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    This is my first Instructable ever, and it will teach you how to ride a sport quad the right way. 
 
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Step 1: What is a Sport Quad?

   ATVs (quads) can be split down into 2 main categories: Utility and Sport. Utility = Work. They have racks, 4WD, 700cc engines, shaft drive, etc. Big brands for them are Polaris and Honda. Sport = Play. Sport quads usually have chain drives, smaller bodies, are lightweight and fast. Big sport brands are Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha. And these quads can be broken down even further.
   The first category is sport-utility/beginner. I would have to say this is the smallest category. If you are just starting quadding, this is where to look. These quads do not have clutches, and can have 4WD. Engine sizes range from 229cc (Honda TRX250X) to 421cc (Yamaha Wolverine). Some of these quads have automatic transmissions, while some are semi-auto. Sport-utility/beginner quads are best used in the woods on mild to moderate trail conditions. They can be ridden in the woods very slow to about 3/4 of top speed.
   Next is woods-built quads. This is the best category if you are on a beginner quad and want to move up to something better-suited for the woods. These sport quads are anywhere from 282cc to upwards of 600. They never have 4WD and almost always have a solid rear axle. They have manual clutches and are well-suited for popping over logs and going up rocky inclines. Examples are: Honda TRX300X, 400X, and 700XX, Yamaha YZF450X, KTM 450XC ATV and 525XC ATV. These quads can also race, but are beter on the trails. They go on trails from mild to intermediate/advance <450cc, and mild to extreme 450>.
   The third and final category is racing quads. They always have clutches and are the most expensive type of sport quad to buy. They need to be ridden fast in the woods or else they can easily stall. Most quad manufacturers only make one race quad. Any quad with the designation "R", "RACE", "Race", is a racing quad. They are almost always 450cc.To ride these in the woods you need to go fast in the woods, and make modifications, most importantly a taller sprocket. This will decrease top speed, but it will help your quad from stalling out when your revs aren't high enough. You may also want to opt for better tires, or even a lift kit, since some are so low to the ground. These quads can be ridden on mild to just short of extreme.
moonshine886 months ago
there is some useful info here and some not so accurate as well such as "almost all race quads are 450cc" I ride an '85 LT250R its a race quad and is actually 249cc. also sport quads are not all 2wd in fact polaris put out a 500cc 2wd/4wd scrambler with an auto trans in the early 2000's. so as you see not all is accurate and the word "never" and "always" should only be used when you are 112% sure its accurate. ride safe
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jj.inc2 years ago
I want to try one of these, out here on the farm we just got a Polaris 800 (770 cc or something). It is insanely fast, and heavy. There are even bigger ones now too like the 850 cc.
devynhogan2 years ago
um Yamaha should be in the utility and Suzuki should not be in the sport. grizzly is still the best to buy. exept for a 1991 honda fourtrax 4x4 300 best wheeler ever built
shivam73 years ago
Actually i just love Honda's auto tranny very much and the best racing quad is banshee according to me.......


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never rode a banshee, i know someone that has one but its broken in many ways. i have riden a baja ds650. that thing was a beast. super huge suspension travel, it would soak up any jump. best suspension on any quad i ever rode. the engine was a little sluggish because its 650 effing cc. i also rode a kawasaki kfx 700. the v-twin is awsome, super fast but the thing is built for a basketball player and no manual clutch and the suspension is not as good as the baja.
mberg3 years ago
im might get a trx250 x soon. im selling my dirtbike becauuse i don't really use it that much
knexfreak953 years ago
the best racing quad ever would have to be the quadzilla or the banshee
The biggest difference between sport and utility is the capability of the machine. sports are usualy lighter, more maneuverable and generaly smaller machines,normaly 2 wd. normaly considered to be racing models with a few exeptions where the utilities are often larger more powerful machines with higher tow capabilities and are normaly 4wd. such as kaw brute force and can am outlander. the utility models are for what the name emplies work. they can be used to mow, push snow pull loads and numerous other tasks i own 4 atv's. my favorite is my can am 800 outlander max it is a 2 up model so i can easily carry passangers. it has visco lock differentials so there is no need to lock differental and it has pleanty of power not to mention it runs 80 mph. to me it is the best of both worlds and is a great and smooth trail rider
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thedirekter4 years ago
You can't really classify quads based on woods built or race. You can race cross country (woods) or motocross, and you're still racing. If you look at the ATVA Nationals Racing, they run just about every kind of quad you said was  "woods built." I've raced a 300ex, 400ex, and a 450r all MX and XC. The KTM 450 has two models, XC and MX. These aren't necessarilly that race type specific, it's the same exact bike, just tuned differently to preform under different circumstances. By the way, just for everyone: If you're going to do any kind of cornering at high speeds, don't listen to the "lean over" rule... You have to get your butt off the seat like you're trying to sit on your heel.
josh B4 years ago
lol a "dominat"quad...?what about the yfz450?i mean i understand im 14 and im lighter than the avrage adult but i still blow away everything INCLUDING BANSHEES.
I ride a 450, and you cannot climb slow rocky hills in second. The only way to do it is in first and slip the clutch to stay in the powerband.

You dont need  different sprockets to run a 450 in the woods. My Honda is known for having a tall first gear and it does fine. I feel that if you need a lift kit you are not using the right vehicle for the terrain. Besides going to a 22"/20" wheel I would not do anything to add extra height.

Sometimes theres a downed tree in the middle of the trail with no way to go around. Theres no shame in picking up the front end and pushing the quad over. They are light for a reason.

40 MPH is wayyyy to fast to be hitting the mud holes. Someone is going to go over the bars. 
crapflinger4 years ago
i still prefer my good ol' FourTrax Rancher 4x4....mmmm hondamatic transmission!
MrHonda300 (author)  crapflinger4 years ago
 Yeah I do love Honda's auto tranny but still prefer the manuals.
it's probably due to lack of practice coupled with lack of attention span...but i ALWAYS forget to clutch at the worst possible time when i've got a clutch based system..

like when i REALLY need to get into 2nd gear NOW....i forget to clutch and over i go
Scott_Tx4 years ago
Nice guide