Go karting is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family and nowadays a large variety of go karts available on the market cater to drivers of all ages.
Previously it may have been the case that an off-road go-kart was something that was only purchased for children, however, this is definitely no longer the case with teenagers and adults now the biggest market for off road go kart manufacturers.
In this guide, we review the best go karts we tested in 2020, our criteria when looking at go karts for adults includes a larger maximum load and top speed with many of these electric go karts reaching speeds that kids pedal karts can't.
The Segway GoKart really is a special piece of kit and by far the best Go Kart we tested as part of our review process. The kart is perfect for teens and adults with a max load of 220 lbs or 100kg.
The adjustable frame and steering wheel also means it is adaptable for riders from 4' 5" to 6' 3".
The kart is easy to assemble and comes with the Segway app full of rider tutorials.
The Kandi 150cc 2-seater go kart is one of the best go-karts in the market, sure to provide hours of fun for both teenagers and adults.
The Kandi 2-seater go kart features a 150cc air cooled 4-stroke 1-cylinder engine with automatic reverse. It is fully automatic with an electric start and front and rear disc brakes as well as an adjustable seat.
The design of the Kandi 150cc is packed with features that promote safety, including a sturdy steel frame, bucket seats with seatbelts and a roll cage to protect the occupants in case of an accident. It also has padded frame guard bars and steering wheel.
The Kandi 150cc is designed for the outdoors, it has full suspension and tires that can tackle any terrain with a ground clearance of minimum 5.5 inches. In addition, a small storage rack is located above the back wheels, this is a great addition if you plan on going on an off-road adventure.
The Kandi 150cc has all the bells and whistles that one would need in an off-road go-kart.
"The Kandi 150cc is designed for the outdoors, it has a high suspension and tires that can tackle any terrain."
If you are in the market for a high-end dune buggy off-road go-kart then look no further than the Spider K28A go kart.
The Spider K28A is packed with features that make it one of the best off-road vehicles.
Featuring racing-style bucket seats with safety harnesses, shock absorbers and rugged wheels to deal with rough terrain.
In addition, it also features a protective roll cage to protect the occupants in case of an accident.
Power is a must have if you plan on having fun tackling off-road trails and the Spider K28A features a 150cc single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled fully automatic transmission.This go-kart has front and rear disc brakes, electric start motor and a load capacity for 2 adults. With a top speed of 38mph, the Spider K28A has more than enough power for the adrenaline junkies.
The Spider K28A is packed with all of the features that one would ever dream of in an off-road dune buggy go kart, the only kickback is that the Spider K28A does feature quite a hefty price tag.
"The Spider K28A is packed with all of the features that one would ever dream of in an off-road go kart."
The Powersportsgalaxy 110cc is the ideal 2-seater dune buggy off-road go kart for pre-teens and young teenagers, but adults may require something with a little more power.
Having said that, the Powersportsgalaxy does feature a powerful 110cc single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled fully automatic transmission electric start engine with reverse.
In addition, the Powersportsgalaxy 110cc features a speed governor with a limit of 24 mph, it also features a kill switch as an added safety feature.
The design of the Powersportsgalaxy 110cc does feature a variety of safety features, but the use of a helmet is recommended at all times.
The Powersportsgalaxy 110cc has a max load of 180 lbs., thus two small teenagers should be able to ride in this with ease.
The Powersportsgalaxy 110cc is a great option for first time young riders, but for adults we would recommend a slightly larger kart.
"Safety is an extremely important feature in go karts for teens and the Powersportsgalaxy 110cc features 2 individual seat belts for both the driver and the passenger."
How Are Go Karts For Teenagers & Adults Different From Others?
While electric powered karts with very slow max speeds can be enjoyed by kids that are just 2 or 3 years of age, larger go karts with higher max speeds are very popular for teenagers and regular sized karts can be enjoyed by adults of any age.
Family 4-seaters are also some of the best off-road karts around and they are idea for an active family that enjoys outdoor adventures.
Go karting is the perfect activity that will get the whole family out of the house and away from technology. TV’s, cell phones, computer screens, tablets etc. are all busy consuming our lives and both kids and adults don’t spend enough time having fun outdoors.
Another great thing about karts is that they offer different types of entertainment. Different varieties include: electric, off road go karts, pedal-powered, racing and drifting karts and we will explore the different models below so you can ensure you make the right purchase.
What is the best Kart type for teens and adults?
Engine powered is the most powerful type of kart, making them perfect for teenagers and adults.
The power and max speed will of course depend on the size of the engine with the majority of engine powered karts featuring 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled engines that range in size between 100 and 150 cc's. Engines are also a popular choice if you are looking at buying either a dune buggy (off-road go-kart) or a racing go kart.
Engine powered vehicles can go for long distances and with a quick refill they are up and ready to go again, the only drawback of an engine is that it does require regular maintenance in order to prevent mechanical issues.
Electric go karts
Electric powered karts are becoming more and more popular.
Batteries can be used to operate both teen sized as well as adult sized go karts.
Battery operated karts are more environmentally friendly than the engine powered kind and they make a lot less noise.
