Quad bikes are a predominately (though not exclusively) off-road phenomenon. If you’re managing a large expanse of farmland, then they’re the perfect way to get from one place to another, being practical as well as fun to drive. And you can get affordable, specialised insurance from them via online providers.

All-terrain vehicles of this kind come a wide range of shapes and sizes, from a range of reputable manufacturers. Let’s take a look at some of the models that you might consider if you’re shopping for quad-bike.

Yamaha YFM700R

This 686cc quad is a sports quad in the classic vein. It’s all about pure power and torque. You’ll get five gears including reverse, and it’s suited for racing and jumping and very little else. If you need something practical, then this isn’t it – but if you’re a fan of racing, and you’ve got the experience in the saddle to cope with a machine of this kind, then it’s well worth considering.

Suzuki LT-Z50 Quadsport 50

The Suzuki LT-Z50 is the younger sibling of the Z90, and it’s designed with smaller riders in mind. Riders as young as six can hop into the saddle, and there’s a tethered killswitch on the back – so an adult can walk behind the bike and stop the engine if something goes wrong. Suzuki have also included a throttle limiter, which can be removed, making this a perfect place for young people to learn the ropes of ATV.

Honda Fourtrax TRX250

If you’re looking for a workhorse, then the Fourtrax ticks a lot of boxes. The gear ratios are wide enough to tackle a range of challenges. There are five gears, including a super-low first, and reverse, too. The exhaust is quiet enough that it won’t freak out any livestock you’re supervising, while the actual gear-shift comes from handlebar-mounted buttons.

Aeon Cobra 400

If you need something that’s actually road-legal, then the Cobra is one of your only options. It’s won a range of awards, and comes with hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear, as well as a range of additional features like gas-adjustable shock absorbers and generous front suspension.

Yamaha Kodiak 700 EPS

This Yamaha is exceptionally chunky, and targeted squarely at foresters, farmers, and industrial users. The four-wheel-drive makes it ideal for towing a load of up to 600kg, and there’s power steering available, too. If you’re going to be doing serious work, then you need a serious ATV – and this is it!