In this post we’re going to review the very popular Razor Dune Buggy. It’s a children’s go-kart that’s also shaped and designed like a dune buggy, so it’s like a go-kart/dune buggy hybrid. But what’s really interesting are the features it comes with. It’s a powerful electric dune buggy with safe and reliable driving features. We’re going to explore all of its features, and give the buggy a rating based on our analysis. First, let’s start with the brand Razor…
Razor is arguably the best brand that makes children’s go-karts and dune buggies! They’ve made popular and successful products like the Razor Dune Buggy, Drifter Kart, and Ground Force Ride-on. Not only that, but Razor makes several other children’s products like scooters. Razor has grown in popularity at a rapid rate; it was only founded in 2000, but it’s already recognized as an iconic and prolific brand. It has received several awards as well.
Rest assured, the brand of this buggy is top-quality, and that’s a good sign. Let’s look at the features and see if they’re as good as the brand.
Features Of The Razor Dune Buggy
This go-kart is chock-full of features. It’s an electric buggy that’s suitable for people of ages 8 and up. The maximum weight capacity of the rider must be 120 pounds. That’s a good age for riding a buggy, because you child is developed enough to maneuver and co-ordinate with their hands and eyes to ride a small vehicle. It’s also good practice for when they grow up and start riding full-sized vehicles. There are plenty of driving options on this dune buggy to improve and test the driver’s riding ability. It also has a good amount of safety features to ensure that the rider’s safety is a priority. But enough of that; these are the exact features and specifications of the Razor Dune Buggy:
- The dune buggy weighs 83 pounds and its dimensions are 14.75″ x 21.75″ x 36.25″.
- It is run on a 350-watt electric motor that’s rechargeable by battery.
- The sealed lead acid battery is 24 Volts (two batteries of 12 Volts each) and is rechargeable.
- Charger is included, along with instruction manual on how to charge.
- The initial charge time is 18 hours, and the subsequent charge times are 12 hours each. This gives the rider about 40 minutes of driving. The manual recommends re-charging the battery once a month, even when it’s not being used. The battery should always be stored in a cool place when not in use. It’s average life is around 250 charge cycles.
- Reaches a maximum speed of 10 MPH.
- It’s built from a durable tubular steel frame, along with a padded bucket seat (with shoulder strap), a seatbelt, diamond-plate floorboard, terrain-following suspension, and 8-inch pneumatic tires.
- The driving has variable speed, brake controls with hand throttle, high torque, and chain-driven motor.
- Includes hand-operated rear disc brake.
- Other features: Vertical storage, safety flag, and protective padding.
Pros & Cons
The first pro about the Razor Dune Buggy is that it’s easy to assemble; many go-karts have complicated instructions on how to put it together, but this one is fairly easy. Most of it comes already assembled; you just have to tweak the handlebar/controls, and pump the tires and charge the battery if necessary.
Another pro of this buggy is that it has good features for safety. The shoulder strap and seatbelt ensure that the rider are strapped in and are always safe throughout riding it. The maximum speed, 10 MPH, is also modest and is not too fast, so there’s nothing to worry about with safety. Additionally, there’s protective padding to absorb any small impacts and keep the rider comfortable.
Something I really like about the Razor dune buggy is that it’s very user-friendly. You have control over the throttle to change the speed during riding, to slow it down. You can also use the thumb paddle to accelerate. The steering is smooth and it has a sufficient turning radius. It’s very easy for young children to learn how to ride. The rides go smoothly, and the durable tires allow it to ride on a variety of surfaces. Surfaces like wood, cement, grass, asphalt, and sand. Just don’t ride it on very rocky surfaces, because this is a kid’s buggy that isn’t built for off-roading.
The buggy is durable and it’s made with solid materials. The frame and the steering wheel are made of thick tubular steel. The bottom of the go-kart, with the footrest, are made of thick plastic and plated with a thin layer of diamond. The wheels have a solid steel axle and the other materials are made of metal or galvanized steel and sometimes plastic. Overall, it has great and sturdy materials, and it really shows in the weight of the buggy. It weighs a good 83 pounds.
The other thing I like about this buggy is that it’s affordable. Currently it costs $368 (though the price changes), so it’s easy to buy it as a Christmas or birthday gift for your son/daughter or nephew/niece. It’s much cheaper than buying some high-priced and fancy go-kart for $1000 that performs has extra unnecessary features. This buggy’s performance and specifications are more than satisfactory for its purpose. There are a few complaints I have with it, which I’ll discuss in the Cons.
The Pros of this buggy far outweigh the Cons, but in order to give an honest review, I have to discuss some of the Cons and rooms for improvement. I also looked at other customer reviews and asked people their experience with this buggy, especially if they have any problems with it, in order to give the full picture. Here are a few complaints/disadvantages I found.
The battery only lasts for 40 minutes after each re-charge, which is not enough. Sometimes your kid will easily play for up to 1 hour, or even longer. So this buggy’s battery could use some improvement by lasting a bit longer. I think 60 minutes would be good enough.
I also have a minor complaint with the driving functions of the buggy. The throttle can be difficult to reach for children with small hands. So they have to slightly lean forward sometimes. This could be solved by having an adjustable seat, so that it shifts forward whenever you need it to, to bring it closer to the controls. Having an adjustable steering wheel would also make the throttle and brake easier to use.
There are some other rooms for improvement in the Razor Dune Buggy. Having a reverse function would be nice, because it’d make it easier for the rider to get back on the road/track (wherever they’re riding), instead of having to do a turn. And lights would be cool too, as they can be useful if it’s dark outside. But you can always buy and attach your own lights to the vehicle, so that’s not a big deal.
My Rating: (4.5/5)
Video Of A Razor Dune Buggy
Where would a complete review be without a video? This isn’t my video, but I found it online and it captures the performance and the important things about the Razor Dune Buggy well.
The video shows the buggy being driven on a park road and various off-road areas. It shows how well it performs on surfaces like grass, slopes, and the outdoors in general. Notice how the rider is wearing a helmet in the video. That’s always a good idea, to get maximum safety. But if your kid is riding it around the house or backyard, then it’s not necessary.
The video showcases most of the cool features about the buggy, like the wheels, controls, and steering. Though there’s a small inaccuracy in the video. It says the battery lasts 45 minutes after each charge, but it actually lasts 40 minutes. But besides that, it’s a good video that shows the Razor Dune Buggy in action, and it gives you an idea of how it performs on the road.
So now that the Razor Dune Buggy has been fully reviewed and explored, the question is “should you but it?”. There are lots of reasons to buy this go-kart, and they’ve all been listed in the Pros of this review. Ultimately it depends on what you want, and every person’s wants/needs are different. Some people might think this is the perfect buggy to buy, others might want something that has a higher battery life. Overall, it’s an impressive go-kart and it has a lot of good features for a relatively low price.
It’s also one of the highest-rated go-karts on Amazon, currently sitting at 4.5 stars (out of 5), based on an average of 388 reviews. That gives you a lot of reliable information about the product and whether it satisfies its customers. You can also read through those Amazon reviews to see what others’ experience with this go-kart has been like.
There are a few children’s toys that really give you the full package. Ideally, you want a kid’s toy to be fun and played in moderation. You also want it to be helpful in their development, whether it’s through physical activity or mental development (or both). It can be hard to find a balance; something that keeps both the parent and the child satisfied. Go-karts and buggies are among the few children’s toys that help fill all of that criteria, as long as they’re well-made. Some people might not call a go-kart a toy, but instead a vehicle. That’s also true, but it functions more as a toy than a vehicle, and it does prepare a child to drive a vehicle eventually.