Honda's latest offering in the personal watercraft (PWC) market is the R-12X, which is the first four-stroke two-seat model to be introduced. Honda had been working on this model for several years while developing its introductory models, the AquaTrax F-12 and F-12X. The R-12X boasts a 165-horsepower, four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant that provides extra power when needed.
One of the noticeable differences of the R-12X from its predecessors is its smaller hull, which is five inches shorter and three inches narrower. The compact hull is designed with a sharp chine and newly designed sponsons that allow the boat to quickly transition into turns. The R-12X also features a low center of gravity thanks to thoughtful engine placement.
The R-12X comes equipped with Honda's adjustable quick-trim system, which allows drivers to redirect the angle of the jet nozzle by pulling a control on the handlebar. This system helps the boat change the attitude of the bow in sharp turns so that the running surface can re-grab the water instantly. This feature provides the rider with more control and maneuverability in the water.
Honda has also ensured that the R-12X is environmentally friendly by receiving a two-star emissions rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The PWC also features a waste gate in the exhaust loop to reduce noise and an off-throttle steering system, which is ECU-controlled and helps the craft turn while the throttle is disengaged in avoidance maneuvers.
Other impressive technological features of the R-12X include the Limit Mode, which allows riders to select a maximum speed before turning novice riders loose. The Ignition Control System (ICS) will automatically limit power or shut down the engine if oil pressure or cooling temperatures are abnormally high. The electronic keyless ignition system allows the rider to choose a numerical code to prevent theft.
The R-12X also comes with digital and analog gauges that monitor every function of the PWC, a handlebar cushion pad, and trailer tie-down loops. All these features and more make the R-12X an excellent option for anyone looking for an exciting and technologically advanced personal watercraft.
Hold on to your hats, personal watercraft enthusiasts in California! Kawasaki is bringing its all-new 800 SX-R stand-up to the Golden State, hot off the heels of receiving a coveted CARB Three Star emissions rating for its STX-12F model. With advances in engine technology and emissions control, the company is thrilled to offer Californians the opportunity to experience the thrill of riding one of the most exciting personal watercraft on the market. According to Kawasaki product manager Patrick Kelly, "This is a significant opportunity that opens the doors for Californians to join the rest of the country in experiencing one of the most exciting new personal watercraft available."
Even better, the 800 SX-R is the lowest-priced stand-up available, coming in at an incredible $5,499, which is $500 less than last year's SXi Pro. As a result, Kawasaki plans on ramping up production of this exciting new model to give more consumers the chance to get into the stand-up market at a lower cost. Don't miss out on the chance to be one of the first Californians to ride the 800 SX-R and experience the thrill of Kawasaki's latest innovation.
Get ready to race and earn big with Bombardier's Sea-Doo Bounty! This exciting racing contingency program is back and better than ever, offering rewards to grass-roots racers who ride on Sea-Doo watercraft.
In 2002, forty-eight racers across North America shared in the bounty, while 12 top finishers got the chance to compete for an even bigger prize at the 2002 World Finals. Stuart Rasmussen came out on top, winning a grand prize of a Bombardier Rally ATV.
Now, in 2003, all Sea-Doo watercraft racers in qualifying classes have the opportunity to earn reward money. All you have to do is run a Sea-Doo sticker on your watercraft and finish at the top of the field. And, if you're competing on the new GTX 4-TEC or 4-TEC Supercharged, you could earn double payouts!
The payouts range from $7,500 for a championship in Pro Runabout 1200/1600 Superstock at the World Championships, to $25 for a third-place finish in regional events. So get ready to race and win big with Bombardier's Sea-Doo Bounty!
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