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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2001, 09:26 AM
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I have a 13 year old daughter, brand-new to 4 wheeling. She has a couple of friends teaching her to ride on a 400ex, a warrior, and a Big Bear. We considered getting her a Blaster, but ruled it out because it's 2 stroke and no reverse gear. I saw a suzuki 160, and I'm thinking it may be good for a beginner. Also I have a 10 year old who will be wanting to ride and I have to consider her. Is my thinking right to start with a 160, then let my oldest graduate to a bigger model, like a warrior, and then the youngest can take the 160? Is the Suzuki 160 a good ATV? I'd appreciate any input! Thanks!

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if you duaghter has riden the machines yuo mentioned above then i think she will be bored with the suzuki. to small but a good comprimise quad would be the honda 250ex its a 4 strok with an auto clutch manual tranny.check it out at http://www.hondamotorcycle.com/model...umber=TRX250EX


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Thanks, I'll check it out!

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let me know what you decide or if i can help in any other way

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the blaster is oil injected and is not requiring mixture. I believe the blaster would be a great starter machine...It has enough power to keep her happy for a while and will also teach her that reverse is a luxury not a necessity.

My daughters will be getting blasters when they get older. I cant think of a better starter quad. It is light enough where she can move it if need be....


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You sure about that oil? I had spoken to a dealer about the blaster and he stressed making sure we mixed oil. And it's too late on the reverse gear. All her friends are telling her (and us) to get reverse - mostly because one of the guys is forever getting caught with his 400ex and finds it to be a pain in the butt! And after spending a couple of days reading postings on this BBS, I get the feeling I should steer toward a 4 stroke engine with or without reverse. But let me ask ya another question - do I want air-cooled or liquid-cooled? Or does it matter?

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to be honest it really doesnt matter unless that machine is going to be pushed to its end constantly...and yes I am sure about the blaster because we have a couple in the family. The blaster is oil injected and the warrior is a 4 stroke, but a warrior has alot of power that may be a bit too much for her, depending on her abilities and her brains ( no offense ).

The blaster has an oil resevouir under the seat that needs to hold the 2 stroke oil, which is injected into the motor when it is running. You can modify that to run mixed oil, but that is the only way you would mix it.

Of all the rides out there and beings she is 13, I would run a smaller ride for now and then if she really wants to move up then trade or sell and then but...but the blaster is sooooo light that reverse isnt needed...

a warrior has reverse, but I believe it may be to overpowerful for her. Remember I do not know her riding ability and can only base it on a normal 13 year old girl. Reverse is an overrated ammenity for most cases. I would get the blaster and tell her that reverse is there...it just consists of her 2 feet and a few muscles

by the way I have 2 daughters of my own, and they love riding...but they also know when I buy them their first toys, they get what they get and if they want something else they have to pay for it themself!

Good luck mom!!!!


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Thanks for the info, it explains alot! Believe me, I take no offense when you mention brains. Right now, she has only just started to ride, so she is a very new beginner! So, yes, Im definetely going to start smaller and let her ease into the sport. By-the-way, I particulary liked your comment about buying their own toys!!

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glad I could help. One thing to note...if the dealer you talked to did not state it was oil injected, I would look to talk to either a different sales guy or a different shop altogether...one HUGE pet peeve is a sales guy that doesnt know his own product....

Here this is off the yamaha web site:
---Potent, quick-revving 195cc air-cooled 2-stroke single delivers excellent torque and top-end power for all types of high-performance sport riding.

---26mm Mikuni carburetor with resin-type reed valve induction ensures instant throttle response for smoother acceleration and a broad, hard-hitting powerband.

---Exclusive Yamaha Autolube Oil Injection System eliminates the need for premixing fuel and oil for added convenience and less mess.

---Super-reliable CDI ignition fires consistent spark at all RPM levels to ensure seamless throttle response and acceleration across the wide powerband.

That sales guy should go back to school or something

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/01motors...info_body.html

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a blaster should be good....a warrior is a very large machine more suited for six footers so a small girl might not fit it well

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