Whether you use your ATV for trail riding, work around your property, hunting, or track racing, having the right accessories to suit your needs can totally change the way you use your machine. You may not think you need anything more than what came as stock on your ATV, but any seasoned rider will tell you that having additional accessories for protection, functionality, and comfort will make your everyday life easier. Here are the must-have options you need according to your intended use.
For Every Rider
No matter what kind of riding you'll be doing, every operator must wear the right kind of gear. This includes a helmet that appropriately fits your head snugly, but not tight. While ½ coverage helmets are okay, we recommend the full-face for maximum protection. You should also wear closed toe boots while riding, as well as long pants. Gloves are a good idea as well, helping you maintain complete control of the handlebars. Now, the type of pants, gloves, and top you wear will vary for how you ride. A competitive racer will need more padding and materials that are designed to take a beating. You won't need this type of gear for yard work or a day out in the woods on a hunting trip. Choose protective gear specific to what you're doing.
Every rider can also benefit from ATV storage. There are tons of different types of boxes and bags you can install on your machine, so you're always prepared. Instead of stuffing snacks, your phone, and other items in pockets, store your things in secured storage areas. Many riders love the option of a rear storage box. Consider options that are waterproof, so your stored items are safe in wet riding conditions.
You should pack a first aid kit, as well as emergency and utility tools in whatever storage option you go with. You never know what a ride has in store, even when you're fully prepared. Pack a utility knife, a small set of tools, a tire inflator, a low-pressure ATV tire gauge, a battery charger tow straps, extra rags, a GPS, and whatever else you can think of that you could need while out on your ATV.
Trail Riding and Hunting
This category covers a large percent of ATV owners. Trail riders and hunters will need specific accessories to help them efficiently navigate forest trails. If you're heading out early in the morning or riding back home after the sun sets, having LED lights can make a huge difference. They'll easily light up the path, so you don't have to rely on your stock headlights. For cruising down the trails, a dust mask can come in handy to help block out that dust from your mouth and nose. Hunters can mount gun cases to their ATV for easy and safe transport of their weapon until they've reached their destination.
Moving through swampy areas on the trails? Consider installing an ATV winch. These will help you get out of the mud or allow you to free a buddy. They're worth the money, especially when you're far from help. For low hanging brush, hand guards will keep your hands and arms protected from getting scratched.
ATV racing more your thing? A pair of goggles is crucial for keeping dust and debris from interfering with your performance. You'll also need protective riding pants and a jersey to keep your arms and legs protected as your race through the track. Official races require riders to wear these things as well as chest protectors, racing boots, and gloves. Many of the accessories you'll need for racing will be specialized parts for the suspension, tires, and other areas. It's best to work with other ATV racers who know what you need to get going and the right mechanic to help you gear your machine for racing.
Many folks use their ATV to get things done on large properties. Maybe you run a farm or use your yard for huge gardens. Or, maybe you use ATVs on your job site. Whatever the case, ATV accessories can make your day to day work more efficient. You may also find that a winch can be useful for your needs, as well as a plow system for moving snow or other things out of the way. A ball and hitch is definitely a must-have for hauling trailers around your property, as ATVs are able to work in smaller spaces than trucks. Having these types of accessories can really change how much your ATV is capable of while you're working.
There are ATV accessories for every kind of need possible. You may find that you'd like to have several of these accessories out of different categories. Every rider is different! Consider adding a few onto your ATV so your next ride is more prepared, comfortable, and enjoyable.