DoneDeal’s guide to buying your child a quad bike

Quad bikes are one way to have fun in the great outdoors, but there are a few things unsuspecting parents need to get straight before buying or selling one Quad biking has become popular among people of all ages in recent years, but particularly popular among the younger generation, with many children putting them on birthday and Christmas wish lists. Likewise, quad races have sprung up around Ireland, with the Irish quad championship taking place in June and July. Basic rules of quad biking However, if you’re thinking of granting your child’s wish for a quad as a way to keep them occupied over the summer, there’s a few things you need to know first. It’s illegal to drive quads on the road Quad bikes can only be used on private land with the owner’s permission Quad biking is only for people aged 12 years and upwards It’s an offence to sell a quad to persons under 16 Quads are designed for one person – not two ie no passengers Fun pastime Quad biking can be a hugely enjoyable pastime if it is carried out in the correct conditions, according to John Cullen, owner of Quad Attack. “It’s brilliant and it’s good craic and there’s good camaraderie in quad racing,” says Cullen. Buying a quad Cullen recommends that buyers of quad bikes purchase recognised makes. “For the simple reason that you’ll be able to source parts later on,” he says. He lists recognised makes as Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki among others. Speeds Quad bikes are relatively slow compared to other types of transports but they do have good acceleration. “The fastest bikes will do 0 to 60 miles in three seconds, with top speeds of 70 to 80 miles per hour,” says Cullen. Safety It is illegal to drive quads on the road. They are designed for off-road use as they don’t conform to regulations in relation to tyres, lights and indicators. They can only be used on private land if the owner allows it. Always make sure you wear the right protective clothing, including helmet, gloves and eye protection. Quads aren’t designed to carry passengers, so never let your child do so and don’t drive the quad and have your child as the passenger. Don’t let very young children onto quads as they won’t be able to control such powerful machines. Anyone who drives a quad should receive tuition from a qualified instructor before they get on the bike. Licence Cullen says quad biking should be run properly, and riders should go to specialised tracks that are supervised. You must be 12 years or older to ride a quad under supervised conditions on private land. In order to ride the quad in competitive races you must get a licence from Motor Cycling Ireland. Selling a quad The Road Safety Authority states that it is an offence to supply a mechanically propelled vehicle, including a quad, to a person under 16 years of age for use in a public place. You could be liable to a fine of up to €3,000 or six months in prison if you do sell to underage children so check out the buyer and ask for identification before you make the sale. #BabyampKids #Motor #Toys