In the past few years, quad riding has really taken off in the UK, not just for commercial work but also for leisure, and if you run a farm and are thinking of acquiring a quad, there is much to consider. Ideally, you want a machine that is completely suited to farm work, and with that in mind, here are a few tips to ensure that you pick the right bike.
- Road or Off-Road? This is a decision you will have to make before doing anything, and if you have no plans to ride the machine or the UK roads, then you do not need to tax and insure the bike, nor do you need a licence, as the bike will be ridden on private land.
- New Or Used? Obviously, a new quad will cost more than a used one, and if you are going for a used machine, make sure you buy from an approved dealer, as this will give you some form of warranty. If going for a second-hand quad, ask the dealer about the history of the machine, as this will tell you whether or not the bike has been maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. There are useful guides you can find online on buying a used quad bike.
- What Model Should You Choose? At first glance, all quads might look the same to an untrained eye, yet you should consider the type of work you are planning to use the quad bike for. You might want to transport fence posts and put them into the ground, or you may need a quad that can tow a small trailer, in which you can transport hay, tools or indeed anything. Regarding engine size, you are advised to buy a quad with at least a 500cc engine, which would have all the power you need, while a 1,000cc model would make a terrific workhorse. If you are looking for farm quad finance, you can easily find a finance company that offers low rates of interest, plus you can claim tax relief for the purchase, as it is business-related.
Rather than driving around the country looking for quad suppliers, you can easily locate an established dealer with a Google search, then you can pay them a visit and test ride quads until you are sure which make and model is right for you. At least buying from a known dealer will give you some sort of warranty, which is essential when investing in such a machine, and with regular servicing, the bike will always be ready to go to work. If you are looking for ATV parts that need to be replaced, make sure you can find the right ones and go only to a reliable dealer. Quadbikes R Us is also a Yamaha quad parts dealer, so if you got that brand, you may want to check out their online shop.
There are many accessories and attachments to make life on the farm a little easier, such as a winch, trailer and bright LED spotlights for working at nights, and the same place you buy the machine would also sell essential add-ons and accessories
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