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Legal Green Lanes in the UK: Will I get fined?

Many people are confused as to which green lanes are legal and which are illegal. After all, we don’t want to get motorcycle fines.

Given that the United Kingdom has its fair share of rules and restrictions, it’s no wonder that many beginners and experienced ADV riders look for green lanes.

After all, they are a passport to freedom on a Sunday afternoon. A chance to leave behind the troubles of modern-day suburbs, office politics and family dramas.

But could you still receive a ticket on your adventure bike? Maybe.

Legal Green Lanes in the UK

Laws surrounding green lane usage are complex for the inexperienced and simple for those who have been riding such out-of-the-way trails for years.

Generally, it’s best to check an Ordnance Survey Map for roads which are shown as a byway and open to all traffic. This is the symbol you’ll see:

Legal Green Lanes in the UK

A restricted byway is a trail where no vehicle with a motor can go on it. While obviously this excludes all types of motorcycles, this often includes electric mountain bikes too.

While there might be temptation to take a shortcut, refer to your maps to find a longer route. After all, we’re adventure riders. It’s about the journey, not making the quickest lap times.

Temporarily closed green lanes

Many green lanes you’ll find are closed in the winter months due to excessive rain. By closing them, they reduce the amount of track damaged caused by adventure riders and weekend riders with dirt bikes.

The best way to check the status of a closed green lane is via Trailways. This database is routinely updated by the community by the Green Lane Association Limited, a not-for-profit whose aim is to help preserve unsurfaced roads for all trail users including 4x4s, dirt bikes, adventure riders and mountain bikes.

Totally forbidden routes

It’s very much forbidden for you to travel via bridleways and footpaths. However, the police in rural areas often have limited reach. There are bigger problems in the city and local towns after all.

While it is an offence under Section 34 of the Road Traffic Act UK, it’s actually not one that can be endorsed. The police can seize your motorcycle if you repeatedly do the wrong thing, but this happens rarely.

Fines for green lanes

So the question still remains: Will you get fined if you use a green lane?

While you could be fined for up to £1,000 for illegal green lane usage, this rarely happens. The police have very little presence in rural areas across the UK.

Now, while your chances of actually being persecuted are slim, don’t underestimate the power of country folk. While many are humble, understanding and reasonable people, they are never pleased to see ruined green lanes due to excessive rear wheel spin.

Angry farmers with a firearm could easily ruin your afternoon ride in the countryside, so do your best to stick to well-established routes. If unsure, don’t take that route!

Riding responsibly on green routes

Instead of ripping up a trail like you might on an MX track, instead take a conservative approach. There is nothing wrong with cruising along at 30kms per hour on a green lane.

If you’re coming around a bend, slow down considerably. There might be pedestrians and horses on the other side which you haven’t yet seen.

Look out for wildlife such as foxes as well as livestock that might have escaped. Running into a 300kg fully grown bull is a sure-fire way to ruin your afternoon fun, even at low speeds.

In summary

You certainly can ride on green routes, but ensure you pay close attention to both Ordnance Surveys and road signs. Often road signs are more reliable than maps, even the digital type.

Be respectful of other road users and local residents. Often they have to use such routes to carry out their livelihood.

If you’re new to green lane riding, then riding with a group of experienced riders is often the best choice.

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Adventure Motorcycle vs Car: Which is better?

Many would say “Why should I choose an adventure motorcycle vs a car?” – which is a fair point. After all, you could see the world out of a windscreen.

Adventure Motorcycling

But compared to cars, there are just significantly more advantages.

Adventure Motorcycles vs Cars: Motorcycles are better because:

  1. Total freedom that many car drivers just don’t understand. The wind in your hair, twisty roads and the elements.
  2. Easier to spark conversations with locals as you don’t come across as a rich tourist with $700k 4×4 motorhome.
  3. Maintenance is significantly easier and cheaper, with parts often fitting a range of different branded motorcycles.
  4. Much easier to ship your bike to a new continent either with air or sea freight. Try flying a 4×4 motorhome over!
  5. All in all, just a cheaper way to see the world, from lowered tolls and carnet to reduced upfront and fuel costs.
Adventure Motorcycle vs Car

Then again, it isn’t for everyone. This is why you see so few people riding motorcycles compared to cars.

