We will be running a few articles regarding ATV riding tips which covers:
  1. Pre riding preparation
  2. During the ride
  3. Turning basics
  4. Riding on hills
  5. Riding strategies
  6. Riding different terrain
  7. Safe riding practices
The purpose of this article is to answer your questions about All-Terrain (ATVs) and hopefully help you increase your knowledge of their operation and use. It will help you to learn and respect the capabilities of the ATV.

If you are new to ATVs, you can look forward to lots of fun and excitement. An ATV can be ridden in many types of off-road conditions, but its capabilities depend on your riding experience and ability.

So for the first part, we will discuss about the All-Terrain (ATVs) itself.

Knowing all you can about your ATV and the places you can ride is good preparation for safe and enjoyable riding. Remember, ATVs are intended for off-road use only. Never operate an ATV on public roads, and always avoid paved surfaces. ATVs are not designed for use on public roads and other motorists may not see you.

ATVs are not designed to be used on paved surfaces because pavement may seriously affect handling and control.

ATVs are different from other vehicles, as well as from one another. The following is a list of some differences among ATVs:

• Handling characteristics among ATVs vary
depending upon their basic design and how
they are equipped.
• Most ATVs have separate front and rear brake
controls, while some may have linked brakes
operated by a single control. Be sure to learn
the recommended stopping techniques for
your machine.
• There are ATVs with electric starters,
kick-starters, and pull starters.
• There are liquid-cooled ATVs and
air-cooled ATVs.
• Some ATV transmissions have automatic
clutches; some have hand-operated clutches;
some are foot-shifted, some are hand-shifted;
some transmissions are fully automatic.
• Some ATVs have a reverse gear.
• Most ATVs have solid drive axles and some
have differentials.
• Some ATVs have two-wheel drive, and some
have four-wheel drive.
• Some ATVs have chain drives, others have
shaft or belt drives.
• Most throttles are controlled by pushing a
thumb lever next to the handgrip; others may
be controlled by twisting a handgrip.
• Controls and their locations differ from one
ATV model to another.
• Some ATVs are for a single rider only and
some ATVs can carry a passenger.

To be continued.....(source