Back in 2004 I had a chance to attend the first RC Motorcycle Nationals held in Las Vegas. My buddy and I showed up the day before the race with only ONE full day of testing under our belts with our 1/5 scale motorcycles. Because of their design, driving them around the track was difficult and definitely took a different driving style. It would have been nice to have some sort of gyro in the wheels, a 2.4GHz radio system and perhaps an easier way to change the battery. Thankfully, Kyosho read my mind and included all three of these items into their 1/18 scale Moto GP Motorcycle, the Mini Z Moto Racer.
AT A GLANCE
WHO MAKES IT: Kyosho
WHO IT’S FOR: Everyone
HOW MUCH: $230
BUILD TYPE: RTR
– Kyosho certainly captured the looks of the Moto GP, from the graphics on the cowling to the super slick racing tires. Even the rider is decked out in racing gear.
– The Mini Z Moto Racer comes equipped with an ‘E-Gyro’; a flywheel that spins in the rear wheel to help keep the bike stable at low speeds. It works, and makes the bike very easy to drive.
– The new KT-19 2.4GHz transmitter is included with the Moto Racer. That means you could have a whole field of 40 of these little guys on your Mini Z track at one time! Now I just have to find 39 friends that want to run on my homemade Twin Ring Motegi track!
– The Mini Z Moto Racer is a bit simple when it comes to tuning adjustments (unless you decide to get really creative), but it does allow you to modify the bike’s caster to help smooth out the steering.
– The 3.7v 120mAh LiPo battery fits into a little compartment in the side of the bikes fairing. Open the hatch, pull the pack out, drop a new one in and replace the hatch. Boom, you’re on the road again.
– The Moto Racer comes with a small, USB powered LiPo charger. One end plugs into the KT-19 transmitter, the other into your battery. You get a fully charged pack in anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes (depending on how discharged the LiPo pack is).
Kyosho, www.kyoshoamerica.com, (949) 454-8854
To read the entire review including the performance section, be sure to pick up the May 2012 issue of RC Driver Magazine!