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  • #37686

    Rod Hawkins
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    “I don’t know of anyone who has sold a custom helmet. I think most, myself included, keep them for the memories and sentimental value. Even if the design were to change, the helmet paint job would still have been designed for that particular driver, making it “his” calling card. I’m not a fan of using someone else’s design.”

    TJ, While is some cases I agree with you, I also don’t totally agree.

    If someone has a design or design features on their helmet that are extremely personal (tribute to a dead family member, or showing respect to a family or friend, childhood memories, etc….) those things would be off limits and I would imagine that those helmets would NEVER be up for sale.

    At the same time, I know that a lot of people come in and give a few brief ideas regarding colors and design and let the artistic creativity of the painter take over and kind of do their own thing. I think this especially happens as a client and painter gain a longer relationship and trust. In this case, I wouldn’t say that the helmet would be “off limits” to sell. I am an avid surfer and have had several boards custom made and painted. The boards start out as extremely personal. After a while, it still is just a board and while it is easier to just sell a clear (no color/paint on the blank) I am not opposed to selling a colored board.

    I also look at many of the helmets (mostly motorcycle) now that have graphics on them (remember they all used to be black, white or gray?) and think that an artist went through a lot of work that might be personal to them, but also has to be fairly neutral so it appeals to as many people as possible. This trend of having the graphics mass produced on helmets kind of took out the “taboo” of using someone elses ideas or designs (btw, how many pro F1 racers have “tribute helmets” to guys like Senna, Shumacher, etc…?).

    I grew up riding dirt bikes and always wanted to have Troy Lee paint one of my helmets but never had the money. (Ironically, my bro was buddies with Jeff Ward and Jeff gave him one of his custom Troy Lee Design painted helmets, with Ward’s name on it and everything (kind of a cool item to have, but never use)).

    So I figure in certain situations, buying someone elses custom painted helmet may not be such a “taboo” thing to do.

    #37384

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Josh, the other cool thing is that you can run 100 class, learn to dial in your chassis, etc. then when you want to move up to TAG (which is a pretty big jump, probably about like 125 to 250 in moto), you can simply take the motor off, sell it, and throw the tag on. You will already know the characteristics of the chassis and don’t need to buy a whole new rig like you need to in moto.  Good luck!

    #37382

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    The alpine stars stuff seems to be so good and so lightweight that it is disposable. My brother wore a hole through his new shoes in like 2 races and his gloves didn’t last much longer and the cool silkscreen designs started flaking and peeling off the first race.

    He tried to contact AS but they said it is normal wear. Seems AS is making stuff targeted more towards an F1 driver with full sponsorship rather than a karting guy that wants his stuff to just last a couple years. I guess that’s cool if that’s what your into, but I will never buy any future AS products for my dirt bike (even though it seems to hold up fine) or kart, just because of this elitist attitude. I deal with enough idiots, I don’t need to pay more to deal with a larger number of them.

    #37379

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    My advice is to remind you that just because you are driving a faster kart, doesn’t make you a faster driver. I use to have the same thoughts. Coming from motoX background, BMX, cars, etc…..  I always grew up with a dad that use to walk around saying “you can never have enough horsepower”.

    My advice is to rent a kt100 or KPV for a regional event and see how you do, but be prepared to be humbled. The power of cars and moto can get you out of mistakes. The 100cc karts are PURE driving. I have learned a ton going down from TAG to f100, including that I still have a lot of work to do.

    #37150

    Rod Hawkins
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    Greg,  karting isn’t big enough to support so many interests.   Are you arguing that karting is heading in the right direction?

    #37058

    Rod Hawkins
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    Mark?

    #37057

    Rod Hawkins
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    There are so many KPV and yamahas out there, why won’t your club adopt those?  Those motors look a lot like the KPV, for a lot more money.

    #36854

    Rod Hawkins
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    Mark, where can I get ahold of some of that stuff?  I can’t seem to find in online

     

    #36601

    Rod Hawkins
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    Supposedly otk doesn’t powder coat their chassis because of the heat involved.

    #36380

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Freddy,  there was rain predicted all day yesterday (which we haven’t gotten in forever).  A simple check of my weather app avoided that situation yesterday. An enclosed trailer helps that, but if you are at the track and it is raining the kart is already wet.

    I also have a cover for my kart. If it is foggy or light rain, it works well.  I also have a large tarp for my trailer in case it does rain, it’s pretty easy to throw over.  Sure an enclosed trailer is nice, but absolutely NOT a necessity for this sport.

    #36376

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    In the above image it looks like the kart is much wider than the car, but it isn’t.

    #36375

    Rod Hawkins
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    #36374

    Rod Hawkins
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    It really depends on what you want and need. For me, space and cost are a huge factor. I don’t have a lot of space. I started with using me foldable utility trailer that I use for my dirt bikes. Worked great, and I could set it up in less than 1/2 hr, but it was still kind of a pain. One race I took off one side of wheels and nerf bar and put it in back of my wife’s SUV (which a lot of people do this or put in back of truck).

    Then I got to thinking that my buddy had one of those motorcycle carriers for his hitch. I thought that if this could be done for an upright motor that weighs much more, it should be easy for a kart that is low and flat. I starter looking for a pre manufactured one, and only found one that was well above $500. So i figured I would do something on my own. After all, the karts only weigh between 150-200 lbs.

    I ended up buying a simple cargo carrier that has a 500lb wt limit and lining it with rubber hosing (so it doesn’t scratch my frame) and it works great. Feels like I have nothing back on my car.

    Before when I had it on my trailer I would lock my kart to trailer and trailer to my car. I never worried too much about it over night, but I have only done it a couple times.

    Will post pics in next reply

    #36366

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    For some magnesium wheels for some reason wd40 doesn’t work well at all, but simple green works like magic.

    #36365

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    They make street bike and car racing and kart specific helmets. In karting people use any of these depending on what they prefer. You see a lot of street bike helmets being used in karting

    #36364

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Updated

    #36363

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Glen, this is a great kit. My brother and I use them and we have a few different karts and the starter nut height is slightly different on each one. The cool thing is that this starter can be adjusted quickly and by hand and it is super light and you don’t have to have a separate rolling platform that isn’t attached and you forget and leave it at the track (exactly what we did).

    #36362

    Rod Hawkins
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    #36361

    Rod Hawkins
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    #36360

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Starter kit

    #35797

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Bump

     

    #35182

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Nick,

    Brakes and bearings and carriers sold tis AM. Thank you for your interest.

    #35161

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    What does this reply mean “I don’t think they would ok that for us because of the kid”?

    I would be interested in driving 3 hrs up there to race the big course (something not really offered anywhere else in socalf), but for the sprint course? Nope.

    #35160

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    This is a great idea hopefully you get some support. My brother and I both have a back up kart that we use when we have problems with the primary, but we also us them to take friends and family to the track and intro them to the sport.

    #35159

    Rod Hawkins
    Participant

    Still have one left. Just rebuilt.

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