Whether you’re mainly using your quad bike for day-to-day farm duties or taking it on the road, often you need a quad that can do both. With more and more people looking into road legal agricultural quad bikes, the demand for these kinds of ATV to function as both a working vehicle and a road worthy vehicle is increasing. So, to help you find the best road legal, agricultural-appropriate quad bike for you, here’s a rundown of things to consider to ensure your vehicle is road worthy.
To legally ride a quad bike on the road it must be DVLA approved, registered, taxed and have an MOT if it is more than 3 years old. Many quad bikes can’t be used on the road because they don’t meet road safety standards, so to ensure your quad bike has been approved for road use, check with your manufacturer. If it hasn’t been approved, don’t panic. You can still apply for ‘type approval’ if your quad bike meets certain safety standards.
Before you can ride your quad on the road, you need to get front and rear number plates for it. To get these you’ll need a registration number, and to get that, you’ll need to register your vehicle with the DVLA. There may be a new registration fee, and you’ll need to send off a number of personal ID and vehicle documents.
It almost goes without saying, but you’ll also need to ensure that your quad bike is appropriately insured and that you have a valid driving licence – either a full car licence or a category B1 licence if it was issued before January 1997. Another thing to know is that you can only carry passengers if your quad bike is designed to do so. If in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
One of the most important things to note is that while you’re not required by law to wear a crash helmet in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland), it is heavily advised. You’re more exposed when riding a quad bike than you are in a car, and quads can be quite unstable at times. For instance, accelerating too fast can cause your quad bike to flip, so you’re going to need to wear some kind of protective gear.
Types of quad bikes
Now you know the legal requirements, let’s take a look to see which types of quad bikes are best for you and the road.
- Quadzilla Euro 4 CForce 850XC
Known as Quadzilla’s best spec road legal quad bike, the Euro CForce 850XC features a powerful 800cc V-Twin engine, making it speedy on the roads while strong and reliable for the farm. This high-tech quad also features dual USB sockets, a 12v socket and a multifunctional dashboard. With rear trailing arm suspension, the CForce 850XC offers a comfortable ride and unbeatable handling, perfect for everyday use.
- Yamaha Grizzly 350 4WD
Also known as “King of the grasslands”, the Grizzly 350 4WD features a 348cc air-cooled 4 stroke engine with ultramatic transmission, making it easy to tackle steep hills. Strong and durable, this ATV offers a towing capacity of 500kg and is designed with rear and front racks, giving it the ability to carry heavy loads up to 120kg. As well as being tough and reliable, the Grizzly 350 4WD is fuel efficient and low maintenance, making it a top choice for farmers.
- TGB Blade 1000LT Deluxe Euro 4
If you’re not working the farm solo, the TGB Blade 1000LT features two seats so both you and your companion can hit the road together. This ATV offers all the bells and whistles you could possibly hope for in a road legal quad bike, from adjustable power steering and a powerful 997cc V-Twin engine, to the brand’s own patented rear differential system offering superior handling. While this quad bike is slightly higher in price, it makes up for it in quality and performance.
- Honda Rincon TRX680FA
While the Honda Rincon TRX680FA is more compact than some of Honda’s other monstrous machines, it makes up for it in versatility and power. With a 675cc fuel-injected engine this ATV offers high-performance and ensures easy handling in extreme weather conditions. The Rincon 680 also features foam-padded seats to provide extra comfort, perfect for everyday use whether it be on the road or on the farm.
- Adly 700 Conquest
By far the most powerful and aesthetically appealing of Adly’s quads is the Adly 700. This mighty ATV can be used on the road as an everyday vehicle and for agricultural use. With a 695cc 4 stroke engine and an 18 litre fuel tank, the Adly 700 is fuel friendly and fast. From flashy amenities such as LED daytime running lights and aluminium wheels to must-have features like its switchable all-wheel drive system, this quad bike is both practical and good-looking.
From the practical to the powerful, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the right road legal and agricultural quad bike for you. It’s also worth noting that many dealers offer services to make off-road quad bikes road legal without making them any less powerful, so you can easily enjoy the full experience of an ATV as both an everyday vehicle for road use and a working vehicle for agricultural use.