ATV Vehicle guide

Owning an ATV: A guide


Introduction:

Greetings from the Scoot Tribe!  We thank you for buying your new vehicle from us, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you more in the future!  This pamphlet is meant to help introduce you to your vehicle as well as what to expect during its lifespan.


Operating your vehicle:

Starting - Most of our powersports are electric start, with the exception of a few dirt bike models.  Both electric and kick starting share the first three steps: turning on the key (some dirt bike models do not have a key), flipping the kill switch to the “on” position, and engaging the brake or clutch.  With the brake or clutch engaged, either press the start button (on handle with lighting bolt design) or kick the kickstart pedal (metal arm extending from crank case).


Power/braking - Your ATV throttle is a small metal arm located on the right side handle.  While the ATV is running and in gear, pushing the arm away from you will give the ATV gas and propulsion.  The brake handle located on the right grip controls the front drum brakes, and the foot brake on the right floorboard controls the rear drum brake.  It is recommended to rely more heavily on the rear brake.


Speed Governor - Throttle governor for your ATV is a screw that sticks out of the top of the throttle mechanism (adjacent to brake handle).  Rotating the screw clockwise reduces the movement of the throttle, whereas rotating it counterclockwise increases the movement of the throttle.


Safety:

Kill Switch - The kill switch on your vehicle is a red button on one of the handles.  Two designs should be etched on either side of the switch.  The designs will look the same, with the exception of one featuring an “X” through the whole design.  The side with the “X” is the “off” position and the side without is the “on” position.  The kill switch must be in the “on” position in order to start.  Additionally, the kill switch can be used if you need to quickly turn the vehicle off.  Our ATV models also include a remote kill switch.  The remote has two buttons with similar designs as on the handle switch (lock design also common).  At a distance of up to 40 yards, pressing the “off” button will kill the engine.  Additionally, the switch on some models enables you to “lock” the vehicle, preventing it from starting until the “on” button is pressed.


Protective Equipment - PPE is not legally mandated for all vehicles or riders; however, we STRONGLY recommend you wear protection for your eyes and head at minimum.  Eye irritation decreases visibility and reaction time.  Moreover, debris can be kicked up on paved and dirt roads alike.  Regarding head protection, even “small” and/or “slow” accidents can cause concussions or other head injuries.


New Riders - If you lack experience operating your vehicle, TAKE IT SLOW and seek guidance when needed.  Our employees would be happy to give the primary rider a minor lesson on safe operation of the vehicle.  If applicable, use the throttle governor to train whoever operates the vehicle.


Caring for your vehicle:

Pre-ride inspection - We conduct two inspections of every new vehicle we sell (after assembly and prior to purchase).  While we fix any issue we find, we are not perfect, and some things can go overlooked.  For this reason, we recommend visually inspecting your vehicle after purchase for any damage or other issues.  Finding these issues early increases the likelihood they will be covered under the warranty.  Additionally, we recommend inspecting the vehicle before every ride in order to ensure safety.

Vehicle limits - Every new vehicle needs to be “broken in” after purchase.  “Breaking in” a vehicle entails running the vehicle well below its top speed for 45 minutes to an hour.  This will improve the reliability of your vehicle.

The leading cause of engine issues is overexertion of the vehicle.  Do not run the vehicle at top speed for extended periods of time, and familiarize yourself with the weight limit of your particular vehicle.  Never use one of our vehicles for jumping or racing.

Carburetor care - The carburetors on small engine vehicles are just that: small.  The jets are approximately the size of a pen tip, making the carburetor more susceptible to clogging.  Dust, hair, and miscellaneous grime can build up over time, and cold weather only accelerates this issue.

The best way to maintain your carburetor is to run your vehicle regularly.  If you do not ride everyday, run the vehicle through a heat cycle about once or twice a week.  This involves starting the vehicle and letting it idle for approximately 7-10 minutes.

Another preventative measure is using non-ethanol gasoline in your vehicle.  At normal gas stations, premium gas will contain the lowest amount of ethanol, but some stations offer non-ethanol gas, in which case unleaded may be used.

Storage - The weather has a tremendous influence on the performance of your vehicle.  Colder weather can cause the carburetor to clog up and the battery to die.  Rain can get into various parts of the ATV, causing issues with the carburetor and/or the electrical system.  For this reason, we recommend storing your vehicle in a covered area or inside.  

Proper storage of your vehicle is also necessary to prevent theft.  If you are unable to store your vehicle indoors, invest in multiple locks to secure it when not in use.