Challenges of ADV Riding

When you’re out there in the elements, you can expect to get wet even with a waterproof jacket. Your safety is compromised both when riding and sleeping in a tent, though you’ll find the world to be significantly safer than others perceive it to be.

Also, there is no climate control – you’ll be enjoying the harshness of environments. If it’s raining, you’ll be soaked unless you’re wearing a waterproof jacket and pants. If it’s hot, then you’ll be sweating regardless of what you wear.

Yet compared to airline travel, seeing the world by motorcycle is significantly more eco-conscious and in my opinion, 2nd only to sailing.

Many riders choose to purchase an adventure motorcycle vs a car for these reasons. Even if you’re only doing trips to and from work, the benefits far outweigh the downsides.

In short

So if you’re looking for freedom without breaking the bank, then these key reasons are why motorcycle adventuring has become insanely popular over recent years.

And sure – we’ll admit we’re definitely biased. After all, we are an adventure motorcycling brand.

Buying an adventure motorcycle vs buying a car is different. Owning your 1st bike is a great way to get started. Something small and light initially to learn skills before you evolve and develop.

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5 Best Motorcycle Garage Tents to Park Your ADV Bike Inside

We’ve created a list of the best motorcycle garage tents on the market in 2020. These are tents where you can park your motorcycle inside once setup.

When creating this guide, we didn’t want to just pluck some hiking tents off the internet. We know that garage-style tents where you can fit your motorcycle inside are gaining popularity. So much so that there are numerous manufactures around, so we wanted to show you the best based on buyer volumes.

Best ADV Motorcycling Garage Tents

Whether you’re doing a multi-day adventure or even a multi-year around the world adventure, you’ll want a tent. And it has to be a very reliable tent that goes the extra mile.

Of course, settling into a hotel seems very appealing after a long day clinging to the handlebars. Often though you’ll just have to resort to stealth camping with an adventure bike where prying eyes can stalk your pride and joy.

So let’s have a look at the best adventure motorcycling tents available on the market specifically with a garage.

1. Redverz ‘The Atacama™️’ Expedition Tent

You’d have to be living under a puncture-causing rock not to have heard of this tent before. The Redverz tents have been around for a decade now providing protection for adventure motorcyclists around the world.

1. Redverz 'The Atacama™️ Expedition Tent

It was designed from the ground up by motorcycling enthusiasts. And when the day times to set up this tent, you’ll wonder just how you survived with that backpacking tent all along.

There are some big benefits with this tent:

  1. You can drive straight in with your hard or soft luggage still attached.
  2. Full standing height so you can get changed into different clothes easily
  3. Has plenty of space in the ‘garage’ to work on your bike and access your luggage
  4. Can fit 2 motorcycles. Yes – the Redverz fits 2 smaller adventure motorcycles at a squeeze.
  5. The sleeping area fits a queen-sized blown up mattress with additional room for gear
  6. Has 4 doors – 3 in the garage and one in the rear of the tent providing easy access.
  7. Sets up in approximately 5 minutes once you have some experience

The green color is the most popular and ideal for steal motorcycle camping. It allows you, the tent and your motorcycle to stay well hidden.

On the downside, these are a bit expensive. But if you’re owning your motorcycle for more than 3 years then these are a worthy investment.

Many riders love this tent despite the larger size once packed up. The internal space, discreet green color and sheer comfort is hard to look past.

2. LoneRider MotoTent™️ Motorcycle Garage Tent

Coming in at #2 is a slightly smaller version of the Atacama tent. We really like this tent as it’s better suited towards a solo adventure rider, resulting in a smaller tent bag size.

Motorcycle Garage Tent

The coolest part about their tents are the colors. You can choose a brown to blend in with your surroundings, or choose the white version which has a world map.

Motorcycle Garage Tent with World Map

You’ve got to hurry as there are only 100 tents available worldwide with this limited edition! LoneRider is currently offering free international shipping with this tent.

