2010 Polaris Sportsman 90, Very nice youth quad for ages 12 and up. Although it looks like it, the Polaris Sportsman 90 is not four-wheel drive. It does have front and rear racks, full fenders and floorboards just like dad s hunting or work rig does.The small Sportsman is powered by an 89cc, air-cooled, SOHC, two-valve, four-stroke engine. That electric starting motor is mated to a fully automatic, CVT transmission with a reverse gear. Not too many minis have a reverse gear. Beyond this, power is transferred to the solid rear axle through a chaindrive system. Rear suspension travel moves with a single-shock swingarm six full inches. Up front, single A-arms handle five full inches of movement.Braking is handled with drums front and rear, utilizing separate hand levers for each. That s strange, because Polaris doesn t even have separate levers on their full-sized machines. But we are glad they installed them on this machine.What they do have in common is a pod-style headlight in the center of the bars. On the mini, there are two working, daytime running light for safety mounted in their front grill. Other safety features include a throttle limiter and a whip flag. Polaris also gives a free helmet with every new mini ATV purchase.The utility-style bodywork does a great job protecting little legs and hands from touching hot engine parts. However, kids this age should start learning how to do some maintenance on their machines or at least helping with those duties.Just like a full-sized utility ATV, the Sportsman 90 has working front and rear racks. They both have tie-down points and capacities of 15 pounds (front) and 30 pounds (rear), so junior can carry pretty much whatever he or she wishes. There is also a small storage box under the seat, big enough for a PB&J and a juice box.The overall weight for the machine is high for a mini at 305 pounds, but if junior keeps the rubber down, the weight should not be an issue. If he doesn t, the smallest Sportsman may not be able to be uprighted. On the positive side, the reverse gear will allow kids to back out of tight situations that trap some riders, or at least give them the opportunity to ride not push the quad out of trouble.To haul the mini, you need a little more than mom s SUV. Overall measurements are over 61 inches long, almost 37 inches wide and 38.5 inches tall. A small pickup would transport this machine fine. Under the frame, four inches of ground clearance is offered, and the mini Ute has a large, two-gallon gas tank.This mini has a keyed ignition controlling an electric starter and an automatic choke. Starting is easy, and a backup kickstarter will also get the mini fired up in case of a dead battery.