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Looking At The Different Types of ATV's
The Aquatic ATV
The first ATVs designed were for military use and generally featured six wheels. These ATVs today are often called AATVs which stands for Aquatic All Terrain Vehicles. These vehicles were designed to be able to manage marshy or wet terrain and could easily switch from being driven on dry land to traversing rivers or shallow ponds. The six wheeled ATV model is not very popular today and these vehicles are often acquired as collector's items.
The first ATVs released for consumer use were three wheeled models that were able to cross a wide variety of terrain types. These models, however, were not very safe and were prone to flipping over if not operated correctly. Today, three wheeled ATVs are very rare and are considered collector's items.
In the 1980s, four wheel models of ATVs began to replace the common three wheel models because of safety issues. Three wheel ATVs were often susceptible to flips or turnovers and could cause serious injury if not operated correctly. As four wheel models became available on the United States market, many manufacturers stopped releasing three wheel ATVs altogether. Today, the most common type of ATV is the four wheeler. These ATVS are used for recreational purposes and can cross a variety of different terrain types. Four wheelers are still not legally admissible for driving on roads and streets, and these vehicles are typically used in the country or in forested areas. Four wheelers can still be quite dangerous if not used correctly, and consumers should take great care when operating a four wheeled ATV and always wear protective gear.
Most ATVs are designed for power and versatility rather than speed, however, All Terrain Vehicles can be customized for use in racing events such as Motocross events or other types of event that feature ATV categories. The center of balance in these vehicles must be lowered and the wheels are typically replaced for high pressure tires that can cross terrain very quickly. Also, the engine is usually replaced with a lightweight model that can achieve great speeds. Racing with ATVs can be quite dangerous, and this sport typically requires a lot of practice in order to be participated in safely.
Some All Terrain Vehicles are specifically designed for use as work vehicles. These ATVs may feature more powerful engines and a wider wheel base that will allow them to tow loads such as wagons or other loads that can be used on the job. Sometimes, ATVs are used on farms to cross long distances in a short amount of time. ATVs are used in jobs that require travel over difficult terrain or various types of terrain such as marshy terrain, forested terrain, or even desert terrain.
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