View Full Version : Riding forest roads

09-16-2011, 10:59 AM
Heading up to our place on LG in early Oct. My uncle is coming up with his 9 year old who has been riding a 50cc ATV for the last year plus. I know when we are on any of the actual trails it would not be wise / safe for him to ride his own ATV, but curious what people's thoughts are on finding some of the lesser traveled forest roads and letting him ride between us on his own ATV? We wouldn't be looking to go anywhere, it would just be a thrill for him to actually ride with us for a bit. Any suggestion on places we could go?

09-16-2011, 01:08 PM
Been down this path before, the big issue is if you have one of those cheap China 50cc atv they will not hold up for a long ride running wide open. I have seen so many of those things just fall apart when you run them hard.
When my kids first start riding on public trails we hit the rail road grades first Only crossing roads this way.

Not a big fan of riding up in LG with a lot of road routes. Been down there and its sometimes like a HYW. My biggest fear is a drunk driving on the road.

If you do choose to take the kid out bring lots of tools. You will likely have to make some adjustment. (tightning loose screws) And have mirors on you machine to keep an eye on them. Tell them to alway stay to the RIGHT!

09-16-2011, 02:44 PM
Thanks Ranger, he actually has a Polaris 50, not one of the cheap Chinese ones so hopefully it will hold up a bit better.

09-16-2011, 03:50 PM
You could take him down the RR grade that runs from Bergland to Sidnaw. You might meet a few people but you can see them coming for a long way and it's a good smooth trail.

10-11-2011, 10:08 AM
As a DNR Youth ATV Instructor, you should know the laws in Michigan. No one under the age of 12 can ride any 4 Wheel ATV. They are allowed to ride a "Dirt Bike," providing they passed the DNR Youth ATV Safety Class. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can ride an ATV, however they must have passed the DNR Youth ATV Safety Class, and have the DNR Certificate with them, and be under Direct Visual Supervision of a Parent or Guardian. The only exception to this law in Michigan is if the child is riding on the Parents Personal Property. Sorry, I don't write the laws, I just teach the children the laws so they can get the Safety Certificate. I had a class last Saturday at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood.