tery. You get about 45–60 minutes of
ride time on a full charge when riding on a hard surface. Unfortunately,
there is no battery-level meter to
monitor power levels.
Assembly of the product is a snap.
Literally, you snap the handlebars
into the steering stem, then screw
the rear cargo rack/seat rest on top
of the rear fenders. The battery sits
under the seat and easily plugs into
the machine’s wiring harness. To
make the machine go, you do not use
a traditional thumb or twist throttle.
Instead, a gas-pedal-type accelerator is located on the right floorboard,
similar to other electric ride-on toys
for kids. The difference on this model
is that there is a small slide lever
that parents can use to regulate top
speeds between 3. 5–7 mph. When
the slide is moved to the “fast” position, kids can still modulate speeds
by rocking their foot. This is a good
feature for teaching throttle control.
A reverse gear is provided so kids do
not have to get off the machine and
Power for this quad is provided by
this 24-volt battery that sits under the
quad’s seat. It hooks up easily but takes
several hours to charge up. We recommend buying a second battery so riding
sessions don’t end prematurely.
This Sportsman XP850 can handle small amounts of uneven terrain.
However, it likes to be ridden on hardpacked surfaces. The battery lasts longer the harder the trail is.
The red band circling the tire is Nitrile
rubber to provide traction on slick
surfaces. We have seen people wrap
the rubber carcass of a standard tire
around these hard plastic wheels
before. You can glue it on with construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails.