May 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm #27754
I am interested in a Gold kart. I want to know a little more about it. If anyone knows can your please get back to me.
May 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm #27815Cory-MilneParticipant
i would say shift yor interests some where else although they look cool, they are hard to find in the us and parts are also hard to find in the us. It would be more beneficial to get a common chassis like CRG, or Tony Kart, I am not to sure if the US has a dealer for gold kart.
May 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm #27841
The kart is between 5-6 years old. It has a KT100 on it. Do you know how to tell the model year on the kart. Also what should I pay for it. The seller wants to know what he should sell it for.
May 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm #27865Walt GiffordParticipant
Condition is everything could be between $800 and $2000.
FAA certified jet engine and aircraft technician,
Nicholson Speedway class champion 2001,
Yamaha KT100 Service Center,
41 years karting experience
May 23, 2014 at 6:12 am #27875John MatthewsParticipant
Chassis should have a CIK homologation number that will give you a range. Be aware that owners often have poor memories of when they bought stuff, your best bet will be to find out results from the last time the kart was raced.
The KT100 is a good beginner motor, I started with one in 1977;-) But, unless it’s been freshened recently the value could be suspect. I sold one to Walt that came with the kart on my website, they really need to be taken care of so if you plan to race it and can’t talk to the last builder who worked on it you will be dollars ahead to have it freshened by a pro before running it. Also the clutches can be quite spendy so make sure you have something decent that will suit your weight before heading out on track.
If you’re close to the track have the seller meet you there on an open practice day so you can test it out. If it hasn’t been on track for a while and the seller isn’t interested in doing this the price should be a lot lower. Just driving it down their street won’t tell you much, going out on a practice day will help you find out if the kart is legal for the class you want to run and if the seller is asking a fair price. Talk to others in your potential class about the package for an understanding of what it will take to actually race in terms of tires, equipment, etc.
Remember, the cost of racing is much more than just buying the equipment. If you go into it knowing what rebuilds will cost, how often you need new tires, transportation costs, practice fees, race entry fees, and miscellaneous things like pizza and beer afterwards you’ll have a much better time of it. Post a couple of pictures of the kart if you can, also let us know where you plan on racing since there might be someone on here that knows the kart in question and can give you an honest assessment. We all want you to stay in the hobby and be successful with it and getting started right is critical to that happening…..
May 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm #27902
I have been racing for two years now, I know about the motor quite well. The guy that ones it never raced it and bought it from a guy that raced it a hand full of times. What should the number says to tell what year it is?
May 22, 2014 at 7:56 am #27828John MatthewsParticipant
Without more info on you it’s hard to give more info on the kart you’re looking at.
If you’re a beginner who just wants to get on track and the Gold kart is available for a good price it might be great. Kart parts are not nearly as model specific as some would have you think and older Gold karts probably came with Righetti-Ridolfi parts anyway so there should be tons of used spares available (I know I have plenty in my trailer).
You don’t say where you’re planning on racing, or what class but if you’re anywhere near a track that runs Briggs LO206 the Gold kart might be just the ticket if you can buy it for less than $350. Take a look at my website for info on converting older 2 cycle chassis for LO206.
If you’re a hot shoe looking to get into a competitive 2 cycle package your best bet will be to check with the local shops where you are going to race, but if not you should consider something like the project above.
There are tons of usable kart chassis out there that deserve a second life. Winning is mostly about what you do with what you have anyway, and for many of us just getting out there is the prize.
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