Getting Out in the Ozarks: Let's go Four-Wheeling!

By Jennifer Kielman |

Published 02/06 2014 05:07PM

Updated 02/18 2014 09:37AM

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- Four-wheeling has always been a popular sport in the Ozarks.

But before you go, grab your pen and pencil. You'll need a list of things.

We'll start with the obvious; a four wheeler.

Caleb Wehrman at S & H Farm Supply in Rogersville says it's important to pick a four wheeler that's right for your size.

"You can pick a kid's four wheeler at 90cc,” says Wehrman. “They're for 12 year olds and younger. You go up to a 150 cc and it's a 14 year old and younger. And for everything else, you need to be 16."

Wehrman says the average four wheeler can cost you anywhere between $5,000 to $8,000.

“You go anywhere from $2,500 for a kid's one,” he says. “All the way up to $2,200."

You'll also need a helmet, goggles, gloves and close-toed shoes.

Wehrman says it's likely you will not need a license. But of course, that all depends on where you live.

What about taxes?

"Four wheelers are actually titled,” says Wehrman. “You go to the license bureau, you pay taxes."

As far as utility vehicles go, you can claim those as farm use. So, Wehrman says, they are not titled.

Once you have everything, including a riding buddy, you are set.

Learning how to start the machine seemed to be the hardest part.

Learning how to ride was easy.

Of course, while riding is a blast, Wehrman says safety is always first.

"You know, it can go from being safe to unsafe quickly,” says Wehrman. “You just need to be aware of your surroundings."

Another thing to consider is upkeep.

Sure, riding is fun, but, like any large, expensive toy, service manager Chase Ridings says, you must take care of it. And that costs money.

“You know you can have axles break, you need to do your oil changes and things like that,” says Ridings.

A good rule of thumb is to treat it like you would your car.

The best time of the year to ride your four wheeler is in the spring and fall.

Before you hit the trails, just make sure to check up on your specific county and city ordinances to make sure you can drive them on some county roads.

Wehrman says some places don't allow you to drive them and a lot of times you'll need a slow-moving triangle on the back of your ATV.

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