Benefits with any MotoTent™️ purchased:

  • Serious amount of social proof. Head on to their product page where you’ll see plenty of 5-star reviews.
  • Packs up very small while still offering plenty of room in the sleeping quarters.
  • Includes a groundsheet with an S.O.S. sign printed for emergency situations.
  • One of the quickest motorcycle garage tents to setup for adventure riders
  • The lightest of all adventure motorcycling canopy tents on the market today

LoneRider has also started selling luggage which perfectly matches the tent for that perfect Instagram-worthy look out on the trails. Above all else, they have built a sensational following as a company.

3. Vuz Moto Motorcycle camping tent

Coming 3rd place on our list is the Vuz Moto motor-bike camping tent. It’s a tent large enough to fit 2 full-size ADV bikes running north-south and 3 adults in the sleeping compartment.

Biggest Motorcycle camping tent

Compared to the other two tents, this is very much a cheaper motorcycle camping tent with a proper garage section. If you’re budget-conscious but still want some luxury, then this is the perfect blend of both worlds. This is the cheapest way to put your motorbike inside your tent, safe and secure.

The quality isn’t as high and there are limited reviews on the Vuz Moto, but the price is very appealing. We would recommend it for weekend warriors rather than international travellers.

4. Harley-Davidson motorcycle tent

Did you know that Harley makes motorbike tents? Neither did we! Unfortunately, the reviews on this aren’t very strong and given the low height of these tents, they aren’t suited to bigger adventure bikes like the BMW F800GS Adventure.

4. Harley-Davidson motorcycle tent

At a height of 66″ at the peak, most riders will still struggle to get changed while standing. And the orange color doesn’t lend itself well to stealth camping in the backcountry. Now if you can get past those nuisances, this makes the ideal road-only adventuring tent for the Harley fan.

5. Teepee Motorbike Garage Tent

The last on our list is easily the cheapest motorcycle adventure tent available. For under $200 you’ll be able to safely store your motorcycle inside the garage while also blending into the surrounds.

The Teepee Motorbike Garage Tent

This tent very much has a Chinese-quality feel to it. Very cheap but does the job to a degree. Certainly, it’s not going to last years on the RTW adventure, but if you’re the occasional weekend warrior and don’t want to spend a fortune for a tent, then this is the perfect solution.

Buying Guide – What to look for

There are certain things that you need to be on the lookout for before clicking ‘buy’ through a website. After all, this could be your 1st purchase and one that you’ll stick with for a very long time.

Garage Tent colors and camouflage

We’re adventure riders and fluorescent colors aren’t a thing at all. Not only are they more obvious and will make you stand out when camping in the wild, but they also fade a lot more. We recommend tents that are dark green or brown so that humans, the most dangerous animals when camping, won’t really spot you.

Established ADV following

There is little value in buying a tent that has just come on to the market. Because any tent where you can park your motorcycle inside has technical components that require a lot of R&D field testing. Take for example Redverz: They are on to their 3rd generation of the same tent as they had quality issues previously.

If a motorcycle adventure tent has just come on the market and promises the world, then be sceptical. Instead, look for those with established followings. That is – many good reviews, established social media and high-quality websites. If you see multiple YouTube videos from other riders, then that’s the perfect sign that you’ve found a good tent.

Motorcycle internal storage

One of the key reasons why you’re purchasing your tent is to store your motorcycle inside. You might want to stop people from spotting your bike from a distance when stealth camping, or merely protect it from the weather. Even starting your day with a dry motorcycle seat is enough of a reason to purchase a tent like this.

It’s good to check first what size you’ll have internally. Some tents can fit fully-loaded ADV bikes while some absolutely can’t. So check both the door width and height plus the actual internal space first. You might be wanting to fit 2 motorcycles inside a tent and only the Redverz model can effectively do this.

Weight and size of the packed tent

The main reason why people wouldn’t buy a tent to store their motorcycle inside is because of how heavy they are. They’re just heavy while most hiking tents weigh less than 2kgs. Let’s not forget the packed up size as well which is prime real estate on a motorbike.

