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    Member Mystic Explorer's Avatar
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    Question for ATV owenrs

    I have a good friend who is a disabled military veteran. He tired riding my 200 in the desert and it hurt his back and neck too much. We would really like to explore the desert together.

    Is a 4 trac (ATV) smoother over rough ground than the TW. We tried a side by side and it was pretty rough also.

    Thanks for responding

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    They CAN be. The main thing is having the suspension set up correctly.
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    I have two quads and two TWs. riding in comfort is directly related to speed and terrain. the TW is going to go as slow as you can in low gear. The quads can go slower as for the most part they are automatics. As an older fellow I can say that riding a bike is an up and down motion whereas the quad is a four direction machine. Up and down and side to side depending on what hole the tire drops in. As a side by side has a longer wheel base it could be an easier ride. I don't know what disabilities your friend has, but to me, it depends on the driver the most. If the bumps hurt, slow down.
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    Also there a big differences between brands. Kawasaki is pretty rough, Yamaha is better as is Polaris. Polaris side by sides can be pretty smooth also.
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    IMHO most four wheel drive 500+ cc quads in stock configuration would be "easier" ride. At slower/moderate speeds. Particularly when considering all the factors of easy riding not just ride quality.

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    If possible look for one with independent suspension on all 4 wheels. Preferably one that can be tuned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubzha View Post
    If possible look for one with independent suspension on all 4 wheels. Preferably one that can be tuned.

    I believe Honda makes such a unit?.

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    My wife also has back issues. She rides a Polaris Trail Boss 330. Nice wide seat and soft suspension and tire pressure not too high and it rides real smooth.
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    I just happened into this thread and like Scotti, my wife also has back issues AND wants to ride too but currently doesn't. 4wheeler might not be a bad idea. Thanks!
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    I've only ridden a sport quad once, years ago, but as I recall they have a much more compliant suspension that the general purpose ATV's. They are 2 wheel drive so they won't go as many places but that said, if there are back issues, the knarley trails are off limits anyhow. Try one out if you can, I think that may be the most comfortable way to get out in the desert as long as the 4w drive trails are avoided.
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