Today was the official release, of the new 2017 Kawasaki SX-R.
While we were hoping that it would use a new engine such as Yamaha and Sea-Doo released for their entry level craft, Kawasaki decided to use their 1500cc 4 cylinder four-stroke that they’ve been using for over a decade. While it does put out over 150hp the engine itself weighs almost 200lbs. It’s claimed to do 60mph stock, but acceleration won’t be as good as a two stroke due to the added weight, which hasn’t officially listed yet (rumored to be over 500lbs), the overall dimensions are whopping 30″ wide and 8ft 8″ long (18″ longer than the 800 SX-R) in fact the crafts underside resembles an STX rather than the outgoing 800 SX-R , so much so that it features it’s 148mm axial flow pump and runabout style sponsons. No price has been announced yet, but it’s believed to be under $11k
While we’re disappointed that they didn’t use a newly developed engine that would be smaller and allow room for forced induction, it’s understandable that they used what they had for the small market that is stand up PWC’s. This new ski won’t phase out the use of two-stroke in Racing or Freestyle, but it’s exciting to see an OEM making in an effort to bring people into the Stand Up Scene.
And as always, stay tuned future modifications we’ll be offering for this new four stroke SX-R.
If you follow up on our blog some of you may know of our appreciation for the Yamaha VXR, We compared it to the Yamaha GP1200R in the way that it is more than enough for your average rider. 1800cc, 180hp, and naturally aspirated for ultimate reliability, and last year they updated it with a completely new hull. While some were sad that it wasn’t as fast as the old model due to drag, but it handled significantly better, almost too good. This year we find out why.
Yamaha brings back the GP moniker with the Yamaha GP1800. Featuring a 160mm, 8 vane pump and powered by the 1800cc HKS Supercharged SVHO engine which was recently revised to 250hp in 2014 for the FZR. This engine is the best platform for modification due to being the biggest displacement engine and highest torque rating. In stock form Yamaha restricts the engine fairly heavily for reliability and legal reason, yet benefits the most from simple bolts on parts, However, this isn’t new information so what is?
It’s the hull. While the Yamaha FZR was a great ski, its biggest weakness was the hull, especially when compared to the Sea-Doo RXP-X. Around a race course, there was no comparison, that is until now. Like I mentioned earlier this new GP1800 uses the same hull as last years new VXR, with the exception that the GP1800 uses NanoExcel2 technology. This means even with the added weight of the forced induction equipment the New GP1800 comes under the VXR’s weight at 752lbs dry, giving it a great power to weight ratio. Now we keep calling it the VXR hull but in reality, it was designed with the GP1800 in mind when the Yamaha R&D team went to work on it. Unlike the FZR that used be great at sweeper turns but not so much quick banks like you would need in a buoy race, the GP1800 is. It’s clear that Yamaha was coming after Sea-Doo’s RXP-X and I’m sure it’ll prove to be a worthy competitor, and an enthusiast favorite!
And yes if you, if you had any doubt everyone’s favorite stand up was gone rest assured, the 2017 Yamaha SuperJet lives on!
Probably the biggest news since the Spark, actually this is way bigger. We’ve been hearing rumors since the last 800 SX-R Left the showroom, but this is official, Kawasaki to release a new 4-Stroke Powered Stand Up Jetski Later this year.
And here’s a spy photo was taken at Dana Point, a common place Kawasaki does there testing.
In other 2017 OEM News, while not nearly as interesting, but definitely unexpected, the guys over at Sea-Doo have amped up their Spark with a new “Trixx” version. This new version features a freestyle like “Up Trim’ VTS nozzle system for performing “tail stands” and hopefully back flips one day, as well as an aluminum height adjustable steering system. Blaster guys? The Spark is calling 😉
Many of you may already know that runabouts are the go-to vehicle in water rescue situations. And that being the case its incredibly popular in surfing here’s a few clips giving you further detail on they guys helping the Us Open of Surfing and The Ultimate Waterman event in NZ
The shortest steering system available to date! The Jetworks Central Steering System(AKA C.S.S.) is 4 inches shorter than stock, putting the bars on top of the center pivot point, offering less flex and a more responsive and precise feel when turning, and because here at Jetworks, we ride salt constantly, we decided to not reinvent the wheel, and designed our system with bushing. This means no more rusty bearings, maintenance and incredibly smooth turning feel. Works with Yamaha & Kawasaki’s and includes all necessary hardware for installation.
Click here to buy Jetworks CSS (Central Steering System) – $199
-Fat bars only.
-Works on 1996+ SuperJet, AC, and UMI handlepole With Jetworks Chinpad
-Cast & Solid Billet RRP handlepole With Ninja Chinpad
It’s common knowledge that the scuppers on most skis end up doing more harm than good, and the Rickters are no exceptions to the rule, this plug works in conjunction with you exciting scupper valve by fitting inside the scupper tube adding that extra little piece of mind for when you ski sit upside down from a failed flip or roll.
Works on all Rickters and aftermarket hulls that use a Rickter style and size scuppers. 2 & 3/4″(70mm).
Click here to buy Jetworks Surf Drain Plug – $125
***We Strongly recommend not leaving your ski floating in the water for long periods of time if you have a scupper or this drain plug.
Coming after the Rickter EVO comes the Edge, Featuring a shorter hull and redesigned rocker, its designed specifically for surf riding with flat water capabilities.
Available in hull only or in custom turn key ski with Jetworks 771cc, 950, 1100cc, or 1200cc drivetrain configurations.
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Recently Completed Jetworks Built 950cc Mega Bore Rickter Edge in Blue “Trash Look”
Made in Japan and used by the pro’s, these beach totes disassemble for easy transport and includes large custom spec Factory Zeros wheels and tires for easy maneuverability on the beach!
And new for 2015 the RRP Freestyle Trim system was designed to allow for better control during maneuvers and tricks and it’s tight tolerances minimaize water pressure loss. Available for 144mm & 155mm Yamaha style pumps.
Also new is the updated version of the Solas Yamaha style pumps, now in 148mm sizes and still made of 100% stainless steel for a lifetime of use, even in salt water! Stator and wear ring both available in 148mm sizes to fit you new Jetworks Spec 148mm Impeller.
$999.99 for the set, also sold individually.
$646.99 Solas 148mm Stainless Steel Pump Stator Section
$392.99 Solas 148mm Stainless Steel Wear Ring