So I encountered my first severe hop in the heavy standard rentals I drove the other day. This was completely new to me in that the hop was severe enough to be painful.
The hop would occur if I tried to push the limits of the kart on corner exit only. If I asked a bit less, no problemo.
I haven’t felt this in any of the myriad other rental karts I have driven. The guys there said that it had to do with the tubing being so thick. It’s an unusual brand that isn’t widely used.
Wierd thing is that I wasn’t sliding at all. Just straight to what felt liked gripped up hopping.
What exactly is going on here? Feels like lateral load causes the tire to grip, then release, kart buckles, and this repeats until you have kart straight. Once I knew the limit, I could work around it. Just seemed wierd.
I was reading Greg’s complaint and it made me wonder if we are feeling the same thing. His caused by above average height and therefore weight. Mine caused by a really heavy kart with thick tubing and no flex?
Other than the hop, the karts handled well. You could drive around it. My pace was apparently just fine as I came in 38.5 which is a decent rental time. So I don’t think the kart was broken in that they all exhibited this.
If not mistaken, it was right turns only where you’d get hop, which coincides with the engine on right side of kart.