Electric karts can be used both indoors and outdoors, all you need is adequate space.
Electric go-karts don’t have many drawbacks, but there are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing one.
Dune buggies require powerful engines in order to negotiate rough terrain, electric go karts aren’t known for their power meaning most off-road karts are engine powered rather than electric.
The batteries used by electric go-karts can normally run for about an hour continuously, when flat it takes roughly 6-8 hours for them to fully recharge.
If you enjoy long adventures then an electric off road go kart might not be ideal for you, but in most cases this model is sufficient for teenagers and adults when used for racing or leisure.
Pedal powered go-karts are fun, but they don’t provide the same adrenaline rush that either an electric or engine powered vehicle would, they are more of a kids go kart.
If you want speed then pedal power won’t be for you, but if you are looking for an alternative to a bicycle to get some exercise then you might just want to consider getting one. Pedal powered styles are also a great way to introduce kids to off road go kart adventures without scaring them off but many of the best vehicles for teens and adults we reviewed are either engine powered, or electric, rather than pedal.
The drifting kart concept is a fairly new one. Drifting karts can either be electric, engine or pedal powered, some rely purely on gravity and a downhill for speed.
Drifting karts feature slick back wheels that drift (slide) around corners.
Drifting karts are a lot of fun and the perfect options for both young and old if you are looking for something different than traditional go karting. Although a lot of fun, we do find drift karts to be designed for a young audience.
Racing karts are for those that thrive on competition.
Go kart racing is a very popular sport and it is contested by drivers of all ages.
Go kart racing is both fun and competitive and it is something that the whole family can compete in.
The majority of racing go karts are engine powered but electric racing karts are gaining in popularity. Beware, these products come with a hefty price tag and require a lot of maintenance, think this one through before you pitch this idea to the rest of the family.
Features to look out for when buying a go kart as a teenager or adult
Buying a kart can be a very daunting prospect, but this doesn’t have to be the case.
Below we will discuss some key features to consider when shopping around for your perfect fun vehicle.
Go kart type
Arguably the most important aspect to decide on when buying a go kart is what kind to purchase. Hopefully the section above explored the different types available in detail so you now understand the key differences between each model.
Some questions to ask before choosing a kart include:
Will I be using the go kart? Is it a gift for my teenage son or daughter? Will the go kart be used indoors or outdoors? Am I looking for a fast, powerful ride? How much money am I willing to spend on the best off-road brands?
Once you have the answer to these questions you should have a better idea of what category vehicle you are looking for, this is half the battle done and dusted.
Once you have established which type you will be buying you need to also decide on the engine size. If an adult is going to be using it hen a bigger 150cc engine will be the way to go. Also keep in mind the terrain that it will be driven on. If you plan on buying an off-road go kart then a bigger engine will be best in order to climb over hills and uneven surfaces.
If your teenagers are going to be using the kart then a smaller engine size such as a 110cc+ will be the best option. Safety is important thus a smaller engine with a speed limiter is recommended for all teen wheels.
The frames differ, depending on the style. Off road dune buggies tend to have a more robust steel frame with a roll bar in order to protect the occupants in case of an accident.
Racing karts and drifting karts have slightly different frames, since they are designed to ride on more even surfaces where the odds of flipping over are much lower. A kart with a solid tubular steel frame is recommended.
They are generally available in single, two and four-seater options. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on buying a kart that the whole family can use.
Go karts are motorized vehicles and some of them can reach impressive top speeds. That being said, safety is a very important aspect to keep in mind, especially if you have teenagers that will be driving around in these. The following safety features are very important to keep in mind:
- Always wear a helmet to avoid/limit the chances of a head injury
- Buy a kart with a strong robust design
- A roll bar is a must have for dune buggies
- A seat belt or safety harness is another must have item
- Limit the max speed of the go kart if teenagers and not adults are the primary users
- Educate your teens about the potential dangers and remind them to be cautious especially when driving through rough terrain
- Do regular maintenance on your kart as suggested to avoid any mechanical safety issues
Maintenance is another feature to keep in mind when buying your kart.
Make sure that you know how to properly maintain your kart, if you don’t have the time or skills to do it get a kart that requires less maintenance.
For example, the maintenance on an electric model is a lot less than on an engine powered one.
Any purchase you make will be an investment, make sure to do thorough research beforehand to ensure that you are getting good value for money. If you would like to get in contact with us directly before committing to a purchase in order to ask any final questions please do so.
These fun karts can be enjoyed by both young and old, as this guide has shown.
Go karting is the perfect way to spend more time outside and adventure seekers will enjoy the power and speed associated with go karts.
There are many different types of go karts to choose from and you will need to make sure to buy a go kart that aligns with your interests.
Always put safety first, especially when teenagers are involved. Last but not least have fun, screens are taking over our lives, some time on a go kart is the perfect way to let loose.
HML MOTO 110cc
The HML Moto 110cc is one of the best for pre-teen, older children and even some small adults.
