Factory Karts will have a limited number of 250cc single cylinder two stroke engines for sale in time for Christmas. They are made by a major motorcycle manufacturer but not sold with their branding. Development testing is underway. Power exceeds that of the strongest KZs even with tuning that should allow for annual rebuilds.
Many will know more than me, but pretty confident that it is no small part to Willy and Bill Musgrave’s moto industry connections. Willy was a national level motocross rider in the 80’s and he has super deep relationships within the socal motocross scene ((aka the Silicon Valley of American motocross) going back just as far, and Billy was brought up around all of those people and their kids and raced locally with them before switching to four wheels. All of those folks have been super stoked to see the Musgraves’ success in the karting world and have been very supportive and proud of it.
They won’t sell you an engine.
They’ll reluctantly sell you a pallet of engines.
They’ll gladly sell you two container loads of engines, which is what Factory Karts bought.
It’s a bet-the-company deal.
Yes, Willy’s connections in the motocross world and his experience in the business helped a lot with this deal.
Well if a stock Moto class starts to boom again you’ll have a buyer. I dont have the resources to take the risks of buying one and hoping it takes off. My biggest regret was selling my honda and moving to rok or Modena. The Moto was maintenance free and still the same amount of fun. The only reasoning for me was everywhere I wanted to race didn’t allow the stock honda anymore…
No one in the US has any experience with those engines. 250’s here have no organized racing outside superkarts and have been built mostly as fun projects here and there over the years. We’ve built 4 of them over the years and they never struck me as something that made sense beyond clients just wanting “the most badass shit they can get” driving it twice, and promptly letting it rot in storage.
. Willy was a national level motocross rider in the 80’s and he has super deep relationships within the socal motocross scene
OK, now it makes much more sense.
Also add to this the massive overproduction that took place during the end of COVID when purchasing managers thought the outdoor sports boom would never end. That has left many with substantial overstock now that demand has fallen back down. I just picked up an eMTB for 45% off because the manufacturer has 2.5 YEARS worth of inventory sitting. Some others have as much as 6 years worth.