Quad Biking – The Things You Didn’t Know About
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For those of you who have ridden quad bikes before and think that you know everything that there is to know and for those of you who have yet to experience this great past time, there is lots to learn. One of Britain’s fastest growing hobbies has an in-depth history to it and has been around for quite some time. People seem to think that quad biking is a new concept, but it was popular in the 70’s and has remained popular to this very day. Here are some things that you may not be aware of.
1. In the 1970’s it was Honda motorbikes that first got involved in the production of trikes and then quads that were based around their popular motorbikes. However, it was Suzuki, who sold the first ever quad bike and it was sold as a recreational vehicle for beginners only. It wasn’t until 1983, that the first high-powered quad was made by Royal Enfield, which was a British bike company.
2. The first ATV’s or as we know them now, quads, came with not four wheels, but six. They were built without the now necessary tail lights until the UK government made it a legal requirement in 1998. You can find shops with road legal quad bikes for sale. It is now relatively easy, as are off-road quads and utility quads. The popular four wheel quad can now be seen in use on many farms throughout the UK.
3. The longest distance ever jumped on a quad bike was 134 feet over fourteen Honda CRV’s and it was performed by an Australian by the name of Matt Coulter. On a different extreme, a guy called Jon Geutter, an American, was the first person to do a back flip on a four wheeled quad bike. Check out articles online to find out more about what queds can do.
4. Parking and generally moving around on a quad bike is much easier if you are driving slowly. They come in three classifications – road legal, off-road and utilities. The road legal types, as their name suggests, need to be properly registered and you can drive them on public roads but you must have the proper licence. Off-roads are generally used for fun activities, but also for hard work on UK’s farms all around the country.
5. The popular golf carts you see around UK golf courses are modelled on the popular quad bike with the four wheels. You will also see similar models hard at work in the nation’s airports and are used to ferry bags, suitcases and people all through the airport building. They are safe and reliable and new uses are being found for them all the time.
If you haven’t already ridden or driven a quad bike, it is something that you really need to try at least once in your lifetime. It is a lot of fun to do by yourself or with a group of your friends. It is a great way to build teamwork in the workplace.