Have an idea in your mind first about where you want to carry it. On your panners? Above the hard luggage boxes? On the very rear frame? Once you’ve decided, then check the packed tent dimensions online to ensure you’re not overhanging too much.

Sleeping space inside the tent

Are you doing a solo adventure? Then you can certainly afford a smaller tent and for many people, a larger tent is merely overkill.

Check that the sleeping space is enough for you, your gear and any additional people who are joining you. If you do get a 2-man or 3-man motorcycle garage tent, then your riding partner might not need to carry a tent themselves, thereby saving them weight.

In Summary: Choose the right garage ADV tent for you

Choose a tent that is going to do everything you want over the next 3 years. Whether that’s weekend exploring or global travelling.

When you’re buying a bigger tent like this, it’s going to weigh more and take up more space on your adventure motorcycle. It’s a trade-off really because on the upside you have so much more space.

Want to take a shower inside your tent? You can! Keep your motorbike out of the elements and do minor maintenance? Easy.

Most importantly: Sleep while knowing that your motorcycle isn’t being quietly pushed away from you to a nearby waiting van? Priceless.

Garage motorcycle tents are absolutely worth it and we hope this guide has helped you in choosing the best model for your needs.

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How to Buy a Used ADV Motorcycle (Beginner’s Guide)

While we dream of having a new adventure motorcycle, unfortunately, a used ADV motorcycle is all we can afford right now.

And you know, there is nothing to be disappointed about it. Most motorcycles bought are actually used, with most of us only stepping inside of dealerships to purchase protective equipment. New motorcycles are often not worth the hype unless you want that new-bike feeling which doesn’t last long.

It’s a wise idea actually – let someone else lose 20% of the value via depreciation. Save that extra for fuel, gear, beer and a few nice camping spots.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to be a pre-owned, second-hand or used ADV motorcycle without being ripped off.

Let’s begin.

How to Buy a Used Adventure Bike

Buying a used adventure bike for a weekend exploring or global touring isn’t hard. It always starts fundamentally with research.

1. Find your ideal adventure bike

Firstly you’ll want to figure out what the perfect used adventure bike will suit you best. There are practically many bikes on the market that are suitable for all types of touring.

Now that starts with what type of terrain you’ll be covering. If you’re sticking to 80% bitumen then a dirt-orientated motorcycle like the KTM690R would not be the right adventure motorcycle for you. Its suspension and tyre setup will just be uncomfortable. A BMW F800GS would be better suited.

Start searching for a used adventure motorcycle

However, both these motorcycles are heavy and not suited to the dirt tracks. If this is your style of riding, then a 250 would be better suited, with a 450 necessary for the heavier riders. The 250 wins because it’s easy to pick up when you crash, and yes, you will crash eventually.

Our recommendation is to find out what others are riding. Often dealerships are recommending heavy bikes while ADV riders who have been riding for 3+ years choose lightweight bikes without the bling. Even a 250 can reach 65 miles / 100km per hour on the highway, though they are better orientated for offroad adventures. We’ve also written a guide to trail bike riding which will be helpful for those looking for thrills and adventures offroad.

2. Decide whether to buy private or through dealerships

After you’ve transcended the biggest problem that total beginners face, it’s time to decide how you want to purchase your new bike. You can choose dealerships or private, with each having their pros and cons. We wouldn’t necessarily say that one is better than the other.

Dealerships are often preferred by total beginners. See, when you have issues with your motorcycle in the early months, then it’s easier to get protected as a buyer. They might sort out issues especially if you’ve purchased protection gear from them previously. Plus you’ll have the knowledge that there is a clear title with no finance owing.

Buying a used ADV bike through a dealership

But then again, we didn’t say these are necessarily better. If you’re buying from a dealership then they have overheads which need to be paid. As a result, you can expect to pay a couple of thousand more in overheads. For many dealerships, it’s used bikes that bring them the most profits because they are able to buy these cheap when other riders trade ’em in for a new ADV bike each year.

