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Your complete checklist to buying quad bikes in the UK

What to consider before buying quad bikes that are right for you

From adults, to kids and teenagers, the all-terrain vehicle is an off-road champion. It is the ultimate recreational vehicle that can go anywhere. The versatility, speed, and functionality it offers have turned it into a thrilling racing machine, and a fun past time hobby. Whether you want to use them for pleasure, work, or even as a mode of transport, this checklist will help you decide the best quad bike for you.

Choosing the right vehicle for you


A quad bike is heavier than a dirt bike, and you must be physically capable of controlling the vehicle. So, a less heavy one is more suited for younger riders. 30kg – 90kg is an ideal weight range for children. Mini quads can also be around the 70kg to 100kg. Adult quad bikes usually weigh more than 80kg and also have 100kg load-carrying capacity.


If you plan on riding your quad bike on public roads, you need to fit road tyres more suitable for a flatter surface. Off-road tyres are better suited for extreme terrain in the hands of experienced riders. Universal tyres are suitable for moderate terrain.

Road legality

The bike you are purchasing needs approval for road use. You can do this by checking with the manufacturer, and if it has not been approved but meets road safety standards, you can apply for Type Approval.

How powerful should the quad bike be?

The engine size decides the power. Larger engines mean more powerful speeds. These should be for those who have had experience with higher acceleration and better manoeuvering. Mini quad engines range from 50cc to 125cc. Adult quads usually have 125cc engines and bigger. Although more high-powered machines are available, specially designed for racing, these are still powerful and able to race, carry loads, and conquer tough ground. These also have a smoother power delivery than bigger bikes.

Manual or automatic

Manual quad bikes use the clutch, throttle, and a shift lever, and if you are going uphill, the brake at the same time. Manual transmission offers more control allowing the operator to select the best gear for the terrain and situation. Manual quads are more useful in racing when you need full control.

Automatic transmission types do most of the work for you. You can shift gears automatically and accelerate from full stop to top speed by just actuating the accelerator without a rider input. Most models require you to put the quad bike in low, high, or reverse gear before the vehicle starts moving.  They have more ease of use, tenability, and performance advantages.

What terrain types are suitable for quad bikes?

Quad bikes are suitable for all types of terrain. These withstand sand, mud, snow, and uneven shrubbery surfaces.

Legal quads

Quad bikes, regardless of their name, are treated as four-wheeled vehicles by the DVLA. They have the same legal requirement as a car. You need a car licence to ride these on the road. After registering the vehicle with the DVLA, the front and rear should display the number plate. A road legal quad bike more than 3 years old needs a valid MOT. You also need third party insurance from a company authorised and regulated by the financial conduct authority.

Maintenance check

  • Wash the mud off from drive chains and brake cables before it has time to dry. Use low-pressure washing.
  • Take drum brakes apart to clean them after every 150km.
  • Check chains for rust and correct tension.
  • Brakes need frequent inspection and cleaning every two months.
  • Change oil and oil filter regularly after every 150km.
  • Tighten nuts and bolts.
  • Make sure brake fluid level and brake lever tension are correct.

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