What, do you suppose, is the most important performance part of your ATV? Is it the engine? The suspension? Tires? Wheels?
None of the above. When it comes to getting your quad through difficult terrain, you can upgrade all of those parts and it might not have any real-world impact at all. If you upgrade the rider, on the other hand, there’s no limit to the gains that are possible. Unlike a car or UTV, the rider is a critical design element of an ATV. It wouldn’t work without one. If you put remote controls on the throttle, steering and brakes, a quad would barely be capable of slow operation on level ground. It’s the rider who makes it do all the amazing things that we expect. On the other hand, a rider who sits upright in the center of the seat like a bag of nails doesn’t accomplish much. Your body is a pendulum that must swing in the proper directions to make the machine turn, climb, descend and jump.
We’ve assembled this collection of images to illustrate the point. These are some of the best riders in the ATV world, and there’s no reason you can’t do the same things and accomplish the same feats. It’s all a matter of body English.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear.
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