Private sellers are perceived to be riskier, and the truth is they actually are. Because of this, they can’t inflate their prices as highly otherwise their motorcycle sits up for sale for months. So if you’re buying privately, establish some trust with the buyer.

They should know the answer to practically everything about their used adventure motorcycle. After all – it’s theirs, right? If they are a genuine motorcyclist then they will be eager to show you everything and tell you straight up why they’re selling.

3. Check everything: Engine, Wheels, Frame, Suspension and Bodywork

Don’t simply assume everything is perfect. They may have just brought the motorcycle back from a wash so it’s looking all nice and clean for you.

Even if it is a dealership, you should be going through the motorcycle and look at it from all angles.

The engine shouldn’t be smokey with immediate throttle response. If it appears jerky or omits some strange noises, then red flags should be raised.

Any recent engine rebuilds should come with receipts. These will be handy to deal with warranty issues down the track.

Check everything on the motorcycle

Look at the wheels and tyres. The spokes should be dead straight, the brake calibres adjusted properly and the tyre wears very even.

A tricky thing to observe properly is the frame. I once sold a dirt bike that unfortunately had a twisted frame from an earlier crash, yet none of us detected it during the inspection. Luckily it was sold to a friend of mine who was able to remedy it very easily.

The suspension should compress and release very smoothly. There shouldn’t be any leaks on the seals and you can test this by sitting on the bike and jumping up and down with your backside. If the seller lets you go for a quick ride, then even better!

Our very last point is motorcycle bodywork. While it’s quite obvious, the bodywork gives tell-tale signs of prior use. If the owner has ever sustained a big crash, then this generally shows up on the bodywork unless they have had the decals recently changed. Look for scratches, dents but also signs of aftermarket parts and replacements.

It’s always wise to get a mate to come along with you for assurance.

4. Take the used ADV motorcycle for a test ride

Unlike a dirt bike or MX bike for the tracks, almost every adventure motorcycle is already registered. That is – there isn’t any reason that an owner shouldn’t let you have a ride unless you don’t have a licence already.

It doesn’t have to be a long test ride at all. 10 minutes max. It’s just a chance for you to make that final decision on whether this is your ideal ADV motorcycle or not.

Leave some equity behind for the owner. If you’ve parked your car in front of their house then simply leave your car keys with them and your licence as well. It will give them confidence knowing that you aren’t going to literally steal the bike during the inspection.

Test riding a used adventure motorbike

During the test ride, don’t be afraid to rev the bike a little and really use the clutch. You can also perform two brake tests; one each for front and rears.

Arrange this test ride before the inspection and don’t forget to bring some riding gear. A helmet isn’t enough especially for your first ride when you’re unfamiliar with the handling of an adventure motorcycle.

5. Perform online background checks

Now that you’ve found the bike and inspected it, don’t hand over your hard-earned money right away. Some background checks which you can do via your smartphone are necessary. You’ll want to check its registration history, insurance and if any finance is owing.

Depending on your country, there are various ways in which to do this. If you’re buying from a dealership then there is nothing to worry about in this regard.

Background checks before purchasing a used adv motorcycle

It’s always easier dealing with someone local in your area. If they are apart of a motorcycling group like ADV Rider with frequent contributions then it’s even better. That reputation that they have built up over time says something about their character offline and it’s something they’ll likely want to uphold.

The motorcycle should also have a logbook with detailed servicing history. Unlike dirt bikes where owners generally do their work in the garage at home, ADV riders generally get their bikes serviced at dealerships across the country. For that reason – you’ll likely find a strong history. If it isn’t there, then be warned.

While we often do it on cars, we forget often to check the VIN number and engine number on used ADV motorcycles, or in fact, any kind of 2-wheeled machine. These should correspond to the seller’s paperwork. If the motorcycle is unregistered then these are going to be harder to verify, but 98% of bikes are registered.

If you buy from auction houses, these generally don’t have any logbooks however there won’t be any financed owed after you make your purchase.

6. Transact and purchase your motorcycle

Now the time has finally come! You’ve done your research and you’re ready to make that purchase. This is where you’ll need your paperwork in order.