It is a fun, powerful sporty looking outdoor kart that will be the perfect gift for just about any family member. The HML Moto features a single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled 110cc engine with fully automatic reverse and full suspension. This powerful engine can achieve high speeds but it comes with a speed limiter that is set at 24 mph to ensure the safety of both the driver and passenger. It's ground clearance is 4 inches and it has rear hydraulic disc brakes
Safety is obviously very important when purchasing a kart for teenagers and the HML Moto 110cc is packed with safety features.
The safety features of the HML Moto 110cc include comfortable bucket seats with seatbelts and a padded roll cage to ensure added safety.
The HML Moto 110cc has a lot of positives, but it is important to keep in mind that some assembly will be required before your new purchase is ready to hit the road.
The Kandi 110cc go kart is a 2-seater go kart for kids but can easily be used by teenagers as well. The Kandi features a 110cc 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled engine with an automatic transmission and full suspension.
The Kandi 110cc features a remote kill and a remote start switch as a safety feature, it also features seatbelts and has a speed limit of 25 mph.
The weight capacity of the Kandi 110cc is 330 lbs., but we did find it had limited leg room for 2 passengers.
The Kandi 110cc will need some basic assembly upon delivery, but the help of a mechanic shouldn’t be required for this.
The Kandi 110cc does feature top roll bars that will serve as protection in the event of an accident, but the use of helmets is strongly recommended to ensure maximum safety.
The Kandi 110cc is a worthy competitor if you are in the market for a new go kart.
TAO TAO Arrow 150
The TAO TAO Arrow 150 go kart is a sporty looking go kart with subtle features that resemble a batmobile.
The TAO TAO Arrow 150 features a powerful 150cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine that can reach speeds in excess of 40 mph depending on the weight of the riders.
The bucket seats with safety harnesses of the TAO TAO Arrow 150 is not just a cool looking design feature, it is also a very important safety feature that protects the riders if an accident were to happen.
The TAO TAO Arrow 150 has space for an extra spare wheel behind the seats, this is a great add on if you plan on taking it out on long adventures over rugged terrain.
The side bars of the TAO TAO Arrow 150 offers protection in case of an accident, always wear a helmet to ensure maximum safety.
Taotao 4Fun 150cc
The name of the Taotao says it all, this 4Fun 150cc go kart is a 4-seater family style go kart that is sure to deliver hours and hours of fun for the whole family.
This passenger go kart features a powerful 150cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine with an automatic reverse and full suspension.
The weight capacity of the Taotao 4Fun 150cc is 330lbs, this could limit the size or the number of passengers to some extent if you plan on loading up the whole family.
Safety is important and the design of the Taotao 4Fun 150cc is packed with safety features, these features include bucket seats with safety harnesses and a roll bar.
The Taotao 4Fun 150cc features a competitive price point in comparison to other 2-seater models. The Taotao 4Fun 150cc is worth a look if you have an outdoor loving family that has a sense of adventure.
Interceptor 196 XRS
The Interceptor 196 XRS go kart is a rugged strong go kart that will withstand any terrain. The Interceptor 196 XRS features a powerful 4 stroke single cylinder 200cc engine that reaches top speeds in excess of 30 mph.
The Interceptor 196 XRS is built for the great outdoors and isn’t just powerfu but also packed with safety features.
These safety features include seatbelts, a strong rugged design and a padded roll bar which offers protection in case of an accident. It has rear hydraulic disc brakes, full suspension and automatic transmission.
The Interceptor 196 XRS might not feature a sporty look like some go karts do, but what it does have is a functional design that will provide just as much fun and entertainment as a sleek sporty looking go kart.
Segway Electric Go Kart
Before we look at the Segway Electric go kart it is important to take note that it is an add on to the Ninebot S miniPRO self-balancing scooter. T
he self-balancing scooter will have to be purchased as an additional separate piece.
The battery-powered Segway electric go kart is a revolutionary kart that features a futuristic design.
If you are the sports vehicle kind then this is the go kart for you. The Segway electric go kart has a top speed of 15 mph and a range of 12 miles, the battery of the Segway electric go kart takes roughly 3.5 hours to recharge fully.
This is potentially the “coolest” go kart on the market for teens and adults and you will definitely get heads to turn if you drive one of these around the neighborhood.
Trailmaster 150cc XRS GTS
The Trailmaster 150cc XRX GTS is a sporty looking go kart for teenagers and adults alike.
The Trailmaster 150cc XRX GTS features a reliable 150cc 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled electric start engine with hydraulic disc brakes and a fully automatic CVT transmission. As well as these features this kart is also safe to drive at night thanks to its LED headlights.
The Trailmaster 150cc XRX GTS has a load capacity of 500 lbs and ground clearance of 6.7 inches.
Safety is an important aspect to look at when shopping for a go kart, especially if your teenager will be using it on a frequent basis. The Trailmaster 150cc XRX GTS with a max speed of 43 mph comes with a speed limiter and safety belts as well as a strong durable canopy top to ensure safety.
Take note that basic repair and setup skills will be required to get the Trailmaster 150cc XRX GTS up and running, if you don’t feel comfortable doing it take your new go kart to a mechanic for the setup process.