A beautiful PPG is like a beautiful Ferrari:
it is only useful if the engine fires.
T select a paramotor, we tend to focus on the fiscal side. This is one of the elements that should guide your choice but it should certainly not be the most important.
"Reliability" is not the first word that describes most paragliders. Choose a brand recognized and especially not to fail at each output engine.
The more complex the more numerous will be the engine failures. An electric starter it is mandatory to see some engines but there are countless failures batteries on the ground when the engine has decided not to start (think, in this case, buying a battery backup).
If you are not handyman (and this is where the majority of drivers), do not buy a used paramotor cheap.
Your engine needs to be revised every 20h, 50h, 100h of operation. It may also need repairs between visits when you miss a takeoff or landing. Quickly find, parts or a qualified professional is essential if you do not want to spend the season sitting on the sidelines watching others fly.
Example: www.miniplaneshop.com site, displays its stock in real time. 98% of the parts of the paramotor Miniplane Top80 motor are available.
Weight is an important criterion in choosing a paramotor.
Choose, if possible paramotor whose net weight does not exceed 35% of your own weight.
As the size of the sail, the power of the paramotor must be adapted to your weight. A high ratio can erase the effects of torque but will decrease the rate of climb.
In flight and on land, an engine delivering a power linearly, is much more usable and comfortable to use than the one who sent all the cavalry between 9000 and 10000 rpm. The best in this field is the electric motor but the big problem is the lack of battery performance needed.
This chapter alone deserves several pages of explanation. It depends on the overall thrust of the engine, performance wing (mainly the rate of fall) and the air mass in which you fly.
Example: in a temperate air mass Top80 engine takes its driver at 1m / s if it is 90kg and flies with a sail of 18m2 or if it is 130kg with a sail of 42m2.
The older your engine is, the more it will tend to make noise. To not get the residents’ back up, consider replacing your muffler or replace rockwool therein.
Warning: the noise generated by a propeller is more important than the sound of some modern engines and recent explosion, which contrary to popular belief, makes electric paramotor as noisy as some paramotor engine.
According to the engines and wing used, consumption may vary from 3 to 15 liters per hour. Tanks rarely exceeding 12 liters, your machine will either allow you to make a ground round, or take you to the other side of the country. It remains for you to calculate the time of flight of the machine of your dreams.
The price of the occasion is, as everywhere, set by supply and demand. Models to more market paragliders may often be those which are the least reliable (why change a machine that works?).