Purchasing a used ADV motorcycle is just the same as purchasing a car in most cases. If it’s done via a dealer then they will sort almost everything for you.

Before you ride off, you’ll want to purchase insurance. This covers you in case you crash the motorcycle on your way home and damage the bike and other property.

First ride on an adventure bike

You’ll generally need the details of yourself and the buyer. Both parties will need to supply their driver’s licence numbers and addresses on the paperwork.

Depending on your country, you may have to pay stamp duty on the purchase price. This is a marginally small amount as used ADV bikes are affordable.

Lastly – just like the test ride – don’t forget your gear! You’ll want to ride your motorcycle home successfully and confidently, so dress the part.

In summary

It’s both exciting and nerve-racking to purchase a used ADV motorcycle. If you’re too worried then pay the premium and use a dealership. They will also have affordable financing options which are hard to get privately, as well as insurance offers.

For private sales, it’s always good to bring a friend along to the inspection. Often that 3rd set of eyes can spot things that you otherwise can’t see.

Don’t forget to take it easy for the first few rides. Ease your way into it and we’ll see you out there on the trails.

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Quad Bike vs Dirt Bike: Which One is Better?

All motorcycles are fun – whether they are a quad bike or a dirt bike. But there can only be one winner, so let’s see which is better.

Which is better: Quads or Dirt bikes?

Dirt bikes are simply regarded in the industry as better than quad bikes and much more popular too. You can go faster on a dirt bike than on an ATV quad bike, while also being safer and easier to ride on the road. However, quad bikes have their place if you have a trailer and want to haul lots of gear and go hunting.

Let’s look at some of the key differences between these types of bikes.

Quad bike vs Dirt bike safety

When you’re riding, you want to be safe. That’s why you invest in some very good quality protection equipment.

If you’re new to the offroad world, then quad bikes just appear safer. After all, there are 4 tyres so you don’t need to worry about balance.

Actually, the opposite is true. Dirt bikes are safer than quad bikes. The faster you go, the more dangerous it is to ride a quad bike.

Quad bike dangers

More people die each year as a ratio from ATV accidents than compared to dirt bikes. Here’s why:

  1. Riders feel as though they are safer on 4 wheels and often drive in a reckless manner
  2. Quad bikes are heavier and will easily pin down an injured rider in the event of an accident
  3. They roll over very easily even at low speeds and in Australia, is a key reason for deaths on farms.

So while it’s easier to learn how to ride motorcycles by using a quad bike, there is little value beyond this other than hauling equipment on farms.

Dirt bike benefits

The benefits of dirt bikes are then quite obvious:

  • The weight of a dirt bike is significantly lower than a quad
  • Riders can lean into corners and lower the centre of gravity
  • If the rider crashes, then the bike weighs a whole lot less
  • They are actually a whole lot more fun because they are lighter

Even for children, we wouldn’t recommend quad bikes. If they can pedal a bicycle then they can certainly ride a 2-wheel dirt bike very easily.

Verdict: Dirt bikes win for safety

Upfront and ongoing costs

Because dirt bikes are inherently much more popular around the world, it simply costs less to buy a dirt bike. You’ll generally pay 30% more for a quad bike, both new and used.

Quad bikes have 4 wheels so those extra components also put up the price. And because they’re less popular, it’s harder to find parts with dealers often needing to order them in from overseas or interstate.

ATV quad bike costs

Most motorcycle mechanics have limited knowledge of quad bikes so you’ll need to find one who knows their craft. This again will incur additional costs for you.

Now let’s say you also want to performance modifications. Dirt bikes are easy with many options available, while there are limited choices for quad bikes.

For many people, you also need to purchase a trailer and have space to store this. Let’s not forget a set of quad-bike ramps as well.

Dirt bikes don’t require trailers to haul them around. You can either ride to the local trails if your dirt bike is registered or use a truck tailgate, van or rear platform.

Verdict: Dirt bikes are cheaper upfront and ongoing

Offroad tracks to explore

You’re probably looking to buy either a dirt bike or a quad bike to explore some tracks. While it might sound easy, both are quite different.

