KYMCO MXU 150 ($3099)
This machine can either fall into the youth category or
be considered a two-wheel-drive workhorse. It has perfectly functional steel racks that can carry 90 pounds, and
the 11-horsepower, air-cooled, two-valve motor can pull a
250-pound trailer. But it’s also rated Y- 14 for teenage kids,
and the shiftless CV transmission makes learning easy.
The price is untouched for 2014.
KAWASAKI KFX50 ($1999)
Kudos to Kawasaki for offering a real beginner ATV that
is sized and rated for 6-year-olds. This is the safest way to
introduce young riders to the off-road world. The KFX50
has a little four-stroke motor with modest output. The throttle limiter keeps top speed under control for those very first
rides. This is a much better option than putting your
youngster on a machine that’s too big for him.
KYMCO MONGOOSE 90 ($2499)
In keeping with its reputation for offering a little more
for the money, Kymco has the lowest price in its class. The
Mongoose 90 is rated Y- 10 for 10-year-olds and has a continuously variable transmission with reverse. The
Mongoose 90 has Maxxis tires and makes 6. 3 horsepower.
You can tune it down with the throttle limiter until you
reach some kind of homework agreement.
SUZUKI QUADSPORT Z90 ($2899)
Suzuki is back in the kids’ quad market after a lapse of a
few years. The Z90 isn’t much different from the last time we
saw it back in 2010, with its air-cooled, carbureted motor
and shiftless CV transmission. In physical dimensions, it’s
slightly larger than the Kawasaki 90, but right in line with
the others. It’s rated Y- 12. Now, if we can get Suzuki to bring
back the Z50, we’ll have happy 6-year-olds too.
KYMCO MONGOOSE 70 ($2199)
The Mongoose 70 is rated Y- 6 for riders 6 years old and
older. But in most ways, it’s very similar to the 90, with a
CV transmission and reverse. Most of the dimensions of
the two are the same, aside from the wheels, which are
smaller on the 70. The 70’s motor is claimed to produce 5. 3
horsepower—one pony shy of the 90’s output. Both have
rear disc brakes and a drum in the front.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 90 ($2699)
You can make your kid work for his ATV playtime with
the Sportsman 90. It looks like a Sportsman 850 viewed
through the wrong end of a telescope. It has plastic racks
and an 89cc, carbureted, four-stroke motor with a CV
transmission that has forward, neutral and reverse. Final
drive is via an O-ring chain. The Polaris is rated Y- 10 for