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.
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