While a quad bike is one of the last vehicles that you’d expect to see on UK roads, their popularity as a quick and convenient way to sprint through city streets is starting to grow. This is thanks in no small part to recent improvements in safety standards that have helped some ATVs become approved for road use.
At the same time, many people want a quad that can work off-road while letting them ride between locations in the countryside. Fortunately, there are plenty of options on today’s road legal quad bike market. Let’s take a quick look at your best options for 2020.
Starting on the sportier side of things, the YFM700R from Yamaha is powered by a 686cc fuel-injected engine that offers plenty of torque without being too heavy on fuel. Fully-adjustable suspension and a handy reverse gear further sweeten the deal. Opt for the upgraded SE version for even more performance.
If you want a performance quad from Yamaha that looks like a little more grown-up, the YFZ450R is a considerable bit of kit. While originally designed for the track, this 449cc liquid-cooled unit is now ready for the road, thanks to a few clever design changes. One of the most noticeable is a first-in-class slipper clutch, albeit only for the SE version.
CFORCE 600 EPS
Sitting in the middle of the 2020 CFORCE line-up, the 600EPS is a capable two-seater that promises a smooth ride and plenty of power when you need it. As the name would suggest, that power comes from a 600cc engine that effortlessly transfers its torque through a CVT gearbox to a set of rugged 25-inch tyres.
As you would expect from CFORCE, there are plenty of customisation options to make your 600EPS unique. You can pick one of these up at ATV Bikes, a local store that offers the full range of CFORCE quadbikes by CFmoto. They also have a great range of pit bikes that are worth checking out. Plus, there’s flexible financing available to make your investment easier on the wallet.
Honda Fourtrax (TRX420)
While it certainly won’t wow any onlookers, the Fourtrax is a classic ATV that has served many a farmer for years thanks to its superb build quality and reliability. There are several engine sizes for this model, with the smallest being 260cc and the most powerful sporting a 680cc unit.
Automatic and manual transmissions are available. If you pick up the 2020 model, you’ll get a bit more tech, including electronic start, power steering, and an onboard computer.
KYMCO MXU 550i
Like most Brits, you probably haven’t heard of KYMCO. They’ve actually been around for quite a while, starting out as a supplier for Honda in the 1960s. Fast forward to 2020, and the quad maker now has its own impressive ATV. The utilitarian build hides a capable 501cc engine that powers all four wheels, making it a great budget option.
Let’s say you want something different, and you’re not particularly concerned about money. In that case, the Renegade from Can-am might be up your alley. Like most quads on the list, this ATV is available in a couple of different engine sizes. But none are more noteworthy than the record-setting 1000cc V-twin beast that sits inside the top-end model.
With up to 91 horsepower, it’s about as fast and as loud as it gets for a quad bike. You also get plenty of high-tech features, including tri-mode steering, electronic fuel injection, intelligent throttle control and a digital driver’s display. Just be ready to pay a pretty penny.
So, what will you be racing off with? All of these quads are great options, so go ahead and take your pick.