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Old 03-04-2013, 06:15 AM   #1
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Would you prefer a street legal ATV to a DS?

I've been riding ATV's for two years now. I have a 97 Honda Fourtrax 300FW and my son has a kids ATV. This year I bought a Yamaha XT225 because I've been riding motorcycles for over 20 years and wanted a bike I could take offroad but also ride to the trails. But truth be told I like riding the ATV better. The problem with an ATV though is that, except in limited places, none are street legal. I would love a street legal ATV. Would anyone else prefer a street legal ATV to a dual sport bike?
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:46 AM   #2
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Nope but you can have one in AZ and maybe some other states.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:53 AM   #3
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Would anyone else prefer a street legal ATV to a dual sport bike?

I hear quads are the fashion in all the nicest trailer parks ...
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:19 AM   #4
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I hear quads are the fashion in all the nicest trailer parks ...
That's golf carts!
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #5
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So, you want a 4-wheeled Spyder?
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #6
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Yes, but on a smaller scale and made to take offroad.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:02 AM   #7
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People plate their 3 and 4 wheelers all the time in parts of Arizona, and over the pond from us USA folk. It really depends on where you live though.







Best to check with local law enforcement and the DMV.

Me personally I'd prefer to be on something with more wheels, something that makes a bigger stance than a bike, but the bike works for now.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #8
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I think the current crop of side by sides should be able to be plated. Most places won't let you plate them as an ATV due to size or displacement but you can't put them on the road either so they are left out in the cold. They are no more dangerous on the road than a smart car and some make more power too lol.



As far as a street legal quad though, it would be nice to have the option but I've ridden on the pavement to get to trails and anything over about 30 MPH can get sketchy on a knobby tired machine.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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Me personally I'd prefer to be on something with more wheels, something that makes a bigger stance than a bike, but the bike works for now.
Suzuki Samurai is the only thing that will fit that bill in all 50 states. Mine is exactly 5 feet wide.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #10
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I had a performance quad. 2004 Predator 500. It was fast as hell, but it rode like ass on asphalt. The solid axle in the back was not turn friendly. Though I realize that the agricultural style 4-wheels usually have differentials, they aren't particularly fast though. And I'm sure they still aren't particularly stable turning compared to bikes on the road.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #12
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Mine is liscensed for use on the road, I normally hop on it to go to work or run to the store (both are much less than a mile), quick trips I don't want to fire up the diesel for or put on all my MC gear. I do have a Polaris 700, so it is independant suspension, and can reach 60mph.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:20 AM   #13
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I ride with a guy who (rides a 300XCW) and also has an Arctic Cat, I think it is a "Wildcat". Anyway he bought it from a Dealer in Montana. The dealer did some performance mods to it, but also licensed it in Montana. So it's licensed and plated in Montana. Through reciprosity laws, that makes it legal in other states. I'm not sure of the exact nature of how legal, but when stopped, he has just shown the registration and proof iof insurance, and was sent on his way. He maintains a P.O. box in Montana to register it to.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:02 AM   #14
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^There's laws and regulations that vary from state to state on that subject matter. Here in California, his side x side would not be considered road legal, even if it is plated an registered in another state. I don't know the exact laws on it, since I am not CHP, but there's a good reason why there aren't any ATVs for side by sides rolling around town..
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:18 AM   #15
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Quads are considered leagal to ride on the roads in Harlin County, Ky. because they want to encourage "Adventure Tourism'. T here are a couple of off road riding areas and 4 wheelers get pretty thick.
One thing I've noticed is the folks in other counties seem to think it's open season in their couties as well.
The damn things will pop out of a ditch and into the road right in front of you ridden by teenage girls two up and backward cap wearing shirtlees boys too young to shave. Helmets ?What's a helmet ?
We stopped to get gas in a little burg not in Harlin Co. and the Razors were running open piped through the town and the law not paying any mind to them.
So what happens when an unlicensed , uninsured vehicle causes injury or property loss ?
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