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  1. kk13

    kk13 Senior Member
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    hi guys,

    is anyone here into go karting?

    i just had a few questions. i was wondering what type of competitions they have for karting? is 125cc the fastest competition kart? and how much does a good 125cc kart cost, maybe even a second hand one?

    anyone can share their experience in karting?. that would be great. thanks
     
  2. sabelt

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    Most affordable method you could join us once a month karting in shah alam
    Visit www.my-kart.org for more info.
     
  3. Kookaburra

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    A decent condition 125cc kart will be around 10k, probably 3-4 year-old chassis. Brand new looking at 20k.

    Not sure if the 100cc class is still around, but that's the most powerful class - 21,000rpm. The 125cc is much more affordable, engine life around 30-40 hours compared to the 1-2 hours of the 100cc, but 5,000-6,000 less revs. Where is that Godzilla fella? He karts competitively, so he can tell you more.
     
  4. faisal

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    BabygodzillaGTR, fordrunger are the resident ZTH Karting superstars, betweeen them there' over a decade of karting experience, 100cc & 125cc.

    And neither is even 25 yrs old yet.
     
  5. fordrunger

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    faisal is well versed...

    kk13

    you have to look at your budget man.. if you have enough money to spend go ahead and buy a full-package kart, between 19k-15k should get you a decent kart and engine. most karts today are fitted with 125 engines, ROK or Rotax, that are long lasting and powerful. most importantly they have a clutch so all have a start button. after that you spend most of your money on tires, fuel, storage and maintenence. if you want to race once you get better then you need an AAM karting licence which will set you back about RM250..or so.

    if you dont have the money to kart like so you can join the My-kart group instead. for a few hundred ringgit a you get to experience full on racing conditions with 80cc karts. they even have a point system that runs like a championship, good fun and good learning ground for anyone trying karting for the first time.

    another option is to join the Yamaha Cup. that one incoporates a rental system whereby you rent the kart and engine and race in their championship. i think you might need an AAM licence for that one not sure.. better check.

    you should visit www.citykarting.com for more info and pictures of current events. www.shootmoto.com is mikko nassi's, a major contender in karting here, creation and he does an excellent job of bringing us action from his pictures. www.kartingmalaysia.com is also pretty good and of course www.my-kart.org.

    dude i hope this is enough man if not then google it.

    anyways on another note i got back from europe a few weeks back and i have to tell you guys the competition there is insane. the grip, the pace at which the teams move forward, the racing are all things that we are deprived of here. karting needs to grow if we are ever able to compete seriously at a world level. but i thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
    kk13 if your parents are uber loaded you should book a plane ticket and go to some where like italy where all the chassis makers are based, well mostly the best are. hook up with a known team pay the bills and learn the ropes there, it would do you way good man, come back here you would already be decided champion as soon as your plane lands, well you know what im saying.
     
  6. kk13

    kk13 Senior Member
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    Thanks guys for all your advice,

    Especially fordrunger. Really helped me loadz. I'm actually in the UK now, I'm doin my second year of uni. I'm in a place called guildford. The thing is there's not much karting here. It isn't a big sport like football. So there no place to start learning. silverstone and brands hatch are miles away. Plus i don't drive here.

    Also, the competition in europe is great i know. Thats why i think it'll be really hard to learn here. I'll be coming back next month and thats when i'll look into karting. I wanted to get some experience before buying a kart. Maybe something more affordable, where i can rent a kart and race. Also, i've only been karting a couple of times.

    I visited www.my-kart. org. I tried joining the mailing list but it doesn't work. I signed up, the e-mailed me the password but everytime i try it keeps saying still not activated.
     
  7. Kookaburra

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  8. kk13

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    thanks kookaburra,

    My usename is the same as this one, kk13. I applied a few days ago.

    Yes, guilford is west of london. I'm at the University of Surrey. There are a few karting places around, I've looked it up. The closest is about 30 mins drive. I don't have a car here so tats y its quite hard to get there. Also its really really expensive here. Your looking at 20 to 30 pounds for about 10, 15 mins.
     
  9. sabelt

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    Guess you havent explored much motorsport scene in UK.
     
  10. AlmostEvo

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    Hi guys, I'm also new into karting. Usually I play at the Shah Alam track. Been to the USJ track too but Shah Alam is cheaper for 80cc fun karts. Was great at the beginning but the rain is killing the mood. Would be great to get some pointers from you experienced karters.
     
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  11. Kookaburra

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    The rain is a blessing, how else will you learn to drive in the wet? Of course, not too heavy lah. Last time we had a few my-kart race in the wet, damn syok!
     
  12. AlmostEvo

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    Racing in the rain isnt tht fun for me :( Especially when the kart isnt going where its suppose to be. Spent most of the time fighting with the car instead of fighting for better times. Joined the last round of the Enduro-race in SA with terrible results. Chain snapped with abt 3 mins to go. DNF.
     
  13. sabelt

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    Driving in the wet require different techniques then your normal usual driving.
    Brake earlier, spend less time on the brakes, tap it dont hold too long or else the kart would understeer like mad, counter the steering before the entry of course, try to avoid race line (not really necessary but depending on the surface situation).

    When apex and exit, be gentle on steering and throttle...
     
  14. AlmostEvo

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    thanks man,
    Should I accelerate as I corner , like usual or accelerate only after i pass the apex? Cos I notice that I get loads of understeer when I accelerate early. And I think part of my mistake is that turn my steering alil too much, hence locking it and the car still goes straight. :(
     
  15. sabelt

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    Gently play around with the throttle and be sensitive with it. Always remember slow in, fast out method. A good practice is to get used to drive slick tyre kart in a wet condition even its almost impossible to drive. Once you master them, driving with wet tyre would be just a piece of cake.

    Another tips on the wet is try to shift your body weight is to lean slight forward when understeering (not too much) turn and lean slight back when exit. This requires the rear end gives more bite and grip when lean back. This requires a lot of practice.

    *This rainy season would be a good choice to practice wet techniques. CityKarting in Shah Alam close at 10pm.
     
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    rain rain go away..:P
     
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    thanks for the tip, sabelt. Will give it a try the next time i play.
     
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    AlmostEvo,
    DNF 3 mins before it ends.. sounds familiar.. haha! We got that last year too!
     
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    so how's the karting scene in shah alam?

    anyone a local there?

    i've never been there.
     
  20. AlmostEvo

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    Haha.. you kena that before too? The walk of shame back to the pit area sucks, eh? . Lucky it was my partner who kena... Haha.


    KK13,
    My frens and I go there quite often cos its cheap therefore we get to play more. Quite alot of ppl go there too. 100cc karts are nice, but expensive to play. Wallet ain't that deep.
     

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