Welcome to the world of CFMOTO ATVs and CFMOTO Side by Sides! As an ATV company and side by side manufacturer, we hereby extend the warmest of greetings to you, new rider. We promise you won’t regret your purchase. Our machines are made to be tough and easily handled, making them ideal for the novice and expert rider alike. With their sheer power and maneuverability, you’ll be free to experience all the adrenaline rushes and great times safely and confidently.


However, beginning to ride an ATV or side by side involves a bit of a learning curve. Many new riders feel a fair bit of intimidation at first (check out our blog Building Confidence on Your CFMOTO Vehicle). Aside from getting the proper licensure, operating these machines is a learned skill, one that is sometimes honed by making mistakes and learning from them. Of course, we’re not advocating for you to drive recklessly or saying that riding is inherently dangerous. We simply mean to say that part of the fun of riding is handling the unexpected, and with the right knowledge-base, beginners will be set up to confidently handle anything the trails throw their way.


So how does a novice ATV rider obtain that knowledge base? CFMOTO is here to help. By providing affordable, high-performance machines and creating an online community where CFMOTO riders can connect, we’ve helped countless novices learn how to enjoy their outdoor vehicles to the fullest. Take it from the experts: The best way to gain a solid understanding of your ATV or side by side is to research before you ride.

Research Before You Ride

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? In school, we’re taught to take to the Internet and crack open a book in order to learn more about everything from skills we want to acquire to historical events. Maybe this thought hasn’t occurred to you when it comes to the pursuit of outdoor motorsports. If you fear that researching will be boring or time-consuming, don’t! You don’t need to sit down for hours and memorize things or write essays on them. Simply know that, should you have a question or concern about your vehicle, there are plenty of resources available to you and, most likely, people who have had to solve the exact same problem.


As a new rider, some of the best places and people to seek information in are:


●        Social media. While you’ll need to assess the reputation and character of any group you join or veteran rider you follow, social media is a great way to plunge headfirst into riding culture. Check out CFMOTO’s Power Syndicate to start! While we seek experienced riders to become members themselves, these influential people can provide a wealth of knowledge and experience that new riders will absolutely find helpful. In addition to this, many platforms have accounts or groups on them centered around riding. They’re great places to discover this season’s hot riding spots and learn how other riders tackled the unexpected on the trails.


●        Online publications. Many online magazines and blogs exist which cover important riding topics, from ATV maintenance to proper safety procedures to hard-earned riding lessons. The tradeoff for this free information is that you’ll need to dig around the web a bit for it. Regardless, without these sources, new riders would be left without a crucial group of sources that provide fast and accessible answers to thousands of riding questions. When you have a simple riding question, the internet generally will be your first stop in your quest for answers. Just be sure the source you’re looking at is reputable!


●        Hard-copy publications. Many riders might find purchasing a magazine subscription useful. These paid publications provide high-quality information all in one place. Some magazines even have gone digital, making accessing them all the easier and providing additional avenues for your learning, such as videos.


●        Your dealer. Your local CFMOTO dealer can be a valuable ally if all of your other sources turn out poorly, or your question is unique. As a vendor of CFMOTO products, your dealer should have various informational links on their website, a newsletter you can subscribe to, or, should worst come to worst, a “contact us” link.

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No matter your budget and riding style, we’ve got a vehicle for you. Contact your nearest dealer today and see what the riding life is all about with a great machine on your side.