The Yamaha FZR is a performance-oriented two-seater that was designed for Yamaha's more aggressive customers. Yamaha's research revealed that 81 percent of its more aggressive customers stand on their sit-down models, and they do so for more than a quarter of their time on the craft. To address this issue, Yamaha created a unique solution for the FZR: a telescoping handlebar column.
The telescoping handlebar column is an innovative solution that lets riders choose their ideal handlebar height. The handlebars rise up to 100 mm above their base setting, providing a comfortable riding stance atop the craft when standing to absorb rough water. The handlebars also provide a certain degree of leverage when simply play riding. If you drop to the middle position, the handlebars rise to the typical height you might expect from a watercraft. Finally, choose the lowest setting, and the craft suddenly feels like a Superbike, able to be carved aggressively on calm waters.
In addition to the telescoping handlebar column, the FZR has a more aggressive hull than the mainstream FX series. The running surface is shorter, and full-length lifting strakes improve top speed. A dihedral keel shape enhances the craft's cornering abilities, while a large pump inlet gives the craft a better bite on the water to enhance acceleration. The chine shape softly angles inward, giving the craft a fun, lean-in riding style.
Bonus Tip: Cut racelike corners by using a little inside lean, shifting your inside leg forward and putting your outside foot aft.
• Nano hull material: The FZR's hull material is made with nanotechnology, reducing weight and increasing acceleration and top speed.
• Remote transmitter: Engages the security system and activates low-speed mode for beginners.
• Telescopic handlebar: Raise or lower the handlebar for comfort.
• Cheap gas: All Yamaha engines are optimized to run on 87-octane fuel.
• Performance: Expect 65-plus mph top speed rocket hole shots.
The FZR is a performance-driven craft that will appeal to those looking for a more aggressive riding experience. With its unique handlebar design and aggressive hull, this craft is perfect for those looking to push their limits on the water. The FZR is priced at an MSRP of $12,599, making it an affordable option for those looking for a high-performance watercraft.
Sea-Doo has once again raised the bar in the personal watercraft industry with the introduction of the GTX Limited iS. Its unique independent suspension system separates the hull and passenger area into two separate components, allowing for a comfortable ride even through the choppiest waters. The seat, handlebars, and footwells move within the hull to absorb much of the shock. A center-mounted spring and shock absorber provide the cushion, while aluminum arms control the travel. With hydraulics that automatically adjust to load and water conditions, you can switch to manual and customize the level of cushioning for either a firmer or cushier ride.
The standout feature of the GTX Limited iS is its braking technology. By mating the reverse bucket to the craft's computer brain, Sea-Doo has enabled the iS to come to a stop in half the distance normally required. Squeeze the brake lever and the computer briefly reduces water flow to the pump, allowing the bucket to drop into position. The thrust resumes a split second later, with the computer gauging the amount of water to deliver based on the craft's speed and how firmly the driver is squeezing the handle. The result is a controlled stop, even in unexpected situations.
The system also allows the iS to start in neutral, which is an unlikely maneuver for a PWC. With the touch of a button, the craft comes to life and holds a stationary position, thanks to a partial deployment of the reverse bucket. Squeeze the throttle, and you move into forward. Apply reverse, and you can back away in control, making it easier to handle around tight launch ramps or marinas.
Other impressive features include a smart tilt steering system, versatile speed control with a GPS speedometer, and impressive performance with 0-30 acceleration in less than two seconds. The GTX Limited iS has a length of 139.2", beam of 48.19", dry weight of 948 lb., and a fuel capacity of 18.6 gal., along with 16.4 gal. of storage capacity. With an MSRP of $16,499, it's a worthy investment for anyone looking to take their PWC experience to the next level.
Bonus Tip: For longer cruising rides, consider wearing a wetsuit or neoprene shorts instead of a swimsuit or boardshorts to prevent chafing and enjoy a more comfortable ride.
Honda AquaTrax F-15X is the latest personal watercraft from Honda after a long hiatus since 2003. The new F-15X design showcases the company's commitment to providing high-quality watercraft that is both beautiful and functional. The craft has an aggressive wide bow that gives it a unique appearance. The bond line is raised at the bow and sweeps aft to provide both form and function. The raised line helps reduce the amount of spray, making it one of the driest rides on the water. Additionally, the Honda's rub rail protects the craft from scratches and dings when docking.
On the water, the AquaTrax F-15X is stable, predictable, and wide. The craft is longer, wider, and heavier than its predecessor, the Honda F-12. This combination provides a stable presence both underway and at rest, making it the perfect choice for family cruising. The 1470cc, turbocharged engine generates 197 horsepower and can achieve a top speed of 65 mph. The throttle response is nearly instantaneous, thanks to the turbocharger and intercooler, which are located closer to the throttle body. The intake grate more effectively loads the top of the pump, and the reduced diameter of the jet nozzle also helps to improve throttle response.
The AquaTrax F-15X comes with several features that make it stand out. For example, the fuel-consumption display provides details on the remaining riding time based on current speed and fuel. The keyless ignition can be programmed with up to 999 PIN options, making it more secure. The side panels are removable, making it easy to access for service. The craft has a top speed of 64 mph and can reach 0-30 mph in a little over two seconds.
If you're worried about feeling less than secure on any PWC, try holding onto the aggressive driver's PFD straps rather than a seat strap or grab handle.
In conclusion, Honda AquaTrax F-15X is the perfect choice for family cruising. Its stable presence, instant throttle response, and high-quality features make it stand out from other personal watercraft. With an MSRP of $13,999, it's an excellent investment for anyone who loves cruising on the water.
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