model. the exact place that the choke is varies between quads, but it’s usually under the quad itself in the left side. if you are having difficulty finding it, checking the quads owners manual might be warranted. anyways, you are going to pull the choke down before you start riding to make sure that the quad is not handicapped.
That is what you need to do to pull start an ATV. however, most quads these days are made with engine start buttons. there are several different ways manufacturers are making their quads start. for example, in my 2013 Raptor, you just put the parking brake on, turn the main switch “ON” and the running switch to “RUN”, then you put the tranny into neutral and you just push the start switch. and it’s pretty similar for most modern quads, but there might be an extra step or 2 in the process.
3. How To Shift Gears And Use The Clutch
If you have a manual quad then you are going to familiarize yourself with something called a clutch. that is the lever that is located in the left grip of the quad and it is the connection between the engine and the transmission. learning how to use it properly is the key to actually learning how to ride an ATV.
To operate the clutch, you are going to turn on the quad, and put it in first gear. now unlike cars, there is obviously no stick to change gears. the way to change gears in a quad is by using a lever near your left foot. after the quad is turned on and in neutral, you are going to engage the clutch, which is done by pulling the lever and then press the shift lever down. you should hear a click and that means that the quad is in first gear. after you do that, you CANNOT let go of the clutch when the quad is stationary, or else it’s going to “stall”.
Anyways, to start moving, you are going to slowly press the throttle and at the same time you are going to gradually depress the clutch. if you do it slowly enough, you are probably going to start moving. after that you need to “ride” the clutch for a few seconds, that means that you are going to keep the clutch partially engaged for 2 or 3 seconds to make sure that the quad won’t stall. after those seconds pass by, you can depress the clutch. you should be now moving forward. if you want to stop, remember that you ALWAYS need to have the clutch engaged when stationary or else it’s going to stall!
After the quad is moving, upshifting is your next step. if you have driven a manual transmission car before, you probably are going to learn this real fast because it’s pretty much the same process. when the RPMs are high ( you either see it in the quad screen or notice because of the sound of the engine) you are going to engage the clutch again, press the shift lever up, and then depress the clutch. the engine sound should lower considerably, which means you successfully upshifted.
4. The Proper Way To Accelerate
One of the most important parts of riding an ATV deals with how to accelerate properly, especially when you are in a woody trail with lots of bumps. while proper throttle control something that is going to take some practice to get it right, there are a few tips that can help you do it the right way. many newer riders hit the throttle way too hard and then an accident happens or they are way too uneven or jerky with the power delivery, which can bring you all sorts of problems like premature brake wear or unnecessary fuel use. you might even do a wheelie by mistake and get thrown off the quad or maybe even throw rocks at people behind you if you hit the throttle way too hard.
The first thing that you must do is familiarize yourself with the power delivery of your quad. most quads use the lever in the lower part of the right grip to move forward. Press the lever very slowly when riding for the first time, as soft as possible. try to just get used to slowly moving it forward, without turning too much, just like when you were first learning to ride a car.
After a while of just slowly moving forward, you can go ahead and start turning slowly. modulate the throttle in the corners too and avoid cornering sharply. generally, when you are going in a corner, you can apply a bit more throttle because the quad has less traction. this is especially true in 2WD models. just make sure to avoid going overboard in the corners. as you keep riding, you are going to get a feel for the throttle, and then you can start increasing the speed as you feel comfortable.
Other things to keep in mind when accelerating:
- Make sure that the throttle lever is working properly. when you push it and you let it go, you should hear a snap and also it should return to the same spot that it used to be before pushing it. there should be little resistance, and it definitely shouldn’t squeak or make weird noises. also, if you accelerate and the quads power is cut off even though you are pushing the throttle, then that means that the inner workings of the throttle system might be defective or broken, which might warrant a visit to your local ATV mechanic to see whats exactly going on.
- 4WD quads are going to accelerate in a more violent way than 2WD models. this is because 4WD quads have superior traction and thus these models will gain speed at a much faster rate. so be careful with the throttle on these models, because they have a more dramatic “pull” than 2WD models, especially when you floor it.
- When first accelerating on a quad, it’s important to make sure that you are on flat land. I would avoid learning how to ride on bumpy terrain or in a trail.
