What is the incentive for KTM or Kawasaki to get into the tiny market of karting? The fact is, there is none. The pie is already so small, there is no space other companies to jump in and try to push their product into it and get a slice. Karting has done some awesome promotional work lately. SuperNats is on CBS (at a huge cost to SKUSA), there has been actual karting races at the PRI show, I know our local clubs all have booths at local car meets and trade shows as well as indoor tracks… The issue is that this can be an expensive, niche hobby. It’s a complicated sport with a lot of people trying to get their hands on the little profits there are available. Until you simply class structure, licensing, condense organizations and rule sets, and make the whole thing a LOT more simple for the entry-level karter, it’s going to be tough to ever pull any big numbers of newbies into the sport. Motocross’ organization is much more simplified. You can buy a bike off a showroom floor and race it almost anywhere in the country. In karting, you have a dozen different orgs running a dozen different rules, each with a dozen different classes that no one outside the industry understands… Can I ask, what do you race Richard, just out of curiosity.
Thanks for responding again TJ,
Most of my karting experience came from those rental kart tracks indoor and outdoor that you pay $40 for a quali and three heat races and x amount of $ for stints in enduros. Like Allsports Gp and summit point. I had a racing buddy that let me run his tag when he’s not racing.
(In my opinion), the people they are promoting to already know about karting and if there not karting already; they are not going to unless they are giving back, I.E. (help me move up). We need to see booths at racing series, only because they have way more of a presence to marketing to new people. People see Indy car on a major channel and say what is that! There’s always opportunities to promote; I say use it!
As for Kawasaki, Suzuki and so on, they make more then bikes and have an opportunity to sell other products: atv’s, boat engines and etc… I like to ride dirt bikes, I just don’t race them(Trail section for Yamaha). Dan said Yamaha started a chassis from what it looks like the 70’s, from what I think was to move people from karting to dirt bikes. In my opinion, it’s a new age filled with new products. If you don’t succeed, try and try again.
And like you said TJ “Until you simply class structure, licensing, condense organizations and rule sets, and make the whole thing a LOT more simple for the entry-level karter, it’s going to be tough to ever pull any big numbers of newbies into the sport.”. (Sponsors)
I say it’s up to the present to make a future for the future!
On Honda’s HPD website they have a shifter motor kit for $1,600. Then you add blue printing and other running parts you have a 6k motor!
There is some things I want to say but I don’t want to discourage people.
Things need to change, that’s why I would like to look up manufacturing costs and so on. Unless some one has the information.
My last thought, a 3k+ motor plus a rebuild after the season or recommended is not going to work.