Dirt bikes only require a single track. Quad bikes need more space and will struggle to get around trees.

It’s interesting actually because ATV means All-Terrain Vehicle. But they can’t really access all terrains technically.

Dirt bikes can also be registered to ride on the road between riding spots. Quad bikes will require a trailer or van.

Actually, it’s so much easier to haul a dirt bike as well. You can fit 3 bikes in the same space on a trailer where you could otherwise fit 1 quad bike.

So already by now, we can see that dirt bikes can explore many more tracks than quad bikes. On any weekend ride, you’ll find 10x more dirt bikes out there.

Some places actually band quad bikes entirely because of the track damage they cause. On the flip side, dirt bikes are more than welcome to explore.

Finally, if you want to go on some multi-day treks, then quad bikes severely limit this. It’s impossible to get full road registration on a quad bike, though restricted registrations are available for farmers.

Dirt bikes can carry all of your camping gear and extra fuel for a truly epic adventure. Plus you can also take a passenger on the back in some instances.

Verdict: Dirt bikes can access many more places more easily

Speed and Performance

Now let’s get into actually having fun. That is – you twist the throttle and suddenly the powerband really kicks in. You’ll feel this on a dirt bike, but not so much on a quad bike.

Dirt bikes have better performance than quad bikes. They are available in many different engine variants and you can tune/modify them quite easily with aftermarket parts. This includes suspension, tyres, handlebars and exhausts.

Most quad bikes won’t go past 50 miles per hour or 70km/h. 450cc dirt bikes will do twice these speeds and then a little bit more.

When it comes to the corners, dirt bikes are faster. You can learn into the corner and ‘dig’ yourself in for the quickest cornering time. When riding a quad, you’ll feel it wanting to tip over and send you flying.

While having 2 wheels at the rear might appear that quads are quicker in a drag race, dirt bikes still often win. This is because dirt bike riders can more easily prevent the front tyre from lifting up.

Verdict: Dirt bikes have better top speeds and overall performance

Multi-tasking with quad bikes and dirt bikes

While it’s fun to pop wheelies, do epic jumps and otherwise play around in the dirt, some people simply need more.

It’s time to give quad bikes some credit. In our opinion, you can simply achieve more with quad bikes. They have been built as modern-day work-horses.

If you want to go hunting, fishing, haul some firewood or merely mend some fences, then this is much easier on an ATV. These vehicles were built for this task.

Keen 4×4 owners like to tow a quad bike behind them in a trailer. Once they reach a section in the track which is too technical, they use the quad bike to explore further.

You can also tow small trailers behind a quad bike which you simply can’t do with a dirt bike. These trailers could hold some deer or freshly cut firewood for home.

Verdict: Quad bikes are better for multi-tasking

Learning to Ride each machine

Many people claim that children will learn the controls best with an ATV and we would agree. However, children do learn the controls very quickly.

Once they are past this stage, there is little value in having them on an ATV. They are just too dangerous given the bad cornering ability and heavy machine weight.

If your child can already pedal a bicycle without training wheels, then they will learn how to ride a dirt bike very easily. You can, therefore, wipe quad bikes off their list.

Many manufacturers are coming out with electric dirt bikes now for children. This means there is no clutch or gears to worry about, so your child can simply focus on riding properly.

And because the electric dirt bikes have no hot engine and no fuel, they are inherently lighter and quieter too. This means your neighbours won’t get annoyed at all.

Overall, children will be safer with a dirt bike. They will learn everything within a few rides and paired with the right protection gear, will do just fine.

Verdict: Both adults and children will learn a quad bike easier, but be safer on a dirt bike in the long term.

So, which one should you get?

While dirt bikes are the obvious choice for us and for the wider community, some people still need ATV quad bikes. If you’re a farmer or hunter, you’ll benefit more from having 4 wheels to haul your gear around.

If you’re looking for speed, performance, fun and safety for yourself and your kids, then go with a dirt bike. You’ll often be much better off in the long term.

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