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      08-30-2019, 08:01 AM   #1
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Question Go-Kart for a beginner

Hi there! I’ve got a question about kid’s go-karts. My son is getting 8. He is so hyperactive that's why I decided to buy him his first go-kart. Does anyone have this toy? I want to buy it for my boy but I don’t know how good and safe it is. I found several brands that are popular and the price is fair. Seems like my boy will like go-kart. But it’s better to read the feedbacks from people who already get it. So what brand would you recommend? Thanks in advance.

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Yeah, my son is into racing and karting so he'd like the gift. We've got a spacious park nearby with smooth runways so there'll be no probs to check it out enjoying the ride! I'm searching for some local clubs now. If my boy likes riding a go-kart, I'll take him to the classes to have fun with friends.

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Before buying. if there is an indoor karting facility near you take him there first.
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Before buying. if there is an indoor karting facility near you take him there first.
Or outdoor. I'd take your boy several times before you commit to buying. If he likes it then take the plunge.
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is there a track near by that he can drive with safety? is he into racing?
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Hi there! I’ve got a question about kid’s go-karts. My son is getting 8. He is so hyperactive that's why I decided to buy him his first go-kart. Does anyone have this toy? I want to buy it for my boy but I don’t know how good and safe it is. I found several brands that are popular and the price is fair. Seems like my boy will like go-kart. But it’s better to read the feedbacks from people who already get it. So what brand would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
It's hard to say what you want to do. Do you have land and a road, dirt or otherwise, where he can drive it? Has he asked to drive? Does he crawl behind your wheel and make believe?

When you say go-kart to many of us it suggests a serious commitment, many times the family too, and we are not sure if that is what you want. This from someone who has raced karts for now a bit over 50 years.

So, if you want to see if your son wants to race, take him to one of the indoor karting places and they will set him up. I took my friends daughters when they were 7 and 10 and now three years later we still go but now that they are comfortable and think they are fast I get behind them and push them a bit. Fact is they weigh so little that with only a bit more time on track, I will be toast.

If you are a bit more serious, I would look for a local TQ club in your area. This is much more serious, much more expensive (know how much a suit and helmet for a kid costs and how fast they grow out of them) and a much bigger commitment for the family. If you think your kid wants to "race" than that is the place to start.

All this said it is largely up to the kid other than tooling around on a kart or bike in the back 40. My kids never wanted to race (yes I was disappointed) but one did love to be in the back seat for road rally's and ultimately became my navigator and now he's rallying with his girlfriend soon to be his wife. We took him to a track day recently, he's over 30 in my M235i and it nearly scared the <insert whatever you want here> out of him. And they didn't even get going yet. The instructor was a friend and he got out of the car laughing and asking if he had any of my DNA. Interestingly he doesn't. But he does love and do well at the BMW Driving Experience when it comes to town. Go figure.

I can tell you this. If you want him to be a racer, forcing him is not the way to go. OTOH, having him with you and next to you under the car for oil changes and such, makes a big difference.

///Rich

PS-Both my boys had tool boxes set up in the garage. It never took.
Also-You never said where you live. Perhaps we can have some suggestions for you.
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I mean......screw the track and find a runway.

....and if the girl comes with, better get him some rubbers too.

https://www.ebay.com/i/312571056230?...BoCjwoQAvD_BwE

At least the shipping is free.
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I mean......screw the track and find a runway.

....and if the girl comes with, better get him some rubbers too.

https://www.ebay.com/i/312571056230?...BoCjwoQAvD_BwE

At least the shipping is free.
She seems nice.
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My sister and brother-in-law build and sell Birel karts for the last 25 years in Michigan. Nascar kids, including Danica Patrick have learned on Birel.
Here is the link.
http://www.michianaracewaypark.com/
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Go to a performance oriented track. Yard karts suck..... "fun" karts suck too.....

Then if he likes that and does well you can find a local organization that races and go down that path.

I raced KT100 yamaha's back in the 90's. So much fun....but of course I was in my late 20's.
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Go to a performance oriented track. Yard karts suck..... "fun" karts suck too.....

Then if he likes that and does well you can find a local organization that races and go down that path.
I don't think he ever said what he wanted to accomplish.

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I raced KT100 yamaha's back in the 90's. So much fun....but of course I was in my late 20's.
By then, the late 90s, I was 50. I started with a McCulloch and a dry Hartman clutch. Talking about tinkering to get it to go fast. I raced then from Daytona in the south and Loudon NH to the north. Big tracks and sprint tracks. Cuddybackville (OVR) NY was my home track. When the Yahama's came it was easier and faster. And everything got more expensive and technical.

I had Richie Cervone build me a custom frame as my legs are a bit long. Got rid of it to a vintage racer two years ago always hoping some kid would come to me and say they wanted to race. My line would have been, have I got something to show you. But alas....

I was never fast but always had a great time. And learned a LOT and made life long friends.

There's nothing like a race kart. You learn it all and then some. If anyone wants to be a road racer, that is the place to start. And they start kids as young as 7 or 8. Quarter midgets is another place for kids if they want to go fast and turn left and the family doesn't want to get up early as road racers do. <G>

///Rich
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IMO, it's not safe for your kid, unless he drives in a controlled environment (a dedicated facility). Plus, he'll learn a thing or two about racing lines and driving smoothly
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