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Buying an ATV: Proper fit

One size does not fit all. There are a number of factors to consider.

Radio Interview Source: Doug Morris, spokesman, All Terrain Vehicle Association

Listen here to the radio story (mp3) about proper fit for an ATV

If you've never purchased an ATV, you may be surprised to learn that these are not "one size fits all" machines. Since a rider's height and weight influences how well the vehicle handles on different types of terrain, a proper fit is essential for maximum safety. This is particularly important if you plan to let a child use the vehicle. At a bare minimum, the rider must be able to stand on the floorboards or the foot pegs with at least three inches of clearance on the seat. It's also a good idea to make sure the rider's fingers on the handlebars can easily reach the levers and brakes.

To learn more about buying an ATV, review the following helpful resources:

Stay Safe on Your ATV: ATV safety tips, including advice on choosing a vehicle that matches the rider's height and weight.

How to "Fit" an ATV to a Rider: Simple tips to help you determine if an ATV is a good match for your size, physical strength, and stamina.

Kids and ATVs: Advice on making sure you have selected an ATV that is an appropriate match for your child.

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