5. Riding Position
This is a very overlooked part of riding. many people complain of back, shoulder and neck pain and one of the reasons why is because they simply do not know how to sit in their ATV. I personally used to suffer from a lot of stress in my arms and shoulders because of the way that I was riding. so I had to learn a different way of sitting and riding on the ATV to avoid stressing my body further. here are some recommendations:
- Sit a bit farther back:
most newbies try to ride closer to the front side of the quad when they first start. this is probably so that they have to move their less when cornering. and sure, you might reduce the tension in your arms but not only you are going to affect the quads weight distribution, but you might also hurt your back by sitting that way. being too forward means that there will be an unnatural arch of your lower back, which might lead to problems along the way, especially if you brake or corner suddenly.
- Avoid standing up for now:
standing up can be counterproductive for the new rider. this is because you are riding in a machine that has some ground clearance and some bounce, which could mean trouble if you hit even a small bump. I would recommend staying seated when you are learning and especially if you are going to corner. staying seated also has the added benefit of reducing drag. this means you will ride faster.
- If going fast, duck your head a bit.
you have probably seen it in motocross races. when riders are going in a straight line, they duck their heads. and no they are not doing it to avoid being hit by something but to reduce drag. lowering your head when accelerating on a straight line will surprisingly give you a small speed boost, especially if you are a wide-bodied person. this is something that applies only if you are using a quad for trail riding.
6. How To Corner Effectively
Everyone loves to precisely corner at high speeds while throwing dirt everywhere, but it’s not that easy. frankly, it can be dangerous! but don’t get scared. as long as you are trying to corner in a slowish way the first few weeks of riding, then there’s shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever!
Quad are 4 wheeled vehicles with improved balance when compared to a dirtbike, but even if you might feel a bit safer and more balanced in an ATV, you still need to move your body depending on where you are going to corner! this will help you corner in a sharper way.
When you are going slow and want to corner let’s say to the left, you lean your body moderately to the left and you turn the handlebars to that direction. do it slow the first few times. if you have ridden on dirtbikes or normal bicycles before, then it might be real easy for you. you can apply the throttle again when you exit the corner.
Then over time, you will be able to do it faster and faster. it might take a while to lose the fear of attacking a corner with some speed but the more you do it the easier it will be.
If you attack the corner too fast, then you might lose balance and the quad might tip in two wheels. if this happens, apply the brakes softly but firmly, tilt your body to the wheels that are in the air, and reduce the throttle. the quad will eventually go down.
I recommend that you practice with some props like traffic cones and the like. what I like to do is to put several cones in a straight line with some space in the middle and I just pass between the spaces with some speed. I used to have somebody time me to see how fast I did it. and the more I did that drill, the better my handling and cornering became!
7. How To Brake Properly
Slowing down properly is something that is more dependent on your ATV experience than anything else. in other words, you are going to have to get a feel for the brakes! and the best way to do that is to ride as much as possible, in different types of environments. there are usually 2 types of brakes in a modern quad, the normal brakes and the e brake. depending on what you have, the brakes might be really grabby or not so much. try to brake as slowly and consistently as possible, or else you might lose balance or even have an accident! you use the normal brakes for the usual braking, but if you feel like you are losing control then the emergency brake is there for you.
8. How To Learn Stunts
This is for more advanced riders only! the stunt that I have the most experience with is the wheelie. depending on the quad weight, and the strength of your arms, doing a wheelie can be quite easy. simply apply the throttle while you pull the handlebars up. if you do it with enough force then you should be able to lift the quad up. I recommend that you lower the pressure of your tires because that will help you get some bounce and make the wheelie much easier.
Another stunt that you could try is the slide corner. this is pretty much drifting in an ATV. you are going to attack a corner moderately fast, corner a bit sharper than you normally would, and then brake moderately. you will powerdrift through the corner. after the corner, you just accelerate forward. this is obviously much better explained in a video than in text so here’s a video that you can see on slide cornering!
9. How To Offroad Effectively
One of the things that I love to do with a quad is to go offroading with it! I consider quads the best offroading machine available because they so nimble but so capable and versatile. but remember that there are some things to remember before you hop on your quad and start crawling rocks like:
- 4×4 is the best system for offroading.
