I grew up riding quads but sold mine before going away to college. When I travel I am always looking for atv tours in foreign countries its something I have really enjoyed. Now in my 30s I am looking to get back into the hobby but I am overwhelmed where to start. Please excuse me if this is not the appropriate place to post and if there is a better place to start I would greatly appreciate it. I have a ton of beginner questions and would first like to reeducate myself but this forum didnt seem beginner friendly.
I would agree a Raptor 700 would be a good fit for you. They are a larger frame for us bigger people. Now would be a good time of the year to find 700's in the $2000-$5000 range depending on the year. They did a motor change in '15 to a single port exhaust and a little more compression. Other then shocks and graphics, they are the same from '06-'20.
As for where to ride and who to ride with will come with time. Go to a riding spot and introduce yourself and ask if you can tag along.
As far as beginner friendly, we all had to start somewhere and there is no such thing as a stupid question. There are repetitive question so it's best to Google them on the forum first. For the last 2 months we are helping a guy in the UK rebuild his Raptor 660 and having lots of problems to work thru. Bolts with stripped heads, frozen piston pin, stripped threads, tools breaking, and more. All are being addressed and worked thru.
What is discouraging on this forum is a new person that asks a question, gets 2 or 3 answers, forgets and never comes back.
WELCOME TO THE FORUM.
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