Welcome to karting. What’s your honest opinion of the value of your bike and what would be your budget after acquiring the kart? A Leopard with 10 hours on it is about do for a top end rebuild. Find out if the last rebuild was for the top and bottom end of the motor. My09 Leopards have a clutch cover with a bearing to support the crank shaft. The earlier model did not. That would be easiest way to spot an 09. Besides a seat, chances are that the seller and you are the same size are slim, you’ll need tires. In the future, you should probably pick up a spare clutch and spare motor brushes for the starter.
Ask if the chassis is bent and ask for photos of the bottom of the chassis to make sure the rails have not been worn down flat. Paint missing a common.
Most of your parts you’re going to buy. Working in a machine shop is only going to help in the occasional bracket you’ll have to fabricate. You won’t have to jigs to rebuild an engine.
In all honesty, you won’t be setting the karting world on fire for a couple of years. But you stand to have a lot of fun and frustration, grow a little deeper in debt, and meet some good people.
LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100