KAWASAKI KFX 90 ($2,599)
The 89cc KFX 90 was designed for
a youth that has already outgrown
the KFX 50. It has an air-cooled,
single-cylinder, four-stroke engine
that is easy to handle but provides
fun power. It has an electric-starter,
along with a kick-starter, that kids
can operate easily. The brakes are
drum in the front and a hydraulic
disc brake in the rear that stops its
weight of 262 pounds with ease.
KYMCO MONGOOSE 70 S ($2,199)
Kymco’s Mongoose 70 S gives
your child a great ATV at a reasonable price. It has an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with
a CVT transmission that has forward,
neutral and reverse. The Mongoose
weighs 232 pounds and has drum
brakes up front with a hydraulic disc
brake in the rear for good stopping
power. Daytime running lights come
equipped on the 70 S, along with an
electric- and kick-starter. It is rated for
6-year-old kids and up.
ARCTIC CAT 90 ($2,799)
The Arctic Cat 90 is powered by
the same 90cc four-stroke engine that
comes in the DVX 90. That includes
an electric-starter and a reverse gear
with its automatic CVT transmission.
The main difference between the two
youth ATVs is that the 90 is styled after
a utility quad and has a front and rear
cargo rack that can hold 25 pounds
altogether. The brakes are drum up
front with a hydraulic disc brake in
the rear. It weighs in at 265 pounds.
CAN-AM DS 90 ($2,799)
Just like the DS 70, the 90 comes
with an electric- and kick-starter.
The automatic CVT transmission has
forward, neutral and reverse gears.
Also, like its little brother, the 90 has
drum brakes in the front and rear. The
biggest difference is the additional
20cc of power in the engine. It has an
air-cooled, 89cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a throttle limiter. It
weighs 250 pounds and is a lot of fun
for growing kids.
ARCTIC CAT DVX 90 ($2,799)
Young riders will enjoy the DVX 90.
It has an air-cooled, 90cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that gives the
bigger kids more power. It features a
15-mph speed limiter for kids that still
need to grow into the bigger engine.
The DVX features a CVT transmission
with reverse, and daytime running
lights on the front and back of the
quad. Turning the ATV on is simple
with an electric-starter, as well as
a kick-starter. It weighs 260 pounds,
with drum brakes up front and a
hydraulic disc brake in the rear.
KYMCO MONGOOSE 90 S ($2,499)
The 90 S shares the same frame
as the Mongoose 70 S with a larger
engine in it for kids ages 12 and up.
The Automatic CVT has a forward,
neutral and reverse gear. It has an
electric- and kick-starter as well. The
engine is an air-cooled, 89cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke powerplant.
Daytime running lights come stock on
the 90 S, along with a safety kill switch
lanyard, which is also on the 70 S. The
Mongoose weighs in at 232 pounds
that is stopped by front drum brakes
with a rear hydraulic disc brake.
you pick the right ATV for your young
Choosing the right quad for your
kid doesn’t have to be that hard if
you know what to look for. If the
OEMs had their way, you would buy
your kid the same brand ATV you
ride, but unfortunately companies like
Yamaha do not have any kids’ quads
in their lineup right now, and Suzuki
and Honda do not sell 50’s. Kawasaki
and Polaris are the only major man-
ufacturers offering 50cc machines, so
brand loyalty is not a reality for some.
Right now the smallest gas-pow-
ered ATV you can buy is the Polaris
Outlaw 50. Kawasaki has a 50, but it
uses the same chassis as their 90 with
smaller tires installed. Suzuki had one
of the best “micro minis” for decades
but stopped producing it years ago.
The 70cc quads from Kymco and
Can-Am are good choices if your first-
time rider is a bit bigger or you know
they will learn fast. All of the minis
have throttle-limiter screws these
days, so allowing your kid to putt
around on a machine that’s a little fast
for them (unrestricted) is possible.