My08 Leopard 125 vs x30


(kristopher hendricks) #1

ok guys and gals i am running a 10year old my08 125. it is running great and feels strong. but looking for a motor builder?? any thoughts.

2nd. how compeditive is my08 to the new x30. i raced last weekend with a jr x30 and was keeping up with him. can i run in skusa or no?? thought i was doing good with a 10 year kart 10 old motor and not being in a kart for over 15years. i am doing all this on my own and my dad is my mechanice. just running club stuff for now. but i dont have the cash to get a x30 or new ka100. and i dont want to run 4cyl. nothing wrong with i am just a 2cyl guy :slight_smile: just looking for help thoughts and ideas. thank you for your help


(James McMahon) #2

Where are you located?

SKUSA is x30 only now. Most local tracks of course will have a place for the MY08 and other Leopards.

Since you have the Leopard, plan running locally and an x30 in your budget… you’re options are limited :smiley:

So I say get the Leopard you have refreshed, spend some money on coaching or other tools to extract maximum performance from your kart.


(Nicholas Bushnell) #3

I can relate to this a lot. I been out of karting for 15 years as well. Now im back in it but by myself this time with a my09 and a 10 year old crg chassis.
I only done 3 or 4 race days this season and been a second to a second and half off pace. I been getting faster each and every time but so were they!
Im sick of playing with old equipment (especially the brake system). I opted to bite the bullet charge the card and get a X30 and a new design crg thats ment for tag (actually just picked them both up this morning)
I should have known if i want to compete like the good old days than just get proper equipment from the start. Expensive lesson but hey racing competitively isnt cheap! Lastly 2 stroke for life!


(Eric Gunderson) #4

The Leopard is a decent package if not over stressed. Ultimately it won’t be as competitive with the X30, unfortunately.

Either way, as James stated SKUSA or most major racing series would utilize the X30. If you showed up to anything above a club or maybe regional race, they’ll simply say you need a different engine, and that the leopard can’t compete.

Run the engine until it’s completely worn out, then re evaluate!

There are many great motor builders out there, too many to list. I know that currently one builder that does a reasonable amount of Leopard work still is jesus Vasquez of Position One Motorsports (California).


(kristopher hendricks) #5

I am in Arizona. I race at pkra in Phoenix but I live 1 north in Prescott. I thought skunk was all x30. Just making sure. I loved karting back in the late 90 and early 2000. Got out for like 16 years and back to it now. Thank you for your input


(kristopher hendricks) #6

Right on. Hell yeah 2 strokes for life.!! Right on. Where are you racing? How are you liking the x30 ?


(kristopher hendricks) #7

Great. Thanks eric. P one huh. I have seen them on the web and will hit them up. Thank you for your info. It is nice to talk to people like me that just love the sport and want to help


(Nicholas Bushnell) #8

I race at oakland valley race park in New York, havent had the chance to try the x30 as i just picked it up this past saturday.


(Paul Montopoli) #9

You can race the F Series Gearup with a Leopard, it is the spec engine in F125, 25-32 karts every race. It is a traveling series that covers NJ, NY, PA, and MA. First race is usually in North or South Carolina.

Leopard needs a 10lb weight break to be competitive with X30s. OVRP does not give weight breaks to engines.