Go-karting is one of the most fun motorsports around, regardless if you are a beginner and treat this as a leisure activity or if you are a seasoned professional and treat this as a professional sport. Depending of where you stand, you may be currently renting a go-kart every time you visit your favorite track or you may have already purchased or even built your own go-kart that you are using.
If you are one of those enthusiasts like I am and have purchased your own kart, you may be looking for a place to keep or store it. Go-kart storage can be a tricky challenge, especially if you live in an apartment, or a smaller home with no extra space. That’s where creativity is required!
I’ve come up with a list of go-kart storage ideas that you can use to keep it safely without having to worry about damages or theft. Some ideas may be more feasible for you, some less depending on your preference and living conditions. Let’s explore!
If you are fortunate enough to live in a house with an attached garage you can easily store your go-kart there. It’s an ideal location, as it is right where you live. Having the ability to store your kart in your own garage makes it much easier to maintain it, as well. This is because you can do all maintenance and repair work under your own roof!
It’s also the safest place to store your go-kart, as you can lock your garage and even install an alarm if required. Essentially, it will be as well protected as your car or motorcycle. Inside the garage you can choose whether to store it on a trailer, on a rack, on the truck itself or even dedicate an entire lot to it.
There are some go-kart tracks that allow you to use their facility to park and store your go-kart. Of course, not all track operators offer this service, but a lot of them do. You can simply ask them what their go-kart storage rates are. Typically, they range from $20 to $100 dollars a month depending on where you live.
Some of those fees also come with additional services such as inspections and maintenance. Storage and maintenance packages are usually a little more expensive and start from around $60 per month. The upside of this is that whenever you want to race you can simply request to have your kart taken from the storage area onto the race track. This also means that you don’t have to transport your go-kart to the track every time you want to race.
However, the downside is that you are locked to one location at a time and most of the time for at least a month. This also means that if you want to race at a different track, you need to arrange transportation yourself.
Another place where you can keep your go-kart is in a self-storage unit. This is ideal if you already have a rented unit and have some additional space for your kart. A typical 5 x 10 foot self-storage unit costs anywhere between $30 to $100 a month in the United States, depending on where you live.
This can be quite expensive if you plan to only store your go-kart but makes more sense if you are storing your kart along with some other items. If you have additional things to store and are thinking of renting a self-storage unit, you can keep your go-kart parked on the floor or even raise it vertically onto a rack in order to save more space. However, you would need to consider the transportation to the track and from the track back to the storage facility.
Tool sheds are a good and convenient place to store a go-kart. Some tool sheds have a narrow door and are relatively small, making kart storage unfeasible. However, if you are the owner of a larger tool shed, you may want to consider this storage option. If you have enough space you can either park your kart on the floor or you could build/buy a rack that holds your kart vertically. Vertical storage options require the least amount of space.
You could even fit a vertical go-kart rack into a single door shed with a small storage area. These pictures below will give you a good idea on how this could look like.
Another great way to store your go-kart is on a trailer, which you can then park inside your garage. It is not recommended to leave the trailer parked outside as there is a chance that your kart may be damaged through heavy winds, rains and snow. As it could also get stolen, it is recommended to keep your go-kart on the trailer inside your garage. An exception could be made if the trailer is enclosed and lockable. However, it’s always advisable to park the trailer inside your own garage.
You can either purchase a go-kart trailer, use an ATV trailer or even build/modify your own. ATV trailers work just as well, however you would need to make sure that the trailer dimensions fit your kart and that the ramp is not too steep. If you are someone who loves to build, you can even construct your own trailer that you can park and transport your go-kart with. Just ensure that if you use the trailer for transportation that it’s certified for the road.
Storing your go-kart on a rack can also be convenient if you already have a tool shed or garage. The benefit of a rack is that you can design it vertically, instead of horizontally. This means that if you have limited space, you can store the rack against a wall, which shouldn’t take more than 3 x 4 x 6 feet of space.
You can find some go-kart racks available for sale online. If you opt for purchasing one, please make sure that the dimensions are suitable to fit your go-kart. You also decide to build your own rack made from wood or metal.
You could also store your go-kart on your pickup truck or van. That is of course, if you have one. It’s convenient and since you most likely park the truck in your garage, it would automatically be sheltered, as well. It’s not advisable to store in on your truck outside at your driveway as your kart may get damaged over time. Moreover, chains and metal parts can easily start rusting and water damage to the engine is something you want to avoid.
Consider this option if you do not intend to use your truck often for other purposes, as you would have to load and unload your go-kart regularly. If use your truck mainly to transport you go-kart, you can consider to also have it stored on the back of it.