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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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ATV for 12 year old

when looking at ATVs they all had stickers on them for min. age

the youngest was 14 years old

is this something Polaris does? is this something the dealer does for legal reasons? or there a law regarding age and engine size?

i see posts of people letting their 12 year olds drive them......i know you can do whatever you want on your own land, but can a 12 year old drive a atv on a public trail(WI) ????

what im reading on line and what i saw at the dealer are 2 different things...id like to get my son his own atv...maybe a used 250...

also looking at dirt bikes for him.....but id think a atv would be safer and no clutch

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post #2 of 71 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 05:18 PM
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Wisconsin law allows children under 12 to ride up to 90cc. 12 and over can ride any size as long as they have passed an approved atv safety certification course and MUST carry their card at all times. That being said, my kids have been riding since 3-4 years old. They started on 90's and finally just outgrew them. I bought each of them an old gen3 scrambler. My daughter is 10, 5'3", and 120#'s. She rides and handles her 500 scrammy IMO better than most of the adults we ride with. My son is 14, 5'6", and 130#'s. He rides his scrambler 400 like he stole it and IMO can out ride 95% of the adults we ride with. The stickers are there because of lawyers. I would never recommend allowing a child to operate a vehicle they are not familiar with or lack the experience for. My children wear full motocross gear head to toe and are not even allowed to start the engine without a helmet on. Aside of specific laws, the choice of size for atv is completely in the hands of responsible sensible parents.

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so when you see the sticker on the side of a new Polaris saying NO ONE UNDER AGE 16 it is not a legal/ WI thing?....its just Polaris making a suggestion???

the Police wont pull him over and see he is too young???

i dont intend to put my son in a 570 other than put, putting around our land......but i would like to get him something more than a 170....something he can grow into to some degree....

i want him to be able to keep up with me.....since i have a touring (2 passenger) i wont be doing much crazy stuff anyways, so anything 350 and up should be able to keep up with me easily
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If he's 12 or older and has the certificate, has 3" clearance between the seat and his crotch when standing, and has bend in his elbows she holding bars then he should not be hassled. Look up Wisconsin atv regulations for a full list of rules. If you feel comfortable getting him a 350 or larger then that's on you. I won't try to influence your decision with my opinion.

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just dont want to get a 12 year old who is mature a 70cc toy.....i have no doubts he can handle a 350 and would be careful with it....and that the 350 would carry him into age 16+.....also would allow my 2 younger kids to use it for years to come as they get older (ages 8 and 10)

i looked at that RZR 170 at the dealership....rather get him straddling a bike and not a mini car
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There are some odd rules in the WI regulations. Kids can't ride on a ATV route, but can on a trail... you have to pull them (trailer style) on the route to the trail head. Seems more dangerous than just having them ride on the route (road side).

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I think its a fitment thing. Knee bent at 45 degrees, can turn stop to stop without moving around on the seat and the hand to the brake lever fit. Thats what it is in Oregon. The age thing is to cover there *ss thing. Im trying to figure that out with a 9yr old granddaughter thats a little bigger than your standard 9 yr old. Your mileage may vary in your state.

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Twostarrz is correct. Look up Wisconsin atv regulations, and make your own decisions based on that. Don't try to get justification here for what you want to do. Every state has their own rules and laws about these things, and it's up to the individual to decide if they are going to follow the before mentioned. It's your child, and you are responsible for their safety.

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I'd have to agree.... check your local rules, regulations and laws first. From there use your best discretion as to what is best for you and your child's safety.

The "No one under 16 yrs old" safety decals are just to 'protect you from you' and cover their own @ss from legal issues / ramifications later.... should tragedy strike!! So they have the claim that they "Clearly posted, it is not for use by anyone under 16".... to put the own-is on the owner, operator or guardian of the child and/or machine.

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as far as the age requirements for CC size restrictions go, they are put in place by the federal government and are the same regardless on which state you live in but each state has their own laws as to what is required to ride them and as to where they could be ridden and such.
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