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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2003, 11:34 AM
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50cc or 90cc for 8 year old?

I am new to the sport/hobby of atv's. I would like to buy my son an atv next month when he turns 8 yo. He handled a 90cc Badger and 90cc Viper fairly well last weekend. Dealers would have you believe that a kid that young should stay on a 50cc model. I'm thinking a 50cc model would work fine this year but he would outgrow it by next year. Am I overlooking something here? Which size youth atv would be best to start with?

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Re: 50cc or 90cc for 8 year old?

How big is he? I'd probably go with the 90. Most 50/90's are the same size except for engine size and most 50's have 16" tires on 7" rims, while most 90's have 19" tires on 8" rims. There are more tire choices for 8" rims too.

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8 y.o. kids can race the 90 on the AMA/ATVA circuit. Go with the 90, IMHO.
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I have pretty much decided to go with a 90cc model. More upside to it. It will cost a little more upfront but it will have more usage down the road.
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Re: 50cc or 90cc for 8 year old?

You'll be glad. My boy just turned 6 and I got him the 90. But hes' a big boy, over 4' and over 80#. I keep it throttled all the way down and it's top speed is about 20-22 mph. Fast enough for him. And it's nice to know he'll be riding it for the next 10 years.
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