Best Go Karts 2017 – Reviews & Buying Guide

Go Karts come in a lot of different sizes, but mini go karts are by far the most popular. OK, not all of them are so mini, but the most popular go karts are small and they pack some power. When I was a kid we got a go kart and it was awesome. Every kid should have one at some point. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between super expensive go kart, used go kart, or homemade anymore. Nowadays you can buy the best go karts online for just a few hundred dollars.

While these are usually cheap Chinese brands and may not be as durable as more expensive models, they usually use engines that are clones of the engines from major manufacturers. This means that as parts break you have the option of replacing them with the knock-off parts or the real parts. While the knockoff parts tend to be less reliable, they are also going to be much cheaper.

That’s not to say we are going to be looking exclusively at cheap go karts. The goal here is solely to find the five best go karts for sale online. Obviously, I am not going to list anything ridiculously expensive that doesn’t live up to its price but expect some name brands in between still.

What are go karts?

Go karts. Exactly what it sounds like. Go karts are usually one seater karts that use either an electric motor or gas engine. They usually do not have any type of transmission, but some will use a torque converter for gear reduction.

With mini go karts being by far the most popular option, as they can be fun for both kids and adults, I will focus mainly in mini go karts. “mini” go karts aren’t that mini though, as quite a few of them can still hold a normal adult.

Some of these go karts are two seaters, but they are often still small enough to be called mini go karts. The two seaters are not going to seat two large grown adults. They should be able to seat one adult and one child or two children, though. The really large go karts (and the professional ones) are out of scope here, as they are very expensive and illegal for kids.

Top 5 Best Go Karts For Sale

Go KartsMain benefitsBest go kart for 
Razor Dune Buggy• Large motor for its size.
• Tube steel frame
• good for cornering
Kids and neighborhoods that mind noise.
MotoTec MT-GK-10• 49cc two-stroke engineered
• Front mounted skid plate
• rigid frame
Going fast
Coleman Powersports KT196• One of the safest go karts on this list
• Powerful engine
• 400 pound weight limit
• Two seats
Safety and riding off-road.
CRT MOTO 110cc• Suspension
• Engine cage
• Large engine for the size
• Seats allow for installation of multi-point seat belts
Two kids at the same time
Coleman Powersports KT100• 15mph top speed
• Sturdy build
• Roll bar
Offroading for kids

Razor Dune Buggy Review

Best Go Karts - Razor Dune BuggyLet’s go ahead and start off with one of the major brands. Razor has their hands in just about anything having to do with small or kids power sports. This little go kart has a 350 watt electric motor for power. It has small, narrow tires, so drifting it should be easy on a smooth road. Thanks to the one seat design and the fairly large motor, this mini go kart can get up to 10 mph.

The frame is made of thick tube steel, so it is going to stand up to a good bit of abuse. The weight limit is 120 pounds, but this is likely more due to the motor than the frame. Besides, you would not want to try to fit an adult in this thing. The wheels are rigid mounted, so there is no suspension. If you want something to drift around corners then this one a good option because of the tire, but many go karts are rigid.

There is not much in the way of safety equipment. There is no roll bar, though without any suspension and with it being so low to the ground there is no chance of it rolling unless you happen to drive up on an extremely steep hill. The controls are hand mounted for comfort. This lets them make the go kart shorter since you don’t have to have any pedals.

The motor runs off of two 12V batteries for a 24V system. This allows it up to 40 minutes of continuous use before you have to charge it. The battery charger is included with the go kart as well. And since it is an electric go-kart, it won’t produce as much noise as one of the gas powered karts. Nice for the neighbors!

Pros

  • Large motor for its size.
  • Tube steel frame
  • good for cornering

Cons

  • Too small for comfortable adult use
  • Hand controls are not for everyone

 

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MotoTec Sandman Go Kart Review

Best Go Karts - MotoTec Sandman Go KartThis little beast of a go kart is powered by a 49cc two-stroke engine that can get it going up to 30mph. If you want a go kart that will fly then this is the one to get. Be careful, though, you should also plan on taking corners a bit slow since there is no roll cage to protect you.

The controls are hand mounted on the Sandman as well. The steering is not a steering wheel, but a set of handlebars instead. The frame is thick steel tubing and it even has a skid plate on the front, which could stop a tree limb from going straight through that gap and into your face.

Again, the engine is a 49cc two-stroke. This means that you will need to mix your oil and gas. If you are not sure what the difference between a two-stroke engine and four-stroke engine are then the quick summary is that due to power conversion a 49cc two-stroke will be about as powerful as a 98cc four-stroke. That is a lot of power for something this small.

