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What is a CycleKart?

A cycleKart is a simple sporting vehicle that adheres to the following basic guidelines:

  • Inspired by a pre-war racing car
  • Track: not more than 1000mm (outer tyre walls)
  • Wheelbase: typically about 1675mm and less than 1800mm
  • 6.5hp Honda GX200 or clone or electric motor (48V, nominal 3kW, 5kW peak)
  • 17” wire spoke wheels (eg Honda C90 or similar / pit bike wheel).   Other diameter if needed to suit vehicle (eg 18” for Edwardian).   Broadly, wheels are tall and skinny.
  • Transmission system free choice - CVT, centrifugal clutch, belt clutch all acceptable.
  • Rear axle design is free choice - one-wheel drive, fixed axle, differential all accepted
  • Maximum weight 150kg

CKGB has more detailed eligibility rules and guidelines that are laid out in the current version of the Club Handbook.  You can read an extract of the rules at http://forum.cyclekartsgb.com/index.php?action=ezportal;sa=page;p=2

Where do I start?

There's lots of information available on this forum so have a look particularly at the Build Journals and the Technical section.  Adrian Gosling has written a guide to building cyclekarts which will help you along the way.

 

Where can I get parts?

Well there are lots of sources - eBay, Facebook Marketplace, go-kart suppliers, plus some parts being made specifically for cyclekarts (eg Gemini Karts).   Visit the Where to get stuff area of the forum and if the answer isn't there, just ask.

 

Other sources of information

www.cyclekarts.com is the best way to understand the origins and the philosophy.

www.gittrevillegp.com showcases alternative approaches to kart builds together with their annual meetings.

www.cyclekartclub.com contains a wealth of karts, articles and technical information.

www.huntsvillegp.com/articles/001/thecyclekart.htm some history and a commentary about the ethos of cyclekarting

Also Dennis Thomas and others have some very watchable and informative videos on YouTube