What To Look For When Buying Your First ATV

What To Look For When Buying Your First ATV

If you’re looking to get into the world of powersports, choosing your first off-road ride can be intimidating. Since you’re reading this article, you’ve likely narrowed it down to an ATV, but there are still tons of options in that category alone. Luckily, we’ve got a quick guide for beginners who are unsure of what to keep an eye out for in their newest ride. No matter what you’re looking to do with your ride, if you pay attention to these three factors, the decision of which ATV to try first should be much easier.

Engine Power 

Person riding on the Denago Powersports E Hawk 6 ATV

If you’re buying a motorized machine, one of your first concerns should absolutely be its power. The size and strength of an engine is a huge determining factor in how your ATV can be used. Powerful engines are great for rough terrain and utility work. Generally, however, you’ll want a smaller engine for new riders. Don’t worry: you’ll still get plenty of speed and adventure out of a less-powerful engine. But bigger, more impressive engines can be a lot to handle, especially for younger and inexperienced riders. Unless you’re planning to race your ATV competitively, you won’t need a machine with extreme specs. We have ATVs with engines suitable for beginner riders of all ages, so no matter who you’re shopping for, there’s an ATV that’s right for you.

Weight and Size

The weight of your ATV has a surprisingly significant impact on its performance. A bigger, heavier ATV can usually carry more weight and handle more stress for work use, but it travels much slower as a result. A smaller, lighter-weight ATV can get up and going in moments and can maneuver with ease. They don’t compromise durability in the process: a good lightweight ATV can handle a rough ride without too much issue. However, they have a tougher time doing difficult farm work or carrying bigger cargo. Riders will also want to pick a model that is comfortably sized for their height. You’ll want to pay attention to the needs of the rider and the intended use of the ATV when looking at vehicles of different sizes.

Safety Features

Child riding on the Denago Powersports E Hawk 6 Electric ATV

Safety is vital, especially for newer and younger riders. Key features like wireless engine shutoff, good suspension, bright LED headlights and running lights, and an automatic transmission can make rides safer and easier for little explorers and newer riders.


This may go without saying, but price is always a consideration with a new vehicle. You’ll want to find something that meets all of your off-roading needs without leaving your bank account empty. Though some may think that a more expensive ATV offers a better ride, that isn’t always the case. Denago Powersports offers ATVs with plenty of power and features that are great for riders who don’t want to spend extreme amounts of money on a machine. We have a variety of models, so there’s a vehicle for everyone.

Of course, these aren’t the only things to look for in an ATV. Everything from the size of the wheels to the number of gears can play a part in your final decision. But for newer riders, these are some helpful and easy factors to pay attention to when first starting your search for an off-road ride. No matter which machine you choose, we hope you’ll have a blast discovering new adventures with Denago Powersports.

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