Evaluating ATV Top Speed Basics and Factors
When it comes to a variety of power sports items, including ATVs, sea-doos and many others, speed is a significant factor for many buyers. At the same time, it’s important to understand the role speed, and particularly top speed, plays in the operation and maintenance of a given power sport item.
At Campers RV Center, we’re happy to offer a wide range of ATVs for sale in addition to our RVs, campers and personal watercraft. We know top speed is important to many of our buyers, but we also want to advise you on the relevance of speed for ATVs and how to take the proper care in this area. Here’s a primer on evaluating top speed, plus some basics on speed limiters and the top speed likely in your ATV based on its engine size.
Top Speed Matters – To a Point
Top speed is important for many buyers, and it definitely matters in many cases. You need your ATV to be able to achieve certain speeds in many situations, so it makes sense you’d be interested here.
At the same time, you’ll note early in your search that most ATV manufacturers do not list top speed as a major quality of their machines. This is because ATVs aren’t really designed primarily for speed – they’re meant for strong power, but not to go extremely fast. Their tires, transmission and suspension are all tailored to slower relative speeds, and many manufacturers do not want buyers to be pushing the machine to its peak speed very often.
For this reason and others, it’s common to find various speed limiters installed in some ATVs on the market. These will restrict the top speed you’re able to hit on a given ATV, even if it was manufactured to hit a higher speed level.
One tip here: If an ATV you’ve purchased has such a limiter and you want to remove it, we strongly recommend against attempting this on your own. This may risk significant damage to the machine, and you should instead bring it into our service shop.
Top Speed by Engine Size
With the above said, it’s worth knowing about general top speeds – which are impacted primarily by the size of the engine. Here are several ATV engine sizes and models, plus their general top speeds:
50cc: Max speed of 17 MPH
200cc: Max speed of 38 MPH
400cc: Max speed of 64 MPH
500cc: Max speed of 63 MPH
650cc: Max speed of 71 MPH
1000cc: Max speed of 81 MPH
For more on maximum speed in an ATV and how you should evaluate it, or to learn about any of our RVs for sale or power sport dealer services, speak to the staff at Campers RV Center today.