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.
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