Quads: If under 16 years of age, state law requires a size and fit standard: Size and Fit Requirements Class I ATV (quad) A Class I ATV operator under the age of 16, must meet all the following minimum physical size requirements (Rider Fit) in relationship to the vehicle:
1. Brake Reach: With hands placed in the normal operating position and fingers straight out, the first joint (from the tip) of the middle finger will extend beyond the brake lever and clutch.
2. Leg Length: While sitting and with their feet on the pegs, the knee must be bent at least 45 degrees.
3. Grip Reach: While sitting upright on the quad with hands on the handle bars and not leaning forward, there must be a distinct angle between the upper arm and the forearm, and;
4. The operator must be able to turn the handle bars from lock to lock while maintaining grip on the handle bars and maintaining throttle and brake control. Disabled operators are allowed to use prosthetic devices or modified or adaptive equipment to achieve rider fit.
On average, an 8 year old child meets the size and fit requirements above and can ride a mini quad with parent approval. An average sized 11-12 year old typically meets the size and fit requirements for a full size quad. Of course, there are always exceptions and each person will fit a quad differently. Parent understanding and agreement with management is vital in the decision making of children riding machines.
Side by sides: 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license. For high performance machines, driver’s must be at least 30 years old with a valid driver’s license or receive manager approval on site.