Hello everyone, and thanks for allowing me to join the group.
I’m here to get some guidance on a couple karting projects, more on that in a minute.
I got my first taste of karting in the late 60s when my dad got me started. After about 2 years, I got interested in motocross and left karting. When my son showed interest in karting in the late 90s, we were off and running again. My wife and daughter had their own karts, but only played on open track days and they never had a desire to compete outside of family. My son competed for about 3 years before he decided to take up downhill mountain biking racing. During that 3 years I competed occasionally, but nothing serious. I think I entered 11 races over 3 years. I spent most my time pit crewing for my son.
I’m pretty good 2 stroke tuner having done so in motocross, learning from my dad and later in life when I was involved in motorcycle road racing in several classes including racing a TZ250. All 4 karts we had in the late 90s were equipped KT100 motors, so I’m familiar with them for tuning and rebuilding. My weakness in karting is chassis setup. So I will be drawing on all of you Guru’s experience there.
I now have a soon to be 6 year old granddaughter who is showing interest. Last year we got her a small side by side 90cc kart. She has learned steering, braking and throttle control. In a year she has out grown the performance of this kart. We took her to a kart race in April and she was very excited watching the other kids racing. This is where I will need some help getting a decent kart, used, for her and likely will need some help with setup.
Finally, for me I plan to come back into karting as well. I would like to go the shifter kart route, but likely I will start out with something in the 125cc size minus the tranny, (don’t think there are 100cc classes for adults anymore, right)? I would want to buy used, so I would need help with which brand is best for availability of parts. I restore vintage MX bikes as a hobby, so doing a frame up rebuild would be fun and hopefully keep the price down some.
Sorry for the long intro. I’m excited to learn from you all, and maybe meetup for some races in the future.