Karting is a very popular pastime especially among kids with a natural tendency to feel the adrenaline behind a wheel. For many professional drivers in famous racing circuits, their fondest memories are always with their go kart experiences. And even if you dont intend to start a career in karting anytime soon, you might want to try out driving in one of those fun karts around the neighborhood for a change. For that you really do need to know how to choose a go kart.
Serious racing or pure fun?
If you can seriously see yourself as participating in some weekend go kart derby in the future, then it is imperative that you take your choice of a go kart more seriously. That means stronger chassis, more powerful motors, and full customizable options, and many other things that will help you prep for a future in kart racing.
However, if what you can envision are weekends full of pure fun with your friends and perhaps even children, then even an old fun kart should suffice. The point is that you really have to be clear about how you envision yourself behind the wheel of a go kart several years from now.
Brand new or second hand?
This is quite related to the first. If you are looking at a potential career in go kart racing then your best option will be to go for a brand new go kart, preferably one that has all the right specs for speed, stability, and overall performance on the race track. While you can also get a second hand unit for racing, youd have to pay close attention to the integrity of its parts as these may no longer be working 100%.
On the other hand, if you only want a go kart to have fun with the rest of the neighborhood guys and gals, then a 2nd hand unit wouldnt hurt. You can give it a repaint if you wish or add a few personalized touches without breaking your bank.
Get a really decent chassis
It doesnt matter if its second hand or brand new. What matters is for you to get a go kart that has a chassis made from reputable brands. The chassis is basically the skeleton upon which the other elements of the go kart will be attached to, not to mention you the driver. As such it should be made from the sturdiest and most durable materials without adversely affecting other areas of the ride.
Go for karts that have easy-to-source parts
This is a no-brainer. You can have a really fantastic-looking go kart, but if something goes wrong and you need to replace a component or a part, the accessibility of these spare parts can spell your continued interest in the activity or you will simply give up. Make sure the go kart youre going to get has easily-replaceable parts and components.
Choosing a go kart can be tricky. However, as long as you know what you really want, it shouldnt be that difficult.