4×4 means that all wheels are powered by the engine. and you might wonder why that is important for offroading. well, it’s important because there are going to be some positions in which 2 wheels will not be enough to move! so having all 4 wheels working will help you travel through a rocky trail.
- Lock the differential if possible
locking the diff means that all wheels will spin at the same rate no matter the traction. this helps with traction at a trail. in a normal quad, if the quad has no traction in let’s say the front right wheel, it will simply stop spinning. but if you have a 4×4 system and the diff is locked, it will spin no matter what.
- Move as slowly as possible.
To avoid unnecessarily scraping your quad, I would recommend that you move as slow as possible through the rocks. this will also help you check the terrain to detect any rocks that might get in your way.
- Follow the established path!
I talked about this in another article. newbies should follow the road that has already been paved by hundreds of fellow offroaders, especially if you are learning about the craft. this is because if you pass through virgin trail, it’s much more likely that you are going to have some difficulties, or even get yourself stuck!
10. Ride With 2 People
If you have a wife or a son that you would like to ride, then there are ways to make the experience better for them. what I would recommend that you get is a second quad seat like this one. it’s gonna be much comfortable than having 2 persons on the same seat, and it will protect your loved ones too! depending on the model that you have, you might or might not be able to get an official second seat add-on, but if you have an established brand like Polaris or Honda, when you will probably get something really quickly.
I wouldn’t recommend going too fast with 2 persons. the weight distribution of the quad will be concentrated at the back and that might mean that you might not have enough control of the ATV! so you should only go slowish with the quad when you are riding with someone!
11. Protective gear and equipment
I’m a firm believer of safety equipment when riding quads. that’s because quads are very dangerous, especially when ridden by somebody who is just starting to ride. anyways, the first thing that you must have in mind is a decent helmet. since a head injury can easily mean death or lifelong disability, I wouldn’t recommend you cheap out with it. I first tried a bicycle helmet but I quickly ditched it because I realized that it didn’t provide adequate protection on the front and side part of my face. so I decided to buy a high-quality helmet that would last me for a while. you shouldn’t just get a helmet. the following is a list of the safety equipment that you should be looking for before riding. you can see a more in-depth review of the best ATV equipment on this link.
The first thing that you must have in mind is a decent helmet. since a head injury can easily mean death or lifelong disability, I wouldn’t recommend you cheap out with it. I first tried a bicycle helmet but I quickly ditched it because I realized that it didn’t provide adequate protection on the front and side part of my face. so I decided to buy a high-quality helmet that would last me for a while.
So I went on Amazon and bought this beauty. It’s called the O’Neal 2SERIES helmet and I believe it’s the very best helmet for people riding ATVs and dirtbikes. what I love about it is that it is quite light. it’s super comfortable and that means that you can focus on the trail in front of you.
Another important buy. no matter if you are riding on a track, or ripping through a trail, boots are important. this is number one because there is a lot of debris flying around when you are riding quads. many people that ride quads do so with long pants but they still do not really protect very well against things like branches and rocks. this is where ATV boots come in. these provide the much needed protection for your feet when aggressively riding on a trail, without losing the comfort that a normal sneaker would provide.
The very best boots that I have ever used are called the Fox Comp 5. these wonderful boots are very sturdy and hardy outside, and they are quite comfortable and ergonomic inside my foot. I believe these boots are the best value choice in the market today.
As you probably already know, most ATV helmets have an opening in the front of it. this is so that you can wear goggles with it. you either have the choice of riding without the goggles if the sun doesn’t bother you, or if it does or there’s a lot of sand where you are riding, then it might be a good idea to buy one of these. ATV goggles will let you see if you are riding in broad sunlight and they might be a necessity depending on the climate where you live.
My personal recommendation when it comes to goggles right now goes to the Speedland STRATA polarized goggles. these are polarized so they do a really good job shielding your eyes from the sun. they are also super comfortable. highly recommended.
Cuts and scrapes are pretty common in both competitive and casual ATV riders alike. if you are riding in a woody area, there’s always the chance that you might scrape your fingers with a stray bush or even a tree.
This makes gloves pretty much a necessity. it’s pretty easy to get something good for a few bucks these days. the gloves that I’m using are called the Fox Racing 2019 Bomber S and they are super comfy and durable for the price.
