❑ If you weren’t able to get the smallest riders in your family their first quad
this Christmas, that’s okay. Reading
this article may help you make the
right purchase. This month we are
taking a look at two of the best minis
you can buy for the elementary school
crowd. In fact, the Polaris Outlaw 50
and Kawasaki KFX50 are the only two
50cc quads you can buy from a major
manufacturer. Why is that important?
Even with a small quad, having a
dealer network that can supply parts
and perform service if needed is not
only helpful during ownership, it
makes the machine more valuable
when it comes time to sell. So please,
take our advice and steer clear of the
off-brand quads that are sold on the
street corner or at swap meets, no mat-
ter how cheap they are. In most cases
you will get exactly what you pay for.
Speaking of cost, Kawasaki sells the
KFX50 for a suggested retail price of
$1999, while the Polaris Outlaw 50 is a
bit more at $2099.
In the power department, things
are nearly identical. Both machines
feature single-cylinder, air-cooled,
four-stroke engines mated to fully
automatic transmissions. Thankfully,
these machines are both equipped
with electric starters, so if a kid stalls
out, they can restart the machine on
their own. Only the Kawasaki comes
with a back-up kickstarter, but it is
too hard for smaller kids to use themselves. A kickstart lever can be added
to the Outlaw.
Power on the KFX50 is provided by an air-cooled electric starting engine with a kick backup. The hot engine is
well-covered by bodywork.
An air-cooled electric starting engine is found on the smallest
Outlaw quad. The exhaust is quiet, but the horn button the
kids like to play with on the handlebars is not.
With nearly 3 inches of travel, the Outlaw and the
KFX can take small jumps and big bumps well.