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Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 18, 2004 08:16 AM  
We are currently looking a few different types of 50 cc 4 wheelers. Polaris, Kawasaki and Bombardier. Any thoughts on which ones maybe be better than others?
Thanks

Ego Racing
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posted March 18, 2004 01:58 PM  
Are you looking for one just to play with or are they interested in racing them or hopping them up?
Polaris for just getting on and riding and having fun.
For Racing or to upgrade as the kids get bigger look at an LEM. They are about $1700 and are one of the most accesorized 50's there is. I got to ride one (5'10 and 210lbs) and it would FLY!!! It would go over 40 with me on it. The one I rode races in Michigan and a 6 year old girl drives it. Her dad Detunes it for it to be a fair race. It has been dynoed at over 50hp and she can hit 60 mph on it. I watched as she outran a stock banshee in a flat smooth feild on a straight run of about 1/4 mile.

Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 18, 2004 05:51 PM  
Thanks. It's just to play around with. I have a Honda Four Trax 200 (and Honda doesn't seem to make a 50) Around here the Polaris, Kawasaki, Suzuki & Bombarier are all about $1800 but the Yamaha is $2100 (and it's quite a bit heavier).

Ego Racing
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posted March 18, 2004 06:25 PM  
I bought a polaris 50 and have had NO trouble and it is 5 years old. I got a LEM for my son when he was 8 and he races it now, they make him run it in the 80-90cc class and he is very competitive with it. I removed some os the things that were on it because it is not about winning everything when your that age, I want him to have to work for it so him is a little slower than most right now and he still pulled 4 wins last year. It is as reliable as the polaris and I got it used for $1000.
Good Luck.
P.S. The LEM has the most suspension travel on any mini 4 wheeler, It is more than a couple full size bikes. The Yahama has twin shocks in the front but if you look the front is a swingarm setup and has no side to side independent front end travel.

Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 19, 2004 08:10 AM  
Forgive my ingnorance, but what is an LEM? Around here I have only seen the Honda, Yamaha, Polaris, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Bombardier (which is something I had never heard of until I saw it at our local Kawasaki dealer)

Ego Racing
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posted March 19, 2004 02:34 PM  
LEM is a company that makes only 50 cc bikes. The way I learned about them is the one I rode at a public riding area here in Florida. I have seen the ad in some magazines. If I find the info on them I will post it.

Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 20, 2004 05:02 AM  
Thanks for the info. I actually found a website for them (LEM). Neat looking bikes. Unfortunately there isn't a dealer nearby. I think we are leaning towards the Polaris. They seem like they would better fit a child (my daughter is 6). Polaris provides a safety video that is mandatory to watch and a rider safety course. They also are offering a free helmet. I just didn't know anything about them (knew they made snowmobile's but that was about it).

If you hear anything (good or bad) on any of these bikes, forward them on. Thanks!

Ego Racing
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posted March 20, 2004 11:54 AM  
I have a scrambler (polaris) 500 4X4, I have used it in the field working, at the track and play with it. It is a little heavy as 4 wheelers go but I do not know if anything else would hold up to what I put it through. It will pull a full sized chevy 4X4 PU with 2 flat 38's on it if I can keep it from spinning all 4 tires.
I have had it for 5 years and just do oil changes and go. I had to replace the belt once and it took about 10 min and a few hand tools. I think the belt costs $40.

Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 22, 2004 01:04 PM  
I'll have to keep that in mind when it's time to get a full size 4 wheeler. I bought my Honda in 1993 and have had pretty good luck with it. Actually the only reason I bought the Honda is there is a dealer about 5 minutes away. It's a good brand, but there are so many others out there that I know about now.

NYhick
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posted March 24, 2004 08:28 PM  
If you look at the motors on the 50's you will notice they are almost all the same manufacturer eventhough they are not the same make. Polaris doesnt actually make their 50cc atv, some korean company does. The same is true for most other companies. LEM rock... plain and simple. The others may be much easier to come by and more available. You need to think of parts and repair when you decide because waiting weeks for parts or driving far to get service will not only break your wallet, but your kids heart too since they wont be able to ride for so long.....

Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 30, 2004 07:59 AM  
Fortunately all the dealers for Polaris, Kawasaki, Bombardier, Yamaha, and Honda are really close. LEM would require quite a "hike". We haven't purchased one yet, but so far it's looking like the Polaris is heading for a home in our garage. The Yamaha looks like a really good one too, but It's pretty heavy (and their prices just went up).


Ego Racing
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posted March 30, 2004 07:00 PM  
If the Yahama is the one like the raptor look at the front end. It is NOT an independent front like most others. There are two coilover shocks but it attaches to the frame in two spots on the frame, so it is a swingarm in the front. A friend of mine got one for his son and took it back in 3 weeks. The kid flipped it twice and was always getting stuck because with the front on a swingarm whe one wheel hita a medium bump the other lifts off of the ground which has caused the thing to suddenly go straight even with the wheels turned.

Pedal2Metal20
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posted March 30, 2004 07:14 PM  
Wow, I'm glad that we decided on the Polaris. It certainly is a zippy little thing. I have gotten so used to the sound of mine (4 stroke) and the Polaris is a little 2 stroke. My daughter was a bit intimidated (which isn't a bad thing). I just hope she doesn't learn from watching me (I should have just bought a two wheel bike, since my Honda 200 is on two wheels more than 4). The only time it's on 4 wheels for any length of time, is when it's sitting in the garage.

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