About Cycle Karts
The mechanical design is a simplified version of a cyclecar. The formula specifies that a cyclekart is a one-seat car using Honda 17 x 1 3/4 or 2 inch rims, 2.50 x 17 tires, a 38 inch track, wheelbase as close to 66 inches as the aesthetics of the car will allow, weight no more than 250 lbs, and powered by a 200 cc, single cylinder, 6.5 hp Honda OHV engine (the GX200). A cyclekart should not cost more than $1750 to build in 2001 dollars and the driver is required to build his own car. Power is transmitted via a Comet TAV-30 unit to one wheel only. Braking is also on this same rear wheel by mechanical Comet disc.
Cyclekarts are generally styled as 1920s and 1930s race cars.
-Definition of Cycle Karting as described by Wikipedia.org.
In Pursuit of Cycle Karting Excellence
Cycle Karting has received a brief flurry of attention recently on the interwebs, I believe beginning with a Make blog post, and then followed by numerous other blog posts from Jalopnik, Dude Craft and others. Each entry, despite giving Cycle Karts appropriate respect and appreciation, only drooling observations about Cycle Karting and don’t actually execute Cycle Karting excellence like the actual Cyle Kart creators and innovators at the Association of MotoCycleKartistes (AMCK). It was during that flurry of attention that I was first introduced to this most excellent Cycle Karting concept and shorthly there after I bought CycleKarting.com and began brainstorming.
My Own Pursuit
Like the blogs above, I too suffer from only being able to make drooling observations, so I am confined to an innate boyhood-like fantasy to build one for myself, which I hope to build in the coming year. I am a web developer and designer and although I don’t have the time to build one immediately, I find myself committing any spare time to thinking about proportions and mechanics. As such, the journey has begun.
This site is deliberately void of photos of Cycle Karts as a means of motivating me toward getting mine built. In the meantime, I sketched the Cycle Kart above as a “first draft” of what I anticipate mine looking like, maintaining historic “Cycle Car” proportions and elegance.
The AMCK is based in California, so I would like to gauge any response on the east coast, particularly in Central PA., so…
holler in the comments if you are Cycle Kart crazy.
This site will also serve as my build log as I complete my build process. I will post pictures here, but part of the fun of Cycle Karting is creating something unique for yourself, so I may post sketches and some parts lists, but I will not post plans.