CAN-AM DS90X ($3699)
This particular Can-Am has a very high cool factor
and is a clear upgrade from the standard DS. The X has
double A-arms in front, swingarm suspension in the rear
and KYB piggyback shocks all the way around. The styling is just like the big DS450, but the 90 still has fairly mild
output from its air-cooled motor and CV transmission. It
has reverse, a kick-start back-up and is rated for riders
over 10 years old.
ARCTIC CAT 90 ($2799)
This little utility quad has “work for your allowance”
written all over it. It’s one of the few youth models that has
real metal racks with a combined capacity of 25 pounds.
There are probably child-labor regulations that prevent
anything greater. The truth is that the 90 is designed for
fun. It has about 3 inches of suspension travel and an
automatic transmission with reverse.
CAN-AM DS90 ($2799)
This Can-Am 90 is a completely different machine from
the X version and is priced almost $1000 less. It’s aimed
more at the beginner, but it still has a lot of big-quad features, like a CV transmission with reverse. The floorboards
are enclosed, and there’s a throttle limiter and a tether to
help with early riding experiences. The 90 is rated Y- 10.
KAWASAKI KFX90 ($2599)
This 90 is very similar to the Kymco, but uses many
components that are exclusively made for the Kawasaki.
It has an air-cooled four-stroke motor with a CV transmission. The Kawasaki has electric start but no reverse. The
front has single A-arms with 2. 8 inches of travel and the
rear single shock has 2. 9 inches. Final drive is via chain,
and the rear brake is a hydraulic disc.
CAN-AM DS70 ($2299)
This is the largest and most sophisticated ATV with a
Y- 6 rating, recommended for kids 6 years old and older.
It’s actually very similar to the 90, sharing the same chassis and wheels. The 70 simply has a smaller motor. The
70 also has the same CV transmission as the 90, which
means it has reverse. That means dad will spend less time
pulling little Jarrod out of the bushes.
KAWASAKI KFX50 ($1999)
This is a rare gem in the ATV world: an entry-level vehicle that is appropriately sized and rated for 6-year-olds.
The most common mismatch of kids and quads comes
when children try to operate vehicles that were designed
for older riders. The KFX50 eliminates that problem with
controls that are sized for young hands. The 50 is completely automatic and has a throttle limiter.