^ 100% agreed!!! On the kid thing though, I have taken my son on the trails "up north"
(kalkaska area) from age 12 on with his 90CC ATV. He has been through the proper training, is certified, carries his cert. card, and is dressed in full gear. He is not allowed on the roads at all and I am right behind him. Now that he's 14 I fully intend on having him become comfortable driving my Jeep on private property and he will be on the trails, rocks, and dunes with me sitting beside him as soon as he has his driver's ed permit.
I do agree that there is a lot of idiots out there that use an ATV as a mechanical baby sitter, but with the correct upbringing and training we shouldn't "brand" young riders with a negative stigma.