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helimutt
12th Mar 2008, 22:39
...and know much about them? I'm after a fast road legal quad and was wondering what the best would be.
Any ideas?

BlueWolf
13th Mar 2008, 11:56
You can register them for road use here as either a tractor, or, with uprated tyres and brakes, as a vehicle.

Having used many, both on vineyard and off, I would go for anything by Suzuki first, and everything else second, mostly because of ease of gear selection, and on-road handling with off-road tyres.

Honda make a purpose-built road racing machine, I have no experience of it, but no-one I know has been killed on one :p

Polaris apparently now make a diesel quad, don't know anyone who owns one.

Why this type of transport isn't more widely known, used, or promoted, for urban use, I don't know.

Forkandles
13th Mar 2008, 12:17
When one must come down hard on poachers and traveller types being a nuisance on the estate, one finds them easier to catch on this

http://www.luxurylaunches.com/entry_images/1107/22/GG-Quad-Bike.jpg

Flying Binghi
13th Mar 2008, 12:43
I'm after a fast road legal quad and was wondering what the best would be.

Why dont you just buy a suzuki 4WD - cheaper then most quads and weather proof to boot.

From my experience with quads on the farm over the last 20 odd years, they be very 'tippy' on the bitumen road - ie, dangerous.

Alloa Akbar
13th Mar 2008, 12:49
Concur FB..

If you want wind in your hair, speed and agility.. buy a bike.

You want 4WD, buy a car.

why would anyone want a Quad on the open road??

G-CPTN
13th Mar 2008, 13:48
http://www.americanparagliding.com/blackhawk/quad.jpg

max_cont
13th Mar 2008, 14:00
Easy, Can Am Renegade 800. About the best handling thing around at the mo and wickedly fast for a quad.:E

Mac the Knife
13th Mar 2008, 14:24
Lots of fun but very apt to overturn. I've treated quite a few riders.

Last one broke his arm and his GFs neck. She died - not so funny.

Lets all be careful out there.....

max_cont
13th Mar 2008, 14:52
Agreed Mac.

You have to remember that despite what people who don't use them think, they are not toys.

I use a big 4x4 on the farm but it does a lot of damage to the land in the wet. The quad with its low pressure tires will carry 350kg of feed between the two racks and get to places the 4x4 can't. In fact it will go through mud you can't walk through. It also does less damage while it gets there. Rolling a quad is also far less serious than rolling a 4x4.

I'm very happy to run a quad or an Argo up a Scottish mountainside. You wouldn't catch me anywhere near a 4x4 on the same mountain.

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Mar 2008, 18:28
A doctor mate who works in A&E tells me that they see to around three to five serious orthopaedic injuries a week caused by quad bike accidents.

tinpis
14th Mar 2008, 04:51
A safe-ish one

http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/unbranded/b/unbranded-baby-quad-bike.jpg

helimutt
14th Mar 2008, 17:01
Where can I get one of those Tinpis?
G-CPTN, isn't that thing missing a parachute or something?

Anyway, having had a number of bikes over the years, wife won't let me have another one. I have a car so don't want a 4x4 but feel a mid life crisis coming on. Can't decide on a kitcar or quad. This looks fun :- http://www.sdrsportscars.co.uk/theCar.html
No bike. It's just a fun thing and yes, I am well aware of the dangers of quads. A friend of mine lost her leg hitting a fence post on one. It ripped her leg clean off.

But this is what I want...Please??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKT2jStPQbo&feature=related

airborne_artist
14th Mar 2008, 17:05
Rik Mayall and Ossie Osbourne came very close to death in quad bike accidents.

MacRS
14th Mar 2008, 17:56
This ones pretty quick.
http://www.stiatv.co.nz/image/main%20pic.jpg

More about it http://www.stiatv.co.nz/ some vids of it on You Tube as well.

BlueWolf
14th Mar 2008, 23:09
It is true that in NZ at least, quads are the single leading cause of death and injury accidents on farms. They tip over easily -and very quickly - and will roll end-over-end or corner-to-corner just as readily as they go sideways.

But like any other piece of machinery, they do nothing at all without a human operating them, and so long as the said operator doesn't attempt to outdrive either the design parameters of the machine, or their own ability to control it, they are perfectly safe.