The wheels are rigidly mounted so you will have an easy time going around corners. Do be sure to slow down, though. If you swap the tires for some street tires instead of the knobby’s then you will have a much more comfortable and predictable ride.

Pros

  • 49cc two-stroke engineered
  • Front mounted skid plate
  • rigid frame

Cons

  • Steering is not great at high speeds
  • Handlebar steering controls

 

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Coleman Offroad Go Kart Review

Best Go Karts - Coleman Offroad Go KartColeman is not a name you usually associate with anything with an engine. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Coleman I think of coolers and ponchos. Really any camping gear, but not go karts. Yeah, turns out they make one of the best go karts. Seriously, though, you know Coleman as a brand and know their build quality. This should tell you about what to expect.

This one is a bit larger than some of the others on this list. It is a two-seater that can seat two adults. The weight limit on this model is 400 pounds. This is thanks to the heavy steel construction of the frame.

Unlike others on this list, the Coleman has a real steering wheel, not handlebars with hand controls on them. It also has a gas and brake pedal, so it is going to feel more natural to drivers. Personally, I think I would have to adjust to the handlebars before I was any good. Nothing I ride with handlebars actually lets you turn them. Seriously, don’t try to turn your bike by steering it like a car. It will end badly.

The Coleman is also going to be the safest option listed so far. It is the only one that has a roll cage. The others have a seatbelt to keep you in the go kart, but the go kart itself offers very little, if any, protection. The Coleman takes safety to the next level. It has multi-point seat belts, hydraulic brakes, and a roll cage. Put all of this together and this is one of the safest go karts around, period.

Pros

  • One of the safest go karts on this list
  • Powerful engine
  • 400 pound weight limit
  • Two seats

Cons

  • Can be a little short for some drivers

 

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CRT Moto Go Kart Review

Best Go Karts - CRT MotoThe Moto Go go-kart looks like something you would skin and turn into a kit car. Actually, wait, that’s not a bad idea. Just say it is a custom form and give it bigger wheels and a bigger engine. Anyway, I got a bit off track there. Seriously, though, this little go kart has a cage around the driver and passenger, but it does not have a roll cage. It does, however, have roll bars for each person.

So, one of the biggest factors that set this go kart apart from what we have seen so far is that this particular go kart has a suspension setup. This will give you a much smoother ride, especially if you take it for offroading. Speaking of which, this go kart is a great choice for it. It comes with knobby tires and has excellent ground clearance for a go kart.

The CRT Moto is powered by an 110cc four-stroke engine. It has a torque converter for gear reduction, so you don’t have to worry about bogging the engine down trying to get going at low RPMs. One thing I found cool about this go kart is that the engine and transmission are actually in a little cage on the rear of the go kart. This will keep someone from running off with your engine, though I should hope that is not a problem in your area. How bad do you have to want that engine to leave the rest of the go kart?

Pros

  • Suspension
  • Engine cage
  • Large engine for the size
  • Seats allow for installation of multi-point seat belts

Cons

  • No seat belts
  • No roll cage

 

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Coleman KT100 Review

Best Go Karts - Coleman KT100The little brother of the bigger Coleman we look at earlier, the KT100 Is basically a one-seater version. As the name implies, the KT100 uses a 100cc four-stroke engine for power. It produces three horsepower, so it should get you going pretty fast.

The weight limit on this go kart is 150 pounds, but it is more about size than it is about structure. This little go cart can support the weight, but someone who weighs more than that will be feeling a bit cramped, especially with that roll bar.

Speaking of the roll bar, the KT100 offers the same safety features of the bigger model. This means it has not only the roll cage but hydraulic brakes as well. Considering many small go karts use cable brakes or mechanical brakes, hydraulics are a nice change of pace.

As for power, this little Coleman is not lacking. It has a max speed of 15 miles per hour, but can likely exceed that with a small rider and flat terrain. If you are offroading then you will not want to go any faster than that anyway. The wheels are mounted rigidly on this one as well, so you are not going to have a very comfortable ride if you get going too fast. That being said, it will be damn fun.

Pros

  • 15mph top speed
  • Sturdy build
  • Roll bar

Cons

  • Too small for most adult riders

 

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Conclusion

There are many different go karts for sale online, some cheap go karts are only a few hundred dollars, while others are several thousand. Either way, these are awesome go karts that will provide hours of fun in the back yard. Just don’t be mad when your kids destroy the grass in the back.

If you think that go karts aren’t for you after all, consider having a look at the best quads. Quad bikes are better for off-roading, and can be a lot of fun as well!

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