Specialized riding clothing
This is not as important as the other equipment obviously but still, ATV jerseys and pants look really cool. these are the jerseys and pants that they use in competitions and if you are looking to ride in a track then you are going to look like a pro practicing haha.
11. Other Things To Do Or Know Before Starting To Ride:
Try to get somebody that can help you learn the basics if possible.
Of course, you probably already have a helping hand, either in the form of a friend or a relative. anyways, it goes without saying that getting somebody that can teach you the basics and be there with you in the first few rides might be invaluable. this is especially important if you have a manual quad and need to learn how to clutch. but if you do not have anybody to teach you, then don’t worry. below I provide a step-by-step guide on how to learn how to ride as fast as possible.
Read the owner’s manual
While many skip reading the manual and go right ahead with riding the quad, I always try to at least skim a little bit through it. the manual can contain important information for example break-in times for the quads engine, the specific controls of the machine, and other important details. if you are wondering if your quad has a specific feature, then this is another way to check. the manual will also tell you how to change the oil of your machine, which brings me to the next point.
Check the oil of your quad
Engine oil could be considered the blood of your engine. it’s important to make sure that the engine is filled with the proper oil levels. while every quad is different, there should be an oil dipstick in either the left or right side of the quad. that way to can make sure that you aren’t riding with no oil lubricating the engine, which can be something that might be quite damaging for your ATV in general. the oil that should be used depends on the quad that you that. you can also check that information out on the owner’s manual.
Use the correct fuel for your ATV
Since most quads don’t have electric motors and instead run on gas, you are going to have to go to a local gasoline station to get some gas on it. I would recommend that you read the owner’s manual and check which type of gasoline your quad prefers. if your quad only runs on premium, don’t put regular on it! it will most likely hurt the engine.
12. How To Transport Your Quad
Moving, transporting, and hauling your ATV is another important consideration, especially if you are going to be moving your quad far distances. and there are several ways that quad riders move their machines to the trail, countryside or track. each of them has their pros and cons.
ATV trailers or transport ramps
ATV trailers are gigantic metal boxes with hooks and straps inside of them that allows you to store your quads and have them ready to be transported long distances. then you just attach the trailer to your truck or preferred towing vehicle and off you go. there are also open style trailers that kind of work as a transportation ramp which are generally meant to carry just 1 quad.
Getting a storage trailer is ideal if you need to transport more than 1 quad, you have a vehicle capable of towing the trailer, and if you are going to be traveling long distances to ride the quad. and there are several trailer sizes depending on your needs. 8 feet trailers will easily transport 2 400cc quads with room to spare. but if you have more than 3 or more quads, you are going to have to get a 10, 12, or maybe even a 14-foot trailer. obviously, it might be wise to check out the dimensions of your specific quad before you check anything, but if you need to make a quick choice and have just 1 quad, then get an 8-foot trailer or transport rack.
Transporting your quad on a truck bed
This is the most common way to transport the quad, the only thing that you need to make sure is to securely attach the quad to the bed with some ropes. this is because if you are turning with the ATV on the bed, then it might tip over to the side, especially if the quad is not very heavy. this is why it’s important to actually have it secured with something.
Now some people have trouble, or maybe they do not have any clue on how to load the quad up in the bed, and there are several solutions and tips for this. the first one is to get a loading ramp or ladder. this is kind of a ladder usually made of aluminum that attaches itself to the tailgate, which allows you to just ride the ATV up the ladder to get to the bed. it’s important to make sure that the ladders that you buy can withstand your ATVs weight or else you are looking for trouble.
Now, if you do do not have ramps or aren’t willing to get them, there’s a method to getting to quad up there. check this video out:
Hiring a third party to move the quad for you
If you do not have a truck, SUV, or any friends that can help you transport the quad, then your only option might be actually hiring somebody that does have a truck to move the quad for you. looking for towing companies in your area might be warranted. this is a good option for people that usually ride in local areas or in their neighborhood but want to ride on a trail once in a while.
I decided to make this guide after teaching a few of my friends and family how to ride an ATV. I decided that most of the information that is on the internet is lacking on certain topics, especially a basic guide on how to ride a quad that is meant for newbies that just recently got a quad and also veterans that have left quad riding for a while and want to come back. anyway, no matter who you are, I hope you got something useful from the guide!